I attended the Louisiana SHRM State Conference in New Orleans last week. I had the BEST time while I was there — I made a lot of connections with some awesome people and I learned some things (Read about the 1st DAY of the Conference HERE)
But before I dive into the lessons from Day 2, I want to say a quick blurb about the importance of conferences and continued education …
I get that we’re all busy. I get that we all are trying to make a buck, either as independent businesses or apart of an organizations. I get that conferences and courses can be expensive and time-consuming and that sitting in a room with other practitioners isn’t going to put more money in your pocket or necessarily teach you something you don’t already know.
Yes, it is expensive. Yes, it is time-consuming. Yes, you may not learn anything you didn’t already know.
And yes, you should still go anyway.
No matter whether you are in HR or some other career, at least once a year, you need to get out of your normal workspace, sit in a big room with people who do the same type of work that you do and listen to someone else give you tips on how to improve at it. You owe it to yourself and the people you serve to stay informed, encouraged and refreshed. The continued learning that happens at conferences, seminars and similar courses will give you that.
So work it into your budget and make it happen!
Ok. I’m off my soapbox. Now back to Day 2 of Louisiana SHRM. Here’s what I learned:
And with all conferences, the guests walked away with goodies. Check out this fun video from Dwane Lay’s blog on all the swag from the conference. I even make a cameo!