Yeah, I’m going to an HR conference again this week. Laundry is running now so I can pack tomorrow, and board my plane to Detroit on Tuesday morning. I’m going back to Ohio this week to attendblogspeakROCK the 2011 Ohio HR Conference.
I can’t wait actually. I have never been to a conference in Ohio, even though I was born in Ohio, and have previously lived and worked in the state. I love the theme and the tone, and am really looking forward to hanging out with the smart peeps from the Buckeye State.
A quick look at some of the tips for attending the big show will give you a good idea of how the conference theme of “HR Rocks” runs throughout the event:
Rock and Roll dress code – With the theme this year of HR Rocks, the Committee is dressing more casually. You’ll probably see [staff] in jeans and you are more than welcome to be casual with us.
It’s a Mosh Pit, not anExhibit Hall for vendors! Make sure to bring plenty of business cards with you to give out to other attendees as you network, and also to connect with our amazing Resource Partners in the Mosh Pit (Exhibit Hall).
Rock and Roll Stars! – Don’t miss our phenomenal pre-conference session with Mark Stelzner talking about Social Media and HR at 10:00am.
Encores – Our Encore Sessions will start right after our headliner and you can see the whole schedule here at this link: http://www.ohioshrm.org/hr_conf/program.cfm. You may want to plan your schedule to catch the acts that you’d like to see.
I want my MTV, kind of – A really cool event this year is that YOU can be a Rock Star yourself if you and your friends enter our Rock Band (the video game) contest !! Great prizes and a chance to shine and perform are yours !!!
I’ll be speaking about HR, social and brand stuff. Drop by and see me. Say hello. I am there to meet you and network. And by all means, Rock on HR.
I don’t really have a post today. I haven’t been writing much in April. I have some other stuff on my mind – developing an important presentation for my boss, developing some material for a new secret project I am working on with Jay Kuhns, and a few other things.
What I really have today is a question. It isn’t an overly complex question.
What would you do if you were suddenly faced with the opportunity to step away from the daily work of HR?
Would you? Could you? Should you?
I had an interesting discussion about this with someone the other day. I am not sure what my own answer would be.
A while back, Bill Boorman sent me a DM on Twitter asking me if I would be interested in participating in charity fund raising idea – a calendar featuring the Men of HR. He also explained the qualifications – a camera, and a good sense of humor. After I finished chortling and guffawing at the idea of any asking me to pose for a calendar, I asked jokingly asked Bill if it was a “full monty” type of calendar., because if it was, I didn’t qualify. As it turns out, only a partial Monty was necessary.
If you would like to get a copy of this one-of-a-kind calendar, you can order it here. Proceeds from the calendar will go towards the Haitian relief effort and towards fighting male cancer via a charity called Orchid which plays a leading role in the fight against male cancer through research and awareness and by supporting patients.
Go ahead, have some fun. Order your calendar today!
On January 27th, I will be featuring a special edition of the HR Carnival intended to provide assistance in Haiti. You can help. I am not asking for your money this time, just that you do a little research. Details can be found below. Chris Brogan has agreed to help out. Can I count on you?
Here is a challenge for human resources professionals who blog or who are web savvy.
Let’s use the HR Carnival format to help focus donations to the most immediate needs in Haiti.
It may sound crazy, but here is how we could make that happen.
Select a charity that is soliciting donations for aid in Haiti
I wrote a post on iPhones potentially being used to bring pornography into the workplace in the near future. I thought this would be of some interest to HR peeps. About 55 people came around to take a look at it here.
I posted the same article with a couple of changes this morning on the Tampa Workplace Examiner site that I write for a few times a week. As of 9:30 PM EST, over 2200 people had read it over there.
That officially makes a throwaway post the most widely read thing I have ever written! I am not sure what that says about me, my various audiences, and my writing! I made over $20 from that post though! I’ll take it.