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Laura Barnard, is a regular keynote speaker and workshop provider at project management professional development symposiums, global education provider webinars, and corporate functions.

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Laura Barnard has been one of Project Management for Today’s most valuable Contributing Authors / Speakers since 2018. In each Speaking Engagement / Article Laura has helped our readers by clearly articulating the ways for Project Managers / PMO leaders to provide an immediate strategic impact on their organizations. As a result of following her recommendations, Laura’s readers will find their services in demand as their skill in collaboration and cultivating immediate strategic results for their organization grows. I would encourage Project Managers / PMO Leaders to seek out Laura’s recommendations as they seek to increase the value they are able to provide for their organizations.

Karl Hallgrimsson, Operations, Intake, & Portfolio Manager at TTEC

Laura spoke at our PMI Washington D.C. George Washington University local community meeting and we had record attendance. Her presentation was clear and organized and her delivery was warm and engaging. In addition to being an excellent speaker and pulling in the audience with lively antidotes, her content was “spot on” and the attendees left the presentation commenting that their time was well spent and that they would use the various tips in their work as a PM.

Melanie Fiore, PMP, BRMP, Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Project and Portfolio Manager at The George Washington University Division of Information Technology

Today I had the opportunity to hear Laura for the 3rd time. Each time,I am able to apply her methodology to my every day work collaboration. Wearing her “M” hat, Laura spoke to the importance of applying the value and benefits to track program performance measures. I found this very beneficial to how we align our core values to meet our business objective and the expectations of our client. If you are ever interest to learn more about IMPACT by Laura, I strongly recommend you contact her directly. Very very informative. Thx Laura

Eric Perlstein, PMP, PMI-ACP / RMP, Past President, PMI Baltimore

Laura is great speaker and her passion for Project Management is infectious, she is charismatic and knowledgeable, both qualities that have serve her well. Her keynote presentation at the PMIBaltimore Professional Development Event 2018 was extremely well received with a high rating of 4.9 by the attendees.

Sapna Linus, MBA, PMP, PMI Chapter Board Member

Being deeply competent and a dazzling communicator does not often show up in the same person. Yet Laura Barnard is that person! I had the opportunity to speak at the same conference as Laura recently and I was so impressed with her ability to keep the audience completely engaged throughout the entire keynote. “Impact” is not just clever branding for Laura–it’s who she is. It drives everything she writes and speaks about and that’s why she’s in such demand. If you’re looking for an engaging keynoter for an upcoming chapter or company meeting, give Laura a call!

Andy Kaufman, PMP, Project Management & Leadership Keynote Speaker, Author, & Coach

We had the privilege of having Laura Barnard as one of our keynote speakers. She did an amazing job and what she brought to us was very enlightening. The tools she is making available to our members will be invaluable and we really appreciate her contribution to the PMI Professional Development Day.

Candi Banghart, VP Programs

Laura Barnard, PMP gave an excellent opening keynote speech for the 5th annual Baltimore PMI chapter Professional Development Event on Friday morning. Her high energy presentation “From Project Manager to IMPACT Driver: Preparing for the Future of Project Management” was exactly what a few hundred project managers needed to get us jazzed up about what a difference we can make in the world around us. Thank you Laura, for everything you give back to the profession and the wider community. Barbara Harper, PMP

Barbara Harper, PMP, CDA, CBAP, Director, PMI Baltimore Chapter

I had the opportunity, at our Professional Development Day, to listen to Laura Barnard both as a breakout session speaker and a keynote speaker. I really enjoyed both sessions. She did a great job of providing a lot of info that I’m anxious to go back and use at work!

Attendee of PMI Central Iowa Professional Development Day

We had the pleasure of seeing Laura, the keynote speaker, and really enjoyed her message about PMOs and the organization and building those out and the value they bring to companies. We will take that back and implement it.

Trevor Kooker, Senior Project Manager

One thing that stuck with me is a statement she made that as PMs we have a fiduciary responsibility to deliver. We are the owners of delivery.

