Project management are skills that I use every day in my career, running my business, as an educator and even at home. These are skills you probably use too, but do not even know it.
You can learn a quick definition about Project Management and the skills needed here from the Project Management Institute Website. I also have been blogging about project management, too.
I find myself following project management principles with my business as if I am running multiple projects together that roll up into what makes my company a company. For The Next Step these individual projects are:
I also need to be aware of my resources – which are in a sense limited… For my in-person events, training and speaking engagements, I cannot overbook or double book. I need to have the availability to be at each event, client and/or classroom for the “magic” to happen. Yes, I said “magic” – deal with it. I know I am corny. I truly am passionate about what I do and every event I have is infused with my energetic and passionate presentation. I utilize a PowerPoint file in the background, my books as the take home part of the event but during the event, it is all me and the interaction with my “students” no matter how many or their ages.
For my online events and courses, the limitations are not as severe. I could theoretically host up to 250 students online and still be “teaching” and helping them take their next step. That is why I am working on offering more online learning sessions and options for those who would like help taking their next step.
Managing a business that belongs to me and fits my personal and professional needs oh and is kind of successful has been a dream of mine for the past 14+ years when I first thought about being an entrepreneur and then went for it and failed a bunch of times in the process. Now, I am poised at being able to persue this passion around helping people prepare for college, careers and professional Next Steps.
Are you learning with me yet? I teach about Project Management specifically for careers (and more) via Wagner College Department for Lifelong Learning – courses will begin again in the Fall – click here for more information: Seminars on Project Management. Happy Hunting!
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Lisa Vento Nielsen