I don’t know about all of you out there, but I had a whirlwind of a long weekend in Atlanta. I was there for an all too brief cameo at the 2012 SHRM National Conference and I won’t lie to you, I had a lot of fun.
As I laze about the house (i.e. do laundry and get ready to go back to work tomorrow) I felt the need to reflect upon both the good and the bad of the event, you know, before the party stamps on my hands fully washed away.
- I am totally a Malcolm Gladwell fangirl and was thrilled to hear him give a keynote. He spoke about the differences in generations and normally that topic would drive me nuts. But he managed to change the conversation. It wasn’t so much about those “darn kids and their loud music” as much as looking at the profound paradigm shifts in how each generation views the world. Hierarchy vs. Networks and how neither is better than the other, just different. Even if I didn’t agree with everything, he really got me to think and isn’t that the point of a really good keynote?
- Getting to see and hug my friends, catching up with them when I could, and meeting some fun new people.
- Finding new people to get hooked on Social Media by spreading the good word and fun internet memes like the three wolf moon T-Shirt.
- Getting to watch the Blogger Street Hockey match for charity. Balls where flying everywhere, guys manhandling their sticks, people were scoring, and things got all hot and sweaty. And best of all it was for charity!
- Not too mention all those great sessions everyone went too. I especially commend those who got there at 7 am this morning. Damn, you people are dedicated.
- I got out of the expo hall with minimal swag. I am so proud of myself.
- I wasn’t there long enough. Damn you adult responsibilities.
- There were a few people I wasn’t able to connect with or if I did, actually get to spend time with. I’m sending you lots of virtual hugs to make up for it and hopefully will see you soon.
- OMG why is Atlanta that hot and humid?
- There needs to be more power outlets for people to charge their devices.
- There totally needs to be a nap room. Seriously.
- I got out of the expo hall with minimal swag. I’m so disappointed.
Overall, I think you can see why I had a good time. SHRM really knows how to put on a good show and I know how lucky I am to be able to go, even for only a couple days. Thanks for including me as part of your social media contingent SHRM!