Project managers spend at least 80% of their time communicating with their team members and stakeholders. You communicate when giving project reports, running meetings, giving presentations and updating the project status. No one will appreciate your knowledge and skills on the technical aspects of managing a project if you can’t clearly and concisely communicate your ideas in project reports. Even worse, poor communication skills can cause confusion among your team members and incorrect project expectations among user managers.
Project Reports Must Fit the Audience
Effective project communicators tailor the message and communication style to fit the audience. You can’t speak the same way to a group of high-level managers unfamiliar with technology as you do to the techies from your department. These skills require practice and coaching in a safe environment where you can make mistakes, learn from them and try it again.
Communication and presentation training is the path to effective skills that give you self-confidence in front of an audience and the ability to influence them. These skills are a key to gaining acceptance of your plan and building user and customer support for your project. Giving a presentation that is technically correct is not good enough. You need to determine the personality types in the audience and tailor your presentation’s design, content and delivery style to suit those personality types. With all these ingredients properly combined, you have a chance of persuading them to your point of view and supporting your project. Project Management Skills Main Page
Project Reports Video
In this presentation training lecture, Dick Billows, PMP, discusses the presentations skills you need throughout the project. During the initiation phase, you may present the business case and make presentations about the project to the stakeholders. During the planning phase, you’re making presentations about requirements and presenting the project management plan to the sponsor and stakeholders. As your project moves into the executing phase, you are presenting weekly or monthly status reports to management. You are also holding meetings and presenting information to the project team on a regular basis. In the project closing phase, you gather information for the lessons learned archive and present it to the team and stakeholders. When conducting the lessons learned meeting, your presentation skills are vital to overcoming the conflicts that affected the project.
Project Reports Training
You don’t need to be a fascinating, spell-binding speaker to succeed. Even if you are uncomfortable with public speaking, a little live practice online with one of our instructors will help you master proven techniques. You will be able to overcome nervousness and use effective body language. Most importantly, you will learn to “read” the personality types of the audience and deliver your ideas in a style to which they will positively respond.
Look at our Presentation Skills course to add these skills to your tool kit. All our basic and advanced courses include live practice giving presentations to your instructor in our private online conference room.