Career Management Seminar : Talk to the Gorilla, not at it

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Last date for On-line Registration: 11/12/2012



“Communication is what the listener does.”

So teaches Mark Hortsman in his award winning Manager Tools podcasts. If we don’t communicate in the way the listener wants to and will understand, then we might as well be whistling in a tornado for all the effectiveness we will have.

Nearly every management book in the last two decades has preached the gospel of how important good communication skills are. And nearly as many don’t give you the fundamental tools to master good communication. Active listening, and emphasize with the speaker, are great advice. What do they mean?


The DISC behavioral profile provides the basic blocking and tackling building blocks for good communication in any environment. The very first lesson in good you communication is how you listen. If you don’t know what language you are speaking, how can you ever hope to translate it into what the listener will understand? And once you do know, understanding the language your listener is using becomes all the easier.

  • Understand the basics of the DISC model
  • Find out how to identify the four basic communication styles
  • Learn some easy to use techniques for communicating to the listener
  • Have fun, because learning from a gorilla is never boring


Stop talking past your listener. Talk to your listener and find out how much more effective you can be.


About the Speaker:


Joel Bancroft-Connors is the Gorilla Coach. He specializes in talking about the gorilla in the room; the uncomfortable or difficult subjects and issues that make projects or teams fail. When not helping  projects and not learning himself, he is writing a blog at The and coaching others on how to make better projects by making better teams. His motto, "Better People, Better Teams, Better World"

Joel works full time in the Silicon Valley high technology as a program manager, practicing the skills he teaches and writes about. In addition to being a certified project manager, he holds certifications from PMI and the Scrum Alliance in agile methodologies.

Career Management Seminars are an excellent opportunity for members and non-members to network with peers and stay on top of our ever-changing Silicon Valley career environment and the skills needed to survive. The event is a combination of networking, career environment scanning, and a topical presentation on a career management related subject. For Project Management Professionals (PMP) the event offers educational credit toward maintaining your certification credential.


Name: Mohan Govardhanan, PMP
Rich Condon, PMP
Gianna Wrenn, PMP
Kuntal Thakore, PMP, CSM

Email: Contact Event Host

PDU Info:

2.0 - Category A

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Program Agenda:

6:00 PM - Sign In and Networking
6:15 PM - Featured Speaker
8:30 PM - Meeting Adjourn


This event does not provide any food service. There are several local retail establishments serving either deli or fast foods. Complementary water and soda are provided.

On-line Registration

PMI Silicon Valley Members: $10 Non Members: $20 Full Time Student: $5 (online only - Contact Event Host for the discount code. Please bring Student ID card to the event).
At-the-Door Registration:

A limited number of registrations can be accepted at the door on a first come, first served basis. Once this limit has been reached, the event will be closed to additional attendees.

PMI Silicon Valley Members: $20 Non Members: $30
(Only Check or Cash accepted)
Checks payable to "PMI Silicon Valley"

Cancellation Policy:

This event is a professional society meeting, held for the benefit of its members. The Plan Ahead registration fee paid is based on the registrant's ability to commit to attendance, ahead of time. The Plan Ahead registration fee will not be refunded for any reason, other than event cancellation, after normal business hours (5:00 PM, Pacific) on the registration deadline day. The PMI - Silicon Valley Chapter reserves the right to make last minute changes to program content and speakers, as circumstances dictate.

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