• Meeting in Memphis

    Last week my wife, my youngest son and I traveled to Memphis to visit our oldest son on Easter Sunday.  I had artfully carved out a piece of time for myself to do something that was rather self-indulgent.  I had also scheduled to meet-up with a twitter friend, soemone I had met on line, but had not had the chance to meet IRL. We got her done, and and met up with Chris Fields (a.k.a. new_resource on Twitter).  I brought along the wife and both of the boys as well.  So Chris got a chance to see me as I truly am.  Chris had one of his friends drop by and join-up with us as well. As I had suspected, Chris is pretty much the same guy in person that he is on-line.  This is a trait I have found in people that I like and that tend to develop successful on-line realtionships

    After visiting with Chris I got a better understanding of him and who he is. He is passionate about everything he does.  He knows his HR stuff, and while I didn’t quiz him, I learned a lot from the comments he made and some of the questions he asked. Chris is an “A” player when it comes to HR and Social Media.
    I am also happy to talk about another matter that involves the two of us (Austin Powers reference here).  That matter would be Illinois SHRM.  Both Chris and I will be pushing out social media from the August event.   The Social Media Team from Illinois has asked , and Chris has agreed to be part of our Illinois SHRM Social Media team.  So this is to all of my social media pals; now you know a little bit more about @new_resources, and have a reason to come join us at ILSHRM Augsut 6 & 7 in Oak Brook, IL.  Hope to see you there!
     
  • Getting a Different look at a New_Resource

    Something keeps coming up over and over again in my life. I think it is either like a romance or a drug, I am not sure which.  I am talking about the concept of meeting a social media acquaintance in real life (IRL) for the first time. It was the topic for last weeks #Tchat.  I personally have had this experience a number of times and without a doubt it is exhilarating.  I think this concept is helping drive attendance at conferences and other live events.  We all enjoy the Face to Face (F2F) experience.

     

    People are making friends on-line and then we want to meet them IRL.  I am going to throw out two new terms I think that should be introduced into our shortcut/abbreviated language.

     

    HMIRL (Have met in real life)   HNMIRL (Have NOT met in real life)

     

    So for 2012 I am planning on attending a few events: SHRM National, ILSHRM and HREvolution for sure.   As for any other events, they will be subject to budget and time constraints.  I would love to do more, I will just have to wait and see.

     

    Downtown Memphis, TN

    However, I have my own little meet and greet that I am really looking forward to and am going to share with the blogosphere.  I can not actually tell you the date, but I have been friends on-line with a guy named Chris Fields for a while.  You may know him a new_resource on twitter, or from his blog site Cost of Work.   I was one of Chris’s first followers on twitter. He tends to remember this and looks upon me, with perhaps a little more reverence than I might be deserving of.  Chris lives in Memphis, TN  and does my oldest son.   My wife and youngest son are making a journey to Memphis for Easter this year, and while I have been there a couple times since Chris and I became on-line friends,  this trip will be different. We already have our lunch plans lined up and are going to meet IRL.

     

    I am going have my youngest son who is a film and cinema student at SIU-C shoot some video of our meeting. The two social media acquaintances meeting face to face for the first time.   I will post this, as I too want to look at this and study it.  This whole phenomena  fascinates me, people really  enjoy this experience and I want to re-live the experience.  Maybe I can even get Dan Crosby to analyse the event.

     

    I am also really looking forward to deepening an already great friendship. See you on April 7th Chris – smile for the camera!