Well HRevolution v3.0 is over, let the posts begin. I spent about $800 to attend, and probably would have spent a little more had it not be for the generosity of Mr. W. I would do it again in heartbeat because I so enjoy this group of people and their collective view on things (and having a few cocktails with them as well.) Why did I go and why will I return to the next one, I guess is really at the core of this whole deal.
While this was only my second version of HRevolution, I have come to know many of the participants on line and in real life. The collective attendees are simply great people, so much that they renew my faith in people. We have men, women, pretty much all races, many religions, old, young, small, tall, big and not so big folks, but we are all one – and then we hug each other too!. It’s kind of corny but it is also very cool. I am kind of a portly old married guy and people still want to hug me and I want to hug them back. (Jesus we couldn’t do this at work could we?)
Ben Eubanks ask me whether this was better than Chicago. I told him yes, and of course he asked me why. This event was better, in my opinion because of the conference space – AND the people in it. First I will speak to the space issue. While I enjoyed the Catalyst Ranch and how it was going to inspire people with its open and eclectic space, but when it is all said and done, the traditional room/classroom or meeting style really works be3tter – for me. The other thing that was better was the people and the session leaders. The “unconference model” (if you don’t know this, you might google it) allows the attendees to actively participate. This creates energy, vibe, buzz – call it what you will, but in the room and it is palpable. The buzz and the interaction, this year was very good.
I only attended about 1/3 of the sessions, although the ones I did were informative, energetic and enlightening. For the $125 to get in the door it was money well spent. What I have found is this, I am coming to like most of my twitter friends and relish the time I get to hang out with them (in real life) and catch up with them. I must ask myself – is this a sickness or a redeeming quality? And if I didn’t tweet you and tell you how fun it was to meet and hang with you this is my apology here.
While at the event I met someone who told me they enjoy reading most of this (what I refer to as drivel) stuff that I crank out her and over at www.ilshrmblog.org, thanks Lyn! . If I keep doing it long enough I may get that number to 3 or 4. I took a more than 100 pictures at the event and they are posted on Picasa.
There are more pictures courtesy of Monster and they are here. I will have a couple more posts on this later this week.