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February 2021 | Volunteer Spotlight: Nirali Patidar

"Communication, and its many breakdowns, is my biggest currency. "

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People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. - John C. Maxwell 

People like to talk and share their happiness, hurts, or simply share their experience whatever that might be to someone, where they feel heard and understood along with the human interaction. With the current trend of social media usage, the biggest drawback is it's affecting the human connection. Though there are several benefits of using social media for appropriate reasons, we must remember that human interaction is crucial for our well-being. The best way to show a stranger or anyone that you care for them is comfortably sharing a little about yourself, giving them your ears when they speak, and actively listen. Giving your undivided attention to someone when they are sharing something that is important to them, is the best gift you can easily give to anyone. 

 

"I want to help people by serving."  

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When you learn, teach. When you get, give. - Maya Angelou

For a while, I was looking for a non-profit organization where I can volunteer and have a positive impact on people's lives. I truly believe that teaching someone to fish is better than giving someone a fish, and that is exactly what PMI is about - equipping people with the knowledge and skills to thrive in the project, program, or portfolio management profession. When I started looking at pursuing the PMP certification, I learned about volunteering opportunities with PMI. I wanted to complete my PMP certification first, so I waited till I earned the PMP certificate in 2019, and shortly after that, I joined the PMI-SFBAC chapter as "Director, Mentorship Technology Platform" to give back to the community.

 

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going."

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I am looking forward to 2021. The year 2020 was a very challenging year for everyone. I hope things get better starting 2021. A lot of changes will happen but I am looking for the positive ones and see how we learned from the challenges of 2020. One thing I do believe is that moving forward, people/society are going to be more mindful.

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