Project Managers: Tips for Communicating Effectively

Adriana Girdler

How to build your communication skills as a project manager! The art of communication is an essential skill to be successful in project management. So, …

How to build your communication skills as a project manager!

The art of communication is an essential skill to be successful in project management. So, how do Project Managers communicate effectively to your team?

This is one of the most important project management skills, which is why you need to ensure you’re constantly improving your communication. Here are a few tips for you when it comes to communicating with your project team.

Set Clear Expectations

Part of communication (even in our personal lives) is that when we’re not clear with expectations, things get confusing.

Setting clear expectations ensures that everything gets done that needs to get done. So, what are some of those expectations?

There are behavioural expectations that you need to communicate about how you expect your team to act with each other. Then, there are expectations about your action plan and tasks.

These are all aspects of a project that make it successful and bring your team together as one working unit. So, it’s really important to be crystal clear on exactly what you need your team to do.

Vision & Goals

Project Managers need to share the project vision and goals. Really good communication means people understand the WHY of the project.

It’s not just about ensuring people understand their marching orders. For them to truly understand the project, they also need to understand WHY they are doing it. And it’s your role as a project manager to ensure they are clear on that.

More Tips for Great Communication on Projects

Having great communication on your project is more than just setting expectations and a clear vision. What about all the other aspects of the project that you need to communicate on? I created a YouTube video that goes through just that – everything else you need to know about how to communicate effectively on every project you run.

Head over to YouTube with me and we’ll keep chatting!

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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