Conferences are meant to be inspiring and invigorating. After all, you’re in a new city surrounded by like-minded individuals to learn about the newest ways to push the needle forward within your organization. You should come back from the 2019 HR Technology Conference & Exposition (HR Tech)—hailed as “the industry’s annual meeting”—feeling like the people’s champ of your team, ready to pass that inspiration on to everyone around you with all of the research, tips, and new ideas that spawned from your time there.
But then something happens. Conference fatigue sets in.
Conference fatigue might be an unfamiliar term, but the feeling isn’t. It’s what you feel whenever you’ve done the same thing for slightly longer than you’re used to. Fortunately, there’s a trick to combating conference fatigue—variety.
At this year’s HR Tech, you can follow our guide to keeping that excitement alive every step of the way.
Create a Conference Game Plan
HR Tech is full of fantastic vendors and speakers to interact with and learn from, and it might be tempting to see and do everything that the conference has to offer. Unfortunately, trying to be everywhere is not only impossible, but likely to make your time at HR Tech more stressful than necessary.
Instead, take a look at the full HR Tech agenda and find those events that speak to your unique interests and professional objectives. If you’re coming to HR Tech in search of innovative tools that empower you and your teams to enhance your employee experience in a major way, make sure to add Ultimate’s live, in-person demo to your list of must-sees. There, you’ll gain exclusive access to our experts who can show you exactly how our latest solutions are enabling organizations like yours to truly understand and serve their people to increase trust and productivity—without adding any administrative overhead in the process.
Find Your “Tribe” Among the Crowd
There’s no doubt that you’ll be surrounded by your peers at HR Tech. Every attendee has some sort of stake in the business of people, but even within that group there are subgroups or “tribes” of people with your unique interests. Whether you’re mesmerized by machine learning or excited about employee experiences, there’s a group of attendees equally excited to talk to you about it—if you know where to find them.
Here are just a few ways to find your tribe at this year’s HR Tech:
While you’re exploring new and exciting ideas at HR Tech, you may snap an incredible photo or have a profound thought to share on social media. You can connect to other conference-goers using the hashtag #HRTechConf on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to join in on the conversation. Using these hashtags will make it easier for your peers to find you—and for you to find them.
Not only will you be able to interact with other great minds at the conference, but tossing these hashtags into your conference-related posts gives you a chance to have a voice within your space while also building your personal brand. Who knows who might see your post, and what opportunities may come from those online interactions?
Let’s not forget that the idea of a social network existed long before the apps on our phones. A good old-fashioned handshake with a new colleague is more than enough to begin a fruitful working relationship.
Meeting new people can be daunting, but it can help to remember that everyone is there for the same reason. HR Tech attendees want to meet you. They want to hear what you’re working on. They want to share their expertise with you.
A simple change in perspective can sometimes be all you need to shake off those network jitters. Instead of being at a conference full of strangers, reshape that narrative so that you’re simply in Las Vegas with friends you’ve yet to meet. And if that doesn’t help, maybe these networking tips from some seasoned conference-goers will.
Location. Location. Location.
Shaking hands with just about anyone at HR Tech is sure to spark some interesting and enlightening conversations, but being in the right place can also help to make sure you’re meeting the right people. Sticking to your conference game plan that we talked about earlier will help you stay on course to have a fantastic learning experience—but don’t be afraid to color outside of the lines a little.
Being at the conference may change your perspective and create some new interests that you hadn’t imagined previously. A certain topic might send you down a rabbit hole of exploration, or someone may recommend a really interesting session that wasn’t even on your radar. You may even find yourself scheduled to sit in for another lecture, but instead decide you would rather get some hands-on learning experience with HR technology.
Your experience at this year’s HR Tech will be just as enriching as you planned for. See you there!