How to Become a Project Manager: Can You Learn by Watching?

While you’re studying project management and waiting for your first project job, there are opportunities to observe what others are doing and learn from their experience. While our own experience is what we seek, learning from others can help you overcome pitfalls down the track.

How to Become a Project Manager: Can You Learn by Watching?
By [http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Margaret_E_Cato-Smith/1755254]Margaret E Cato-Smith

Going on a formal project management course is a must for an aspiring project manager. However, there are a number of additional approaches you can use to develop your project management skills. Direct experience is often cited as the ultimate teacher and most would agree that this is undoubtedly true. The problem is though, that you may not always be in the ideal position to be gaining direct experience. In this case, a secondary approach can be taken. I call it the ‘watch, analyse and learn’ strategy.

For this approach to be effective, you need to be in a situation where you have the opportunity to observe a project or a number of projects. Typically, there are always projects going on in any business today. This is essentially due to the fast pace at which the business environment is changing. I find that the most ideal situation requires that you are sitting among or very close to where the project activity is occurring. Because of the modern trend of open plan offices, you get to hear some of the chatter between project team members. There is also the opportunity to have conversations over a cup of coffee.

There are a number of specific things you can look for while observing. Does the chatter sound as if things are going well or not? In each case, see if the success or failure can be attributed to specific ways of operating. Watch how the project team members work together. Are they co-operative or otherwise? If not, why do you think this is? Could anything be done to improve relationships? Are there issues external to the project team members that are affecting their ability to do their work? All of this information is valuable to you as you learn to become a project manager. However, it is only useful, if you are able to come up with alternative approaches that overcome any issues you may be seeing. Always ask yourself how you would do ‘it’ if you were the project manager. Think about what you’ve learned in your project management studies and how some of the theory may apply in practice.

There are some ‘DON’Ts’ that you need to pay attention to. Remember you’ve got your own job to do and you must not compromise this. Your reputation has to be intact if you are to get an opportunity to try out your own project management skills. Don’t get involved in ‘gossip’. Simply listen and observe and draw conclusions that are useful for your own learning experience.

What if you feel you can contribute an improvement? Tread very carefully. Remember, you are an outsider, not involved in the project at all. While you may have an interest, you have not been employed to contribute at all. If your suggestion relates directly to the work of someone you get on well with, then potentially broach the topic carefully. Otherwise, you might try talking with your own supervisor and getting some advice before diving in headlong. When looking for project team members, the ability to work well with others is always a requirement. Hence, be careful to always demonstrate that you are a team player.

In the final analysis, look for things you can learn even if you are not on a project. Some projects work well, some don’t and there is a lot of variation in between. Watching projects can therefore be an excellent way to see the different ways in which the theory behind project management can be implemented.

From this article, you can see that studying a formal project management course is not the only activity that will support your desire to become a project manager.

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Steps to Becoming A Real Success Story

Steps to Becoming A Real Success Story
By [http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Terri_Louise_Clay/1429629]Terri Louise Clay

The Definition of success is: The achievement of something, desired, planned or attempted. So in a nut shell just means anything that you are trying to do or be, whether it be starting your own business, making more money, writing a book, etc. Once you achieve the life that you have envisioned in your mind, that is what makes you successful.

Eric Thomas, “world known” motivational speaker’s video went viral. He said if you want success as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful. Wow I’m sure everyone wants to breathe so really what are the steps to become a real success story? People are yearning and wanting success. We all want to make more money, or have more than we already have right now. But how bad do we really want it? How do we really become a real success story.

The steps to becoming a real success story are not always simple as one may think. If so everyone would be a success story, everyone would be making more money, or everyone would be starting their own business, etc. But if you want it as bad as you want to breathe success will not only come but will change your life to ways that you never saw before. There are 5 magical steps that will help your produce true success.

1. Find your purpose ~ Find your purpose and true happiness will come. We were all created with a thought in mind and with a true purpose. Finding your purpose will help you live longer and grow stronger. What if we were sitting in a chair expecting it to ride us down the street like a car would. It wouldn’t work would it? That’s because it’s not the purpose of the chair to take us here or there. Find your purpose and the success you yearn for will push you to becoming a real success story.

2.  Write the Vision ~ Writing the vision is the 2nd step to becoming a real success story. The bible says in Habakkuk 2:2, 3 to write the vision and make it plain, and yes it may tary but no matter what or how crazy life may get it will TRULY come. In a nutshell it just says that your dreams and vision will come to life. Writing the vision is another word for setting goals for yourself and seeing who you will become and be and what your real live success story will look like.

3. Be willing to Fail ~ All real success stories are full of failure stories. Oh yes all successful people failed at one time or another. The Michael Jordans, Donald Trumps, and Les Browns of the world were all willing to fail. They just didn’t quit. The continued to try over and over again until they become a real success story.

