As this blog goes live on the site, I will be on my way to Las Vegas for HRevolution.
This will be my third time attending.
Some people meet their mate online. I met my mate long before the internet but I suspect that if it had been in existence then that there’s a chance we would have met that way. In a business and life context though, I’ve met colleagues online that I hope I am friends with forever (sorry for the sentimentality but I really mean it). HRevolution is a place where I can meet up with them in the right environment. I can’t wait to be there.
Recently I’ve noticed something about my own online networking behaviour. I do it in fits and spurts. I was fortunate in that I met some great people in HR online early in my process of getting familiar with the various mediums. As a result, I have focused my attention on those I met then, with a goal to connect with them, rather than to spend huge amounts of time expanding my network and meeting people who now seem like strangers. Most of the people I interact with regularly are people who I met 2 or 3 years ago, or longer. The ones I connect with most often I have met in real life at least once, whether that be at HRevolution or another conference. Weird eh?
I’m not saying that it is impossible to connect with people who you want to connect with now, but I do think it is more difficult to do so if you aren’t focused on meeting them IRL at a conference or in some other environment and connecting in cyberspace afterwards. I have to wonder if this is part of human behaviour and how many other people feel the same way.
This is going to be a great weekend, and I’m looking forward to attending the whole host of festivities including a Saturday night wedding and a late night at the House of Blues.
See you online. You’ll find me at #hrevolution, a lot.