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The New Project Manager – Improving effective engagement

According to the PMBOK 5th edition, close to 90% of a project manager’s time is spent communicating and managing stakeholders.

Of course, it’s essential for project managers to have the appropriate technical training, but it takes a very high level of E.Q. and strong interpersonal skills to be able to successfully engage the numerous stakeholders involved in large IT projects. Strong leadership skills, the ability to manage relationships well, along with the ability to engage, influence, bargain with, persuade, soft-sell, empathise and adapt their behaviour to suit the context, are paramount to managing the challenges that are a part and parcel of the project management role.

The Solution

Velisa Africa Academy presents The New Project Manager, a soft skills programme designed specifically for project managers who are already qualified and/or experienced in project management, but who are struggling with some aspects of engagement, communication and influence, and which can prove detrimental to successful project outcomes.

Based on the years of experience in project delivery in the corporate and consulting arenas, the programme provides experiential learning of the soft skills necessary to effectively engage with all those involved in and/or able to influence the project outcome.

The programme consists of practical, interactive workshops, monthly assignments and online mentoring sessions to not only ensure the immediate application of the learning, but to also embed the new skills and generate sustainable changes in the mind-sets of the individuals concerned so that their new skills become a natural part of their daily routine.

Programme Overview

Course objectives

The VAA New PM certification training programme is a 10 day high-impact programme aimed at developing individuals in specific soft-skill sets related to project management. The New PM programme provides practical training that enables effective engagement in the context of project management. Programme graduates will receive the Velisa Africa Project Manager Soft Skills Completion certificate


This Programme is intended for individuals seeking to develop a greater ability to manage the interpersonal challenges that occur in a project manager’s role on a day to day basis to enable them to effectively manage all of the engagements and interactions required to successfully deliver on their projects.

Course outline

The following modules and lessons included in the programme are designed to support the course objectives:

  • Expanding E.Q., communication and engagement abilities.
  • Amplifying personal effectiveness
  • Active listening skills
  • Stress management
  • Managing relationships both when things are going well AND when there is conflict.
  • Structured thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Practical coaching skills
  • Personal branding and leadership styles
  • Stakeholder management practices
  • Strategies for influence
  • Motivating people for change
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Time management

Course delivery

The programme is structured in the following format:

  • Instructor led practical workshops and projects
  • Assignments
  • Monthly online mentoring sessions

Course facilitators

The Velisa Africa Academy programme facilitators are highly experienced project managers with PMP and PRINCE2 certification having over 15 years’ experience project management in the IT industry.

How to Register for the Course

If you would like to register, receive a quotation or query anything, please either contact us via our website or send an email to info@velisaafrica.co.za and we will assist you. Please enquire if you wish to arrange courses in your own environment. The minimum class size is 5.

To Find out More

To find out more about these & other programmes, please contact us at the Velisa Africa Academy.

Course duration

The programme duration is 5 months. The programme consists of 5 modules, each module comprises 2 days (10 days) – you will have tasks and activities to complete in between each training module Training will be over alternate weeks, the specific dates to be arranged on request


On successful completion of this course, delegates will receive a Velisa Africa Mastery Project Management certificate.


We look forward to welcoming you to this highly practical training session!

For more information please contact us:

Enquiries in Johannesburg and Cape Town : pauli@velisaafrica.co.za

International Enquiries : hema.chugh@globalknowledge.ae

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