Givin’ Em What They Love (Summing Up #TNSHRM13)
Years ago I had an interview with a Fortune 500 company and the interviewer said to me “Ok Chris, now’s your chance to brag about yourself.”
I said, “I always have trouble bragging on myself”
And she said “Look, they’re only 2 of us in this room and I don’t know you.”
I remembered that while putting together my post conference experience wrap up because quite frankly I’m about to brag on myself. I’m stroking my own ego because the Social Media Agenda went off according to plan. I created some things that I’ve never seen before at any other conference – like what you say? Well, how about the pre-conference “4 Questions” video series where each member of the Social Media Team answered 4 questions while introducing themselves to the attendees, vendors and sponsors. It worked the conference participants knew who we were.
If you check the #tnshrm13 on various social networks, you see will attendee focused content. No drinks, no shoes, no suits, no foodporn – just interaction with the people. There were also 15 second Instagram video interviews with volunteers, vendors, sponsors and attendees – feel free to “borrow” that – you’re welcome!
Also I’m proud of myself for picking a fantastic Social Media Pit Crew. There’s a line which says “smart people surrounds themselves with smarter people…” VERTIAS! I was smart enough to know I needed help. Melissa Fairman, Justin Harris, Dave Ryan, and Michael Haberman made me look like a genius. And Tammy LaPoint -O’Brien tweeted her heart out and made sure we were hydrated (thanks for that). They did way more than what was required. Each one of them just wanted to put on a great show – mission accomplished – so just like Lady Gaga, give yourselves a round of “Applause.” I’m especially happy for Justin, it was his first Conference and to see him embrace the opportunity… I’ll say this, attention Conference Directors, you need Justin on your team. But you can’t have him in September 2014.
The MTSHRM Executive Board and Chapter Volunteers
I was so fortunate to have the support of a great Executive Board from Nashville (Middle Tennessee SHRM) on my side. They gave me everything I needed, all the resources and tools to bring Social to the State conference. Thanks Lyn Hoyt, Barbara Stewart, Art Smith, Dennis Stull, Shane Bailey and Elizabeth Fuller. My apologies if I forgot anyone.
I’ve been to other conferences and I always marvel at the efforts of the chapter volunteers. They never get enough credit. I want to thank all the volunteers who were running around the Grand Ole Opry Conference Center putting out fires, attending to needs and making this run smoothly. I’m looking at you registration desk volunteers, floor attendants, and facility support.
Givin’ Em What They Love
Because of the outstanding work by everyone, TNSHRM is on the map – the buzz is still alive – lots of interest for 2014. The planning is already underway so let’s raise a toast to the past and nod to the future.
#TNSHRM14 September 17 – 19th wildernessatthesmokies.com/
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