Archives for January2015


APM Video Magazine (Eighth Edition) is released!

logoAPMThe PM Channel have paired up again with APM to offer this year’s first edition of the APM Video Magazine, the theme for this edition is Communication. We have drawn talks from speakers across the last year’s conferences to give a wide and varied view of the importance of communication when it comes to running projects.

The variety of videos explore communication through different perspectives and approaches from Bruno Kahne’s lessons learnt from the deaf world to Alan Barnard’s unique perspective as a political campaigner. The videos are drawn from APM’s own conferences and other Project Management conferences that have occurred over the last year.

To watch the videos go to the APM website here: http://www.apm.org.uk/node/123178

To read APM’s release and summary go here: : http://www.apm.org.uk/news/achieving-success-through-communication

To find our summaries of the videos please click on the links below:

Bruno Kahne – Deaf-Tips, Powerful Communication

Roy Sheppard – How to be upbeat in a downbeat world

Alan Barnard – Campaign it!

The PM Channel’s first podcasts!

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The PM Channel’s next step is podcasting, from now on The PM Channel will be offering a new free podcast every month drawn from our back catalog of content.

To celebrate our first attempt at podcasting we are offering three free this month to download and for further updates on future podcasts please keep an eye on our twitter @ThePMChannel and keep an eye out for our bimonthly newsletter.

This month’s podcasts are the following:

*slides are not included in the podcast, to see the slides please watch the original videos.*

Nick Field - Our very own MD Andrew Delo interviewed Nick Field in 2012 on his ideas, his recommendations and the challenges he has experienced in leadership.

Nick Field has over 30 years experience within the construction industry. He is a chartered civil engineer by background and he has specialised in project, programme and construction management for the past 20 years. Nick has held directorships within leading contractors, engineering consultants and project management consultancies and has international business experience.

To listen to or download the podcast go here or to watch the original video go here.

Ken Livingstone – In 2011 Ken Livingstone spoke at PMI Synergy, we have his talk in full here!

In 2004 Livingstone was elected Mayor of London and held that position until 2008. His Acts as Mayor included modernising the public transport system, advocating Oyster card use, introducing congestion charges, standing for environmental policies and many other ventures that have made London the place it is today.

To listen to or download the podcast go here or to watch the original video go here.

Louise Hardy – Also speaking at PMI Synergy in 2011, Louise was Olympic Park Infrastructure Director for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Louise had been working on the integration and management of the 2012 programme of design and construction work for over 5 years. She explains the engineering and project management challenges she faced in the grueling process of making the 2012 games a success.

To listen to or download the podcast go here or to watch the original video go here.

Bruno Kahne – Deaf-Tips, Powerful Communication

BrunokahneBruno leads a team of consultants, trainers, facilitators and coaches who are experts in Human Performance. Before joining AirBusiness Academy, he worked as an auditor, trainer and consultant in leadership, management, self-development, communication and change management, for companies specialised in fields as varied as the nuclear, supermarket, food, and construction industry.

Bruno holds an M.A. from the Université de Mons in Belgium and completed his PhD in Sociology from the University of Exeter.

A year ago Bruno spoke to a deaf person for the first time, as a communication coach and long term enthusiast Bruno was unprepared for how much of an impact this would have on him and how much the deaf world can teach the hearing about communication.

“In this world that is getting more and more complex we have a tendency to complexify everything, I believe we should be doing exactly the opposite.” Deaf people communicate in a language that is effective and despite the complexity of concepts they can communicate the language itself is simple and direct. Bruno emphasises several areas where the hearing world need to look at the way the deaf communicate and copy their behaviours.

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– Look in the eyes

– Put yourselves in the other’s shoes

– Be simple and precise simultaneously

– Don’t say don’t

– Ask questions

 

Kahne uses emotive and strong examples of the way deaf people interact with each other and the world around them and the way the hearing world can learn from them.

“Deaf people can be seen in two different ways, either as people who have lost something – hearing – or as people who have gained something – the ability to communicate without sound.”

In the first case, Hearing people will express at best compassion, which will be perceived as offensive. In the second case, pity will be replaced by curiosity, respect for the difference, and desire to learn communication skills which are rarely found in the Hearing world

Truly handicapped people are not those with a malfunctioning body or mind, but those who have developed habits which prevent them from connecting with others in a healthy way. And as the world is moving away from discrimination and narrow-mindedness, maybe it is time to recognize the real experts in communication and learn from them.

If you wish to purchase Bruno’s book by the same name it is available  here and the full talk is also available on The PM Channel.

Roy Sheppard – Being upbeat in a downbeat world!

Roy-SheppardRoy Sheppard was a radio and television broadcaster, mainly with the BBC but also at HTV Wales in Cardiff and LBC Radio in London. He regularly worked alongside other notable presenters including Jeremy Paxman, Eamonn Holmes, Ann Robinson and the late Jill Dando and from 1985-91, he was an anchorman of the early evening news for the BBC in London.

Roy Sheppard is a specialist conference moderator, an experienced speaker and the author of eight books. As a moderator, Roy works on high-profile conferences for some of the world’s largest and most respected organisations. As well as being an acknowledged expert on building profitable business relationships through networking and referrals and he has worked as a visiting lecturer at Cranfield University’s full-time MBA course and more recently at Henley School of Management.

Roy Sheppard believes being upbeat, or downbeat, is a choice and in this talk he doesn’t claim to tell us anything we don’t already know. Roy shares his own methodology for developing what he calls your “Emotional Core,” including how to be emotionally stronger, more flexible and capable of dealing with whatever life seems to throw at us each and every day.

Roy opens the talk by asking the audience, have you ever been on a course on being happy? Roy questions that arguably the most important lesson in life isn’t taught or discussed.

Roy uses his experience and training as a therapist to declare that the number one reason in the world for unhappiness is that we create an image of what reality should be in our heads and then spend all of our time trying to make that image a reality and becoming unhappy when that image isn’t realised.

According to Roy we self-medicate, in order to try and convince ourselves we are happy we eat fast food, sugar and consume alcohol, “we can’t be up all the time, but we’re stimulation junkies. We want to be up all the time.”

Instead of looking for stimulation that is fleeting and possibly damaging Roy encourages us to identify the upbeat and downbeat people in our lives and instead focus on surround ourselves with positive influences.