Guten Tag, PMI world!
Thirty-one days ago…
A totally unexpected email popped into my Inbox. An email that really made my day!
As a long-time PMI volunteer, leader and speaker, I attended several PMI events in many countries. Every one of them gave me valuable opportunities to learn, share, network, and indeed grow in the profession.
Allow me to rewind another 30 days…
Online information on the PMI EMEA Congress was very inviting and exciting. Historic Berlin, the venue, was even more enticing. However, with no direct volunteer role to play here, I was resigned to follow the event over social media.
The surprise email changed all that. PMI was inviting me to cover the EMEA Congress onon Soci Media, to interact with peers and provide live social media updates. Here was a chance to let the entire PMI community get a taste of the conference virtually!
Tamil, my mother tongue and the oldest living language, has a famous phrase that roughly translates to “Will you refuse a reward to eat sweet, delicious sugarcane?”
Of course, you wouldn’t. Neither would I!
A hectic few weeks required collating documentation and applying for my Schengen visa, buying flight tickets, and booking a hotel room.
Landing at the Tegel airport, I was impressed with three well-known German traits put into practice: Speed, efficiency, and thoroughness. Immigration processing, baggage collection, and the taxi lines were a breeze. Traveling to the hotel, I couldn’t help notice the clean roads, plus the quaint mixture of modern skyscrapers and historic buildings.
Let me fast forward back to the present.
Here it is. Day One of the big event! I’m really excited!
I really look forward to joining my able team members, Priya Patra and Emily Luijbregts in taking you, our valued PMI community member in front of, and behind the scenes of PMI EMEA Congress 2018.
We will cover the key points made by speakers in all key sessions, interview speakers, chat with your peers, and maybe even post a quiz/trivia question or two.
We will do this over Social Media channels such as Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook, as well as through this blog.
Stay tuned to get continuous updates all through the day!
Meanwhile, have a great day, or as they say in German, “Ich wünsche ihnen einen wunderbaren Tag!”
Today, I plan to attend and cover these great sessions:
- Winning in the Innovation Economy,: Opening keynote by Rowan Gibson
- Stop Managing and Start Leading: The Engaging Leader by Ibrahim Dani ( @ibrahimdani )
- Project Managers, Change Makers: What Would You Do? Ethical Decision-Making in Global Teams by Lily Murariu (@murariulily)
- The servant leadership in you: eight everyday stories to learn from by Dario Morandotti
- Agile droplets in a waterfall world by Simona Bonghez (@SimonaBonghez)