Doing Vegas The Right Way at #SHRM19

Las Vegas Conference Tips for SHRM Annual Conference and HR Technology Conference

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Tomorrow we have an extra special guest on the blog that will be talking about Doing HR Tech the Right Way so it’s only natural for me to talk about how you should do Vegas the right way during the HR Technology Conference. As a practitioner this conference is unlike any other major conference you’ve attended in the past.

While the speakers are sure to be stellar and I don’t recommend you miss them there comes a time where you need to relax and destress after an exciting work (or fun) filled day. While we’ll be taking briefings, attending sessions, and parties it’s important that those who haven’t been to the conference before (especially in Vegas) know how to balance both professional and fun while attending this year’s conference.

Doing Vegas at SHRM Annual 2019 the Right Way

Don’t leave the strip.

I’ve been to Vegas enough to know that leaving the strip just isn’t a good idea unless of course you are going to the Hoover Damn, hiking, or seeing the sights via helicopter trip. You’re there for a couple days and you’ll be busy all day and all night so whatever activities you want to plan — make sure to do them on the strip. Especially if this is your first time. There is plenty to do on the strip while in Vegas for 72 hours. Plan accordingly and don’t sleep (okay, I probably won’t sleep much).

Plan accordingly.

There will be so much happening during the conference that if you want to plan something outside conference activities it’ll be important that you plan your day accordingly. If you haven’t looked what shows are playing or what acts are happening during your three day stint — check it out today and plan to buy tickets today. Things will sell out fast and you want to make sure to get the most out of your stay while your on the company’s dime. Work hard, play harder.

Bring a battery pack and comfy shoes.

Two of the most important features we highlight every year is bringing a spare battery pack (so you don’t have to continually go back up to your room to charge your phone — and comfy shoes so you can be on the floor all day and all night without dying. If you’re going to important presentations bring a pair of flats for running across the hotel and convention center. No one wants to get blisters day one of the conference.

Drink lots of water. 

Not only is Vegas hot but it’s dry. You need to rehydrate. I like to bring a reuse-able water bottle wherever I go. Coffee and cocktails do not count as water. I like to try to drink 10-12 cups of water every single day. Yes, it’s a lot to ask and I always know the quickest route to the bathroom.

Your mobile phone is your best kept secret.

Your mobile phone is your everything while in Vegas getting you reservations, helping you find that show at a steal, and talking with friends to plan your night’s adventures. I have a list of recommended apps to download and help organize and plan your Vegas festivities making the most of your time and money.

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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Learn more about Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource, and the host of the Workology Podcast. More of her blogs can be found here.

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  1. Brad Galin says

    Always good advice, especially about hydration! I’ll be in Vegas (although not at the conference) and hope we can catch up while there.



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