Listening leadership - The decade of talking is over webinar

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Preparing for projects in a Post-Pandemic World webinar series


In a time of global crisis, with unprecedented rate of change and crippling levels of uncertainty, the ability to stop talking and really listen is a critical skill set. However, it is one that few people in leadership roles possess or exercise well.

We recently ended one of the most talkative decades in history and entered another that has started in turmoil. A decade where your listening skills will be key to your success. 

Johnny discussed what he has learned about leaders who listen based on his own experience and from 80 million people that have used Mentimeter interactive presentation software.

The webinar presented on Friday 24 April was a mix of study results and hands-on examples of how you can lead in a more listening way.


Johnny Warström is the CEO and co-founder of Mentimeter, a Stockholm-based start-up which, through an interactive software platform, makes meetings more enjoyable, engaging and productive.

He co-founded the company in 2014, by March 2020 the company has 80 employees and has reached over 80 million people in 150 countries, with customers including Microsoft, Netflix and Slack.

Last year Mentimeter was recognized by The Next Web as the fastest-growing start-up in Sweden, a country renowned for its world class start-up scene (successes include Spotify, Mojang, Skype and Klarna).

Johnny studied Electrical Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Outside of Mentimeter, Johnny volunteered for NGO, ‘Engineers Without Borders’, working on projects in Bolivia and Tanzania.


Merv Wyeth is UK Service Delivery Partner of Amplify Strategy Execution Software for benefits-led portfolio management.

Previously, during a 25-year police service career, Merv performed a mix of operational and support roles, including PPM and business change and developed his passion for benefits management.He is a Better Business Case, Open Strategies and Managing Benefits practitioner.

Merv is Secretary and communications lead to Association for Project Management Benefits and Value Specific Interest Group, and a fellow of APM. He is a co-facilitator on the Government Project Delivery Community Network (GovPDC) and the lead for PMI UK Digital Events Team.


Jonathan Norman has 30 years’ experience of creating, curating and sharing knowledge around all aspects of project management. At Gower Publishing he commissioned and developed books, games and training resources on the subject and was responsible for the launch of the GPMFirst project community around Gower’s published content.

Since 2017, Jonathan has managed the Major Projects Knowledge Hub on behalf of the Major Projects Association and facilitates a wide range of events and activities around the knowledge repository and community of practice it supports.


This webinar is suitable for professionals with any level of experience.

Johnny has very kindly allowed his presented material to be made available for viewing.
The slides on Slideshare and the webinar recording on YouTube is now available in our APM resources area and also embedded below for reference.

The audience engaged during the webinar using Mentimeter presentation software and their responses are available to view.



APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition reference

Section Description


Engagement and influence



Posted on 24th Apr 2020
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