When you have been conference blogging, it is customary to write a post a short while after the event, usually sharing a little of your reflections or learning.
Instead, this time, I’m handing over my blog to someone else to do this task. Amelia joined my company a little under two months ago as an apprentice in all things people stuff. She has just attended her very first CIPD ACE, and this is what she got up to while she was there and what she thought of it.
Over to Amelia……
It was better than I expected, even though I wasn’t sure what to expect! I had been looking forward to it in advance, because I’d heard good things from the team, so I didn’t even mind getting a VERY early train. As soon as we walked in I was handed a bag and a lanyard, which was the first of loads of cool free stuff – I have developed new muscles in my arms from carrying it all home. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I’d find it interesting or if most of it would go over my head, but I met lots of people who were all happy to chat and were interested in what I had to say too.
I went to some of the free learning sessions – the best was one about the power of thank you and making it personal for the individual and not the same for everyone. I was introduced to lots of people by their Twitter handles, so I have no idea of their real names. I keep hearing that some people don’t like HR people, but everyone I met was really nice, including the people who let me into the members lounge for a coffee, even though I am not a member – yet!!
The best thing about the conference was winning a goodie bag with a hoody from Oracle, and meeting Peter Cheese and managing not to say anything embarrassing. I’ve now got a desk full of conference goodies including some silver deely boppers that I stole from Gemma. Oh, and plenty of emails coming through from people that I met on the day! I will definitely be back next year, and as Peter said he was sure Gemma would turn me into a blogger, I might even blog it next time.
You can find Amelia on Twitter as @AmeliaTickle_
Amelia’s swag pile!