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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

#SHRM17 - Sinking in to #NoLA

So why do over fifteen thousand HR (People Resources?) make it a point to attend SHRM's annual conference and exposition? This is the question that many relevant stakeholders back in my country has been asking me whenever (it's been 3 times since 2012 now) I get back and start talking about it. Here is my attempt to provide answer(s) with some visuals.  Why pictures? Well, they will get my readers to feel free to imagine and thereby connect and maybe even find their own 'why'.

View from baggage claim at NoLA Airport
Look what I got to see when I landed at the New Orleans Airport on 18th June. I had taken an early morning flight from Dallas where I had an eventful time with my classmate and his family after I landed in US from Kochi (Via Abu Dhabi) on 16th June.
SHRM has got the location into the design of the conference itself and attendees will get to feel and experience the conference in multiple ways - the above is just one of them. So later, when a speaker(s) talk about the importance of creating 'employee experience' - attendees may find it easier to connect.
Next on - I get the opportunity to collect my conference badge (you will see why that's important to me if you follow my pics on Twitter / FB) at the airport itself. How's that for preparation?
Check out the lineup of speakers for General sessions. Three days are done and dusted now so you can catch up on summaries via SHRM17 Bloggers squad . To initiate, here are just two snippets that i recommend:
1. Our youngest blogger's post - https://blog.shrm.org/blog/overwhelmed-and-excited-at-shrm17
2. David's blog  https://blog.shrm.org/blog/live-from-shrm17-day-two

View of attendees from Opening General session - a cross section of the 18k

Gender Diversity - anyone? 
SHRM's annual conferences are about content. There something for everyone. So much that you need technology to support attendees to make informed decisions. Yes, there's an app too.

I've been busy with my attempt to click a selfie each as a visual way to connect to the attendees that I interact with at SHRM17. I got my first opportunity immediately after fastening my seatbelt!
I had blogged about it earlier.
My new friend via #SHRM17Selfie all the way from Nigeria
Hope I've been able to answer some questions and also create more questions - which was my hidden intention in a way.
I'm going to rush off to see my good friend Steve Browne's session now. Keep following my tweets, Facebook, Linkedin and Instagram posts if you want to follow me around #SHRM17.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

#AllIn at #SHRM17 and Introducing #SHRM17Selfie

#SHRM17 would be my fourth time at a SHRM National conference and my third time as part of the socialmedia squad - a chance to be amongst some really exciting action oriented human capital management folks with whom I had first met up in Orlando (2012). Those times still remain as a 'Deer-in-headlights' moments for me.

If you are from India and are planning to attend #SHRM17 - feel free to reach out to me for an inside view over DM's / comments / email. I'll be glad to share notes about why this conference is a 'must to be ticked off item HR Pro's bucket. Hope to see some of you at the special reception that SHRM organises to honour over 1k international delegates who attend this conference every year.

My #SHRM17Blogger pals have all been in the thick of action over that past 2 months. The HCM retainer projects from my venture made me miss most of the action on Twitter / Blog this time - so I'm really looking forward to making it up with the forth opportunity to meet IRL with an SHRM national conference.

I want so share a definition of IRL which I connect with. Let me point out to this wonderful post by my good friend Steve Browne to know more.

Taking Steve's ideas a step further, I want to propose an action plan towards making IRL moments at #SHRM17 captured for posterity.
We got #SHRMI15 trending...

Selfie with SHRM India CEO Ms. Achal Khanna

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These are some selfie moments which I got to capture from SHRM India events over the past few years. Most feature some of the prolific HR folks who breathe social with their life and work.

Get the message? Well for the uninitiated, here are the suggestions:

1. Attempt to meet as many delegates as you can while you are at #SHRM17 - I know that Steve Browne is going to be leading this effort from the front.
2. Capture those moment(s) with your smartphone and spice it up to make it a #Selfie moment.
3. Share those #selfie's via social media channels using the #tag #SHRM17Selfie.
4. Please don't forget to tag the new found friend(s) of yours who just a moment back would have been just a delegate among the 15k attendees for you.

IRL is all about making connections and let's attempt to make selfie as a catalyst for connecting #SHRM17 attendees.

Excitedly looking forward to my first selfie moment. Who wants to be the lucky one tagged?

Signing off with this link which I recommend to any first time attendee - a blog post by my friend Dave Ryan.