Lunch & Learn: Being Assertive as a PM

21 Apr 2023 - 12:00pm
Being Assertive as a PM
PDU Category: 
Power Skills

Zoom recording of the session: 20230421_L&L_Communicating_Assertively.mp4
Presentation file from the session: 20230421_Communicating_Assertively.pdf
(Links to the two videos in the presentation: First video;   Second video.)

A recruiter once asked me: "As an Indian woman, how would you succeed as a PM, since being aggressive is needed in a PM environment? Women from that part of the world are generally not aggressive."

The problem with that statement is twofold:

  1. The limiting cultural stereotype
  2. That Aggressiveness and Assertiveness are the same

As PMs, we are required to assert ourselves, and often. In fact, one could argue that communicating assertively is a contributor to success in our roles. Aggressiveness, including passive aggressiveness, on the other hand, does not provide workplace or personal value. Assertive PMs manage conflict more effectively and are able to pave the way for better results.

This session will examine

  • The difference between aggressiveness and assertiveness
  • Why assertiveness matters in our personal and professional lives
  • Tips to be more assertive - Yes, it can be developed!
Laxmi Vallury

Photo of Laxmi ValluryLaxmi Vallury is originally from Mumbai, India. She has extensive experience in the Cable and Telecommunications industry, working for Fortune 500 companies. Over the last year, she has supported a software company for application testing and release management. Although she has worked in different roles over the years, her primary background is in Process, Project/Program, and Vendor Management.

She is a Professional Certified Coach and Certified Emotional Intelligence Coach through The Coach Training Academy. She recently launched Mindtelligence, LLC, which helps women make Mindshift changes to bring greater balance into their life. A recovering workaholic and "control freak", she recognizes the role the mind plays in how we show up in our professional and personal lives. Confidence, assertiveness and communication skills all start with being less married to the outcome and more married to the journey.

She serves as VP of Career and Professional Development at PMI Westchester, and President of PMI Westchester Toastmasters Club. She is also a member of Kidneystories Toastmasters.

She lives in North Carolina with husband Joe and two cats, Prudie and Uma.

Event Location: 

Virtual Meeting (Zoom)

Free for PMI Westchester Chapter members
$10 for non-members

Payments must be made in advance by PayPal/credit card, or by check (payable to PMI Westchester).
Credit card payments can be made through PayPal without the need for a PayPal account.

Pre-registration is required.
Registrants will receive the log-in instructions for the Zoom session on the day of the meeting.
Registration will close Thursday, 20 Apr 2023, at 11:59 p.m.

Register here!