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Issue # 39 December 2011

Pow'Rful Presentations Newsletter

 

December 2011 -  Year End PotPourri

 

Pow'Rful Presentations is a relatively monthly investigation of ideas, strategies and techniques to assist readers be more present in life, better project managers and make effective presentations (in all senses of the word).
  
Disclaimer - depending on your background, and my South African origins, you may find some of my spelling and grammar to be "imaginative".

 

© Wayne Botha 2011

 

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The end is Nigh (The end of the year 2011, that is.)

Thanksgiving is behind us, and we are heading towards the holiday season, quickly followed by the end of the Year and rejoicing for 2012. Hence, a short newsletter because no-one has much energy left at this time of year.

 

  • Project success does not equal project manager success. Some projects are difficult to manage and some are disasters waiting to happen. A good project manager will help to make the disaster less severe. No matter how good you are at your craft, you cannot avoid disaster. Therefore, never let a failed project get you down. The project failure doesn't mean you are a failure - your skills and influence may have been the deciding factor in less spectacular failure.
     
  • Your inner critic is formed by many situations and influences over your lifetime. As you become more educated. mature and experienced, you are in a better position to accomplish more. However, your inner critic doesn't automatically acknowledge your achievements and successes. Your inner critic frequently reminds you of the time you failed a math test in 3rd grade. It is time to confront your critic. When you find yourself thinking "I can't do that", stop and ask "Why not?". Be specific. Ask your critic for an example of a situation that says you can't do it. You might find that your critic is full of hot air, and the ghostly image is making you a ghost of your powerful self. It is time to upgrade your critic so that you can achieve more.
     
  • If you work hard, think smart and apply what you learn, then your career path will happen faster than you think. Given that you can expect a promotion every few years if you work for a large organization, what are you doing today to prepare for your next promotion? It will happen faster than you think.
     
  • It is neither good, nor bad. It just is. 
     
  • What books are you reading now?  

 

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