I don't want you to think that I didn't enjoy the conference by the way - most of my criticisms are down to the limitations of traditional events.
I mean people complain about meetings but what about the wasted time listening to unprepared speakers giving poor presentations on boring case studies with no interactivity and in ignorance of the twitter stream! - it's an absolute disgrace.
It's one reason I'm so keen on the unconferences we run within ConnectingHR.
Another interesting event is being piloted next year by HR Magazine.
Their HR Talks will have speakers presenting for no more than 10 minutes each and then having a discussion with the audience.
At the end of each session the speaker has to give people three essential pieces of advice. The 50 top pieces of advice will be given out to delegates at the end of the day.
It should be much more engaging and interactive than traditional events, and therefore I'll bet on it being much more valuable too.
- Darren Hockaday, HR director, London Overground Rail Operations - employee engagement and customer services
- Amanda Menahem, HR director, Hastings Direct - talent strategy
- Jayne Billam, director of HR, University of Lincoln & Andrew Walsh, head of resources, The Pensions Trust - performance management and reward
- David Smith, group HR and communications director, LV= - Web 3.0 recruitment technology
- Sarah Perkins, UK healthy living manager, American Express - data for health and wellbeing
- Janet Burr, HR director, Thames Water & Valerie Hughes D’Aeth, group HR director, Amey - change management
- Simon Brown, head of learning transformation and group learning, Lloyds Banking Group & Paul McGhee, leadership and development manager, City of Edinburgh Council - innovative, value-added L&D
- Dr Benjamin Reid, head of the creative industries programme at The Work Foundation and Professor Adrian Furnham of the department of psychology at University College London - innovation and creativity
- Fiona Deal, executive director corporate services, AmicusHorizon & Sam Owens, HR manager, Merlin Entertainments Group - employee engagement
- Catherine Griffiths, HR business partner, organisation strategy, Birmingham City Council - technology
- Wendy Cartwright, director of human resources, London 2012; Gillian Hibberd, strategic director (resources and business transformation) Buckinghamshire County Council & Catherine Devitt, director of people and organisation - HR excellence.
I'm going to be going along, so if you want to feed questions into the event you can add them as comments here.
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