June 2008 12
I spent most of my time on Tuesday, the last day of the SHRM conference, wandering around. Half of my time was spent trying not to get lost, and the other half was spent either 1) eating or 2) talking to people. In my moments of talking to attendees and exhibitors, I found out a lot of useful and interesting tidbits.
Let’s admit it – work can be a drag at times, even if you love your job. There are days when you just want to crawl back into bed…but if you know you’re having a fun event at work, or you show up at the office and Susie whispers conspiratorially of a spontaneous pizza party (mmm food) – it makes the day a little more bearable.
Shiny bottles full of liquid of every hue as far as the eye can see. Men and women from all corners of the country clutching sweating bottles of Bud Light and juggling wine glasses as they continuously dodge oncoming traffic.
This is…a national human resources conference??! Okay, I’ll admit I was a bit jealous of the attendees, as Sunday was quite an impressive party, with open bars aplenty, heaping plates of food, the introduction of schwag, schwag, and more schwag, caged dancers…
Kidding about that last one.
Three days. 16,000 people. Millions of free pens. The SHRM 2008 Conference and Exposition is in full swing in Chicago.
Among the speaker highlights so far were opening keynote speaker Sidney Poitier (yes, that Sidney Poitier) on Sunday and author and The Table Group, Inc. president Patrick Lencioni, who spoke this morning. You can get a good rundown of some of the speakers and sessions here, or here.
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