The Missouri SHRM State Conference for 2015 is over. For those who attended there is always the melancholy feeling when a big event is over. The build up to these things is S-O-O-O big that the let down afterward is bound to be similarly sized. This was my first opportunity to attend MOSHRM and I was in awe of the entire event. It came off flawlessly! That said, tip of the hat to conference planner Lori Maher, you, your staff and volunteers are to be commended for a job well done!
Some other details about the event include me and my co-presenter Donna Rogers. Our HR Department of One program seemed to get good reviews. We hope the fact that this is the fourth time we have spoke on the subject, it will give rise to this area getting more attention. My friends who are running the small shop #HR are dying for more attention and content; so SHRM National and SHRM State Councils take note as you have an underserved market. As Donna and I point out, from SHRM, 48,000 of the 280.000 (17.1%) members are sole practitioners.
In addition to being a speaker at the event, I was also part of the Social Media Team for the event. So I did my best to keep the tweet stream rolling, while posting some content on Facebook as well. Based upon the graph it looks like the team did a good job with twitter.
I attended all of the keynote sessions as well as several breakout sessions. The breakout session seemed to average about 100 attendees per session. I attended a couple that were very interactive with a lot of audience participation and then several others that were more lecture format. At a conference this size I think a mix of the two works very well.
Another thing I enjoyed was the Thursday night Karaoke event. MOSHRM was not a commuter conference. The attendees that came were staying at the Tantara Resort and were a captive audience. Based on my non-scientific observation I would guess that 200-300 people attended the event over the course of the evening. The drinks were good and the music was fun. Unlike myself several of the folks at this event were darned good singers, so they were fun to watch perform.
In terms of takeaways the most impactful session for me was Thursday’s keynote address. Jason Lauritsen presented some great material on employee engagement. Personally my biggest takeaway was the three line mantra that he made his participant repeat…
“Uncertainty kills engagement”
Think about that. That is powerful, simple, direct and to the point. Jason went on to explain further to give “CLARITY” to those things that are or seem to be somewhat uncertain.
This advice was wrapped in the context of a presentation about Best Places to Work. All of those who I spoke with who attended the session told me they found it to be quite applicable to what was going on in their workplaces.
I talked to know no one at the event who had anything bad to say. In fact nearly everyone in attendance had rave review.
#MOSHRM15 is in the books and by any measure I can come with was a huge success. I was happy to get to be a part of the event.
So from DaveTheHRCzar a big thanks to the conference planners, attendees, exhibitors and presenters!