Erik was recently invited to speak at an organization he used to be a president of, the Project Manager Institute’s local chapter. They were having their 25th anniversary as a chapter and Erik was invited to speak about his PMI experience. Erik showed up, there were no slides allowed, just him, a microphone, and a crowd. It was the first time he’s done that type of talk where it’s basically just storytime with Erik J. Olson.
He talked about a time when he needed more out of his career which is when he went out and found PMI, his people. They had reduced all of their project management wisdom down to a book which was a goldmine.
PMI was there for him again when he was out of a job and was looking for the next chapter of his life and he was able to lean on the chapter and learn a lot from them; this was also the time when he became the president of the chapter.
It felt good to give back that story about why it was meaningful in his life and the major role the people had played.