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HRevolution 2014 Announced- Join us in Dallas 11/7- 11/8

HRevolution Official Logo blackThe HRevolution is coming to Dallas (Grapevine), TX on November 7- 8, 2014 and you’re invited!

HRevolution is an industry-changing event in the US for the human resource industry.  It began as a single tweet on Twitter as a way to bring HR professionals, recruiters, CEOs, and other industry leaders together to discuss the current state of human resources and where the industry is headed.  It was also a way to give back to the HR community by decreasing the costs for attendees compared to traditional events.  Our generous sponsors cover much of the costs associated with the event.  This keeps our ticket prices low.  Get yours today HERE.

Early bird tickets $125

Regular registration $200

HRevolution has produced six highly successful events and we are excited to bring HRevolution 7 to a whole new level by refining the focus of the event while expanding the reach to increasingly more high-level HR professionals.  It’s also a way to celebrate our 5 year anniversary by reuniting with many of the past attendees who made this a success.

What is the ingredient that makes HRevolution different from all other events?  It’s YOU.

You will bring your knowledge, your questions, your fears, your ambition, ideas, and all those things that make you unique.  Then, instead of just sitting quietly in your chair as speakers feed information to you, YOU become part of the sessions.  We pull in some of the most talented thought leaders in the space to guide and challenge us.  You take an active role in the session.  It’s all about the dialog and networking.  If you go home having made some life-changing contacts, we’ll view the event as a success!   

At HRevolution, we believe individuals and organizations embrace the future when given the opportunity to discuss and test their ideas in a safe environment.   We provide an open forum for discussion, collaboration, and relationship building within the global HR industry.

HRevolution is really a living, breathing case study in change management.  Who would have guessed that a group of strangers could come together via social media 5 years ago and have a grassroots movement start to change the Human Resource profession?

For anyone who doubts the power of social media, I offer this event up as an example that when creative minds come together and are motivated to share their voices, great things happen.

Thank you to all our sponsors for helping us make the dream a reality. With the help of Mercer, Symbolist and personal contribution from Lois and Ross Melbourne, this will be a great event.  If you are interested in sponsoring, we are still looking for 2 more.  Contact me at Trisham89@gmail.com.

Your planning team including me, Ben Eubanks, Steve Boese and Matt Stollak are all very excited to see you in November.

Viva la HRevolution!

HR Happy Hour: #HRevolution and #HRTechConf Recap

hrhappyrhourIt’s time for the HR Happy Hour recap of HRevolution and The HR Technology Conference.  Both were a huge success.  HRevolution was sold out several weeks before our event.  There were some great new sessions and about half of the 120 attendees were new to the event.  This made for some exciting learning and discussions!  All this brought to us by our generous sponsors.  Thanks to FisherVista (for your HR marketing & media needs) and RolePoint (for all your employee referral needs)  for hosting our tweetup at Mix Lounge.  Special thanks to our HRevolution event sponsor Sum Total .  Great partners!!

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The HR Technology Conference didn’t disappoint either.  Vendors stepped up their game as did the speakers.  The attendees were networking like crazy.

Be sure to check out the HR Happy Hour show replay for the full details.  Steve Boese and I had a great time being “live” again after a couple months away while planning these events.  We’re excited to be back and you’ll hear more live from us again soon.  For show details, check out the HR Happy Hour site.

Why Come to #HRevolution? To See a Wedding, Of Course!

When my blog posts slow down this time of year you can rest assured it’s because of one thing…

HRevolution

HRevolution is happening at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on October 6th.

HRevolution Official Logo blackI love planning this event in my free time.  It takes away from my writing time for a bit, but it’s well worth it.  Since it’s start four years ago, this event has been one of the best networking events in the HR space.  We’ve partnered, learned, shared, laughed and even cried.  But, a wedding?  What could that mean?

If you’ve never attended HRevolution before, I need to back-track and explain.  Back in 2009 when this event was a mere string of tweets taking shape into a gathering, we said the real purpose was networking in person with other smart business pros.  That first night in Louisville, KY, fifty people gathered.  At this point, none of us had met.  Not even the planning committee.  Any relationships we had were purely virtual.

