Uptown Charlotte Community Meeting

August 15, 2017
5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
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Byron's South End
101 West Worthington Avenue #110
Charlotte, NC 28203



I see what you are saying: How to communicate better visually

Jim De Piante
Presented by: Jim DePiante

PowerPoint isn't the problem. The problem is that we use it as a verbal tool and not as a visual tool. Communicating visually is much more effective. Our minds assimilate visual information more readily. The conclusions we draw from it are more immediate, more compelling, and more enduring. The principles of visual communication are easily learned and easily applied. It's time to move away from bullet points, words, and numbers, and exploit the power of the image.

I hope to send you all home with a complete understanding the value of and how to effectively apply the principles of visual communication in all of your project communications. Also to communicate more effectively, manage projects more successfully, and to exploit the principles of visual communication and the power of the image.

Jim De Piante is a favorite speaker here at local chapter meetings and at the PMI Global Conference.

A very long time ago, Jim joined IBM as a software engineer. He then became a Project Manager, long before it was cool. While at IBM, Jim managed projects in almost every IBM division, and in a variety of disciplines. His last project at IBM was the IBM Research Jeopardy Challenge project in which the computer Watson defeated the two best players in the history of the television quiz show, Jeopardy.

Jim now runs De Piante International, LLC, a boutique consultancy specializing in improving soft skills in the project context.

Hope to see you at the meeting!

Chapter Meeting Presentations 
As a means of helping chapter and local community members who are certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP®) satisfy the continuing education requirements for re-certification, PMI Metrolina Chapter arranges its monthly meeting schedule to allow a 1.5 hour PDU training session to be incorporated into its normal meeting. 

Topics presented during these sessions are designed to not only satisfy the PDU requirement for re-certifying as a PMP, but to also provide wide appeal to people involved in project management regardless of whether or not they are certified PMPs. The 1.5-hour sessions meet the educational requirements to qualify for 1.5 PDU credits for maintaining PMP® certification or to meet the requirement for attending 35 hours of formal project management education prior to applying to sit for the PMP® exam. 

The sessions are open to all.

Important Chapter Meeting Information

Monthly PMI Metrolina Chapter Meetings:
PMI Metrolina Chapter holds it monthly chapter meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM. We meet at Byron’s South End located at 101 West Worthington Avenue, Suite 110, Charlotte, NC, 28203. There is plenty of free parking, a light rail stop, and the location is close to uptown.

PARKING INSTRUCTIONS: The new parking deck is located adjacent to The Design Center, next to the Atrium Building at the corner of Hawkins St. and Doggett St. For GPS purposes, you may prefer to include the address: 240 Doggett St., Charlotte, NC, 28203.

Once parked, guests would have the option to walk to the Design Center by crossing Hawkins St and straight up Tomkins Alley to enter the breezeway into the Courtyard Building and Byron’s South End. In addition, guests can turn left onto Hawkins St., and turn right onto W. Worthington to enter Byron’s South End from the Worthington St. side. 

Each guest needs to bring their ticket with them inside Byron’s South End. Our staff will have barcode stickers available that need to be applied to the backside of the ticket. As the guest leaves the deck, they will insert the ‘validated’ ticket at the gate for exit at no-charge.

If for any reason this does not work, send your receipt to vpfinance@pmi-metrolina.com for reimbursement of your parking fees.

REGISTER EARLY:  In order to keep our costs low and provide the best member value possible, we are required to provide our chapter meeting venue caterer with a headcount on the Friday prior to the meeting. It is for this reason that we have discounted pricing for advance registrants. In order to receive the advance registration pricing, you must register, and make payment, for the meeting online before noon on the Monday before the meeting. If you register for a chapter meeting and then later find you are unable to attend, please contact us by email before the start of the chapter meeting and we will perform a one time, no cost transfer of your registration to the following month's chapter meeting. If you register after the stated deadline, we cannot offer you the discounted price and must charge you the full price.

In order to qualify for student pricing, you must be a full time student and show your college/university ID at the door at registration.

In order to qualify for active duty military pricing, you must be currently enlisted and show your military ID at the door at registrration.

2017 Chapter Meeting Fee Schedule:
(Advance pricing ends at noon on the Monday prior to the meeting.)

Members in Advance: $20
Non-Members in Advance: $25
Members and Non-Members at the Door: $30

Students in Advance $12
Students at the Door $20

Active Duty Military in Advance $12

Active Duty Military at the Door $20

New Chapter Members Take Note:
Individuals join the chapter though the PMI website. It can take up to five (5) business days for PMI process a new chapter membership before it shows up in our chapter database. New chapter members will not be able to register for chapter meetings at the chapter member rate until that occurs. The chapter does not want you to wait until your membership is processed, before you attend a chapter meeting. New members who are not able to register for the chapter meeting as chapter members before the advance registration deadline should email vpmembership@pmi-metrolina.com. You must send your email before the advance registration deadline in order to be eligible for the member advance registration rate. Please attach a copy of your receipt from PMI to the email, showing that you have joined the chapter. If you follow these instructions, you will be charged the advance registration member rate for the chapter meeting. The Membership team will work with you to process your registration either over the phone or in person at the chapter meeting registration table.


$30.00 Member Registration
$20.00 Earlybird rate before August 14

$30.00 Guest Registration
$25.00 Earlybird rate before August 14

$20.00 Student Registration
$12.00 Earlybird rate before August 14