How To Rock as a Panelist at HR Seminars, Conferences & Workshops

By Alan Collins

“You guys rocked!”

That was the feedback an HR VP gave to us as we concluded our panel discussion at a recent HRMAC (Human Resources Management Association of Chicago) event in the Windy City.

It was great to hear this comment and to be selected as one of the panelists along with Rich Floersch, former CHRO at McDonalds and Carolyn Tilden, president of CataQuest Leadership Consulting.

Our topic was managing change as a senior HR leader.   We played off each other well and had an absolute blast!

This experience reminded me of the value that anyone in HR can gain by participating as a panelist at seminars, conferences and workshops.

Being a panelist is underrated, yet it’s one of the best ways of advancing your career.  It can allow you to expand your network and make connections that can later turn into job opportunities or consulting gigs.

In fact, if you’re not comfortable giving solo presentations, then being on a multi-person panel is ideal because you don’t have to be the number one center of attention.

But you benefit just as much.

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Not Moving Up in HR? Here’s What Your Boss Knows But Probably Isn’t Telling You…

by Alan Collins

Jim always seemed to get the big promotions in HR.

When we worked together at Quaker Oats, I watched in awe as he steadily moved up the HR ladder.

From afar, I thought he was a freakin’ genius.

Yes, he was a bright and inspirational HR professional.

Yes, he knew the business cold.  Better than many of our general managers.

Yes, of course, he worked hard and got things done.

Yes, he had built a reputation as a terrific leader, manager and coach for his HR team.

Yes, his clients, his peers and the higher ups all loved him.

And while all of these factors helped him, in his mind, they weren’t the only reason for his success in HR.

I found this out when he got promoted again and became my boss.  At the time, I was frustrated, felt stuck in place and going nowhere in HR. 

So I asked him to lunch.  My major reason for doing this was to pick his brain (oh, how I hate that expression!) and to get some career advice on how to move up the ladder.

In response, he graciously pulled back the curtain and gave me some powerful guidance. 

Something I remember to this day.

Something I believe many managers know…but rarely tell their people.

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“She Stole My HR Promotion!” Reaches #1 on Amazon’s Best Selling New HR New Releases

by Alan Collins

We did it!

Thank you!

My book, She Stole My HR Promotion! written with my co-author Allison Quinn, is now the #1 Bestseller on Amazon among the new releases in the “Human Resources & Personnel Management” category.

I am humbled and extremely grateful to everyone in HR who has acquired this book, endorsed it and contributed to this achievement.

This unforgettable novel will take you on a fictional journey into the world of Drake Williams, an HR director who gets passed over for a promotion…and absolutely does NOT see it coming…and loses this job to a person that shocks him beyond belief!

Drake has every right to believe he will promoted to be the new Vice President of Human Resources at the NuStyle Foods & Snacks Corporation. 

He’s practically a shoo-in for the job.

He has everything going for him.

He knows his stuff in HR.

He’s a workaholic.

His boss is his biggest advocate.

Everybody knows and respects him.

And, besides, the firm desperately wants an African-American on the firm’s top leadership team. And he’d be the first one.


Drake is blindsided and shocked beyond belief when the CEO screws him over and instead names an unknown outsider to the job, a mysterious and savvy white female — who now becomes his boss!

He is further blown away when their relationship quickly takes an unexpected turn, spirals out of control and now threatens his job.

They both become engaged in a roller-coaster, winner-take-all corporate power struggle featuring romance, racial tension, lying, deception, betrayal, snitching, discrimination, potential sexual harassment, workplace gossip and corporate politics that risks blowing up in Drake’s face, tearing his world apart and ruining his career in HR forever,  if he doesn’t do something about it.

But what does he do?
What lessons does he learn in the process?    
What would YOU do if this happened to you?
How does all this apply to you?

Well, I guess you’ll have to dive into these pages to find out.   

One hint: The powerful secret he learned about advancing his career in HR is revealed at the very end of this story.

