I just got through another fall conference season and I think I’m starting to pick up a few things and understand the game a little better.
I’m definitely not an “A” Lister or “B” Lister, and hell, I’m not even on the “C” List, but I like to think I’m a Top 10 “D” List Conference Speaking selection!
As you run around the circuit speaking, those A and B Listers will definitely give you some pointers. The C’s won’t, because they’re all high and mighty about how they’re no longer on the D List, so they kind of hold stuff close to the vest.
It’s a great education that spans much more than just your ability to go on stage and “Dance Like a Monkey.” The Conference Speaker education has to do mostly with human behavior and likeability. Read more…
I’ve got a lot of things percolating in my brain in the wake of this week’s 16th annual HR Technology Conference & Exhibitionin Las Vegas. Here are some of what seems to have made its way to the top:
When you see a conference session titled Straight from the Source: What’s Really on the Minds of the New Generations of Top Candidates, well, it’s something you just have to hear.
Add in that fact that it is being led by Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler of CareerXroads, two very smart and savvy guys, and you can see why this not only played to a full house but was also a great way to kick off the second full day of the Fall 2013 ERE Recruiting Conference & Expo in Chicago.
The charm of this session — and it has been done at ERE conferences before — is that it gets bright, young in-demand job seekers (and some are newly hired) to talk about just what it is that they have experienced as interns and first-time job seekers, and how that plays with people of their generation. Read more…
Tuesday morning, at the opening keynote session of the Fall 2013 ERE Recruiting Conference & Expo in Chicago, kickoff speaker Ravin Jesuthasan, managing director and global practice leader at Towers Watson, offered this piece of wisdom: “You don’t need to have the answers, you just need to ask good questions.”
It’s great advice, of course, and it was just part of Jersuthasan’s opening address on What the Coming Years Will Bring to Recruiting Leaders — and How You Can Respond, which took the results of Talent 2021, a research study conducted jointly by Towers Watson and Oxford Economics, that examines the future of the global workforce.
The research found – and this isn’t a big surprise — that it will look very different from what it looks like today.
But the value of the study isn’t that it says that the global workforce will be different eight years from now, but rather, the map it laid out of where recruiting and talent management is going and what we all need to do as we follow the path to get there. Read more…
It’s that time of year. Your Human Capital Management (HCM) software vendors are peppering you with invitations to attend their user conference.
You go to HR conferences all the time, but many of you may not think of these user conferences when you’re putting together your conference attendance budget.
Why is that? Is it because you think they won’t be “real” conferences? Is it because you think your vendor will try to upsell you? Is it because you can’t think of anything worse than attending a conference that’s all about increasing the effectiveness of your use of software?
Well, if any of these are true, let me help you reconsider. Read more…
Just when you thought that longtime HR Technology conference Grand Poobah Bill Kutik couldn’t do any more to hype his final time as HR Tech co-chair, well, he seems to have come up with a new way to push his over-the-top marketing of October’s event to yet another level.
In addition to the usual roster of top-rate speakers and sessions, Kutik has landed IBM’s Watson, the artificially intelligent computer system that beat human competitors on the TV game show Jeopardy, for HR Tech’s final day on Oct. 9 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
IBM’s Rudy Karsan, founder of Kenexa (now an IBM company), will have a dialogue with Watson on stage after presenting his vision of the future of HR. Karsan will pose questions in natural language to Watson and will demonstrate “the computer’s role as a trusted HR adviser when it provides personalized, evidence-based, contextually-relevant responses,” according to Kutik. Read more…
I can’t imagine that you can find a more inspirational way to end a conference than listening to Mark Kelly and Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords.
As the keynote presenters on the final morning of the 65th SHRM Annual Conference & Exhibition here in Chicago, Kelly & Giffords filled the spot that the SHRM conference organizers seem to have for people (and past speakers) such as Michael J. Fox.
That is, someone who can deliver a great message of hope and perseverance that inspires the collective masses as they head home after four days at the world’s largest HR conference.
Yes, Giffords & Kelly fit the bill for the final day of SHRM Chicago 2013, and it is easy to see why: Read more…
One of the big things that hits you right across the face when attending SHRM’s national conference is all the technology that is being peddled at the event.
Hundreds of companies are all there competing for your HR dollar on how they are going to make your HR life easier. The problem is, I don’t really get what these companies really do! There’s no real differentiation amongst any of them, and I actually follow the industry.
It seems like the current popular ones like Ultimate Software, SilkRoad and Halogen can do everything! I mean everything but actually “do’”HR. Read more…
I was lucky enough to see Hillary Clinton speak on Sunday at SHRM 2013 in Chicago.
She banned the press and she didn’t take questions. No, she didn’t talk about Benghazi. She told some stories about being the Secretary of State and shared her personal insights about the job.
I am not a sycophantic Hillary fan, but I like her. One great thing she said? She has learned to take criticism seriously but not personally. Read more…
For those in HR heading to the big SHRM annual conference in Chicago next week, there’s a lot going on in just a few days.
Having been to a few of these shows (as a speaker, practitioner, and press), there are informational sessions and networking opportunities galore. And while I may share my former colleague’s affinity for having the conference somewhere other than Chicago, one thing is certain: The Windy City is a great place to have a good time after hours.
Of course, these days I’m a bit more focused on what’s happening on the trade show floor. And SHRM has a big one. Even a casual stroll through the entire exhibit hall can take a few hours. Read more…