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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Get the Most Out of SHRM Leadership Conference

After listening to Bryan Wempen & I on the archived Drive Thru HR show recorded Tueaday, I started to think of some additional ideas to help others get the most out of their #SHRMLead experience. Having gone to this conference for about a decade, I hope the information shared on the show and this blog post can help at least one attendee.

On the show I talked about networking with other leaders and with staff as well as taking in a night tour of DC id time allows. Additional ideas for attendees are:

*Sign up for SHRM12 in Atlanta and get your leadership buddies to go with you to schedule just the right hotel and save yourself a bunch of emails trying to coordinate when your back in the office.

*Think about or jot down some questions you have for other chapter leaders or SHRM staff and ask them in the breakouts or during the breaks.

*If your a program or conference chair check out the speakers as a possibility for your chapter or state council. We had a speaker from this conference speak at our state Leadership conference last January and have another speaking at our upcoming Leadership conference. Also, SHRM staff is available to come to your event for a $500 donation to SHRM foundation plus travel. Get to know them personally before you make a commitment to ensure they are a good fit.

*Meet with HRCI to see how you can promote certification at your chapter meetings or state conference.

*Meet with SHRM Foundation to see how your organization can get ideas for raising money and communicating what they do for our profession. Pick up some research or DVDs that can be used for programming. The 8 DVDs are a set up to be facilitated by a board member in a Roundtable type setting. You show the PowerPoint followed up by a very thorough DVD hosted by Dr Wayne Cascio. A great backup in case you have a last minute speaker cancellation.

*Meet Vince at the SHRM store. He's the real @HRBookie quite literally. He can help you set up "SHRM in a box" or the real deal with he or Andy coming out and managing the store at your conference live.

*Go to the SHRM Open House. As a chapter or state council it's like visiting the mothership. My favorite is the SHRM store sale. Pick up giveaways for you meetings or conference at a very significant discount offered at no other time of the year. Don't forget to treat yourself. I have snatched up $3 shirts and $13 sweater sets in the past that retailed for $30-$60. Plus you can get a picture on the cover of HR Magazine to fool your friends and family. Food and networking opportunity is definitely worth the trip. My vote is to take the metro and don't waste time waiting for the buses who get stuck in traffic.

*Finally be sure to go to the pinnacle awards to get great ideas for your chapter and state council as well as a relaxing time to enjoy your dinner and network.

Networking is the theme but the main thing is to enjoy the conference, the people, and the ideas to come. Most important are to return from your trip with enthusiasm and ideas to share and motivate the rest of your volunteer team back home.

On Friday introduce yourself to one of our volunteers in red. Happy Conferencing!

@DonnaRogersHR, #ILSHRM State Council Director,

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