Ok so maybe that’s an overstatement since I have only been to 2 other SHRM conferences but between the sessions, the keynote speakers, the musical guests, and the networking events I couldn’t have asked for a better time at a conference!
As I mentioned in my Renewed Love of HR my Monday was an exciting first (long) day of sessions. Tuesday and Wednesday weren’t too much different (I just didn’t start at 7AM). Tuesday’s general session with Tony Hsieh really maybe me think about delivering happiness in all that I do! It makes me what to figure out my core purpose (don’t we all) and live the dream. I then took a detour from employee training/engagement/management and took another session on compensation. This time it was about how to deliver the message, both to your leaders and supervisors, and to employees. I am very impressed with Stacey Carroll’s presentation skills and content. She wasn’t your average speaker that read her slides. Instead she was engaging, took questions and interacted with the audience throughout the program. I then went to a session that I thought was going to be on HR metrics but it really turned out to be so much more. Shane Yount was a dynamic speak roving the audience. He talked about how most training today doesn’t really work. And you know what he is probably right! If you training isn’t making a difference on the bottom line why are you doing it. Stop training on personality and start training on process and purpose!
Tuesday’s highlight of course (although not related to professional development) was Keith Urban! He was a huge hit with the SHRMy peeps! I was impressed with his stage presence (as usual) and the way the crowd actually connected with him. It was awesome when he brought 3 conference attendees on stage to sing with him. If that was me I might have passed out right there! I don’t think I could have handled that. He rocked for almost 2 hours (way more than the scheduled time) and it was worth every minute. My country night didn’t end there…we made a trip over to Toby Keith’s restaurant “I Love This Bar”.
Up and early on Wednesday to pack and get ready for the trip home. First stop was the convention center to see Michael J Fox talk and inspire the audience. He actually brought a tear to my eye at a few points. But his main point of the session was don’t play on the end result. He can change many things in life, but he can’t change he has Parkinsons, however he doesn’t let that define him!
I then attended 2 more sessions, both good for Wednesday sessions since so many people have left by then. I enjoyed thinking about the balance sheet and income statement in a new way. Yes I did just say I enjoyed finance! I know a lightening bolt will now strike me down.
So folks, there is quick summary of SHRM 2011! If you were there share your thoughts, if you weren’t tell me what you would like to know and I can see if I can share it.