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As a Project Manager, what would you like to learn about & experience at a Leadership Conference?
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I have been asked to project manage a conference on Leadership in 2018. One of the target audiences is project managers. I was asked the following questions:

1. What would project managers want to hear about, or experience at a Leadership Conference?
2. What supporting events - informational emails, webinars, pre-summit workshops, meet the speakers sessions - might be of interest to project managers?
3. Is the ability to receive PDUs for a conference event essential to a project manager thinking of attending?
4. Is there anything else that the organizer should know about serving the needs of project managers attending the event?

Of course I have some answers that I can offer, but I wanted to ask a much broader audience!
I look forward to hearing your opinions.
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Hi Ruth,

These are some great questions. These are some preferences and considerations of mine when I look at attending a conference:

1. I like conferences that have focus on areas such as latest trends and innovations in PM, panels or round tables that focus on differing PM philosophies (agile/kanban/traditional merits, etc), Also some that offer leadership development, employee management/ engagement /team building advice tips and trends and sessions is always popular.
2. I like round tables at conference lunches especially when they have a number of options available to sign up for - the topics that interest me and other business professionals like me - I've made the best professional connections at these.
3. Obtaining PDUs is very useful and a good way to sell conference attendance to upper management for many, so I would think yes is very important for many attendees.
4. Relevant vendors can be wonderful contributors to your event. Also solid networking opportunities are definitely important. I also enjoy being able to retrieve the slides from a conference/workshop - there have often been times when two conflicting breakout sessions are going on that may capture my interest - so being able to access all slides from sessions I like is really a good benefit.

Best of luck in your planning - cant wait to hear more details.
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Hi Renee,
Thank you so much for the great feedback. I really appreciate you taking the time to give me such great perspective. As soon as I have the details I am happy to share.
Best wishes
Ruth
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1. What would project managers want to hear about, or experience at a Leadership Conference?

What methods should be applied in which scenarios to implement the best use of project manager-ship in order to get the maximum output. Many project mangers face this problem of controlling. So such topics may help them a lot.

2. What supporting events - informational emails, webinars, pre-summit workshops, meet the speakers sessions - might be of interest to project managers?

Mostly real life experiences would help a lot. It helps in remembering the topic as well as the scenarios.


3. Is the ability to receive PDUs for a conference event essential to a project manager thinking of attending?

YES, It does make a great deal of effect. As to sustain the certification lots of people are looking for such opportunities.

4. Is there anything else that the organizer should know about serving the needs of project managers attending the event?

Tea/Coffee to keep them awake(Kidding), else interactive sessions like question and answers also help. But mostly what has been observed that a shared conversation helps to know what types of situations the other has faced. Likely to get answers for their own situation as well.
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1 reply by Ruth Pearce
May 19, 2017 5:48 PM
Ruth Pearce
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Hi Rajesh
Thank you so much for your feedback! I really appreciate it
Best wishes
Ruth
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As someone who has run events as well as attended them, the PDU thing is a big issue for delegates. I find it a little weird as it's not a big deal for me, but I know it can be a draw for a lot of people. Don't underestimate the catering! I know Rajesh was joking about the tea but I went to a PM event that had poorly catered for lunch (the fault of the venue, not the organisers) and it was all we talked about all afternoon - not what you want your delegates to be chatting about when there are world class speakers on the stage.
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1 reply by Ruth Pearce
May 19, 2017 5:49 PM
Ruth Pearce
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Thank you Elizabeth.

I would love to know if you have some ideas for content too. We know from our own experience that food is BIG!

Best wishes
Ruth
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May 19, 2017 7:20 AM
Replying to Rajesh Yerunkar
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1. What would project managers want to hear about, or experience at a Leadership Conference?

What methods should be applied in which scenarios to implement the best use of project manager-ship in order to get the maximum output. Many project mangers face this problem of controlling. So such topics may help them a lot.

2. What supporting events - informational emails, webinars, pre-summit workshops, meet the speakers sessions - might be of interest to project managers?

Mostly real life experiences would help a lot. It helps in remembering the topic as well as the scenarios.


3. Is the ability to receive PDUs for a conference event essential to a project manager thinking of attending?

YES, It does make a great deal of effect. As to sustain the certification lots of people are looking for such opportunities.

4. Is there anything else that the organizer should know about serving the needs of project managers attending the event?

Tea/Coffee to keep them awake(Kidding), else interactive sessions like question and answers also help. But mostly what has been observed that a shared conversation helps to know what types of situations the other has faced. Likely to get answers for their own situation as well.
Hi Rajesh
Thank you so much for your feedback! I really appreciate it
Best wishes
Ruth
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May 19, 2017 3:38 PM
Replying to Elizabeth Harrin
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As someone who has run events as well as attended them, the PDU thing is a big issue for delegates. I find it a little weird as it's not a big deal for me, but I know it can be a draw for a lot of people. Don't underestimate the catering! I know Rajesh was joking about the tea but I went to a PM event that had poorly catered for lunch (the fault of the venue, not the organisers) and it was all we talked about all afternoon - not what you want your delegates to be chatting about when there are world class speakers on the stage.
Thank you Elizabeth.

I would love to know if you have some ideas for content too. We know from our own experience that food is BIG!

Best wishes
Ruth
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1. What would project managers want to hear about, or experience at a Leadership Conference?
Failure Stories of the Leaders and how that resulted in Leadership Success Stories, Case Studies
2. What supporting events - informational emails, webinars, pre-summit workshops, meet the speakers sessions - might be of interest to project managers?
Secret of leaders that resulted in success, Real World Examples, Business Models, identification of Failures after Root Cause Analysis and how it was rectified,
3. Is the ability to receive PDUs for a conference event essential to a project manager thinking of attending? Not necessary, but it would be an added bonus
4. Is there anything else that the organizer should know about serving the needs of project managers attending the event? Key note speakers should be some one who is from Industry rather than training , and should be a person who is famous all over the world, like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter/SnapChat Founder etc
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1 reply by Ruth Pearce
May 21, 2017 11:02 AM
Ruth Pearce
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Thank you Mudassar
The suggestion about the keynotes being real people who are well known and not just trainers is a great point.
I love the idea of Leadership success stories and case studies too. We could combine those stories with practical workshops where attendees can experience some of the practices.
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May 20, 2017 3:16 AM
Replying to Mudassar Khan
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1. What would project managers want to hear about, or experience at a Leadership Conference?
Failure Stories of the Leaders and how that resulted in Leadership Success Stories, Case Studies
2. What supporting events - informational emails, webinars, pre-summit workshops, meet the speakers sessions - might be of interest to project managers?
Secret of leaders that resulted in success, Real World Examples, Business Models, identification of Failures after Root Cause Analysis and how it was rectified,
3. Is the ability to receive PDUs for a conference event essential to a project manager thinking of attending? Not necessary, but it would be an added bonus
4. Is there anything else that the organizer should know about serving the needs of project managers attending the event? Key note speakers should be some one who is from Industry rather than training , and should be a person who is famous all over the world, like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter/SnapChat Founder etc
Thank you Mudassar
The suggestion about the keynotes being real people who are well known and not just trainers is a great point.
I love the idea of Leadership success stories and case studies too. We could combine those stories with practical workshops where attendees can experience some of the practices.

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