Network to Share and Learn (Part 2)


Making a Modern Project Manager


By Yasmina Khelifi

Paris, France

Now it’s time to take the leap. Here are some strategies for practising networking.

Join a community

When you join a community, you have the opportunity to meet people and to hone your networking skills ‘naturally’. Make a list of what you’d like to give and learn from the communities. Do you want to join a community in your own domain of expertise or in an area you’d like to develop? Do you prefer virtual meetings? What are the rules of the communities? Some communities encourage meetings, others don’t. Are there regular webinars?

I take part in project management communities but also coaching and intercultural communities. Through the latter, I can meet fabulous people whom I would never have the opportunity to work with.

Lead a study group

If you take part in online training, you can create a study group.  I do this whenever I can, and I look for students from different backgrounds and in different countries.


One of the best ways to practice networking is by volunteering. You’ll have to carry out a task or deliver a project with strangers. Sometimes you won’t have time to talk much or get to know each other well. Volunteering will help you think about how you build relationships.

Interview people for articles, blogs, or podcasts

Interviewing people for blogs, articles or podcasts is also a way to network.

Through these activities, I got to know and talk to people from around the world, in different industries, and with different professions.


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Editor’s note: This series of articles is by a project manager for Gen X, Y and Z project professionals.  The author Yasmina Khelifi is a project manager with a large multinational telecom in France while also an active PM professional, authoring articles, interviews and a popular LinkedIn blog as well as a podcast with a global audience.  Also active in PMI France for many years, she has been an international correspondent for the PMWJ since 2021. We are delighted that she has agreed to author a series of articles based on her personal experiences over the last decade.

How to cite this paper: Khelifi, Y. (2023). Network to Share and Learn (Part 2), Making a Modern Project Manager, series article, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue XII, December. Available online at: https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/pmwj136-Dec2023-Kheilifi-Network-to-Share-and-Learn-Part-2.pdf

About the Author

Yasmina Khelifi

Paris, France


Yasmina Khelifi, PMP, PMI- ACP, PMI-PBA is an experienced project manager in the telecom industry. Along with her 20-year career at Orange S.A. (the large French multinational telecommunications corporation), she sharpened her global leadership skills, delivering projects with major manufacturers and SIM makers. Yasmina strives for building collaborative bridges between people to make international projects successful. She relies on three pillars: project management skills, the languages she speaks, and a passion for sharing knowledge.

She is a PMP certification holder since 2013, a PMI- ACP and PMI-PBA certification holder since 2020. She is an active volunteer member at PMI France and PMI UAE, and a member of PMI Germany Chapter. French-native, she can speak German, English, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and she is learning Arabic. Yasmina loves sharing her knowledge and experiences at work, in her volunteers’ activities at PMI, and in projectmanagement.com as a regular blogger. She is also the host and co-founder of the podcast Global Leaders Talk with Yasmina Khelifi to help people in becoming better international leaders.

Yasmina can be contacted at https://yasminakhelifi.com/ or LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasminakhelifi-pmp-telecom/

Visit her correspondent profile at https://pmworldlibrary.net/yasmina-khelifi/

To view other works by Yasmina Kehelifi, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/yasmina-khelifi/