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Capital Area PMI Chapter Monthly Lunch and Learn

  • Nov 12, 2013 · 11:45 AM
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The PMI Capital Area Chapter will hold project management tools demonstrations monthly at the Lansing Dewpoint office.

The meetings will occur on the second Tuesday of the month and will begin at 11:45.  Product demonstration beginning @ 12:00.

Presenter: Chris Copeland

Chris Copeland has been a member of the Lansing PMI chapter for three years. Although he comes from a family of manufacturing engineers, he decided at sixteen to set aside his math textbooks and seek a life among the humanities. After studying literature, history, ancient languages, world cultures, and theology (and a little bit more math), he has served as a technical writer, a parish minister, and for four years as a teacher and educational administrator in East Africa, where he helped to develop and implement a model college curriculum for intercultural teacher training. Upon his return to the United States, he returned to his roots, finding a place in the automotive industry. For the past three years he has served as Operations Manager for Rube Automation, a factory automation systems integrator in Lansing, where he is once again thriving as the sole non-engineer in a building full of fascinating people.

Topic: Communication Among the Professions

One of the project manager's most important functions is managing communication among stakeholders. When communication problems threaten a project, a PM often can step in and save the day. Generally speaking, these communication problems stem from conflicting expectations among a PM's constituencies. This talk will address one aspect of this dilemma: professional subcultures. How does a person's professional identity influence the way he or she communicates? How can the PM most effectively serve as a mediator, not only among professionals, but among professions? The thesis of this talk is that the art and science of intercultural communication can apply to professional subcultures, just as it applies to communication among persons from diverse cultural backgrounds. Drawing from hard-won experience, and in-depth reading of professional literature, Chris will share a few simple models for intercultural communication, showing how they apply to communication among professional subcultures. He will offer practical techniques to help project managers bridge the gap among professional constituencies.


This session is free to Capital Area PMI Members and reservations will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. A link to the Meetup site will be distributed via a Capital Area Chapter e-mail message.

- From Detroit/East: I-96 West to exit 104, turn Right onto Pennsylvania Ave., then Right at first light onto Miller Rd.

- From Grand Rapids/West: I-96 E to I-69 S to I-96 E, Exit 104, Right at Pennsylvania Ave, then right onto Miller Rd.

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  • Randy J.

    I really enjoyed Chris' presentation! It was well researched, thought provoking, and should help me improve my communications with my fellow employees (regardless of which "culture" they subscribe to). Thanks!

    November 13, 2013

  • Deb M.

    Good insight into the potential for applying inter-cultural communication to inter-professional communication (i.e. managers and technical people have different cultures). Enjoyed hearing from someone who frequents Chapter meetings. Nice reminder to apply good communication tools and techniques.

    November 12, 2013

  • Chris C.

    find -> found (typo above)

    November 8, 2013

  • Chris C.

    Yes, the literature on technical and business communication is vast. I have not yet find much specific guidance on the narrow area where I want to focus my talk: How to frame discussions across professional divides, so that each person can see the other's point of view in the best light, which is to say, with the highest level of empathy, and the lowest level of antipathy. Once that mutual understanding is in place, it's easier to tackle the challenge of conveying complex technical information. To communicate in this way is a soft skill, but it can be described, it can be measured, and it can be taught.

    November 8, 2013

  • Jack K.

    Hi Chris, I'm wondering if you can share some thoughts around "best practice" materials that you have discovered over the years. There is so much information out there it's hard to weed through it all. Thanks!!

    November 8, 2013

  • Chris C.

    Thanks, Ron. Participants, please feel free to post questions here in advance of our meeting.

    November 4, 2013

  • Ron H.

    I want to thank our own Chris Copeland for offering to present to the Lunch and Learn group on Tuesday November 12th. I am really looking forward to his presentation on "Communication Among the Professions" and would love to see you there at the Dewpoint office.

    November 4, 2013

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