Week 4 PMWC check-in
Meeting chat and WildTunes
I wanted to check in to see how you are getting on with things this week. How is everyone? Does anyone have any questions?
There are a few things I would like to share with you:
VICAR OF DIBLEY CLIP
This is a clip of the first-ever episode of the Vicar of Dibley, maybe you have seen it before?! It is very English! 😬 As a bonus (slightly silly) exercise, please watch the clip then comment on this post with feedback on things you think they did well in the meeting and things they could have done better. The purpose of this exercise is to practice giving feedback on a meeting so that we can improve the ways we do things and help others improve also.
Meetings are a topic I find oddly interesting. Many of us have a love / hate relationship with them. We feel sometimes that time spent in meetings is time spent away from doing ‘actual work’, but conversely, we can sometimes feel left out if we are not invited to certain meetings.
Here are some more resources about meetings you may find interesting:
Freakonomics podcast. An interesting point discussed in this podcast is that we generally fill the time we have, so if we have an hour for a meeting it will generally take an hour!
Stop the Meeting Madness article. Amongst many other things, this article discusses research that apparently that meetings have increased in length and frequency over the past 50 years!
What are your top meeting tips? Please comment below.
In WildTeam class-based workshops we have a playlist we listen to during the breaks and sometimes whilst doing the exercises called 'WildTunes', here. It is a collaborative playlist where the only rule is that the songs have a link to wildlife! 🎧🥁🎹
OPTIONAL INTERVIEW PREP SESSION
For those career searchers amongst us, a wee reminder that before the live sessions this week we will be doing an optional session to think about how questions about project management might be answered in an interview. 9.30 am or 5.30 pm GMT (same zoom link). If you are keen, prepare an answer to the following potential interview question: "Can you explain how the project management training you list on your CV can help a project have conservation impact?”. Then we will split into breakout rooms to practice this and give feedback to each other.
See you in the live sessions on Monday.🏄♀️
All the best,