Not Able To Attend A Conference

Every year there are countless conferences I want to attend and every year I have to pass up on almost all of them. It is disappointing but I find ways to follow along. If you find yourself in a similar situation to me, what might you do to still gain insight about the conference?

 

LinkedIn – Check LinkedIn events and see who is attending and begin to network with them. Some individuals you may know and others maybe not. But connecting in advance could lead to sharing of information and feedback on the conference and topics and maybe even the sharing of notes about valuable take aways.

Twitter – Find out the particular hashtag of the conference and follow along with what is being shared and follow along. See what is being shared and even participate in the conversation from your home or office. Good tools to follow a particular hashtag include:

Ustream – Some conferences, like the 140conf will use Ustream to play live video of the sessions so that everyone may see what is happening. You are able to listen to the sessions, just miss out on the in-person networking.

Facebook – Some conferences will create a Facebook Page for people to join and get upcoming information about a conference or seminar. What is also valuable about these Pages is that the conference hosts may also upload pieces of the conference after the fact in video form or transcripts or with reviews.

YouTube – Many conferences or conference attendees will take video and upload the content to YouTube to share with the masses. This is an excellent way to get information but also hear others opinions on topics that were discussed.

Blogs – Use Google and do a search for blogs from the conference name and see what others wrote about their experience. These posts may appear after the conference but they will be helpful in accumulating additional knowledge about events.

 
While all of these are good tools to use, it is helpful to follow a variety of channels to maximize the impact and knowledge of what is being discussed. Conversations even continue online after events or into the evenings. Knowing that we are all busy and following along all day is not realistic; pick and choose what makes sense for you. And chances are, you will network and meet new people along the way even though you are not there in person.

TOTAL PICTURE RADIO with Peter Clayton

I’ve spoken to Peter Clayton on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for a number of topics over the past year or so. Peter is extremely recognized in the industry as a leader and has fantastic insight… plus he is amazing to connect with in real life.

We finally met in October when we both attended the IACPR conference in Philadelphia and were witness to a very interesting and well attended event. This was my first

Peter was kind enough to interview me on his Total Picture Radio show and you may download the podcast or read the transcript here.

I am truly honored to have been included in the show as Peter has interviewed amazing talent and thought leaders. I am a bit humbled (but honestly thrilled) to have been asked.

I hope you enjoy and always welcome follow up questions.

2009 Social Recruiting Summit

On Monday, November 16th in New York City, the Social Recruiting Summit took place amongst a great crowd of presenters and attendees.  The energy was high and social media/social networking was on everyone’s mind!

Laurie Ruettiman (AKA Laurie Woman) was an awesome MC and one who really gets HR, Recruiting and Social Media.  And she should get it knowing her vast and strong HR background.  Laurie was a perfect choice to MC this event and kudos to ERE for this selection.  Also, yes, Laurie was standing on her soapbox all day!

Fred Wilson, Carmen Hudson, Kelly Dingee, Ben Gotkin, Kerry Noone, Heather Tinguely, John Sumser, Master Burnett, Susan Burns, Gerry Crispin and Jessica Lee all provided excellent insight to social media for recruiting and the only shame is that during the day you had to make choices on who you would like to hear.  These were presenters that were worth coming in, meeting, listening to and interacting with on a variety of topics.

Not only were the presentations great but the networking opportunities were invaluable as well.  It was a chance to meet those that you have Tweeted with for a while, spoken with on the phone or just reconnecting from anther function.

What did I take away from #SocialRecruiting?  I got something out of each presentation I attended but the 5 big ideas that really stuck out in my mind were: 

  • Fred Wilson – Blogs are where people build trust and to build an audience.  Blog every day.  It is hard to do but you have to make time to do it.  And make it a key part of your company web site.
  • Fred Wilson – Identify 3 things you have been doing for over 10 years, stop doing them and replace them with 3 new things.
  • Kerry Noone – Make sure that every comment is followed up on, either by a direct response or by connecting with the right recruiter.  It is important to keep the direct contact going on your social networking sites.
  • Master Burnett (reiterated by Gerry Crispin) – If you are not in the conversation, others will lead it.  This is so powerful and completely TRUE.
  • Jessica Lee – Do it for you and enhance your brand.  People want to get to know you more than they want to know the company.  People will learn about the company through your interactions.

And my bonus take away:

  • Chris Hoyt gave a perfect glimpse at how effective a Google Wave at a conference is to share information, provide insight to others and how it is even a great tool to have the conversations continue even after the conference has ended!

If you couldn’t attend this session, definitely make it part of your 2010 plan.  The information is phenomenal but the connections are invaluable!