I have been active on twitter since 2009 and on LinkedIn since 2007. One of the things I love about both of these platforms is the social aspect of them. It is another way to meet people. One of the people I have met and befriended this way is named Dan Ryan. Dan lives in Nashville. I have a son named Dan Ryan, he lives In Memphis. Two Dan Ryan’s both live in Tennessee.
As it turns out I found out Nashville Dan grew up right here,in Central Illinois, in the area where I grew up and still reside. Small world huh? I had several conversations with Nashville Dan, about Memphis Dan’s significant other. Ultimately she did find employment. Nashville Dan was most helpful in contacting folks about her, although he knew nothing much about me, other than we shared the same last name and we both worked in Human Resources.
Along the way Nashville Dan and I had several conversations. He and I discussed how he might present at ILSHRM. For whatever reason that did not happen in 2013, perhaps it might happen in 2014. I really wanted to have an opportunity to get to meet him, and do something to assist him.
This all came to came back to me last week. After a couple phone conversation about MTSHRM, I thought I am going to be in Nashville at a BIG TIME SHRM event. I would almost bet, for sure, that Nashville Dan will be there. So I reached out to him last week via LinkedIn. Guess what, not only is Dan going to be at MTSHRM, he is going to be presenting at a breakout session. Dan told me about this, and I responded back and told him I will be there to meet him and tweet his session – that’s what I do!
So Mr. Ryan I am looking forward to meeting you in real life, as we say – and getting to sit in on your session as part of the MTSHRM Social Media Pit Crew. I can’t wait!