If you HAVE NOT acquired this book yet, go here to get all the details HERE.



ALAN L. COLLINS is Founder of Success in HR and helps human resources pros around the globe accelerate their career success.  He is the author of ten books including the Amazon best sellers Unwritten HR Rules, HR Interview Secrets and The New HR Leader’s First 100 Days.  He was formerly vice president of HR at PepsiCo where he led talent and human resources initiatives for the Quaker Oats, Gatorade and Tropicana businesses.

ALLISON P. QUINN is a novelist and fiction writer of entertaining stories about finding success and meaning in the workplace.  All of her stories are quick reads which help professionals in today’s organizations succeed.  She specializes in infusing her stories with workplace romance, mystery and intrigue to carry the reader on a journey of discovery towards realizing that ONE, single golden nugget of wisdom she has waiting at the end.

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HR Professionals: How You Can Survive Being Merged or Acquired By Another Company…

by Alan Collins

There has been lots of merger and acquisition buzz in the news lately.

Even if they’re just rumors and speculation, it’s important to keep up with this news because if it involves your organization, you may be impacted.

For example…

When Google bought Motorola, it laid off 11,000 people.

When Fedex bought Kinkos, it got rid of 9,500 people.

After AOL bought the Huffington Post, 900 people got pink slipped.

When Microsoft bought Nokia, it put 18,000 people on the street.

And many of those let go were HR professionals, just like YOU.

But what’s even worse is that these are just a few examples!

Large companies acquire smaller ones hundreds of times globally every year.  And chances are if you haven’t been involved in one of these situations yet as an HR pro, you soon will be.

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14 Subtle Little Cues That You’re About To Lose Your HR Job…And What To Do About Them!

By Alan Collins

No one in HR immune from getting fired. 

Sometimes the reasons are within your control.  Sometimes they’re not.

The key is to recognize the early warning signs so that you can take control of the situation as soon as possible.

Early in my career, I was doing some work for my boss, the HR director at the time, when we were about to present an offer to an executive job candidate.

But he called me into his office that afternoon and told me: “I can’t go through with this offer…and I can’t do this job anymore.” 

I was shocked and just a bit confused.

He then got up and closed the door to give us both some privacy.

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Got An HR Interview Coming Up? Here Are 7 Things Your Next Employer Is Looking For…

by Alan Collins

Question: Alan, I’ve got an HR interview coming up next week. While I’ve interviewed lots of candidates as an HR Director, I haven’t interviewed myself for an HR job in five years. 

I’m excited, but I’m nervous and apprehensive as hell now that I’m on the other side of the table.  

What’s your take on what employers are really looking for these days?  
–Sarah A.   


Answer:  Hi Sarah, before I answer your question, let’s first talk about your apprehension.

Everyone gets nervous before interviews. It doesn’t matter if you have twenty-years of experience in HR and have interviewed hundreds of job candidates yourself as a recruiter…when you flip over to that other side of the table as an interviewee, it can be stressful.

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The #1 Secret For Being A More Successful HR Coach, Speaker & Writer

by Alan Collins

Here’s the deal.  In your HR career, you serve in a number of different roles.

But none are more important (or potentially more lucrative) than coaching, speaking and writing.  And if you want to do these well, there is ONE secret you must embrace.

I stumbled upon this unexpected revelation when I first started this Success in HR blog and coaching others.

As I got going, I quickly discovered that it was very difficult for me to talk or write about anything personal.

So I avoided doing that.

I thought that HR folks weren’t interested in me as a person.

I believed all they wanted were career building tips and HR success strategies.

And that WAS true. 

They DID want those things. 

But those things alone WERE NOT enough.

I wasn’t attracting a decent number of readers and clients until I decided to change ME.

So I sought out the help of one of my HR mentors — a former CHRO of two large organizations and now a phenomenally successful HR consultant and coach.

He immediately saw what my problem was.  And he delivered it to me with the force of knockout punch right to my face.

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