Developing Your Communication GPS to Keep Your Team (and Project) in Orbit with Kathy Mendias

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the three foundational components of a communications management plan.
  • Develop high-performing, communicative teams.
  • Implement a communications management plan that drives the project’s trajectory.


Ever look at all those daunting tasks, all the stakeholders, dates and costs and think, “how am I going to bring this all together into one perfectly erected project?” And even worse, “how will I get all these tasks and people to come together and function with the same goal and outcome?”

As one person once asked the wise one, “how do you eat an elephant?” Not sure why someone would ask this question, but the answer makes sense - “one bite at a time.” By applying this simple theory to project management, we’ll translate each bite into the components that make up your team’s project. You’ll learn how to take each component of your project to create, build and utilize your own team’s communication GPS — essentially the glue that keeps all those components working together toward one global outcome.

During this training, we will use storytelling, visuals and engaging discussion to provide you with communication tools that can be used for the maintenance, repair and refurbishing of any project. You will rediscover essential fundamental communication skills, learn how attitudes and perspectives can impact your project, and immediately apply these learnings to any project. You will also be provided with the navigational tools that allow your team to follow the GPS so that no members are left behind. You will be prepared to enhance and ensure project success and results that will far exceed project expectations!



  • Hour 1

    • Introductions & Overview
    • Project Risk — Communication
    • Open Discussion — Case Study — Discovering Hidden Project Risks

    Hour 2

    • Fundamental Components of a Communications Management Plan
    • Foundation of Your Team’s Communication GPS 
    • “The Control, The Satellites, the User”
    • The Project Manager — The Control

    Hour 3

    • Building Blocks of an Efficient, Communicative Team — The Satellites
    • Stakeholder Discovery & Creating GPS Outputs — The User

    Hour 4 

    • Tools for Mitigating Communication Risks — Discovering the UFOs 
    • Changing & Maintaining the Trajectory of Your Project

I would give this course a high rating. Participants could talk through the scenario and communication issue and discuss with the instructor how to approach resolving future communication gaps.

PDU Allocation Table

The table below displays the number of professional development units (PDUs) awarded for each PMI® credential, as they align to the PMI Talent Triangle®. Power Skills and Business Acumen PDUs apply evenly across all credentials and Ways of Working PDUs apply only to specific credentials. PDUs will be added in full to all eligible credentials. *Please note that the asterisked row below applies to the PMI® Agile Certification Journey and includes Disciplined Agile® Scrum Master (DASM), Disciplined Agile® Senior Scrum Master (DASSM), Disciplined Agile® Coach (DAC), and Disciplined Agile® Value Stream Consultant (DAVSC) certifications.
Ways of Working Power Skills Business Acumen Total
CAPM® / PMI-CP™ / PMP® / PgMP® 3 1 0 4.00
PMI-ACP® / Agile* 0 1 0 1.00
PMI-SP® 0 1 0 1.00
PMI-RMP® 0 1 0 1.00
PfMP® 0 1 0 1.00
PMI-PBA® 0 1 0 1.00
Ways of Working Power Skills Business Acument Talent Triangle



Kathy Mendias PMP

Kathy Mendias, PMP, one of 12 speakers featured in the 2020 TED@PMI event, has acquired more than 30 years of communications experience throughout her diverse career. Regardless of her role, Mendias remains passionate about the importance of clear communication and the need to not only communicate, but educate. Over the years, she has educated new parents, peers and students, and supported business operations as a marketing manager. She currently manages hospital renovation projects and logistics as well as retail operations. She earned an MBA from the University of Redlands and her Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from Project Management Institute.

Training Information

20 November 2024
Start Time
8:00 AM
4 Hours


Member Price
(US$415.00 before 7 October)
Nonmember Price
(US$505.00 before 7 October)
Government Price
Student Price

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