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Episode 215: Video from Josh Nankivel after a successful Project Management fund-raiser (Free)

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Josh Nankivel writes about this:

My family and I had a fantastic time earlier this month at the Walk for Autism Speaks Event!

And thanks to the sponsorship of pmStudent readers like you, we raised $12,211 for Autism research.

In this video I thank you for your sponsorship and tell you a bit about what you did, share some pictures and details from the event, and talk a little about the online self-paced project management training I offer for you online.

I hope all of my 455+ new students get a ton of value out of your courses, and give me some feedback about how the training impacts your career in project management.

Episode 215 Transcript:

Josh Nankivel: Hey, This is Josh from recording this video to say Thank You to everyone who sponsored me for the Autism Speaks walk.

If you don’t know, I did a little thing where I offered to give away free courses at for anybody who wanted to sponsor me and support me in the Walk Now for Autism Speaks for South Dakota which is where I live. And the response was overwhelming. I am very, very happy. I think my initial goal that I set was $1,000 or something like that. I wasn’t really sure what kind of response I was going to get.

But I was extremely pleased not only through my website at PM Student but a lot of you probably found out about the offer through my friend, Cornelius Fichtner, who does The PM Podcast and The PM PrepCast. He was really awesome and sent out notification to his subscribers about the event and the sponsorship.

Again, I just wanted to say Thank You. We end up raising $12,211 which is fantastic. That was actually the highest amount raised by any individual at least for South Dakota. So again, thank you very much. I got props at the walk and everything. They made me stand up and called my name and got a standing ovation and everything. So that was pretty cool. But you know, the most important thing is that we raised a whole bunch of money for really a great cause and so I am just really overjoyed about it and wanted to thank you for that.

And if you didn’t miss out on that…I think I’ll probably do it again. It was so much fun. It was a lot of work getting everybody set up for the courses and stuff because normally, when you pay for a course, that’s an automated process. I might put a lot of work in the backend to make that an automated process. But I have to do all of these individually so there was a lot of spent many hours. I have to hire somebody to do that for me next time I think.

But if you didn’t miss out and you didn’t get in on, go over to The courses that I have are meant to be different than most project management training that you’re going to see. I don’t do PowerPoint slides. I do go through concepts but I share a lot of stories to illustrate those concepts. And a lot of the courses are actually just me sharing my screen and going through whatever it is I’m teaching you to do, I’m actually doing it.

So in the project management plan course, I start with the blank Word document and I create an outline right in front of you and talk through to it all the different pieces and we actually go through and create a project management plan together in about I think that’s like a 7 or a 6-hour course, I think it is. So over the course of 6 hours, you see me create a project management plan from scratch and go through all of the concepts and thinking behind how do I do a project management plan.

I think it’s really valuable and it’s really inexpensive too. If it’s something that you’re interested in, go to and check it out. And look to maybe, I don’t want to do this too often, but maybe a year from now or something like that, I’ll go ahead and do another sponsorship event like this. I’m also pretty active in things like the Special Olympics. I do a lot of disability advocacy-type work too. It may not be Autism Speaks next time I do this. It maybe some other organization that I normally work with and support that I go ahead and do this for.

Again, thank you everybody. I know I’ve been blabbing and blabbing and blabbing but I’m really excited about the money that we raised for autism research. Again, thank you.

Josh from

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Cornelius Fichtner
Cornelius Fichtner
Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM, is the host and the author at The Project Management Podcast. He has welcomed hundreds of guests and project management experts to the podcast and has helped over 60,0000 students prepare for their PMP® Exam. He has authored dozens of articles on and PM World 360. He speaks at conferences around the world about project management, agile methodology, PMOs, and Project Business. Follow him on Twitter and connect with him on LinkedIn.

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