It’s less than a week to the SHRM Annual Conference in New Orleans, and I’m busy reviewing sessions and finalizing trip details, so this will be a short, but important, post. Here it is:
Don’t complain about the box lunch at SHRM.
This will be my 17th time attending the event, and I’ve been on the planning committee for the Wisconsin SHRM State Conference on and off for 10 years. Do you want to know what’s difficult to do? Planning a lunch for hundreds, if not thousands, of people. Have you ever had a fantastic, memorable, blow-your-mind box lunch at a conference? Unlikely. Add in dietary restrictions, allergies, etc., and, for conference planners, it is a monumental undertaking, particularly when there will be over 12,000 in attendance this year. I know you may have spent a lot of money to attend, but the box lunch won’t make or break the conference.
Guess what? You’re going to be in one of the great food cities in the world. If you’re not happy with the choice, take a break from the convention center, and explore the many great food options that New Orleans has to offer.
The box lunch is not going to be earth-shattering. Its nothing personal.