The CIPD Northern Area Partnership Event is back on 9th and 10th June with a focus this year on Enhancing the Employee Experience. The thing I love most about NAP is the sense of community it creates, and so the purpose of this post is, yes, to tell you about what I’m up to at NAP this year, and it’s also to tell you about all the many, many ways you can connect with the fantastic HR and L&D community both online and in real life to extend your learning.
So first, what I’m doing at NAP this year……I’m running a reflection session during the lunchtime fringe on both days – this is to provide time for delegates to pause, process and reflect together on what’s been heard.
Conferences are a great way to learn because you get so much content in such a short space of time. And conferences are a dreadful way to learn, because you get so much content in such a short space of time!
And so the point of these sessions is to prevent you leaving with a head full of stuff and no idea what to do with any of it. Which can often result in nothing being done at all.
The sessions will be informal and interactive with delegates listening, asking and sharing in small groups for as long as is useful to them. Pressure well and truly off!
If you’re joining on either or both days I really look forward to seeing you there!
Now to the wider community which, if you’re not tapping into, please please do! There are so many great, and many free, chances to connect with others in the HR and L&D space to take time to reflect more often. If we don’t stop to get perspective and think then we’ll keep doing the same stuff and expecting different results.
So, places you can go for more….. (and please tell me what I’ve missed and I’ll get it added on).
#LDNights – Tuesdays at 8pm (from @LnDConnect)
#HRHour – Thursdays at 8pm (from @HR_Hour)
#LDInsight – Fridays at 8am (from @LnDConnect)
Connecting HR (@ConnectingHR on Twitter) – usually drinks and chats in nice bars with fellow professionals – now established in Manchester, York, Leeds, Bradford and the North East
LnD CoWork (#LnDcowork) – for anyone around the L&D space that feels they’d benefit from working in a different environment, with different people – either just to work knowing people are on hand if you want advice, or to get input and ideas, or generally catch up – now established in Manchester and London, Leeds recently launched and Birmingham is on it’s way! Website here.
Regular Learning Events
Learn > Connect > Do – my event! For people pros who care about making work better to share and learn in a fun & informal way with profits going to charity. It runs quarterly near Leicester. Next one is 8th June about coaching cultures. Follow me @wildfigsolns or #LearnConnectDo or go to the website here.
Facilitation Shindig – “A gathering space for change practitioners who facilitate team and group conversations to share ideas, experiences and learning.” Next one is 6th July with the theme of “Outside”. @Shindiggery1 #facilitationShindig and website here.
CIPD Annual Conference – check out the fab free fringe sessions Doug Shaw and Meg Peppin run (similar to what I’m doing for NAP)
Less Regular Learning Events
LnD Connect Unconferences – where the delegates decide the agenda – no speakers on stage, no sales pitches, just professionals learning together to explore shared challenges. These mostly run in Manchester and London but sometimes in the Midlands and the York/Leeds area. Follow @LnDConnect for latest news.
Street Wisdom – using the streets as a source of inspiration – check out @Street_Wisdom or sign up on their website for when the next ones are running.
Art of Innovation – run by Doug Shaw with more info here
Meg Peppin is also cooking up something else! She says to follow her to be the first to hear more…..!
Calendar of L&D Events
Check out this great resource from Fiona McBride: an L&D Calendar of events for conferences and things.
And there are lots of general chats and questions asked on Twitter from the broad and varied community on there.
So much to choose from – why not experiment and give something a try!