How to Create an Effective Project Communication Plan

Adriana Girdler

Using your communication plan to ensure your project doesn’t fail! Your project communication plan is vital to any project that you run. In fact, most …

Using your communication plan to ensure your project doesn’t fail!

Your project communication plan is vital to any project that you run. In fact, most projects that fail do so because they don’t have an effective communication plan (or worse, no communication plan at all)!

What’s the point of a communication plan?

A project communication plan is a document that lays out all the different types of communication that you’ll have in your project and how stakeholders are going to receive that communication.

Don’t forget, project stakeholders include your team members, all the way out to senior executives and the end user of the project deliverable.

A great project communication plan equates to project success and less headaches.

What’s in a communication plan?

Remember, a project communication plan is a summary document of all the communication you’ll be doing throughout the project.

So, what do you need to include in your communication plan?

For every type of communication method listed, you’ll also have to share why that type of communication is being sent. Additionally, you’ll need to outline who will create the content, who will check the content, who will send out the content, who will receive the content, additional comments pertaining to the content, and outline the method that will be used to ensure that the recipient read and understood the communication.

That may sound like a lot, but it’s really not that complicated when you see a communication plan in practice.

That’s why I’ve created a YouTube video to walk you through exactly what a good project communication plan looks like and how exactly to make one.

So, if this is something you need to learn about, then make sure you head on over to YouTube with me so we can get you set up with all you need to know!

I really hope that you found this helpful – and if you did, it would mean so much to me if you would share it on your social media.

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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