4. Surround yourself with other real success stories ~ Yes the bible says to be thou unequally yoked with unbelievers. That just means continue to surround yourself around like-minded people. If you want to be a real success story, then surround yourself with other people who live, breathe and produce success.

5. Be a positive thinker ~ All people who are a real success continued to believe that they could do anything possible than they believed. Even when the chips were down and negative things happened they still believed that they would be a success no matter what the results.

People who are a s just do things differently and proceed to win no matter what. Want to be a real success story just do it and make it happen no matter what.

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5 Types of Car Air Fresheners

5 Types of Car Air Fresheners
By [http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Leo_Eigenberg/1776992]Leo Eigenberg

Car air fresheners with a sweet fragrance have the ability to quickly overpower plenty of bad smells to provide a fresh smelling sanctuary for the more enjoyable car journey. Well-chosen air fresheners can produce a pleasant smell that is powerful enough to eliminate odors related to smoking, takeout food, or other foul smells. Here are five of the best car air fresheners on the market:

Can

The can style of air freshener is similar to the sticky gel, and consists of a metal or plastic can that holds a sweet-smelling fragrant gel pack. The can has a top section with adjustable holes which makes it easy to determine the amount of fragrance to release at any one time. While these products have the potential to last longer than most of the sticky gel products, they still aren’t very effective at removing the strongest smells in the vehicle.

Plug-in

The plug-in fresheners are a popular choice and consist of an oil-based compound that is contained within a plastic housing. They are designed to plug into the power outlet on the dashboard, and start to emit a fragrance once the oil-based compound is heated. This plug-in is great for strong odors, and soon fills the entire car with a sweet-smelling fragrance.

Spray

The spray type of freshener is quick and easy to use. The liquid-gaseous fragrance for these air fresheners comes in a pressurized can which can be sprayed when an unpleasant smell is noticed. Spray fresheners aren’t the longest lasting and will need to be sprayed at regular intervals if hoping to block out the most powerful odors.

Sticky Gel

The sticky gel air fresheners are made with a solid, sticky type of gel that holds the fragrant oil. This type of freshener easily sticks to any dry surface within the vehicle without a need to use adhesive. Also, because it doesn’t rely on the air vents or other form of propulsion it isn’t as effective at eliminating the stronger smells inside the vehicle. A positive of the fragrant oil is the ability to last longer than the aerosol, paper or cardboard products.

Cardboard

The low-cost solution to keep the vehicle smelling fresh is the hanging cardboard air fresheners. They are meant to hang from the rear view mirror, and made from a scented cardboard. While the scented cardboard products are quite long-lasting they aren’t the most effective at controlling the most noticeable or unpleasant smells inside the vehicle.

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Blog Your Next Book and Four Other Ways to Get the Most Out of Blogging

Blog Your Next Book and Four Other Ways to Get the Most Out of Blogging
By [http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Kathleen_Gage/1791]Kathleen Gage

Most entrepreneurs and experts would like as much visibility for what they do as possible. There are a number of ways to do this with one of the best being blogging.

Blogging, by far, allows you the opportunity to position your perspective and point of view. Further, it allows you to build a great online following of people who are interested in what you write about.

Five reasons to blog:

1. Build awareness

2. Build a following

3. Position your expertise

4. Increase SEO

5. Drive traffic to an opt in page to build your subscriber list

Five ways to optimize your blogging efforts:

1. Blog a book

2. Raise awareness about causes you believe in

3. Test topics for information products

4. Build a following

5. Promote an event

Blog a book

Repurposing your blog posts into a book may likely be one of the easiest ways to write a book. Start by outlining the chapters of your book. From there, split each chapter up into subchapters. This allows you to write a little bit with each post while staying the course with the end result – a book.

Not only will you stay the course with writing your book, you can also build a strong readership primed for buying your book once it’s published.

Raise awareness

Is there a cause you believe in? Why not blog about it? Because our blogs are our personal platform, we can write about anything we want. Frustrated with the way a political campaign is going? Blog about it. Angered by animal abuse and lack of responsibility by some pet owners? Blog about it. Want to raise money to build water supplies in third world countries? Blog about it.

Information product development

As with writing a book, blogging is a great platform to test the waters with new product releases. Information products can be delivered as text, audio or video. You can blog about the general theme of your soon-to-be-released products to build interest and desire for the product.

You can also use your blog to pre-sell a product. What could be better than getting paid ahead of time to develop a product?

Build a following

Blogging is one of the best ways to build a following. Again, you must be consistent in order to realize the greatest result. You can drive traffic from your blog to a social media group.

I recently began growing a private group on Facebook where I invite people via a Kindle book and my blog to join. I simply make mention of the group, include the link and people who are interested ask to be invited.

Almost daily I have requests from people asking to join. The best part of using this strategy is people want to be a part of my community. It is a private group and they have to ask to be included.

Promote an event

Blogging about an event is one of the best ways to increase awareness and interest. When I host events, I always make sure to blog about them. With my recent Think Tank held in Vancouver, Washington, I blogged about topics specific to what I would be covering in the mastermind.

