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Author Peter Parkes to Give Away 4 Copies of his new book NLP for Project Managers in support of PMWJ launch

Reported by Philip Smelt in Lincolnshire, England

27 July 2012 – To support the launch of the new PM World Journal (PMWJ), author Peter Parkes will hold a drawing for four free copies of his recently published book, NLP for Project Managers: Make things happen with Neurolinguistic Programming.  PMWJ readers should visit his website at www.NLP4PM.com to learn more about the book and to register for the drawing.

Once we are familiar with the tools and techniques of project management we come to realise that the fundamental challenges to effective delivery are more about managing stakeholders and resources rather than refining business processes.  As projects are temporary in nature, people interactions are more acute, as we regularly have to establish working relationships with new groups of people fast, understand the world-view of different clients, and motivate teams and suppliers that we may have had little involvement in selecting.  Also, we are often trying to persuade people to accept change on a challenging timescale.  As project professionals we need to get things done and get them done fast, and this book helps us to do that with a little more elegance and less brute force.

From the author’s own professional experience in managing project portfolios in a range of sectors, the first part of the book describes the full scope and life-cycle of project management and where so-called ‘people skills’ make the difference that makes the difference.  The second part of the book describes the underpinning concepts of NLP, before the whole is pulled together in part three, where tools and techniques are applied to various behavioural competences seen as critical to effective project management; from understanding and influencing stakeholders, through negotiation, assertiveness and delivering through a team.  Read this book and become an even more effective project professional.

NLP for Project Managers was published by BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT, where author interviews and supporting reviews can be found.  The book was listed for ‘Management book of the year’ by the Chartered Management Institute on publication in 2011.  The reviewer for APM’s Project Magazine said, ‘This is the best book on Project Management that I have ever read’, while Lindsay Scott from the PMO best practice group summarises her review on Amazon with the words, ‘I would struggle to recommend a better book on PM soft skills’.

As well as being an accomplished speaker and coach, author Dr Peter Parkes has plenty of practical experience which he calls on in the book and associated training materials.  After starting his career as a scientist in the nuclear sector, including visits to most US National Laboratories, he held Programme Director roles in the public sector, public private partnerships, major management consultancies, and private sectors from oil & gas, through IT, to financial services.  He is a main board director of the APM, where he is champion for best practice groups and also sits on the steering group for the PM Body of Knowledge.  In September he will be in Canada running training and workshops based around the book.  He can be contacted directly via [email protected] or by phone on +44 7764 319 600.

Peter says, ‘When I canvassed support for the book and asked those involved in development of PM capability  what skills and behaviours they wished their PMs had, the overwhelming response was for more self awareness – for PMs to realise how they come over and to start flexing behaviour to suit the people they are delivering the message to.  This book offers a window to learn more about yourself and how to be more effective in your interactions with others’.

Peter will be giving away four signed copies of NLP for Project Managers, retailing at $40 each on Amazon, at the end of August by a random draw for those registering on the supporting website www.NLP4PM.com, where you can also download supporting resources and view training courses.  Lucky winners will be announced on the NLP4PM website as well as in PM World Journal.

Editor’s note: this article was first published in the August edition of the PM World Journal.  It is republished here due to a problem with the registration process on Dr. Parkes’ website.  If you have trouble registering, contact [email protected]