Yesterday I attended a 7 AM session at #SHRM14. So what you should know is the room was filled with dedicated people. These are people who are intent on getting more information, making their careers better and advancing themselves and this is especially true for those who attend a 7 AM session. What they learned is a little different than what I learned.
They learned that being more connected, more engaged and involved with your employees in a real way makes you a better HR pro and makes your organization better. What I learned is that HR conference need more presenters like Steve Browne. Steve is so damn excited and so damn extroverted that he infects anyone who is with earshot. As an HR pro Steve has so much credibility because he is the real deal. He walks the walk and talks the talk. He does this nearly every day at LaRosas Pizzeria in the Metro Cincinnati area.
Steve told his audience they need to be jacked-up and talk to, really talk to, their employees. He made a number of other points, but in a sentence that is exactly what he told them.
What I saw was someone presenting at the SHRM National conference who really connected with his audience because he does what they do. Steve happens to do it very well. As they say, (IMO) in my humble opinion, we need to have conferences, and probably not just HR conferences move in this direction. It’s not rocket science and it simply makes so much sense.
Let’s have people who really do the work, present and talk about that work. Look for this to be a trend.
What does this mean? This means that YOU could be the next presenter. Think about what you do and what you do well and get ready to take it on the road. Make plans to speak at your local SHRM chapter, your local Chamber of Commerce, a local Rotary Chapter, your kid’s school. If you want be the pied piper of HR you can. And those of us in the space need you to do that. We need fresh and excited voices.
On Sunday, we heard from Heather Abbott and about her powerful story. She talked about doing EEOC at her organizations. She was proud of that and excited about that. And while Heather had many other issues to work around, given her life changing event at the Boston Marathon, she remains a dedicated HR Pro. That is the kind of person we need to be hearing from – she lives this; everyday, and many of you do too!