10 Tips for Project Managers to Communicate with Executives

It’s common knowledge that being able to communicate effectively is a critical skill in today’s job market, particularly for project managers. The more you advance in your career, the more important it becomes to be able to communicate effectively with a particular audience: executives. Here are ten tips for project managers to communicate effectively with executives.

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Spring Cleaning for Project Managers

I previously wrote about how to maintain momentum on your projects to ensure that you continue to make progress against your goals. If you are not where you want to be, the warming weather may offer the inspiration you need for a bout of project spring cleaning. How can project managers spruce up their projects for spring?

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Failure Resume

In the next several months, I’m scheduled to speak on ways that project managers can improve efficiency and boost productivity. Past reactions to this talk are usually something like, “Wow, that’s great! But I’ll never be that organized.” My presentation was not resonating with my audience because I had failed to explain why I have adopted these productivity-boosting techniques. Developing a failure resume could be a great tool to demonstrate this point.

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Why?

Asking why may make you feel like an annoying toddler, but don’t be afraid to channel that natural inquisitiveness. If someone tells you to do something—your teammate, your manager, even your client!—and you don’t understand the purpose of the request, ask.

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