Membership Elects New Officers
Update from PMI-MN Nominating Committee
Once again, we had a great slate of candidates participate in this years election for the Year 2018 PMI-MN Board of Directors. We were very fortunate to have some very qualified candidates step up and run for positions that require leadership experience and a strong commitment to the long-term welfare of our Chapter. Below are the results of this years election:
President Elect - Janice Pyka
Finance Director - Joe Perzel
Directors at Large - Manish Kalra and Sara (Lien) Swanson
Our thanks to all who participated in running for election and we look forward to another record-breaking year for one of the fastest growing chapters in PMI.
2017 PMI-MN Nominating Committee
Mohamed Diab, PMI President Elect & COO
Betty Ingram, PMP
Michelle Moodie, PMP
Susan Heidorn, PMP
Why having a Linked In profile isn't enough
LinkedIn is a professional networking platform founded by Reid Hoffman, Konstantin Guericke, Jean-Luc Vaillant, Allen Blue and Eric Ly in 2002. It is a good tool for building and maintaining strong professional relationships. It currently has 500 million users with 133 million users in the United States and records a 40% daily login. According to Sandy Zeiszler, LinkedIn Trainer and Consultant, having a LinkedIn account is not enough. She recommends 5 steps to make LinkedIn work for you:
1.Show your best self: To achieve this on LinkedIn, getting a professional head shot is the first step as research has shown that profiles with a Professional Photo are 21 times more likely to be viewed on LinkedIn. Keep your conversation on LinkedIn professional always.
2.Highlight your strengths: Use keywords to highlight your strengths and your value proposition in the headline. Ensure that they are specific. A good way to show this as a project manager is to state what industry you are more experienced with e.g., IT Project Manager, Construction Project Manager etc.
3.Express yourself:Participate in conversations, like, comment, and share articles that align with your career interests. You can seek and find volunteer opportunities by using LinkedIn Profinder.
4.Personalize Messages: Do not just click the "connect" hyperlink when you intend to connect with someone; send a personalized message and introduce yourself.
5.Connect and Build Relationships: Search, connect with people you have a relationship with and nurture the relationship. One way to do that is by setting up a "virtual coffee" meeting over the phone.
Cultivate a weekly habit of connecting with 3 people, comment on 3 posts and share status updates 3 times a week. In the end, it will add up by increasing your visibility and make the relationship building website work for you.
Sandy Zeiszler made this presentation at the Career Networking Group seminar of PMI-MN on September 18, 2017. She is a LinkedIn trainer, speaker and consultant who works with professionals to build online presence and grow their businesses.
Volunteer of the Month
The PMI-MN Chapter is honored to present Rich Walker as our September 2017 Volunteer of the Month. Rich has been volunteering with the Chapter for several years in various capacities. Currently he is a PMP Instructor in the Professional Development team and has done some amazing work as part of this team. He has also held a Board position and a Co-Chair position in the past. PMI-MN would like to thank Rich for his time and dedication. Congratulations Rich!!!
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