Alamo PMI Monthly Meeting - Virtual - October
Communication and Connection
People who connect with others have better relationships, experience less conflict, and get more things done than those who do not put in the effort to build connections. Leaders who have learned the art of connection are able to effectively communicate ideas, establish buy-in and attract followers. If you can connect with others—one-on-one, or in groups—a sense of community is created. That sense of community improves your ability to build team cohesiveness, and your influence as a leader skyrockets. With the consistent application of the guidelines showcased in this program, a leader will see a shift in the overall cohesiveness of the team. You will know you are succeeding in the connection arena when your team members express themselves openly instead of being guarded and go
the extra mile to get tasks completed.
To be effective, project managers must set aside time in their week to learn, develop and grow their strategic value to the organization. One of the key areas outside of core technical skills is the ability to communicate and connect with team members and stakeholders. Effective collaboration skills can reduce friction to ensure a fluid and smooth execution phase. Learning how to identify with people and relate to them, increases the influence of a project manager. To be a successful leader, one needs to learn to communicate in a way that raises their connection with others.
We know that positive relationships are built on the foundation of respect, trust, common interests, and values. They are founded upon agreement, not disagreement. Only one thing stands between a project manager and success, and that is a better connection with their project partners. While it may seem like some people are just born with it, the fact remains that anyone can learn to make every communication and touchpoint, an opportunity for a powerful connection.
Better connection increases your influence in every situation. Good communicators have enough humility to recognize that they are not the expert authorities on all matters. They endeavor not to impress people with knowledge, but to connect with others authentically to gain the opportunity to build their credibility and influence. Connecting goes beyond words. Audiences respond to how a communicator makes them feel rather than to what a communicator says. Our actions, tone, and style communicate far more than our words. Connecting with others takes intentionality and focus. Great connectors make the most of their background, personality, natural abilities, and knowledge to engage with their team members.
Participants will acquire the following knowledge:
- Put more energy, intention, and thought into connecting well with others.
- Discover an approach to finding common ground for effective win-win partnerships.
- Learn to see the value in people and become more empathetic.
Vidya Raman is an award-winning speaker and Maxwell Leadership certified speaker, coach, and trainer. Her ethos is about changing the world through the power of personal development, one person at a time. Nothing gives her greater joy than witnessing the positive impact of her message on her
Vidya started her career as a programmer, later transitioning to project leader, followed by a non-technology role as a business leader and executive of a Fortune 500 company. Vidya has over 25 years of corporate experience in the Financial Services sector. She holds a Master of Computer Applications (MCA) from India and is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM).
6:30-7:00 pm - Virtual Networking
7:00-8:00 pm - Speaker Presentation
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