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Confessions of a LASHRM14 Speaker

Posted by Sarah Williams on April 2, 2014 in HR Conferences and Events |
confessions of a lashrm14 speaker

In 5 days, I return to Baton Rouge for my 3rd consecutive Louisiana SHRM State Conference!!

2 years ago, LASHRM became the first conference I attended as apart of the Social Media team (Read about that HERE). Last year, LASHRM became the first conference I attended as a Concurrent session speaker … I return as a Concurrent speaker again this year — covering 2 sessions: one panel session on social media/networking and a second session I’m leading entitled “Don’t Let 360 Feedback Make You Dizzy,” which is all about successfully structuring a 360-review program.

Riveting stuff, I know. And as I put finishing touches on my presentation, the same bittersweet, anxious feeling that I get whenever I speak at a conference is creeping up on me …

First, I wonder why I’m doing this to myself?!? My inner introvert hates every part of speaking in front of people. However, as I’ve said before, the voice of the HR practitioner is needed in the HR Conference space. So my inner introvert just has to suck it up and deal.

Then I worry that my session will be empty. And at LASHRM, this is a legitimate concern. The conference is filled to the gills with great content. Check out this lineup!! You will want the slideshare decks on these presentations when the conference is done. You may be able to get video on some of the sessions — including mine. I will post links to all that when I return.

Then I worry that I’ll miss something. With all the great sessions, I can’t possibly fit everything in. Many of the speakers are friends of mine and people I’ve come to really respect so I want to support them and glean those HR goodies! It’s a good problem to have, in the grand scheme.

Mostly, I am looking forward to spending time with my HR friends and colleagues , especially my blog-FFs from Performance I Create. And I’m glad to have the opportunity to connect and recharge my HR batteries because I really need it as I set goals for the 2nd half of the year. 2014 has already been quite a doozy!

Please follow and share this journey with me on Twitter and Instagram by following the #LASHRM14 hashtag starting Sunday morning. Wheels up at 10am!! Red Stick or bust!!

 

 

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HR Under the Gunn

Posted by Sarah Williams on March 5, 2014 in Mentoring, Training & Development |
HR Under the Gunn

I am not a fashionista — I’m too practical, frugal and tomboyish for it. But I love fashion! I read the magazines and blogs; I follow trends and pay attention to designers. And I often combine my love of fashion and reality TV with reality competition shows like Project Runway and The Fashion Fund … […]

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Who’s The Boss?

Posted by Sarah Williams on February 19, 2014 in Leadership |
who's the boss -- like a boss

We’ve had quite a bit of snow in NC this winter. Schools have been closed for several days and I’ve brought my kids with me to the office. I’m fortunate to work places that allow me that leeway and flexibility. I don’t take it for granted at all. A couple years ago, I brought my daughter to […]

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It’s the HR Carnival … Of Love & Other Stuff!!

Posted by Sarah Williams on February 12, 2014 in Guest Bloggers, Guest Contributions, Mash-Ups & Collaborations |
carnival of hr -- buzz on hr

February is a short month … but it’s also a great month and one of my favorite months of the year! We celebrate Black History and highlight the accomplishments of African-Americans in the USA in February. We celebrate Valentine’s Day and highlight the importance of love and romance in February. Usually, we celebrate the best […]

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Certifiably SPHR Certified

Posted by Sarah Williams on February 5, 2014 in SPHR, Training & Development |
i passed the sphr

Well, I did it … I successfully passed the SPHR exam on my first attempt! I still can’t believe I did it, but I did. As I said in my last post, I felt a lot of pressure and anxiety heading in to the exam. And it was my sincerest hope I would come out […]

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