It was at this event that we all first met Frank Zupan and Tammy Colson.  I distinctly remember meeting them both separately.  Frank was living in Ohio, Tammy was on the east coast.  Well, that first event came and went and many friendships were started.  The next year at HRevolution, Frank and Tammy attended separately again.  But this time, romance must have been in the air.  By the third year of HRevolution, they were a couple.  Now here we are, four years in, and since we’ll be in Las Vegas, there will be a wedding.  The first wedding of a couple that met at HRevolution.  We couldn’t be happier for them!

Will you find love at HRevolution?  Maybe.

What I know you WILL definitely find:

  • New colleagues who may be CEOs, COOs, HR practitioners, consultants, recruiters, people who work in HR technology, and more.

  • Sessions where YOU are part of the discussion.

  • Debate on issues impacting our field.

Most importantly, connection.  Connection with people you will want to work with in the future.  People you will be friends with for years.

So, why should you come to HRevoltuion?  There are many good reasons, but my TOP reason this year is to watch two of our HRevolution family get married.  So, get your ticket today HERE.

Congratulations Tammy and Frank.  We love you and can’t wait to see you start this chapter of your lives!

Thanks to our sponsor, Sum Total for making this event possible. SUMTOTAL-LOGO-final-color-CMYK_TM

It’s Here! HRevolution 2013 Tickets On Sale Now!

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The HRevolution- sponsored by our premier partner, Sum Total- is coming to Las Vegas on October 6, 2013 and you’re invited!

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HRevolution is an industry-changing conference in the US for the human resource industry.  It began as a single tweet on Twitter as a way to bring HR professionals, recruiters, CEOs, and other industry leaders together to discuss the current state of human resources and where the industry is headed.

HRevolution has produced five highly successful events and we are excited to bring HRevolution 6 to a whole new level by refining the focus of the event while expanding the reach to increasingly more high-level HR professionals.  The HRevolution team (Ben Eubanks, Steve Boese, Matt Stollak and Trish McFarlane) work hard all year to bring this great event to you!

Why HRevolution?

What is the ingredient that makes HRevolution different from all other events?  It’s YOU.

You will bring your knowledge, your questions, your fears, your ambition, ideas, and all those things that make you unique.  Then, instead of just sitting quietly in your chair as speakers feed information to you, YOU become part of the sessions.

We pull in some of the most talented thought leaders in the space to guide and challenge us.  You take an active role in the session.  It’s all about the dialog and networking.  If you go home having made some life-changing contacts, we’ll view the event as a success!

We’re  different in that we have generous sponsors who cover much of the cost typically paid by the attendees.  With the help of Sum Total and The HR Technology Conference, HRevolution comes to you at the lowest rate of ANY conference out there!

Tickets/ Registration

HR thought leaders and practitioners from around the globe will be converging for 24 hours+ of mind-bending, trend-setting discussions, yet space is limited, so sign up today HERE!!  Early bird pricing for the first 50 registrants will be $120.  General registration is $200.  Where else can you have access to top industry professionals for that low price?  Nowhere!

Partnering with The HR Technology Conference

This year’s event is co-located with our partner, The HR Technology Conference, the premier global tech event of the year.  With their partnership, you will not only have the opportunity to attend HRevolution on October 6th, you’ll also receive one of the largest discounts possible for The HR Technology Conference ($600 off the regular conference rate)!

Accommodations

You have access to use the room block for The HR Technology Conference at the following hotel:

Mandalay Bay
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Phone: 877-632-9001
702-632-9000Rate: $199 single/double + tax
Discounted resort fee available: Only $10/day when you book in the HR Technology room block — that’s a savings of $15/day off the regular resort fee.

If you have interest in helping to support HRevolution in any capacity, check out the HRevolution site or email me at TrishaM89@gmail.com.  We are looking for greeters, people to man the registration table, and people to help promote the event on social media sites.

Thanks to our partner The HR Technology Conference and premier sponsor, Sum Total, for your generous support.

