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5 Ways to Stand Out as a Project Manager – Keys #2 & 3: Be Unique & Invest in Yourself

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number 2: be unique
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don’t be like everyone else
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you we have marketed to a lot in a lot of times things just become noise
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and it’s the same with people you know you forget that
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that so-and-so is really good as a project manager really good as a
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director or manager
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but you forget don’t be like everyone else
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figure out what it is about you that’s unique
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and stand out break I what I call the vanilla
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and BU be genuine
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on I had looked kinda young for my age
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have always and seventy yeah
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you up good I Bay
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he was a new project manager I felt like okay I had overcome that I O
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had overcome that I had a high pitched voice that I looks really I am
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so whenever I present to be very serious and I would show no emotion and I try
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and talk
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well over hinson and it was a disaster
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it wasn’t lol I started embracing that
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I’m a weird goofy nerd hands
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and I haven’t done sense of humor and I embraced it
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fads and people think that was really a turning point because I started to
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connect with people when I spoke
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and I started sit to really get to know people love that Matt a bit
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better because I was showing them my real me
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and I think that’s important work to show people who you really are
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the weird wacky to keep completely weird person that you are
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and understand what you have to offer that’s
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different banks person okay
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so we’re gonna do an interactive exercise you guys excited okay so
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way what you do is find someone that you have not met before
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we’re going to take about five minutes allies yes the talk about
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sure three things that make you the weird wacky unique nerdy amazing greats
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person you are make sense alright so we have five minutes
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busy they’re calling and I think say outright down those three things happen
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1080 weird think I showed them to somebody
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how many that actually I love it a fun
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yeah and you learn something cool about your neighbor
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anything you can share up
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you’re not a Trekkie nice
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nice hard you want to get where you want it to be world
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you would like to thank my head
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like I don’t yeah
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up
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see you learn something new wow i cant
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that’s great what up care worldwide your
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runner well marathon runner that’s awesome
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that’s fantastic if the year but %uh something over here
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like
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one his for fun
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unique fired
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hacer un long so
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one thing I notice as you guys are talking first thought you would shut up
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yeah but thing was everyone looking gays and he were smiling
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and if you rewind
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just before I start talking before the presentation site
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every interest that’s right for now and talk to each other what a great time
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it would have been to get to know the weird wacky stuff about the person next
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to you
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yeah I’ve gone she wants many p.m. IEDs where you sit around a table
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an ego what’s your name what’s your name what he did what do you do and then you
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like
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all right time my dinner and that
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what a missed opportunity to get to know the weird
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unusual well person XE that likes to read about quantum physics for fun
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you know think about how do you get to know the other person use opportunities
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that you have events like this where you can get some meet people
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and that’s all connecting with people is meeting new people getting to know them
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in developing that relationship
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make sense i right
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number three invest in yourself
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on
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there’s a book called on discover your strengths as I wanna that over here
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alright well you got me discover what it is that you’re really good at
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what are the strengths that you have on
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you want to develop your weaknesses 12 to a point where they’re acceptable
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that they’re not hurting her career but you really want to figure out where
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those things that I’m
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really good at that I’m passionate about and and starts to develop those
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action funny story when I first started as a project manager
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am I didn’t know what I was doing at all
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and I start taking night classes and just be
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China vs spines and learn everything I possibly could
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on what I realize was a weakness for me was speaking in public
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a big one I and our I just had a faster and faster than
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ans I wish for small fires pharmaceutical company at the time
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there were probably about 40 people in the company in and
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every couple months or so whenever they hired you folks
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you go around the table I need say your name what it is that you did
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and then me just kinda go around I was
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petrified say anything standing up in any way of saying anything to crowded
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and we were kinda miss you shape and they’re going around of course I was at
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the
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other end of the year the very last person and so ads are going around
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I’m getting more and more upset and turning red
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and by the time I got to me accusing at this is exactly what I said
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has set up I said hi I’m Erica
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how project manager I don’t know what i do. I like that
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her room was quiet
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i kidnap my boss was there
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live here is where the CEO the company was there should
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I why they didn’t like me that they have no idea
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no but I realize okay that the weakness I have to address
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I have to improve at myself and and there’s probably things that are
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festering that are
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a weakness on start to figure out what those are and how you improve them
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and then really spend a lot of your time figuring out
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what am i really good at what is the strength for me
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how do I make it better take on new and interesting opportunities
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and I’ll on at any company there’s opportunities that
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people may not want to volunteer for on you know new technology new
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anything yeah first person that says I don’t know what this is but
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I’m gonna take it on you learned so
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so much by doing that get training
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most we’ll talk a little bit more about this later I don’t learn something new
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everyday
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Bobby on the I’ll CEO
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Red Hat have the same there was looking into it the companies that survive
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the people that survived are the ones are afraid of things that are now
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the ones that lean into it another thing to I have touched so many people
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it’s a oh you know I don’t have time for the training
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because I’m too busy at work hands
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the company will pay for advanced degree
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they’ll pay for the certification to pay for webinars will pay for books
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will do whatever ans its nine so they’ve lost their jobs and the company’s on
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your pain
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and they don’t have the money and the time see investing in themselves that
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they go
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I’ll crap I have to get my PMP if your company is paying for stuff right now
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use its because you are your job security
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not your company there have been and never will be
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you or your job security you’re the CEO of your destiny