Fri, Jun 24, 2011
If you have been following the Twitter stream, you already know that the excitement for SHRM National 2011 has been building for weeks. For me, it’s been building since the close of SHRM 2010 in San Diego. This is the Super Bowl of HR Conferences, and against the backdrop of glitz and glamour that is the Vegas Strip, it has the potential to be an epic event.
If you’ve never been before you’re probably thinking, “Hold on a second, this is a Human Resources conference, not Lollapalooza.” To the outsider this may sound as exciting as an antique book collector’s convention. But for HR Professionals who seldom get to see the world from outside the conference room, this is a chance to learn, share, and let your hair down a little.
SHRM11 will likely draw 15,000+ attendees for this year’s event, and with it comes the rare opportunity to connect with people who are all passionate about the world of work, who all speak the same language, and who likely share the same goals and pain points. So, if you haven’t done so already, pack plenty of business cards. Casual conversations can turn into solid professional connections, job opportunities, or even new found friendships.
Concurrent sessions are a given and chock full of valuable information. If you type faster than you can write, feel free to bring your tablet or notebook PC to take copious notes. The SHRM mobile will help you select your sessions and map out your trek through the LVCC. After the requisite learning, there is much to do.
So, for first timers or even event veterans, here are my top five things you must do outside of sessions at SHRM11:
While you are in the Exhibit Hall, be sure to stop by #Booth866. I will be there with the rest of the Monster.com crew, and rest assured, we are going all out. Amazing products to talk about, great stuff to give away, and an unrivaled booth experience.
See you in Vegas!