Essential Skills to Kickstart Your Project Coordinator Career

Adriana Girdler

Tips for running successful projects as a project coordinator Being a project coordinator is a great way to get your foot in the door of …

Tips for running successful projects as a project coordinator

Being a project coordinator is a great way to get your foot in the door of project management.

But there are a few skills you need to have and things you need to know if you want to be a successful project coordinator.

Here are some tips for being an effective project coordinator.

1. Learn project management concepts

As a coordinator, you need a clear idea of project management terminology and concepts.

You’ll need to know the answers to questions like:

  • What is scope creep?
  • What is a scope statement?
  • What are the stages of project management?
  • And lots more.

Whether you’re running a small initiative or helping a project manager run a large project, you need to know project management concepts so that you can catch things before they fall through the cracks.

2. Prioritize time management

As a project coordinator, you’re managing a lot all at once – documentation, communication, following up. The only way to effectively manage all these aspects of your project is strong time management skills.

This is not only about managing yourself – it’s about managing your team as well.

Are they on task? Are they meeting the agreed upon due dates? When all these items are getting done through proper time management and organization, you’ll be less likely to get burnt out, meaning you’ll have a more successful project.

More tips for project coordinators

There are a few more tips I want to share with you about how to kickstart your project coordinator career. Head over to my latest YouTube video and we’ll keep chatting there!

Plus, if you want more step-by-step guides on all things project management, check out my SLAY Project Management online course where I take you through all the steps of successfully managing a project – including documentation – from start to close. You’ll get every template you will need, along with detailed video instructions on how to use them.

 Adriana Girdler, PMP | Creator of Slay Project Management

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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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