(photo source: HR Technology Conference & Exposition; http://www.hrtechnologyconference.com/)
In our prior blog, we talked a bit about the importance of attending the 2017 HR Technology Conference in Las Vegas. The annual event attracts thousands of people every year, making it the biggest HR tech expo in the world, so it is absolutely the place to be this October if you’re an HR professional. With that said, you’re also going to want to make the most of your time, whether this is your 1st trip out or your 20th. Here’s how to make it happen.
It probably goes without saying, but walking around, particularly in the Vegas heat, is thirsty work. Plus, there are talks that you’ll need to arrive at fairly early in the morning, so caffeine is a must for most. Although you can find places to grab a cup of coffee or a bottle of water at the convention, everyone else is going to be in line as well, and you just might wait an hour for that cup of Joe. Grab a bite to eat and have coffee on hand before you get there, so you don’t waste precious time in lines. It’s also a good idea to carry bottled water with you. If you know you’ll need a meal or snack break, plan out ahead where you’ll go, and remember that the lines will be worse the closer you are to the convention.
One of the best things about going is that most of the booths will have some kind of giveaway item. If you pass something you like or hear that a particular company is giving away something you want, get it right away. Don’t make plans to drop by and get it later, so you don’t have to carry it- you’ll miss out.
There are dozens of interesting presentations scheduled, and many of them may apply to you. While you probably already have a good idea of a couple you want to catch, spend some time reading over all the descriptions, so that you don’t miss out on anything that might relate to your HR challenges. Make sure you give yourself enough time between activities to get from one place to the next, and schedule yourself regular rest breaks, so you’re prepared to really absorb the information in the next presentation.
If you have a particular app you like to take notes in, you’re probably set, but if you’re old school, make sure you take a notebook. You’ll also want to plan out how to carry any swag you get, as well as how you’ll track any connections you make or what you’ll do with business cards. Don’t rely on yourself to remember the information. There is so much to do and see that you’ll inevitably overlook something or someone you wanted to follow up with if you don’t have some kind of tracking or note system in place.
Whether you’re headed to the convention or not, the HR Source is here to support all your HR needs. Send us a message and let us know what areas your organization struggles with, and we’ll come up with a custom solution for your needs.
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