By far the question I get asked most often at the HR Tech Conference is, “Who should I connect with while I’m here?” Both vendors and attendees ask me this. I probably face this question a half a dozen times a day, or more.
I really don’t have an answer for that. It’s a very personal question.
Who I might want to connect with, could be very different from who you want to connect with. It all depends on what you’re trying to get out of the interaction. I know a bunch of people and connect with many more at each HR Tech Conference, which is why I enjoy this conference so much, but I don’t have your ‘secret’ connection list.
Here is how I usually respond:
1. Why are you at the conference?
2. What is your current pain point at work?
3. Ultimately, what do you want to leave the conference with?
Once these are answered you can easily come up with a hit list of who you should be connecting with.
The expo and the amount of sessions can be overwhelming, but if you focus on what you are really here to do, it becomes a little easier to handle.
The one thing I’ve found is that almost everyone I’ve ever met at HR Tech loves to make new connections, both attendees and vendors. That puts it back on your back to be open to these connections as well
One Pro Tip: Leverage one contact to introduce you to a new contact. Repeat.
If you come here knowing no one, find a vendor that you use, and have them introduce you to another one of their customers. Also, I find session speakers are usually really open to connect, just stop and say “Hi” and thank them for their session afterwards. That makes for a good conversation starter!
So, whom should you connect with at HR Tech?
That’s a really good question!