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Military to Project Management


Don’t miss the next PMI Chapter Meeting on January 18th, 2017 at 11:30 AM!

Making & Building & Maintaining Connections, with Sinikka Waugh


About the speaker:

Sinikka Waugh, PMP


Sinikka, president, founder, and head trainer at Your Clear Next Step is a recognized leader in understanding people and in adapting tools, techniques, and processes to meet the demands of the situation at hand. As a popular presenter and trainer, her energetic and engaging style drives home the art and science of making business better for individuals, teams, and organizations.

Since 1996, Sinikka has successfully applied analysis and leadership expertise to improve performance in a wide array of industries. As a project manager, business analyst, facilitator, trainer, and coach, Sinikka is known for consistently helping teams find innovative ways to solve problems and get things done. Since 2006, Sinikka has provided compassionate leadership in transformation initiatives. Her results-driven professionalism blends seamlessly with her down-to-earth, “try this now” approach and her passion for helping others reach their goals and interact more effectively with others.

Sinikka holds a BA from Central College, an MA from the University of Iowa, and is a certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute. Sinikka and her husband Spencer live in Indianola, Iowa with their two daughters.


About the session:

Title:  Making & Building & Maintaining Connections

African Proverb:  If you want to run fast, run alone.  If you want to run far, run together.

We’re better, stronger, more capable, smarter – and usually more fun – together!  Building connections in our project network is a critical component to our success in project management (or any field!)

We all know that, intrinsically – for years we’ve been told “it’s not what you know, but it’s who you know”…and its cousin “even more important is who knows you”.    And when we grow in our chosen discipline or field or career, we need to continually develop our network so we’re top of mind for cool new opportunities to learn something, or first in line for career-building projects.  Building the network takes discipline – we have to make new connections, build those relationships, and then maintain them over time.  That takes a little finesse, a little time, and a little effort.  Most of us could benefit from a little help. 

Relentlessly positive coach Sinikka Waugh will share her tips to help us get even better at…

  • Making new connections. For some of us, that’s easier said than done.  Others of us thrive in this space.  Whether you love it or loathe it, you can benefit from these simple, tactical tips for making new connections, finding new ways to connect with others you don’t usually interact with, and to make the most of that first contact. 
  • Building connections. Okay, so you’ve made a new connection, but how do you grow that from a name or a business card or ‘that person I met at that thing’ that into a mutually beneficial relationship where they think of you and you think of them? We’ll explore some proven and practical ways to build relationships from the ground up, that can work into how you already spend your time. 
  • Maintaining connections. We change jobs, move on to different projects, move to different teams or get promoted in our organizations.  How do we maintain those connections and relationships that we’ve built, even when we don’t see them every day or every week?  A few meaningful actions can go a long way to maintaining those connections so you can pick up at your next conversation without missing a beat.

Registration closes at noon, Monday January 15th

January 18th, 2017, 11:30 AM, PMI-CIC Lunch Chapter Meeting 

11:15AM Registration Opens           

11:30AM PMI Chapter Meeting Welcome & Information                     

11:35AM Lunch                             

11:45AM - 12:35PM Speaker Intro & Topic                          

12:35PM PMI Prizes & Updates                                

12:45PM PMI Closing                                               


Members: $20
NON-Members: $30
Students: $10


Holiday Inn Jordan Creek
6075 Mills Civic Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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