I've never had the privilege of attending a PMI Global Conference before - I'm not sure I knew what to expect.....but, it has been such a valuable experience for me. And......it's not over yet! Today was just Day 2 of 3, but let me share what I've experienced so far: Day 1 was impressive - with signage in the airport to greet me - electronic billboards on the street proclaiming the conference and a sea of professionals walking into the convention center wearing orange lanyards proudly displaying their PMI affiliation. I was part of an army. The exhibit hall had many interesting vendors and displays, the PMI booth offered anyone the chance to "Ask the Expert" and the new PMI logo was colorfully and imaginatively splashed all over the place. There were so many activities I had a hard time choosing which one to attend - from the Opening General Session and Keynote Speaker Adam Grant (a great way to kick off the event) to the networking reception it was all was engaging, inspiring and informative. Networking with so many people I interact with on this site has been such a highlight for me. I met so many really exceptional professionals. I won't lie, after Day 1 I went to bed very tired - but when the alarm rang in the morning I was ready to jump up and greet Day 2. Day 2 was just as rewarding as the previous day with more excellent presenters offering a variety of topics and more meaningful interactions with respected colleagues. There are so many opportunities to meet new people, share experiences and learn! This conference has been exactly what I needed - I am more excited than ever before to be a Project Management Professional. Tomorrow I'll share more about Day 3. Please consider attending events like this - I believe you will come away feeling as renewed and inspired as I feel today. Coming here to Philadelphia has been such a privilege for me! It is definitely worth it!
During October's PMI Global Conference in Philadelphia, there is an opportunity to meet with several PM's designated as Ask the Experts. This means you can schedule a 20-30 minute session to discuss anything Project Management! There are 6 experts this year who you can sign up to talk with. I've listed their names and some of their exceptional skillsets:
Please consider making an appointment with one or more of us at this Global Conference. We are anxious to meet with YOU!
I am so honored to be an ASK THE EXPERT at the PMI Global Conference in Philadelphia October 5-7 that it inspired me to write this little poem for you:
Roses are red, violets are blue
While you attend the PMI Global Conference
Please sign up for a 20-minute “Ask the Expert” chat with me
So I can finally in person meet YOU!
We can talk about IT, leadership, health care or maybe strategize your career path
Let’s talk about anything you are facing in project management,
I’m good on most PM subjects, but honestly a little weaker at math!
Let’s get together – and start our friendship here
I’m excited to visit with you, to learn more from others too
It will be a celebration of PM’s – we all deserve this collective CHEER!
Don’t leave me hanging – please sign up for a chat
It will be a fun opportunity – I promise you that!
Please follow this link to sign up today: (scroll down to Ask the Expert)...
It's September in North America, and I can feel a change coming as I step into autumn. Families are stepping back into a routine. Kids are returning to school, the daylight hours are shorter with a crisp feel to the air in the morning and evening. Summer vacations are only a reflection now in happy photos and cherished memories. Is there a project management correlation here? I think so…..after contemplating the changing seasons, some simple suggestions and thoughts bubbled up for this time of year:
I’m anxious to hear YOUR story – how do you avoid a rut, keep work fresh & interesting and remain professionally relevant and growing at the same time?
I know someone will say they don’t feel or accept stress, but for some of us (even if we love our jobs) being a project manager can be stressful. As PM’s we are responsible for project success and team spirit, we are constantly checking the horizon for risks, are juggling stakeholder management and much more. Daily we are bombarded by e-mails, voicemails, texts, calls, the person stepping in asking for an unscheduled and urgent report, a new risk, virtual team complications and you know what I’m talking about. Sometimes we do what I refer to as……”tap dancing as fast and as hard as I can on a moving floor”!
For balance, these are 10 simple and cost effective ways I manage stress. Consider trying one or more:
I’m hoping one or more of these things will be something you can try. If you have other cost-effective stress reducers, please consider posting them below. I can’t be the only PM with a stressful workload!