Source: PMP Passport, Sept. 2006, http://www.pmi.org/passport/sept06/globalfocus.html#emea
While studying for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) exam, Mr. Giotis was influenced particularly by the Project
Communications Management Knowledge Area of A Guide to the Project
Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®
Guide). "It is natural for human beings to be impressed by good
communicators," he says. "I was never paying attention to the body language. Now
body language is my priority. I was interrupting people. Now I use empathetic
listening most of the time."
His improved people skills have helped him mentor individuals in his training
work, and also have helped him effectively lead groups. "I had given more than
80 speeches at conferences and tech days ranging from 50 to 800 participants,
but after passing the PMP exam, I changed dramatically my way of giving public
speeches," he says. "It is not so important to say something you know, but it is
very important to say it in a way that the audience can understand it. I started
doing more questions to engage people. I started using body language to
understand their reactions. I started being a 100 percent listener and fully
present. I became audience-oriented."
His improved leadership skills made all the difference in his efforts to
revitalize the PMI Greece Chapter, of which he currently is president. In 2003,
the chapter had just 23 members, and today, it has grown to 210.
"As a leader, I had to use all available communication methods to lead people
to join PMI and the Greek Chapter using my PMP credential as a vehicle," he
says. "On every e-mail message I sent, I promoted PMI at the end of my
signature. On every discussion I had, I tried to find a way to talk about
successful projects in order to explain what professional project management is,
what PMI is and what [a PMP credential] is. On my suit, I always pinned the gold
PMP pin—people asked about it, and I had the opportunity to explain the whole
story. On every presentation or public speech I gave, I always said something
about project management and PMI. PMP [certification] was the vehicle for me to
lead people to join PMI and the Greek PMI Chapter."