Now….. go buy that ticket!

#HRTechConf 2012 Delivers for Practitioners

Technology- it’s one of the scariest words for many HR practitioners.

Trish McFarlane & Bill Kutik

One of the highlights of my professional life each year is the ability to attend the HR Technology Conference.  Under the tutelage of industry veteran Bill Kutik and the team at LRP Publiciations, this event is one that never disappoints.  As you can imagine, as soon as the event starts, posts are being written analyzing each and every kernel of the event.  I made a personal commitment to avoid reading all other accounts until I could get my head wrapped around my experience at the event.  This is that attempt.

As the name of the conference implies, this is THE event for professionals looking to learn about new and existing technology in the talent space.  One only needs to step foot on the expo floor to be exposed to the nearly overwhelming sight of vendors vying for attention.

For practitioners, this is the perfect place to spend your time.  Why?  Well, how many of you have time for the countless, unsolicited phone calls each week from vendors who don’t know what your company does and what the needs are?  How many of you have hours each week to sit through demos of products that may not address your company’s needs?  Walking the expo floor takes this aspect out of your life and provides:

  • Tightly focused exhibitors-  The vendors who participate in The HR Technology Conference know they only have a short window of time to get your attention and make a quick pitch.  This means you’ll have a much more focused discussion about where you work, what the technology challenges are and what solutions that vendor can provide.  Simple.  Quick.  Easy.

  • Demos that deliver-  For practitioners looking for a more detailed demo experience, vendors can pack what normally takes an hour into about ten to fifteen minutes.  They also have rooms available where longer demos run throughout the day.  The added benefit of taking a demo at the conference is that now you’re surrounded by other practitioners asking questions.  You may not have this luxury if you sit in on a video demo from your office.  Take advantage of hearing the questions that other HR leaders have.  This will help you clarify your questions as well.

  • Good use of time-  With so many different types of vendors in one place, it saves you time because you can map out exactly which ones you need to speak with.

  • It’s not about a swag grab-  Unlike other conferences, you find ONLY HR and business vendors at this event.  You won’t be bombarded with vendors selling jewelry, purses or hair bows.  You also won’t find as much swag as you will at other events.  It’s not about that.  You may pick up a few flash drives or HR tees, but it leaves the focus more on the services than some cheap toys.

Networking

One of the main reasons to attend an event like The HR Technology Conference each year is for the networking.  In the years I have been attending, I have met professionals at all levels who have expertise in all aspects of technology.  This has not only helped me personally learn, which benefits my career growth, it also helps me by having people I can reach out to throughout the year if I have questions.  Everyone I’ve met through the event has been generous with their time and information.  In turn, I strive to be the same type resource for other people I meet there.

Where can you network?

  • Expo Floor

  • Sessions

  • Hallways and  during Lunch

  • Vendor dinners

  • Vendor parties

  • Briefings with vendors

Learning

Now to the part that practitioners love….the sessions.  We all know a good conference offers up sessions that make you think, that teach you something and that are entertaining.  The beauty of this event is that the sessions are often co-led by executives or by client/ vendor pairs.  You won’t hear a vendor pitch, you’ll hear how a company had an issue and how they partnered with a vendor to solve it.  You’ll hear HR executives tell you about exciting things they are doing with their HR technology, and if you come to the HRevolution “unsession” YOU will be able to join the conversation and share your experiences with the group.  There is certainly something for everyone!

*Special thank you to Bill Kutik, Ken Kahn, Vicky Dennehy and Ed Chase for your support and partnership with HRevolution as well as your dedication to providing The HR Technology Conference.  I am honored to be a speaker at the event and appreciate all the learning through the years.

5 Ways Executives Can Increase Success

One thing executives and up-and-coming practitioners think about is how to be more successful in their career. There are no shortage of books to tell you what steps to take.  There are countless bloggers, like me, who want to share our tips to get you to the best possible position.

As we have all heard, hands on learning and research still tends to be the best and most effective way to improve our skills.  This holds true as we move up the corporate ladder.  The issue becomes that the more responsibility you have as you take on larger roles, the less time you believe you have to develop yourself.  

