You will also run into people who are going to continually give you their elevator speech… “yes I have my MA in HR and I was the chapter president of my local shrm. I am super excited that I am going to get to wear 5 ribbons on my badge!”. For those of you who don’t know, there is a booth at the Expo where you can get all kinds of ribbons to add to your badge signifying if you are a member, a president of a chapter, etc. If you run into someone with any ribbons, steer clear. They take this WAY to seriously. Gang, I am actually sitting next to this person on the shuttle right now. So, they are out there.
Make your conference experience your own. I love energy, but stay away from Super Excited… they will make the conference about them. You want this experience to enrich YOU. There is alot of cool stuff to see and hear. Keep your cool… and you’ll walk away with a lot of great knowledge.
Despite that though I am really interested in this years line-up. And you all should be too. It seems that SHRM over the years has gotten key-note speakers that really do appeal to me more and more. Malcom Gladwell, who I have heard before, is always a favorite. If you havn’t had an opportunity, please check this guy out.