Live from Exhibit Hall of ERE Fall Expo
October 29, 2008
Greetings from the booth #219 at ERE Fall Expo in sunny, but not so warm Hollywood Beach, Florida. There appear to be a number of attendees at this conference, which leads me to my first question: Why is everyone waiting in line for food when they could be talking to us about background checks? C’mon people, we’re raffling off a Nintendo Wii, and you know conference food usually stinks.
On a serious note, ERE decided to broadcast a live feed of the conference on their website. Very innovative, but I wonder if doing so both now and in the future will discourage people from attending. Why spend the money or the time at the conference, when you can just tune in for the sessions that interest you? Of course, a live feed can’t replicate perhaps the most important part of any conference, networking.
I attended a great panel discussion about cutting technology in staffing, moderated by Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler of CareerXRoads and featuring Cheezhead’s Joel Cheesman. They most technologies they mentioned most were Twitter, SMS messaging, and IM. Wouldn’t it be great if background checks could be done that way? Maybe in the future!
Anyway, back to the conference. Things picked up since I started this post. We’re going to be doing a podcast with Steve Curtis from iCIMS’ in a little bit. I’ll keep you posted.