PROMOTING CONTINUOUS LEARNING & SUCCESS

  • Learn more about  technology-  Face it, you’re living in a fast-paced world.  Technology changes moment to moment so it’s a real challenge to stay current on not just the latest bright, shiny toy, but on key technologies to help run your business better.
  • Negotiate more- Many people land in high level roles and have not had much in the way of negotiation skills.   Sure, they may have bought a few things, but have they learned how to have conversations with multiple vendors, be able to get prices down, and make an informed decision?  Probably not.
  • Spend more time networking-  I’ve heard many leaders say they do not have time to network.  You may have a good circle to fall back on, but it’s always important to keep networking.  Your network can help you garner business, answer complex questions, help you land that next big job, and more!
  • Learn how to use social media for business, then DO it-  Still not big on social platforms?  Today is the day to change all that.  You just need to find a place to get that information in an easy to use format.
  • Communicate more effectively-  This is something we can all continue to work on.  Hearing how others communicate with employees or clients, as well as how they capture ROI, is a good way to keep your own skills, and style, fresh.

RECOMMENDATIONS

How have I continued my learning?  By attending the HR Technology® conference each year.  It brings all these opportunities to you in one place.

  • It’s a conference where you WILL learn how to be a better business leader.
  • It is a conference that gives you great opportunities to talk to vendors and LEARN how to negotiate with them.
  • It’s a conference where you meet other execs and practitioners who will expand your network.
Here’s the best deal….you can save $500 off the rack rate of $1,795. Just use the Promotion Code RINGLEADER (all caps) when you register onlinewww.HRTechConference.com .  It’s that easy!
Not familiar with the conference and need more info?  Check out the YouTube video http://bcove.me/ic18c0ee  or download the brochure http://bit.ly/Lbay7s .  Or, visit the website to see all the great options available.

www.HRTechConference.com.

Join me at HRevolution on Sunday, October 7th and follow it up by staying in Chicago for The HR Technology Conference.  Hope to see you there!

HRevolution: Countdown To Chicago

Evolving HR.

Revolutionary HR.

No matter which approach to HR is yours, HRevolution is your event.  Gone are the days when you have to choose a traditional conference with traditional sessions.  Gone are the days when you don’t get to have a voice at an event.  Gone are the days when you come back to work and have ANY excuse not to put something new and exciting into practice.

You see, this 5th HRevolution will challenge you, test your knowledge, make you question your beliefs, let you share with others, provide healthy debate, and make you WANT to hold yourself accountable to change the world of work.  My fellow planners (Ben Eubanks, Steve Boese, and Matt Stollak) and I want you to join us for the event of the year.  You can register HERE.

This year’s event is co-located with The HR Technology Conference, the premier global tech event of the year.  With their partnership, you will not only have the opportunity to attend HRevolution on October 7th, you’ll also receive one of the largest discounts possible for The HR TEchnology Conference ($600 off the regular conference rate)!

Please be aware that the Chicago Marathon is going on the same day so hotel rooms are VERY limited.  We have a block of rooms available for Saturday night, October 6th) at the following hotel:

Westin Michigan Avenue
909 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL  60611
(312) 943-7200
Use the code word “HRevolution” for a rate of $309/ night
Tickets to the event are going fast so register HERE today.  We can’t wait to see you at the event!

The 10 Conference Commandments

*Sharing from the dusty archives as conference season heats up…

I’ve been a speaker and attendee at more conferences than I can count.  One thing I’ve learned is that in order to get the most value out of your time and money is to set yourself up for success with a little pre-conference planning.

Here are 10 ways you can boost your conference experience as well as improve your networking:

1.  Study the Agenda.

When I began going to conferences, I rarely looked at all the session options.  Now, I study the agenda and have a loose plan that contains:

  • Sessions that will help me immediately at work
  • Sessions that challenge how I think
  • At least one that is unrelated to my current role
  • Time built in so that I can add a few “on the fly” when I’m there

Having room for spontaneity may lead to one of the best sessions you never would have planned on attending.

