Communication

What do you need to communicate on your project?

June 11, 2014

“The successful project communicator is a good networker and builds effective working relationships within the project, across the wider organisation of which the project is a part and sometimes externally,” writes Ann Pilkington in her book, Communicating Projects. You need good communication skills in order to be able to do that, but what are ‘good […]

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7 Steps To A Good Project Communications Plan

June 4, 2014

A communications plan helps you get the message across about your project. I’ve worked on projects where the comms plan was a list of dates and what newsletter would be sent out when. That’s OK for a project with basic messages and a small stakeholder group, but it’s often far better to take a strategic […]

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Are you really managing information overload?

May 12, 2014

At the social media webinar I gave at the end of last year for the PMI LEAD Community of Practice one of the main themes coming out of the comments and questions from participants was how to deal with the extra information channels that social media tools offer. People generally seem quite worried about how […]

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How to provide constructive criticism

May 20, 2013

This is a guest post by Sarah Clare. As a project manager, there is sure to come a time when you have to address poor performance or substandard work. We all make mistakes, and we can all find ways to improve our work. When you are a project manager, it is your responsibility to make […]

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Effective Meetings: Reloaded

May 8, 2013

This is a guest post by Guillermo Solis. Managing successful meetings is not a new subject, but neither is a waste of time to refresh ourselves about how best to manage meetings. Below I have some suggestions to bear in mind before, during and after meetings, when we are in charge of the meeting. These […]

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4 ways to proactively manage stakeholders

May 1, 2013

Stakeholder management is a hot topic at the moment, given that A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)—Fifth Edition now includes a tenth knowledge area on managing stakeholders. So Pernille Eskerod and Anna Lund Jepsen’s book, Project Stakeholder Management, is quite timely. In it, they argue that proactive stakeholder management is […]

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Winning stakeholder support when time and energy are limited

February 25, 2013

This is a guest post by Jo Ann Sweeney. Why should project teams invest resources in communication activities is a question I’m often asked – both from people who are not convinced of the value, and also from those looking for the words to use with their leadership team. For me the crux of this […]

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10 Tips for presenting information

January 9, 2013

This is a guest post by Serena Grant. When presenting any kind of information to an audience, it’s always important to be as concise as possible, while putting a lot of thought into the preparation of how to best shape your content for an audience. At the same time, it’s worth considering how to use […]

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An introduction to communications plans

October 10, 2012

Does your project have a communications plan?  It’s often something that less experienced project managers forget to do, although even experienced project managers can find themselves half way through a project without a clear communications approach. The purpose of a communications plan is to define all the people or groups who have an interest in […]

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10 tips for a good agenda + free template

October 8, 2012

Earlier this year I gave you 10 tips for writing good minutes. Today I want to share my top tips for meeting agendas. Meetings need agendas. Agendas help with project communication – they ensure people know why they are turning up to a meeting and what they should be doing when they are there. Here […]

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