Pavan Goteti, Senior Project Manager

Recently attended the PMI Symposium at UMD and heard your great presentation. Looking forward to more “sage wisdom” and hearing you at future PMI events.

Mack James

SPEAKING TOPICS ABSTRACTS

Audience: Anyone from the C-suite to Project Managers
PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership

Do you know what it takes to build a high-IMPACT PMO? 

Whether you are starting a PMO for the first time, trying to get your PMO back on track, or just want to ensure that your PMO is as high-IMPACT as possible, this presentation will get right to the heart of what actually makes a difference, where you should start, and how to accelerate your PMO performance to deliver high-IMPACT outcomes for the organization.

It’s time to stop talking about “PMO survival” and ensure that YOU and your PMO are THRIVING!

This system has been developed leveraging more than 20 years of research and application of the most important techniques that Laura has used to transform the careers of hundreds of project managers, enabling them to become an invaluable strategic asset that business leaders are fighting over.

After watching this presentation, you will be prepared to leverage a set of immediately applicable tools and techniques to help you Get. It. Done.
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Audience: Anyone in leadership from the C-suite to project managers          

PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership

Are you ready to stop “surviving” and start thriving in your organization? It’s time to transform our project management mindset and shift our focus to an IMPACT-driven culture. In this inspiring and insightful presentation, you will learn Laura’s proven system for transforming your career from Project Manager to IMPACT Driver. This system has been developed leveraging more than 20 years of research and application of the most important techniques that Laura has used to transform the careers of hundreds of project managers, enabling them to become an invaluable strategic asset business leaders are fighting over. After watching this presentation, you will be prepared to leverage a set of immediately applicable tools and techniques to help you Get. It. Done.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Audience: Anyone in leadership from the C-suite to project managers          

PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership

Short

Are you ready to stop “surviving” and start thriving in your organization? It’s time to transform our project management mindset and shift our focus to an IMPACT-driven culture. In this inspiring and insightful presentation, you will learn Laura’s proven system for transforming any organization and any culture into a project-driven organization that becomes an invaluable strategic asset business leaders crave. You will learn each of the six steps that has helped Laura create high-IMPACT organizations and PMOs for 20+ years and walk out with immediately applicable tools and techniques to drive ever-higher IMPACT in your organization the next day.

Long

Is your organization having the positive impact necessary for you and your entire team to thrive, not just survive? Is your team on the verge of extinction because you just aren’t quite delivering the high-impact results necessary for the organization?

Why is your organization or team just struggling to get by while you watch other leaders and teams around you effortlessly meeting their commitments, driving to results, with a team that seems like they wouldn’t rather be anywhere else? What are the secrets they have figured out? What are they doing differently?

Are you ready to stop “surviving” and start thriving in your organization? It’s time to transform our project management mindset and shift our focus to an IMPACT-driven culture. In this inspiring and insightful presentation, you will learn Laura’s proven system for transforming any organization and any culture into a project-driven organization that becomes an invaluable strategic asset business leaders crave. You will learn each of the six steps that has helped Laura create high-IMPACT organizations and PMOs for 20+ years and walk out with immediately applicable tools and techniques to drive ever-higher IMPACT in your organization the next day.

Audience: Anyone in leadership from the C-suite to project managers          

PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership and Technical Project Management

Short

Frustrated because your stakeholders aren’t focused on the right information? Are their decisions taking forever? This session shows you a very practical tool and set of techniques for focusing your team (and sponsor) on the information they need to make educated and informed decisions so you can ALL get back to what you do best, which is to Get. It. Done. It IS possible to get that project done right, the first time … and fast!

Each participant leaves with access to the popular one-page tool to Get. It. Done. on their projects the next day!

Long

How many times have you facilitated a meeting and watched executives spend too much time on irrelevant details? Your meeting is over and no decisions were made to keep your project moving! Ugh. Bad news … we do it to ourselves! You gave them MORE information than needed and distracted them from the actions and decisions vital to move the project forward.

