Before I attended my first SHRM Annual, I pondered the important question, “What does Michael J. Fox have to do with HR?” I didn’t understand at that time that SHRM follows a set of specific criteria when choosing its keynotes. (Matt Stollak explains that system here.)
But now I know that a motivational speaker is an important part of the SHRM plan to get attendees motivated and inspired. I’m okay with that – and I admit that I enjoy it.
Yesterday Robin Roberts kicked off SHRM14 with a fun and often touching journey through her life’s joys and struggles. And she offered some wonderful sound bites designed to make us feel good about ourselves, so we can go back to our HR lives elsewhere change things for the better.
“Dream big but focus small”
Have big dreams and ideas, but focus on the details you need to manage to realize them.
“Proximity is power”
If you want to make things happen, put yourself in a position to do so. No one is going to do it for you.
“When you strut, you stumble”
Robert’s momma taught her that one, and she uses it to keep herself from swaggering. It’s more effective to be true to yourself and be authentic.
“Optimism is a muscle that gets stronger with use”
We all have struggles and tragedy. Keeping a positive attitude during those times can help you cope and transform.
“I’m 5’10” and worth the climb”
Yes, she told that as a little joke on herself, but I loved the message: you are powerful and worth it.
Roberts wrapped up her address with a quote from the late Maya Angelou, something HR pros should always keep in mind:
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’