In this post I will be making reference and linking over to my project social partner Laura Schroeder; like we have both done a number of times. But with today’s post Laura and I are going to add new friend and blogger to our little project social project link-fest. For those of you who don’t know her, please say hello to Lyn Hoyt (from twitter @designtwit) and her blog site http://hrbaconhut.com/content/. Lyn will be linking back and forth with Laura and I now and then. So onto today’s post…
Having recently returned from HRevolution this subject is top of mind for me. Over the past few years I have had to opportunity and good fortune to attend a number of conferences. Many of these my employer has paid for, and for that I am most thankful. I have attended some other SHRM events, and while I did not have to pay to attend, on some occasions, I have committed to working and I have paid to get myself there or for meals or other incidentals. And in the last case such as HRevolution, I paid my own (airfare, lodging, conference fee and incidentals) way to be there.
At the various events I have attended I often encounter a number of people who seem to be in attendance at virtually every event. I look at this and I am left with more questions than answers. I question this not to be mean or rude – simply just out of curiosity. I understand that some of the folks who morph between attendee and participant are there to promote themselves, besides being an attendee; and I get that.
While there are other folks who are in attendance and never present, but seem to know and hang with all of the ”A” players.
And then there’s my group those of us that show occasionally at some of the events and know many of the folks.
Now that I have identified the groups, I am still curious to understand what it is that drives each of these groups. I have my own reasons for attending different events. I attend for theses reasons:
- To obtain recertification credits for my SHRM designation
- To learn current thinking current legislative matters
- To seek out creative solution to complex problems that I face
- To understand better an organizations goals and objectives
- To visit with old friends and make new ones
- To travel to fun, exotic or just warm locations
- To get away from the day to day grind and clear my head
- To participate as a panelist or speak at the event
That is my list – for now. Why else do you spend time on the conference circuit or simply what drive you to attend an event? I would love to hear from anyone who attends! For a couple more looks at the conference circuit check out Laura here – and Lyn here.