Reporting should be simple and information sharing straightforward. This one-page executive dashboard can be used for a single project for an entire portfolio of projects. The key to an effective report is to give executives the information they need to make educated and informed decisions … then STOP! Don’t provide too much information and ensure the information you do share leads to necessary decisions and actions. Tell them what they need to know and do, enabling you and your project to move toward completion. Then you can get back to what you do best, which is to Get. It. Done.

Each participant leaves with access to the popular one-page tool to Get. It. Done. on their projects the next day!

Audience: Anyone responsible for project delivery

PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership and Technical Project Management

Project managers know a thing or two about managing projects, but why is it that we are still seeing only about 64% of projects meet their original goals and 52% of strategic initiatives reach their strategic goals, according to the recent PMI Pulse of the Profession survey? We are using the tools, going through the process, yet we just can’t seem to get to the outcomes we planned for or expected. And it’s even worse if you put the word strategy in front of it! Then, you may as well flip a coin! What gives?

You might be missing the right level of change management on your project! We are not talking about the “let HR come in and fix you” kind of change management. No, we mean the kind that brings people with you through the change DURING the project to get to the best outcomes possible kind of change enablement. Yes, you can be successful in meeting your project constraints all while having happy project resources AND happy end users when the work is complete (on time and on budget, by the way).

The good news is that there are some simple steps that you can take to give yourself and your change initiative the best possible opportunity for success! You will walk away from this presentation with specific techniques you can apply immediately to make your change stick and even get your sponsor engaged in the process (willingly)!

Audience: Project Managers

PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership and Technical Project Management

Short

Having trouble getting your sponsor to engage? Learn how to leverage the best tools and techniques to turn your sponsor into a rock star champion for your project!

Long

Having trouble getting your sponsor to focus on your project? Did their engagement end when the charter was signed? What!? They didn’t even read the charter?

If you want to improve your sponsor relationship and get exactly what you need from them to keep you project moving forward, this webinar was built for you. Unfortunately, most sponsors don’t understand what is expected of them. Why would they? We haven’t told them, yet!

We start with a sponsor assessment to help you evaluate the kind of sponsor you have for your project. That is key to understanding what comes next. Then, we apply a sponsor management process and various techniques and tools to help you focus your sponsor on precisely what they need to know, help them understand what is expected of them throughout the project lifecycle, and how they can support you through the process of managing a project. Happy and engaged sponsor = happy project manager! Join us if you want to learn the secrets to sponsor engagement and how to master the most critical component of any change success.

Audience: Anyone in leadership from the C-suite to project managers trying to deliver results

PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership and Technical Project Management

Having trouble getting changes done in your organization? Struggling to get the team to understand the value or properly motivating those that should already care?

How can you bring people along with this change and arm them with the skills they need to help you along this change journey? Is it really possible to make the change happen even in difficult and change resistant cultures? These questions plague all of us as we begin to take on the daunting challenge of driving real change in an organization. The good news is that there are some simple steps that you can take to give yourself and your change initiative the best possible opportunity for success! You will walk away from this presentation with specific techniques you can apply immediately to make your change stick!

Audience: Anyone responsible for project delivery

PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership and Technical Project Management

Most project managers understand the basics of managing project-level risks, using the tried-and-true risk matrix that prioritizes risks according to probability and impact, so that we can then work risk management strategies. If this is done well on each project, it might be tempting to conclude that our risk management job is done. But is it? Are we leaving ourselves open to broader risk exposure by looking at each project on its own?

Applying Laura’s no nonsense approach to risk management, we will traverse the key portfolio- and enterprise-level risk categories that are rarely the responsibility of a single project manager, but which have the potential to cause major failures across projects, programs, portfolios, and the enterprise. You will walk away with some easy to implement ideas on risk management across your projects that won’t have you bogged down in heavy process, while creating a more mature risk culture.

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