If you haven't logged into a BlogTalkRadio show yet, you missed a real corker yesterday. @Steve Boese put out his 69th HR Happy Hour show live from the HR Southwest conference, with a room full of outstanding HR practitioners and consultants, many of whom you may be familiar with from the @billboorman TruLondon series, Twitter and blogs.
Steve's show description: In partnership with our friends from Voice of HR, the HR Happy Hour will talk about the HR conference scene, and our live panel will share their observations about HR conferences and discuss what works, what doesn’t and where they’d like to see HR conferences headed in the future. Recordings of many of Steve's shows can be found in the RCEuro.com Audio and video player, including last night's show.
BlogTalkRadio is live, uncensored internet based broadcasting, with participants dialing in from anywhere in the world. For this show, Steve had a panel in a conference room plus callers (including yours truly, representing the UK and #SRCONF). Participants included (using their Twitter handles) @SteveBoese, @TrishMcFarlane, @Stelzner, @loismelbourne, @ChinaGorman, @Seiden, @ChrisPonder, @Frannyo, @fishdogs. My apologies if I missed anyone.
There has been a recent and lively debate here in the UK about what a conference should look like and deliver, started by Andy Headworth on his SironaSays blog. My partner for Social Recruiting Conference 2010, Vic Okezie, and I have made some comments, as have leading lights like Jon Ingham, James Mayes, Gareth Jones, Stephen O"Donnell and Bill Boorman.
The debate on both sides of the Pond is what a conference should look like, how should content be delivered -and to whom. Vic has been running a great blog series on the background to organising our event, which you can read here.
A common theme is that delegates want great content and in particular want real user stories. Entertainment only speakers, jugglers and lots of give aways (swag in the USA vernacular) are not that relevant. Vendors that deliver real value and information are relevant. Industry speakers who can provide case studies are relevant and desired. Corporates who have faced challenges (and can talk about them) are highly regarded.
WiFi, mobile reception, twitter back channels, on-site blogging and other interactive elements are becoming the expected norm, as is the use of live streaming for those that can't make it onsite. Venues that ignore these elements of any conference, not just one that has a Social Media theme, will soon be loosing out to more adaptive locations.
Have a listen to the show in the home page player and send me your comments. Come register for the #SRCONF event and listen to 10 real life corporate practitioners share their trials, tribulations and successes implementing direct sourcing and social media. Take part in the Twitter conversation now and, if you can't make it, watch the live stream on 30 November.