• Looking for me – Better Catch a Buzz

    I apologize, I have not posted in a while here at home.

    Why?  Largely because I am part of a team of 70+ social media enthusiasts who will be helping to cause a BUZZ at the SHRM Annual Conference in Atlanta begining June 24 and running through Wednesday June 27.

    As part of the team, I have been asked to put most of my posts up at the conference site www.buzz.annual.shrm.org.  So if you are into the HR stuff, that I mostly talk about here at the HR Official, you should probably be watching this site for the next 5 days.

    On twitter the most common hashtag for the event is going to be #SHRM12.

    There will no doubt be a ton of content on Google Plus and on Facebook.  If you would like to see my facebook stuff you can find me there at www.facebook.com/davethehrczar .  Send me a note, mention the blog and I’ll friend you.

    Thanks to all of you who look at this occasionally, I really do appreciate you giving what I have to say a look.

     
  • The Buzz Site, SHRM12 and Social Media

    A Happy conference attendee getting her book autographed by Marcus Buckingham - SHRM-2010

    If you follow much at all of what is going on in this space, you certainly know that the SHRM Annual Conference is coming up in Atlanta.  It is at the end of June, start of July – just about the same time every year.  Volumes have been written about the conference, the attendees and so on, so suffice it to say it is a big deal. If you work, live or feed off of the HR space, it is something you should attend routinely; even if you have to pay your own way.

    Again, this year I have been lucky enough to find myself in the ranks of those attending. I am attending as part of a cast of social media bloggers.   In 2010 in San Diego SHRM has an official blog squad of 5. This year it is 75.  Amazing, Simply Amazing.

    Given the count it is obvious that top power players at SHRM have dedicated a lot of resources to social media this year. However, like any other business entity, even the Not for Profits, they are looking for their return on investment.    I am not sure specifically how that will be measured.  In my opinion, while aspects of social media can be monitored and measured – I am unclear on how you accurately measure the true impact?

    I have noticed on a number of television shows now, such as Dancing with the Stars, American’s got Talent and Deadliest Catch the producers are now marrying the tweet stream with the show. I also see Delta Airlines, and their #DeltaAssist program growing. Again I am not sure how what this is generating or how it is being measured, but it is continuing to grow.

    I think this is reflective of the business intrigue surrounding Social Media.  There is so much going with SM it is mind boggling. We have new sites, new tools, court cases, new users, IPOs going on, and just when you think you have a handle on it everything changes.

    Now back to the conference, let’s discuss this year.   I think that SHRM is to be applauded for their efforts and the amount of resources they are dedicating to this year’s event.

    My worst fear is that it has become a case of go big, or go home, with the analogy being this.  If we (SHRM) don’t see some tangible results from this event we will contemplate a “push back” from social media.  I hope my fears are unfounded.  To help ally my fears I implore all of you to share in the conference via social media – even if you aren’t there. Watch the tweet stream, check out the video uploads, watch the Facebook posts, read some of the thousands of blog posts that will be coming out – and lastly share it with a friend or acquaintance who is not yet immersed in Social Media.  In order to get the needed ROI we must continue to grow the base.

    One final note, a specail and unique web site has been launched just for and about the conference. The site is called The Buzz and you can find it here.

     
  • HRevolution 2011 in the Books

    @Controllergirl a.k.a. Teresa Morris providing some visual HR commentary

    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.

     
  • On Site At HREvolution 2011

    My flight arrived in Atlanta on time.  MARTA was simple, cheap, easy and safe.  I walked in the door at the hotel to be greeted by Ben Eubanks, Trish Mc Farmland, Robin Schooling and Crystal Peterson.  Even though I arrived early at the hotel my 21st floor room (same floor as the Presidential Suite – thanks Trish) was ready early – got checked in and the madness has begun.

    We attended a lunch sponsored by People Matter  and heard about their software.  It was a good lunch and good overview of their product.  They are sponsoring the tweet up tonight, so we’ll get real cozy with these folks.  The rooms are great with flat screens.  The only down side is it is a Marriott (expensive rooms), and with expensive rooms comes Un-Free internet – $14.95 a day to be exact.  I don’t get that at the $89 a night hotels it is free – huh?

    So I am getting all charged up for the tweet up. No literally, my phone, my camera, my video camera, my external power supply for my phone – and next me – maybe a short nap.

    It is GREAT to see all of the HRevolution peeps.  Many I know, some I don’t but I am making friend with them all.  Question to me…Hmm are all of these people thought leaders?

    Ok so for now that it – more later!  Some pics here 

     
  • Sitting on the Fence about HREvolution?

    I enjoy traveling, going new places, or revisiting old favorite haunts.  Probably the most exciting thing to me about traveling is the anticipation.  The thoughts of what the trip will be, the memories, the new people the new experiences.  Well here in the last couple of days an upcoming trip of mine has now come up on my radar.  It is my upcoming trip to Atlanta on April 29th, when I will be traveling there to attend the HREvolution.

    Version 2.0 o f HREvolution was close to me, about 200 miles and took place in Chicago.  At that time I did not know so many of the folks who make up the HR space on twitter and in the blogosphere.  The conference fee was $100 –very affordable.  So I figured what the heck this could be exciting, fun, and informative and just a chance to meet some new people.

    At the event I met many of the celebrities (although they don’t see themselves as such) and they were all really nice, friendly and interesting folks.  I met the organizers.  The day of the conference great stuff was put forth.  Lots of food for thought, contacts and resources were presented.  It was a great experience.

    In short deciding to attend the conference was one of the best decisions I made last year.  Since that time I have met up with many of the same folks at other events.  We tweet back and forth; I read their blogs knowing who these people really are.  Just the other day, I read post from my friend Steve Browne, and in this post Steve talks about meeting all of his social media frend in real life.

    So if you are sitting on the fence and trying to decide if you should buy a ticket and attend HRevolution 2011, you should.  If you think it is up your alley, it will be.  See you there!