This was the mother of all the surprises. We were just getting out of the hangover of the June 19 HR carnival hosted by Erik Smetana at The HR Field Guide Blog and to my amazement I got a mail yesterday from our HR carnival moderator (aka HR Minion) that the June 26th Special carnival of HR will be hosted by Ben Eubanks at his UpstartHR Blog. Frankly, I wasn’t even ready for it. But then life is full of challenges and you ought to give your best shot to whatever comes your way. The focus of this HR carnival is to showcase on the best of our SHRM posts so that we are all able to share our experiences and knowledge with the HR fraternity. I wish I had been a part of it, however, still I can share how we can get the best out of any HR conference. It would be a dream come true for me, if some day I am a part of the SHRM conference. I hope SHRM guys are listening to this :)
Top 5 Things To Do To Get The Most Out Of Any HR Conference
1) Be a Thorough Professional
First impression is the last impression. Dress smartly. Carry a smile and meet and greet people in a polite tone. This will definitely help in building your own brand and a solid reputation in the eyes of others. You may get into casual conversations but never ever forget that at the end of the day you are a professional and your behaviour and attitude must reflect that professionalism. The response that you will get from others will be based on the way you have marketed yourself. People will remember you for your generosity and the impact that you were able to create on thier minds.
2) Respect Thy Speakers
The speakers have invested a lot of time and efforts in preparing for the sessions. We as an audience must appreciate and respect it even if there is any disagreement. Its always easy to criticise however one must appreciate the fact that it takes a lot of courage and conviction to stand up and share one’s thoughts and findings with others. You will get respect only when you give respect. The world is a small place and you never know when table will turn and someone you met at the conference can prove helpful to you in future. I think tea and lunch breaks are the ideal time for striking a note with the speakers, in case you had a different opinion on what they presented.
3) Be a Smart Networker
I beleive networking is an art. You need to be on the edge of networking and and never over do it. Your personality should be like a magnet that will attract people. Building relations is a gradual process. People take time to build trust and faith and as a networker we should respect their idealogies. Be the first one to help before seeking assistance from someone.
4) Whom To Give Your Business Card
Don’t just start distributing your business card liike sweets to any Tom, Dick and Harry. Your business card is your identity and it should be respected. Share your business card only when you feel that it would be worth giving it to someone. Many times I have seen people taking business cards and then leaving them on the tables. Give your card to someone who needs it and will treat it as an asset and not just a piece of garbage.
5) Share your Learning with the World
I run this blog on HR and hence have an option of sharing my learning with the community. In case you do not have a blog, you may use an email or your facebook page or profile to share details with your connections. I have attended some very good conferences in the past and have posted the details on my blog as well.
How will this help?
- Firstly, you are connecting with a wide network of people who will visit your blog or page and learn from your learnings
- Secondly, you are acknowledging the speakers by posting their details and credentials which will be viewed by a large audience
- Thirdly, when we post, people share their views which in turn helps us to improve learn and improve further.
- Last but not the least, you are building a good social profile and other bloggers may like to link your post which will help you build traffic and audience for your blog.
I hope my learnings will help you in extracting more out of your next HR conference. In case you have any suggestion, please share them in the comment section after the post.