- Know your audience: Your team members have unique personalities, different knowledge bases, and varied personal motivations. Make sure you are speaking their language to the best of your ability. Keep jargon at a minimum and be specific in communicating individual roles and goals.
- Make it personal: Our team is very passionate about the issues we work on, so I don’t have to worry about finding clever ways to emphasize project goals to team members. But you may not be so lucky. Be clear, so each person understands how his/her work will influence others, and ultimately the project’s success. I have found that helping team members see how their unique skills will contribute to the success of the project inspires and motivates them to do great work.
- Place a high value to communication: Set communications expectations from the get-go. Add communications tasks to your project and reinforce them during project status meetings. Make it everyone’s job to talk to each other. Give praise and acknowledge communications efforts. Recognize how effective communications are contributing to your project’s success.
What would you add to this list? Share your project management tips with me (Megan@publicpersuasion.com or @MRC_at_Work) and I’ll tweet them as I receive them
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