One of my favorite things about going to a conference is to walk the exhibit hall and watch the humanity. Exhibitors - who's meek? (you're standing behind your table) Who's aggressive? (you're in front of your booth). Who's killing their ability to sell by pitching polarizing views without being asked? See below)
True story from #SHRMFL (that's the twitter hashtag for HR Florida) - We walk up on a booth and JLee, trained in a mixture of HR and PR, proceeds to ask a guy what he thinks about nationalized healthcare. The guy starts ranting and spitting a little bit (this is a vendor, by the way) and I'm trying to work him into some middle ground. Our friend Michael VanDerhort (the Human Race Horses) is trying to do the same thing with me. Somewhere along the line, I try to smoke the peace pipe with him by offering up the following - "you know, Fred, I'm a moderate republican".
Fred - "Moderate Republican? I don't even know what that means!!" (with a little bit of spit landing on my polo)
Fred, I was ready to buy my reinsurance coverage from you. Then you refused to hold my hand and sing "kumbaya". Sucks to be me. Or you if you miss quota this month and you're already on a plan.
But, I digress. The most enjoyable time on the floor? Catching up with Sharlyn Lauby, aka the HR Bartender, aka president of Internal Talent Management (ITM Group, Inc.), a human resources consulting firm located in South Florida. JLee took some time to interview Sharlyn and figure out what makes her tick, what her goals and aspirations are, and whether she would trade all that freedom in for another gig in Corporate HR.
Sharlyn - come on back! Thanks for tolerating our camera as well....