How to be a Good Project Manager – Your First Project

Adriana Girdler

About to start your first project as a PM? Don’t miss out on these tips for success! Here’s something you probably didn’t expect to hear: …

About to start your first project as a PM? Don’t miss out on these tips for success!

Here’s something you probably didn’t expect to hear: Being a project manager is not all about the plans, the timelines, and the charters. There’s other knowledge you need to be equipped with to be successful. I know this might sound a little overwhelming, but the sooner you start building these habits, the sooner you’ll taste success as a project manager.

What I’m about to tell you is less about what you need and more about who you need to be as a project manager. It’s critical that you know how to lead, inspire, and communicate with your team. Being a good project manager is more than just ensuring everyone is pulling their weight; it’s bringing something special to the table that your team will get excited about.

So, what exactly is that something? Honestly, it’s not rocket science, but you do have to understand a few key elements. In today’s video, I’ll be explaining all the essential tips for you to know if you want to be a great project manager.

Today, we’ll chat about:

  • Why you’re NOT a good project manager (yet!)
  • How to understand your team so you can EMPOWER them
  • What it looks like to be an INSPIRING project manager
  • The WORST type of project manager you could be
  • The one KEY action you must consistently take as a project manager

By the way, I’ve been a PM for years and have tons of experience to back this up. In this video, I’ll be telling you a few true stories about how these actions have changed the game for myself and the organizations I’ve worked with. That means there’s good news for you: You can hear about these experiences, so you don’t have to wait for your own to happen, and get it right, NOW!

Meanwhile, if you really are committed to mastering your next project, do consider taking my SLAY Project Management online course where I show you step-by-step how to successfully manage a project, plus you get access to every template you will need, along with detailed video instructions on how to fill them out.


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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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