Meet the Speakers: Adele Smyth

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Elevator pitch, describe yourself in less than 2 sentences?

For Work: Combining the spark for short term projects and the endurance for long term projects, Adele Smyth is an award winning freelance Project Manager.

For Me: Martial Artist, loves dogs, film/TV, fashionista that collects jewellery from different eras and countries. Insightful and kind, with quirkiness...

Best advice you’d give a young Project Manager in how to balance work and personal life?

Use your head to protect your heart.

What, according to you, is an important skill for a project manager to succeed?


Best advice you were ever given as a young aspiring project manager?

None. Didn’t/Don’t have any Project Manager mentors. I have read different project management authors and my favourite quote is Dr. Deming, “A leader teaches with patience. A manager without patience is no leader”.

Martial Arts, including MMA, are a passion of Adele’s.

Martial Arts, including MMA, are a passion of Adele’s.

What part of the project do you find most “interesting and/or challenging”?

Working with people

What have been the biggest challenges in your career to date?

Rebuilding my career and reinventing myself in the long term. Many challenges faced with difficult people which lead to difficult projects but it’s not good to focus on negativity, you learn and move on. 

What has been the proudest moment in your life so far?

Gaining my black belt in an MMA martial art. It took several years training with all men and even with my teacher giving up on me, I trained for a year by myself, and managed to convince said teacher that I should be allowed to do my last grading. I’m the most unlikely martial artist you will ever meet and it’s not something I ever thought I would do. For so many reasons, the toughest physical and mental challenge. I have much to learn so it’s an ongoing pursuit. 

Flash Questions

Agile, Waterfall, Wagile or?
Whatever suits the project.

Cause you’re Passionate about?

Favourite Movie?
Just one? Sabrina. Could list hundreds here...

Favourite Singer/Band?
Erika Jayne

What’s the best book you’ve ever read?
I love books but don’t have a favourite. 

Other Jobs you’ve had in the past?
Direct Marketing Agent, Reviewer, Archivist, Technician, Teacher...

Victoria Poole