With the success of the last Think Tank, I have every reason to believe my next one will be equally successful… if I include blogging about it in the marketing mix.

A great example of a whole community of people blogging about an event is with BlogPaws.

BlogPaws is an annual event that caters to animal bloggers. The strong leadership of BlogPaws keeps the momentum going to not only have people blog about the event, but also register for the event.

As the largest animal blogger conference in the world, there is a lot of effort put into this annual event.

As one of the speakers at BlogPaws, it behooves me to blog about the event. With dozens of speakers, hundreds of animal loving participants, and industry specific sponsors, with everyone putting effort into blogging about the event, it takes on a life of its own.

Getting the most out of your efforts

In order to fully optimize your efforts, it’s essential to be consistent. Blogging once or twice a month will not get you anywhere near the traction as once or twice a week. To get the greatest results, daily blogging is optimal.

Sure, daily may seem overwhelming, but your results are directly proportionate to the frequency (and quality) you put into blogging.

Additionally, blogging is a great way to position your expertise, increase visibility and test the temperature of the market on topics you may be writing about, developing information products and promoting events.

As with anything, blogging on a consistent basis takes commitment. A great way to stay the course is to put accountability measures in place. Whether it be making a commitment to a coach, a group of mastermind buddies, or like I did recently, making a public commitment. The more vocal you are about what you plan to do, the better.

Staying the course

Again, one of the best ways to get the most out of your blogging efforts is with consistent effort. Make a commitment over the next 30 days to blog a minimum number of days. Recently, I challenged myself to blog Monday through Friday for at least one month. Although it is taking effort, it’s also giving me the opportunity to serve my community with timely information.

Up to the challenge? Why not make a public commitment by posting something to your community about how much you will blog over the next month?

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Grilled Burgers With Homemade Barbecue Sauce and Bacon

Summer time is grilling time. We like to grill food for family picnics and holidays. While it’s easy to toss some burgers on the grill, you may want to make the burgers special. This homemade barbecue sauce transforms plain burgers into gourmet burgers.

Grilled Burgers With Homemade Barbecue Sauce and Bacon
By [http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Harriet_Hodgson/7963]Harriet Hodgson

For some people a burger is a burger. Not me. I like burgers with a twist–crumbled Roquefort cheese, or French fried onions, or grated ginger and scallions, or sliced mushrooms cooked in butter. Family members are coming to visit in a couple of days. Although I thought about grilling steak, I nixed this idea when I saw the steak prices. So it was back to burgers. How could I make them special?

I remembered a barbecue sauce recipe I’ve made hundreds of times. The original recipe was for pork and I wondered how it would taste on beef. Then I wondered how the beef and sauce would taste with bacon. I tested the combination and it’s a winner.

This recipe calls for 85 percent lean ground beef. If you use 90 percent lean, add a beaten egg to the meat to prevent the patties from falling apart on the grill. Ninety-tree percent lean burgers will probably fall apart because there is little fat to hold them together.

To save prep time, make the barbecue sauce and cook the bacon ahead of time. If the sauce has been refrigerated, take it out of the fridge and warm it. Same thing with the bacon. Before you start light the charcoal, clean the grill with a brush and spray with cooking spray. The coals should be hot and glowing.

For food safety, check the temperature of the burgers with an instant read thermometer. The internal temperature should be 160 degrees. Remember that the patties will continue to cook for a minute or so after you take them off the grill.

INGREDIENTS

1 1/3 pounds 85% lean ground beef

1 teaspoon salt

8 pieces of bacon, cooked crisp and drained on paper towels

1/2 cup dark molasses (or light)

1/2 cup ketchup

1 tablespoon dehydrated chopped onions

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1 cup orange juice

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 tablespoon canola oil

1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard

1/2 teaspoon seasoned pepper

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

METHOD

1. Add 1 teaspoon salt to ground beef and form into four patties.

2. Cover patties with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

3. Combining remaining ingredients in a small saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil.

4. Lower heat and simmer sauce for 20 minutes.

5. Set burgers on grill. Cook until one side starts to brown and grill marks appear. Resist the urge to press burgers with a spatula because this will dry them out.

6. Flip burgers and cook the other side.

7. Remove from grill and set on plate. Brush burgers with barbecue sauce.

8. Transfer burgers to buns (I use wheat buns) and top each one with two slices of bacon. Pass extra barbecue sauce if desired. Serve with a vegetable casserole and your favorite salad. Happy grilling! http://www.harriethodgson.com

Harriet Hodgson has been a freelancer for 37 years and is the author of 35 books. Her latest releases: Happy Again! Your New and Meaningful Life After Loss, The Family Caregiver’s Guide, Affirmations for Family Caregivers, and The Family Caregiver’s Cookbook, slated for Oct. 2016 release. Visit her website and learn more about this busy author, grandmother, and caregiver.

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