Random Recaps from San Diego
The first ever SHRM/ Monster Tweetup was a Monster Top Shelf kickass production. Attendance was estimated at 350. Drinks were flowing. Elvis Paninis were rocking the snack trays of serving staff. Robin Schooling continued her 2010 Apple electronics grab by winning an iPad. I saw a lot of old friends, and met a lot of new potential social media fans. You can check out a lot of pictures from the event on the Monster Social Flickr page. We are working on a similar event for HR Florida in August. Stay tuned for more details on that soon!
Gerry Crispin was kind of enough to share some of his valuable time with me this week. We enjoyed great wine at the wine bar at Andaz Hotel (6th Street and F ave. in San Diego), and then had a fabulous dinner at a place called Kemo Sabe. The food was delicious, and every plate was a work of art.
If you don’t already know, Gerry is a bit a foodie, and enjoys interesting conversation, which is obviously why he invited along with his group of friends from New Jersey. (kidding) Gerry is also one of the smartest HR people walking the planet, and offered me some great advice on a number of things as we talked, for which I am very grateful.
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A lot stuff was going on behind the scenes at this conference. I did a few vendor interviews which may turn into blog posts over the weekend, but the most interesting stuff for me was watching what was happening around the SHRM social media efforts. It wasn’t all perfect, but Curtis Midkiff is doing good stuff, and it will get better. I look forward to next year when he has been there for a while. SmartBrief and Monster worked with SHRM to do some great stuff as well.
I became the very first follower of new tweeter Lon O’Neil aka @SHRMCEO. After Lon mentioned the Tweetup in his opening day speech, a few yelps of enthusiasm from my deat mate, @blogging4jobs prompted one of our HR brethren to turn and ask her (after staring) “Are you on Tweeter?”
I spoke to SHRM volunteer chapter leaders along with Laurie Ruettimann, Bryan Wempen, and Curtis from SHRM. You can see video that Laurie shot with her flip cam at the bottom of the post.