This week I head out to the 40th Annual Ohio HR Conference – HR: A League of Our Own !! Geeked isn’t even a strong enough word for how excited I am !!
The Conference Committee has once again put together a spectacular event including national speakers, buckets of HRCI credits, incredible Resource Partners and other surprises that will make for a sold-out show !! Standing room only !!
I know that we are in the midst of State Conference season. As I was packing my gear getting ready to head north to Kalahari Resorts in Sandusky, Ohio, I wanted to share some things I’ve found that make a conference successful !!
Have a game plan !! – That goes for every aspect of the conference. How long does it take to get there? Are you firm on which sessions/speakers you want to see? There are many more questions to consider, but by planning ahead, you won’t be rushing to decide when you arrive.
Meet the team !! – No game is complete without meeting the great folks around you. I know this may come easier to some than others, but we’re in HR – we should be able to get out and make some great new professional connections. This includes both attendees and Resource Partners !! The vendors may be the perfect piece you’ve been looking for to enhance your efforts at work. Don’t just get the swag. It is fun, but meet the great folks too !!
Start the Wave !! – This is a big step for most folks, but conferences are not only a great venue for professional development, but they’re also a great place to stretch a little. Go to sessions that may show a different perspective than what you’ve traditionally attended. You may find great information that can make your HR efforts a “grand slam” in your organization !!
So, in the end, get off the bench and hit the field. It’s time to Play Ball for all of us !! Make sure you are getting out to a phenomenal SHRM State Conference around you. They are amazing and you’ll love them !!