9 clever ways to maximize your professional development experience at the PMI Global Congress are:
- Register. Go to the rapid registration kiosk and get registered with your printed confirmation email. Forgot your confirmation email? Go to the registration desk where you will be assisted. You will receive your smart badge event guide, at a glance schedule, and event location
- Stand out from the crowd. You will receive a neck wallet to hold your smart badge. Look for the different colored ribbons available to attach to your neck wallet to promote networking. Tell the world that you are a PMP, PgMP, First Timer or Presenter
- Get carded. Use your smart badge as your pass to the exhibit hall and all PMI events – presentations, networking sessions, receptions and other events. Take good care of your smart badge as it is the vehicle for automatic PDU accrual
- Attend pre-sessions. Check the pre-session schedule and plant to attend and recognize peers at the award ceremony on Saturday night or attend Sunday morning workshops where the state of project management is discussed
- Opening Session. Gain valuable insights during the opening session. In previous years, keynote addresses have been delivered by American statesman and retired general Collin Powel and former president of the United States Bill Clinton. What a better way to start the congress!!
- Visit the Exhibit hall. Learn about the latest software and training materials. Also check out the PMI bookstore. Stop by the PMI Career Center for potential job opportunities. Get carded to participate in vendor drawings and to be contacted after the congress
- Provide feedback. At the end of each session you will receive a survey, this is your opportunity to provide feedback about the presentation and presenter. Your feedback is important for the presenter and to make improvements for future events.
- Jump on the social media wagon. Use your smart phone, tablet, or computer to provide your insights via tweeter, Facebook or blogs. Do not forget to add your comments to the congress blog at your leisure.
- Network, Network, Network! Get to know your fellow attendees and make professional connections at any time during the congress. Networking is a noteworthy component of your professional development experience.
At the congress, you will spend three-days with thousands of project management professionals from around the world. Do not panic! It may be intimidating but take this opportunity to learn to share and share to learn.
Have a safe trip back home!
Conrado Morlan has more than 15 years of experience managing programs and projects in the Americas, Europe and Asia and has led multigenerational and multicultural project teams. Mr. Morlan was one of the first people to attain the PMI Program Management Credential (PgMP)® credential in Latin America and the first one in Mexico. Mr. Morlan is a frequent guest speaker at Project Management congresses in America and Latin America, is an avid volunteer with PMI chapters in America, Mexico, Costa Rica and Spain, and is a contributor for PMI Community Post and a blogger at http://thesmartpms.posterous.com/