CategoryHR Conferences and Events

Happy #TKDay!! Cuz We All Need a Tiffany

March 15th is Tiffany Keuhl‘s birthday … so the BlogFFs decided to embarrass celebrate her with posts across our collective social media.

I met Tiffany on Twitter about 4 years ago when she retweeted something I posted. Soon after, I followed her back on Twitter … then we connected on LinkedIn … then Facebook … then we exchanged phone numbers and began talking/texting.

And now I cannot imagine my world without her.

Tiffany is a great friend. When she rocks with you, she rocks with you. You don’t have to wonder how she feels about you because she tells you. You don’t have to worry if she’ll be there when you need her because when you look over your shoulder, she’s already there. Through every victory I’ve had and every loss I’ve suffered since we became friends, she has been a consistent source of encouragement and support.

Tiffany is an amazing HR professional. There a few people who know more about the world of HR and are willing to share without hesitation or expectation than my Tiffers. She “gets” that sharing information with others doesn’t diminish her value, worth or importance. She “gets” that helping others makes her and our profession better.

Tiffany is a networking savant. Tiffany knows everybody! And she knows somebody who knows somebody. She is intentional about being current and connected to other professionals. In every conference or seminar or meeting she attends, you will see her on the move, shaking hands and taking photos and exchanging information and making introductions and getting to know people. She soaks it all up like a sponge — then she squeezes it out by connecting those connections to the rest of us.

Tiffany is a loving family woman. She is married to another HR pro — and they have a beautiful son. She is a daughter and a sister and an aunt and a cousin. She loves her family and is as dedicated to them as she is to her friends and her career.

Tiffany is fun, funny and fun-loving. Our conversations (although mostly by text these days because our schedules are unnaturally hectic) are always hilarious. You will find her on Instagram out-and-about in great places with great people having a great time. Even when she’s down, she’s never out of encouraging words or positive perspective.

Turnup with us for #TKDay online … cuz we all need more people like her in our lives. And when we have them, we should absolutely celebrate them.

Happy Birthday, Tiffers!!

Bunches of love      ~ Buzzarooney

 

TKDay - Tiffany Kuehl

Did You Know that I’m a MVP?

Did you know that I’m a MVP???

I’m not talking about being a Most Valuable Person … although I am that, too.

I’m talking about being a Multifarious Voice Presenter!!

The MVP Speaking Group was started this summer by my Blog-FF, HR Jedi and Resume Ninja extraordinaire — Chris Fields!!

Chris saw the need for greater diversity and more dynamic speakers in the conferences and seminars he was attending. He wondered why the great voices he knew weren’t being called on for more of these opportunities.

I’ll tell you all what I told him.

  • Connections. Like any other thing, speaking opportunities are as much about who you know as what you know. I’m not hating — just stating. It’s normal and natural to tap the shoulder of people you already know and trust because you know they’ll show up and do a great job.
  • Time. Opportunity really doesn’t knock as often as we’d like to think. You have to seek it. This takes concentrated effort — and time for that effort can be hard to come by with the other demands of life.

And that’s when I decided I wanted to be part of the MVP Presenters.

Because I want more speaking opportunities. The interviews, panel discussions, keynote presentations, seminars, webinars … I really dig it.  Despite my weeping inner introvert, deep down , I like doing it — and I’ve been told I am pretty darn good at it, too!

Thanks to MVP, now I will get more of those opportunities … Starting tonight when I speak to students at NC State University about the importance of mentoring.

Plus, I get to have my name associated with all the other talented speakers in the group. You should take a look at these folks for your upcoming event.

And if you’re looking for help booking gigs for your speaking aspirations, consider joining the MVPs!

What I Learned at SHRM14 … Even Though I Wasn’t There

I’ve never been to a SHRM National Conference.

So I was really excited when I was selected as a blogger for the 2014 Conference, which was going to be in one of my favorite places and feature some of my favorite people as speakers. I dreamed of eating in Disney World with my BlogFFs and other social media friends — and I plotted how I would snag a selfie with Robin Roberts.

Then I got my new job and had to cancel … If I’d pushed, they probably would have allowed me the time off since it was pre-planned. But I just didn’t feel right about it … So I made the decision to work instead — and now I set my sights on fabulous Las Vegas for the 2015 National Conference!

Even though I wasn’t there, I still got a good idea of all the happenings thru social media. Lots of great Twitter posts, Instagram photos and Facebook shares were flying around using the SHRM14 hashtag. Many of the bloggers on the official team, vendor partner sites and other bloggers wrote and shared articles from the event. It was great to see — and hard not to have bittersweet feelings about not being there.

Here are the 6 posts I think best sum up the lessons from SHRM14

And I have to give honorable mention to my friends at SHRM – We Know Next because they did a phenomenal job of grabbing, sharing and syndicating most of the blogs out there with coverage or mention of the SHRM14 conference.

But, in case you don’t want to read all this stuff, I can summarize the SHRM14 lessons in 5 words: change, care, certify, create and count.

Whoomp. There it is.

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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