If you dig deep into the reaches of your mind, can you recall your childhood? Do you remember how excited you would get as your birthday neared? There was all of the anticipation. You knew the day would be great. With your parents you could do little wrong and it was often a special day at school. Geez, who wouldn’t love and look forward to that?
Well I am kind of feeling that way about #TNSHRM14 coming up on Wednesday this week. It seems like a lingering 11 months and 29 days of build up and then BAM – it’s here.
Some folks don’t get it, what is the jazz about an HR conference. Here’s why I am excited about coming to #TNSHRM14 (and this list probably works for every event that I have attended in the last 7 years).
- It keeps me learning
- I am going see a number of old friends
- I am going to meet a bunch of new people
- I will be immersed in HR with HR people for 2 ½ days (motorcycle riders like hanging out with other riders – it’s like that).
- I will be traveling to attend
- I will be staying in a hotel (I still enjoy that).
- I will gain a bunch of HRCI credits
- I will get to Tweet and Facebook a lot
- Having drinks with friends and talking HR
- Enjoying the short lines to the Men’s restrooms
Ok so most of my reasons are valid, perhaps, a couple points are suspect. I would bet that most people share my thoughts on attending this and other conferences.
Something else happens to me with the conferences as well. When it’s over there is always this huge let down. To go back in time again, let’s go back to high school. Think of the big dance, the big game, or the big trip – how did you feel when it was over? There was a certain emptiness. It isn’t/wasn’t all bad but it was just so much fun you don’t want it to ever end. That’s how the conferences end for me.
Hmm maybe that is what Heaven is – An HR Conference that never ends.