2. Connect with people on LinkedIn or follow new people on Twitter.

Start by looking up the speakers of the sessions you plan to attend.  If they are on LinkedIn, send a brief but personal message stating that you’re looking forward to their upcoming session.  Next, go on Twitter and search the conference name or, if you know it, the hashtag (i.e. #SHRM12, #ILSHRM, #HRevolution).  You will be able to follow people who are talking about the conference online before the event.  Reach out to a few of them and chat about what they are looking forward to at the conference, what sessions they are attending, etc.

3. Read blogs.

If there is a vendor hosted blog, blogs written by speakers, or other industry blogs covering the event, be sure to read them in the weeks immediately before the event.  It’s a good way to find tips that will help you have a better conference experience.

4. Meet the Speakers/ Session Leaders.

Plan to stay a few moments after the session to speak to the session leader.  Most work very hard to prepare and love to hear your feedback.  It’s also a good time to meet if you’ve previously connected on LinkedIn or Twitter. If they are not using social media, don’t forget to ask for their business card.  The biggest mistake I see professionals make today is not bringing any cards with them to conferences.  It’s still a leading way to connect after an event.

5. Arrange to meet at least 3 people in person that you connected with via LinkedIn or Twitter.

There have been many times I’ve been to an event where I did not know anyone.  It would have been easy to attend a few sessions and go back to my room, but I would never have some of the great business connections I do now if I had done that.  Even if you are shy, force yourself to be a little bit outgoing.  Using LinkedIn or Twitter to learn about someone first makes it much easier to meet them in person.  Take advantage of that.  By having a handful of people you know at least a little, your networking results should multiply as they are able to introduce you to their contacts.

6. Attend at least one session you think you may never use at work.

I used to focus only on sessions that I saw as beneficial to what I was trying to do at work.  Once I began branching out, I actually found that many of the issues and situations I learned about came in handy years later.  People tend to gravitate to what we already know so by taking this approach you are forcing yourself to open up to a different topic or way of approaching work situations.

7. Participate in arranged ice breakers or meet ups.

Anyone who has gone to a conference knows there are always the ice breakers or events that lean on the corny side.  Plaster a smile on your face and jump in with a good attitude.  I’ve found that by doing that and making sure I’m not just hanging around the people I already know, I’ve been able to meet some outstanding professionals I would have never been exposed to.

8. Take notes.

Whether you take notes in a journal or using your netbook, iPad or smartphone, find a way to document those ideas you may need to tuck away for future use.  I can’t tell you how many times I attend conferences and see professionals just sitting and listening or checking their email.  If you are going to take your valuable time and spend the funds to attend, make sure you at least have several takeaways.

9. Think of at least a handful of “to do’s” inspired by the event, then DO them and document the results.

I’ll raise my hand as “guilty” of coming back to work after an event and not doing anything productive that I learned at the event.  What a waste!  For the last three years, I write down ideas as I fly home and then over the next few months, I attempt to incorporate them into my daily job.  Sometimes something clicks and I have great results and sometimes it’s something that doesn’t stick.  Either way, I’m approaching my work with a creative and innovative spirit and using knowledge gained at the conference.

10: Have fun!  Get out an experience life in the town you’re visiting.

Grab some of your new found friends or some you’ve had for years and hit a restaurant that only locals typically haunt.  Take tons of pictures then share them on Flickr or FaceBook so you can keep the conversation going when you’re back home.  By interacting with business professionals in the more formal daytime setting and also getting to know them better in casual settings too, you’ll strengthen the networking results by forming a closer bond than if you were to just attend sessions and head back to your room to “work” each night.

Remember, there are many reasons professionals attend conferences.  The reason with the most benefit is networking.  By trying new ways to boost your networking skills and opportunities you will come home knowing you had a successful event!

If you’ll be at the upcoming SHRM Annual Conference in Atlanta, the IL SHRM Conference or HRevolution/ The HR Technology Conference in the fall, you can connect with me on Twitter (@TrishMcFarlane), through my blog or via email atTrishaM89@gmail.com.

I hope to meet you there!