With less than 1 week until #SHRM18 I realised there was an amazing #NextChat on Twitter that I missed that would make a great share in anticipation of the conference.
(A ‘tweetchat’ for the uninitiated, is basically an hour or so of open, collaborative discussion over Twitter, using a specific hashtag.)
Something you may not be aware of is that alongside the SHRM18 Conference & Expo, SHRM are hosting the WFPMA (World Federation of People Management) World Congress. I’m particularly interested in this, as the current President is the Australian HR Institute’s very own Peter Wilson. 🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺
So, as well as getting incredibly excited for the #SHRM18 lineup, I’m also keen to hear more from the global track of the conference, which has particular interest for those of us attending internationally.
Right! Let’s get to it. Eight questions to prepare you for #SHRM18:
What are some basic do’s and don’t’s for a SHRM Annual Conference?
Do: bring a charger and talk to as many people as you can.
Don’t: wear new shoes or get hung up on planning out every second of your experience. The best stuff is always spur of the moment.
What is your No. 1 goal for attending #SHRM18, and how are you planning to accomplish it when there?
Talk to as many people as possible about global HR trends. I’m noticing more and more the ‘hot topics’ are international in nature rather than country specific.
Thousands of HR pros will attend #SHRM18. What advice can you share for successful networking in such a large crowd?
Ask people about what brought them to #SHRM18 – often there’s a particular challenge/area of interest where you can find common experience.
What are your picks and recommendations for #SHRM18 “must-see” sessions and speakers, and why?
Oh my gosh so many! But definitely Steve Browne & Charles Jennings. I’m also booked in for much of the global HR track (which Charles, Brad Boyson & Eric Owski are all a part of – all of whom I’ve completed Q&As with recently).
Also I want to see all the official SHRM Bloggers who are speaking but realistically I think my ‘must see’ list in the conference app (which is amazing BTW) is getting very, very full… I’ve got so many sessions I want to see I’ll never know where to go!
What are some important etiquette guidelines when visiting the SHRM Annual Conference exposition hall?
Be thoughtful – as good as the swag can be, be considered in where you spend your time. What are your biggest challenges? What vendors may be able to help you look at those challenges in a different way?
What SHRM18 Expo Hall vendors and solutions are you most excited about visiting and learning more about?
Finding the gems I’ve never heard of before. Expo’s are a great opportunity to see new products/services that you may not get to see/hear about/question otherwise.
What are the top three things attendees might forget to take to — or bring back from — a SHRM Annual Conference?
Phone charger. Reusable coffee cup. Phone charger. 📱 ☕️ 📱
What are the best ways to demonstrate the value and return on investment of your #SHRM18 attendance to your organization’s senior leaders?
Come back armed with new ideas and new ways of looking at old problems. Vendors, speakers and the random person you chat to in the lunch line are all your allies here
See you there!