Yes folks, if you hadn’t heard I’m in Oklahoma; Norman, OK to be exact at the Oklahoma State HR Conference. I’ve never been here before and I must say the people are nice and the weather is crazy. I really understand why the NBA team is named the Oklahoma City, THUNDER. Ironic that I’m here while the Thunder and my home team the MEMPHIS Grizzlies are locked in a playoff battle.
On day one I met Bryan Wempen one of the host of Drive Thru HR, he and I have spoken before but this was the first meeting. Just as cool in person. I also met the wonderful Jessica Miller Merrell, she’s pretty cool too, to take time to hang with me – it’s not like she does not have a million things to do with her Blogging4Jobs brand. I met Nisha Raghavan, she is the newest co-host of Drive Thru HR, and she’s on her way to great things. And, I also met the opening keynote speaker Mr. Jim Knight, super cool guy, awesome hair and he knows how to captivate an audience.
I heard Jim speak and if you have never had the pleasure, I won’t spoil it but I will say he gets the crowd ready. I spoke to a couple of attendees and they were very excited to hear him speak and even wanted video copies of his presentation. That’s getting it done folks.
Jim is so good that he’s a really tough act to follow. Of course you want all your speakers to be themselves, but when scheduling sessions after a guy like that, you’d better make sure you keep the energy up. That’s easier said than done, I heard many attendees say that Jim set the bar so high it was hard for the other speakers to match him.
Another thing I loved about the OKHR Conference is that is officially kicked off at 1pm. This gave attendees time to arrive, register, get breakfast, tour the facility and connect. I liked that, I really did, it really provided the attendees a chance to get familiar with the Conference Center, map out their strategies and relax a bit.
Also, I have to admit Oklahoma people are nice…I lost my Ipad and someone turned it in to the registration desk. Classy.