As part of the team at Mitchell Communications Group, I’ve had the privilege of working on numerous projects in the areas of media relations and marketing, aimed at driving business growth for our clients. Although every project is different, there are some simple tips that can be applied in every situation to lead project managers to success.
- Understand the purpose. The first question to ask when given an assignment is, why? In order to achieve the results that are expected, you have to understand the purpose is of what you are doing. Who is the audience? What results are expected? What is the deadline? What is the budget?
- Anticipate. As a project manager, you should always stay one step ahead. At the onset of a project, think about what needs your client might have along the way, and be ready to provide information and updates. What tools will your team members need? Think about the questions they will have and try to answer them before they have to ask. What potential problems might arise and what are the solutions?
- Stay organized. Make sure you have systems in place to help you manage the workflow in a way that will provide information to those who need it efficiently and effectively. Streamline your workspace and implement processes so that everyone on the team is on the same page.
- Know the strengths of your team members. The end product is always better when team members get a chance to work in areas where they excel. Get to know the people you work with, find out what they do best and where they are most effective, and look for opportunities to allow them to work in that space.
- Be nimble. Change will happen. Problems will arise. And sometimes, you just may realize that you need to change the course order to reach your destination. By being nimble, and showing that you are able to make smart and quick decisions, you can establish your role as a leader and build trust among those who are looking to you for direction.
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