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Over the past two days, we've had the rare opportunity to learn from the experiences of some talented presenters. I thought I'd spend a little time today to hear how attendees were feeling about it all. From the food to the content, you were happy to share!
Can you tell me about one of the sessions you really enjoyed today?
[re: A Guide to PMBOK 6th Edition, #209]
"I found the session on PMBOK 6th edition really interesting. The new structure with a focus on innovation was really good and this is something I can apply in my company for my colleagues who want to get PMP certified." - Leonardo, Healthcare, Italy
[re: Creating a Circle of Safety for Your Project Team, #216]
"I’m a program manager and I work with lots of project managers all over the world. And with some of them you’re really going, ‘how do I really get them to engage and how do I get them to want to do this work?’ [This session] was all about putting yourself in their shoes and thinking about treating them how you’d like to be treated and it was really refreshing to think about it.
What has been the best part of this Congress for you, so far?
"The food is really good. The venue is really amazing, people are really friendly. When you ask for support, you get support, so I think it very well organized." - Nicole, ChemTech, Sweden
"It’s very well organized. The breaks and the sessions are timed just right. It’s enough time to take it in, but not enough time to lose focus and the breaks are staggered nicely and the food is lovely! We’re also running on time, which I wasn’t expecting, but I’m pleased to see." - Catherine, FinTech, Ireland
One of the greatest pleasures of attending a congress is meeting new people and meeting people from all over the world. However, being a first-time attendee, and showing up alone can be tremendously intimidating.
What I saw today, on our first day of #pmiemea17, was the beginning of the evolution of a group of strangers into a band of friends.
What started out as someone remarking keynote speaker Gabor George Burt’s fancy socks turned into the #fancysockschallenge and had this first-timer wandering up to complete strangers asking if I could photograph their socks! Talk about an ice-breaker! I can’t wait to see where our antics will lead us tomorrow!
If it’s your first time, you’re here by yourself, and maybe fancy socks aren’t your style (haha – sorry I couldn’t resist), here are a few more tips to help get the ball rolling for you, too:
You’ll notice our #pmiemea17 first-timers by the bright green ribbon they can choose to attach to their conference badges – go up and say ‘ciao!’, introduce yourself and ask about what conference session they’ve enjoyed the most so far.
You know the questions to avoid: anything that can be answered in a simple yes/no. This sounds easy, but I think when we’re stressed, or working in a second language, it bears remembering.
This is actually a rare opportunity for you to be uninhibited by an entourage. You can be unapologetic about getting excited about a statistical presentation, asking the speaker a million questions afterwards, challenging an idea during the Q&A session, or becoming a complete fan-person during a book signing. Nobody’s going to pull you away because they want coffee or they just saw someone else they know. This time is all about YOU and expanding YOUR knowledge.
Each of us on the Community Engagement Team would love to see you! The speakers are eager to hear your feedback, chat about their topics, and share their experience.
The slide decks from each presentation shown at #pmiemea17 will be available for download in PDF format on the My Congress page of the EMEA Congress webpage until November 2017.
So relax, ask questions, share your experiences, and enjoy yourself!
As with Yves, below is my schedule for Congress in Rome. Please connect with me, either here, or via twitter (@sarahtweeters) with your questions to speakers and I'll do my best to get you answers! #PMIEMEA17
MONDAY MAY 1
09:00 - 10:30 Keynote Speaker Gabor George Burt
TUESDAY MAY 2
09:00 - 10:15 Lessons Learned: Creating a New Decision-Making Framework Speaker: Maria Hedwall
WEDNESDAY MAY 3
08:30 - 09:45 Don't Let Biases Doom Your Project: Strategies for Identifying and Transforming Cognitive Biases Speaker: Luis Seabra Coelho