Merv Jersak, provides upbeat, fun, inspirational presentations and training programs for organizations that are in the business of implementing major systems projects. His clients include IT consulting firms, internal IT departments and corporations with large teams that benefit from his 40+ years’ experience in project delivery.
What is KEY to his presentation delivery is the art and skill of putting people first! These overlooked skills must be present alongside those highly emphasized technical skills. Teams walk away from Merv’s presentations with new insight, practical techniques, and a roadmap to greater success and satisfaction in project delivery. He delivers proven ideas and principles that go straight to your organization’s bottom line.
Position for Success: Mastering the Art of People, Projects and Profits
In this motivational presentation, Merv pulls from his 40 years of personal case studies and “war stories” to illustrate what works and what doesn’t when it comes to delivering successful systems. He shows how focusing on the human factors in project delivery is essential to project success and bottom line profitability.
Projects are complex undertakings with infinite numbers of moving parts and challenges. Learn why they require focused attention and strong coordination across both the project delivery team and the end-user organization to be positioned for success.
- technical staff and business functional staff can work together synergistically to deliver a product that both organizations are proud of.
- focusing on “people first” is equally as effective as technical proficiency and efficient processes to project success.
- prioritizing human factors in project delivery leads to higher probability of success and higher profitability.
- working with end-user staff as co-equal partners leads to higher satisfaction with the implemented systems and more successful outcomes.
Develop Powerful People First Skills to Grow a Dynamic Team & Create Greater Project Success
Project managers possess highly-tuned technical skills in managing projects — yet do they know how to put people first? By adding the human factors to your projects you begin to powerfully ignite your teams to greater productivity and project success. Timelines and To Do Lists will get your projects only so far — and instilling the “people first” skills to your project will make a lasting impact and allow your organization’s profits to soar.
The PMBOK® Guide and PMP certification, while absolutely essential, are simply not enough. Uncover the secrets and the art of these powerful people skills that will dramatically accelerate your project delivery success.
Learn how to:
- Instill powerful people skills and techniques that reflect directly on your bottom line
- Increase efficiency, proficiency, and as a result, timely project delivery
- Infuse proven human factors across all of the project management knowledge
- Create powerful allies in your stakeholder groups
- Set expectations and put fears to rest with your end-users to build more effective business relationships
- Develop and grow in-house talent, productivity and profits
Powerful Communication Skills for Project Managers that Unlock the Secrets to Your Success
Research shows that an average of 65% of all IT projects fail even as unprecedented numbers of IT professionals are earning their PMP certifications. Often project failures are NOT a technical Project Management problem. In this presentation you will discover the reasons why projects fail at such alarming rates and what to do to avoid these failures in advance.
In this presentation, your Project Managers will the learn power of communication proficiency, and how to use it to unlock the art and skill of putting people first in your organization. You will also uncover the human factors that are so essential to effective project delivery. So often these communication skills are assumed, or are given mere lip service, within the project delivery organization.
Learn how these skills are equally necessary to implement successful and profitable projects. You’ve heard it said that the “soft skills” are the hard skills. Well, there’s nothing “soft” about communication skills — this presentation will teach you new skills that you can begin to implement right away.
Learn how to:
- Communicate in the ‘language’ of your end-users
- Bring your end-user team along as fully contributing partners
- Differentiate your various project audiences, and how to effectively communicate with each one
- Conduct effective meetings that are informative, action-based, forward looking, and a delight to attend
- Use e-mail effectively, when to use it, when not to, and the etiquette surrounding email
- Write effectively for a non-technical audience
- Bolster your teams’ commitment and productivity
Transform Tech-Talk into Powerful Presentations That Instantly Connect You to Your Team
In this highly interactive presentation you will learn proven presentation skills, crafted from the perspective of a life-long Project Manager, and customized specifically for today’s Project Manager. Whether presenting an IT proposal, or a project progress report, or a technical explanation to your major stakeholders, or a pep-talk to your project team — who better to deliver it than the Project Manager? Yet, often these same Project Managers, so skilled in technical project delivery, lack basic presentation skills.
Uncover the skills to go from a liability at the front of the room to a powerful, persuasive communicator that effectively connects to the hearts and minds of your team.
The ability to deliver effective presentations is a learned skill, just as the technical skills of Project Management is a learned skill. In this presentation, your tech-talking professionals will be transformed into clear-messaging presenters. They will become comfortable with the audience, the medium, and the message.
Learn how to:
- Deliver presentations that inform, educate, persuade, and inspire your team to success
- Maximize your messaging impact with ease
- Address the specific information needs of your various audiences at the level that they expect to be addressed.
- Sell your proposals; deliver “dry” detail in an interesting manner
- Command and hold audience attention, including the use of movement, gestures, vocal variety, and other effective front-of-the-room techniquesUse visuals effectively for maximum effect
- Handle questions with effective communication and responses that move people to action