The SHRM 2011 Annual Conference & Exposition is mere days away.
I know you're excited. You've bought your new outfits from Ann Taylor. You packed your comfy shoes. You've been told to take off your badge as you leave the convention center.
However, I have one piece, THE piece, of advice for the 17,000 new and returning attendees that you haven't been told:
KNOW YOUR SURROUNDINGS AND GET OUT OF THE WAY
What does this mean?
1. Slower Traffic Keep Right.
2. If you are wearing a backpack or pulling a rollerbag, be aware of your surroundings especially if you are coming to a stop or turning around. Most likely, you are going to trip someone, or knock over the $8 Starbucks he or she just purchased.
3. If you see a friend or colleague, don't stop in the middle of the aisle to start up a conversation. Keep moving and find a more remote location to continue speaking. This is particularly true in the crossroads of the expo hall.
If you follow the above, you are not only going to make yourself, but others around you that much happier.
Now, kids, get off my lawn, and enjoy the conference.