You will understand the common communication mistakes, and how to avoid making them. You'll know the communication techniques to use in a given situation. Run projects with the respect of those to whom you are accountable--this means promotions, less stress, and a higher income. Get your message across clearly and to your advantage. This self-paced course requires no textbook or instructor.
Go beyond ordinary project management.
Approximate study time: 16 hours
Upon completion of this this course, you will:
Understand the common mistakes even very talented people make in communication, and how to avoid making those same mistakes yourself.
Be able to identify what kind of communication to apply for a given situation, for best
Be able to employ simple strategies to make communication a strongpoint of yours, rather than the weakness or landmine it is for most people.
Run projects in such a way as to gain the respect of those to whom you are
accountable--this means promotions, less stress, and a higher income.
Get the right message across clearly and avoid common communication pitfalls.
Have the tools to protect yourself from crisis, and make yourself known as a solid project manager who delivers.
If you want to be more than merely a competent administrator of projects, you need more than the usual project management training. This is one of the four courses in the PM1xx series that will take you to the next level.
This looks really interesting but I can't figure out what you are sending or how you are sending it.
These are downloadable files. In other words, you get download instructions as soon as the buying part is done and you get the files right away.
What is it that I'm going to get and how? Is it a file that I’ll download? Is it mailed?
As soon as your purchase is complete, you will receive download instructions both on screen and via e-mail. You download self-extracting zip file that contains the course material. Depending on the course, the individual files will be in the rich text format or in the e-book format. Most materials are in the easier-to-handle rich text format.
Are we talking about a lot of pages for me to read?
Here's something that pleasantly surprises most people about these.
If you look at a typical $99 professional book, most of it is filler. These courses don't have the filler. Ditto for $995 seminars covering the same information. Our courses get right to the meat, saving you the effort of wading through pages of nonsense. We don't mass up the high overhead of generating the filler, and we pass the savings on to our customers.
Do your courses on project management prepare me for the various certification routes of the Project Management Institute?
No. The material does not focus on exam preparation. It focuses on improving your real-world skills. However, what you learn will not impede certification.
Are you one of the approved (by PMI) course providers?
No. We are not affiliated with the Project Management Institute, although we may consider going that direction. Our goal is not to make you spend a lot
of money learning how to answer test questions. Our goal is to teach you how to do your job better.
How long does each of your courses take?
It depends on the student. These courses are essentially white papers with exercises to help you relate the information to what you are doing now. You can read the material in each course in under an hour. But, how long it takes to digest it and apply it is up to you.
Do I have to buy books in addition to your course material? Will those books have to be bought from you?
To both questions, no. You don't have to buy anything else. Each course stands on its own.
What if your course material is not clear? Are your course writers available for clarification? Since it is not possible to read all material at one shot, and collect all questions at the same time, will the course writers be available as needed or on a one time basis?
a. It will be clear.
c. Your success is important. If you have a question that is germane to the material, and not a probe for free consulting services, we will help you understand the material. We have kept the prices low, because not everyone can afford $995 for a two-day seminar that amounts to little more than a book promo. This is not a book promo.
What if I have other questions?
We'll answer to whatever extent is reasonable. It may be possible that you will ask questions that require developing a new course--some aspect of successful project management we didn't cover and that is not part of the normal project management training regimen. In that case, you would get the new course for free.
Do you have other courses?
Yes, and we are developing more. You can always write to us with specific needs, and we will adjust our product development accordingly. Also, it's a good idea to check Mindconnection on a regular basis, just to see what is new.
Who writes these courses?
That depends on the subject. For example, Dr. Jay Prince wrote the behavior courses based on his experience as a licensed therapist.
All of the courses are well-researched and devoid of pseudoscience. Most are written by a subject matter expert. All are reviewed by a professional editor for clarity and succinctness.
Do your courses qualify for employer reimbursement?
Possibly not, because they are not accredited. Then again, our cost is very low. So, you must ask yourself if that small amount is worth investing into the skills you need to keep yourself employed and employable.
The goal here is not to pile up paper credits. The goal is to get the information you would ordinarily get only from a lifetime of working in project management--if even then. We save you "classroom time" in the "school of hard knocks." You will recover your investment (and then some), simply because you will be that much better at what you do.
How much time can I reasonably expect to save, once I use the principles in your time management course?
That depends on how you presently approach your work. The typical student can expect to increase productivity by 50%. If you look at the way most people do their work, and then work your way through the course, you'll see why this is so. The author of that course works three full-time jobs and is Chair for one non-profit and acting Chair for another. Yet, he manages to excel in all of these roles while still maintaining outstanding health and enjoyment of life.
What are your real goals, in regard to project management education?
If you want PMI certification, then you should spend the $2200 or so that takes.
If you want to improve your skill set for better performance, our courses are the answer.
Essentially, our project management courses cover the same material as the PMI certification courses, but we haven't added the expense.
PM300 shows you how to handle information and communicate both
efficiently and effectively--rare skill that will serve you well. You will learn how to thrive on the very things that most often cause project managers to fail.
PM300 contains these mini-courses:
PM301--Methods of sharing information: good, bad, and ugly. You'll see how to choose the communication method that best helps your situation.
PM302--Handling schedule upsets: Rather than follow the typical "work harder and make promises" reaction, you'll know effective techniques.
PM303--Avoiding "9 men in a Volkswagen" syndrome: Why simply adding people to a failing project doesn't work, and what to do instead.
PM304--Secrets of bullet-proof documentation: How to CYA, in an era where documentation has enormous power.
No more guesswork, no more misinformation, no more needless expense.
A great little course--making a huge difference for me, 4.7.2011
Reviewer: Eric Ferguson (Buffalo, NY)
I've always prided myself on a job well done, but generally found my bosses didn't appreciate me or what I accomplished. I see now that what I did in response to this, though it made sense to me, just made matters worse. For example, bigger and bigger reports. Those only buried what mattered and annoyed my bosses.
This course has more than paid for itself several times over.
Some "aha" moments, 10.24.2009
Reviewer: Lou Frantelli (Houston, TX)
The course isn't what I expected. Most of the materials on this topic talk about giving a presentation or writing a report, etc. This takes a different approach and seems to cover everything but the normal stuff.
For someone new to project management, that's going to be a problem. For an old hand like me, who's been struggling in an increasigly tough environment, it's exactly what's needed.
Actually, I wish I'd found this years ago. It would have saved me a lot of grief. Yes, I recommend this to anyone with a few stripes but NOT to someone just getting into project management.