The Secrets To Great Project Management

I have spent many man-years serving as a project manager both formally and informally. I confess—I do not like project management. Project managers often have all responsibility with minimal authority. PMs are the face of problems to the customer and take many hits for actions outside of their control. PMs often do the “dirty work” in the project while others receive the glory. However, being a PM is necessary for organizational success.

I may not like it; however, I respect being a PM. PM actions are necessary and difficult. These activities can be rewarding if executed well. PMs must be able to respond quickly, and these ideas are some of the lessons I learned the hard way.

What Is Being A PM Anyway?

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Being a project manager, you are the coordination between many factions all working together to accomplish a larger task. You are the glue to hold projects together, and you are the central node to the spider web network among the team members.

Project managers absorb information from all the stakeholders and consolidate these inputs into a unified plan of action. This plan defines the course for completing the project. Schedules, action item lists, documentation, and meetings

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How To Ensure Effective Communication

What is the most important thing about verbal communication? Actually communicating! Most people associate the two components of verbal communication with talking and listening. Successful verbal communication is when both parties have the opportunity to speak and exchange information.


Some of the important verbal communication skills are the same as written communication skills (and you can check out my written communications article).

Some of the key verbal communication skills are:

  1. Know your audience including the level of formality as well as cultural differences (board of directors v. potential customer v. your BFF)
  2. Be succinct and try not to ramble but have deliberate pauses
  3. Be aware of your tone (not monotone), cadence of speech, etc.
  4. Be careful using complicated words, slang, and technical jargon

When actively listening—which is more than just hearing:

  1. Maintain eye contact, but don’t stare or purposely avoid eye contact
  2. Don’t interrupt; let the other person finish their thought
  3. Comprehend and retain what is being said
  4. Pay attention to what they’re saying, ask questions when they pause, and respond/provide feedback (if appropriate)
  5. There is a saying that we have “two ears and one mouth” so we should spend more time listening than talking

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How To Mention Unrelated Work Experience On Your Resume

However, the reason most employers conduct panel interviews isn’t to intimidate you; rather, it’s a time-saving way to meet with people that will likely interact with you in the new job, and gather their impressions all at once.

So, when you stride into a panel or group interview, remember that the team is there to learn about you and your value-add, NOT to interrogate you or make you uncomfortable.

These five tips can help you feel more in control of the process while facing a group of interviewers in a panel interview—with a professional, enthusiastic demeanor that helps win the job.

1. Direct Your Attention To Each Person On The Panel

Upon starting the interview, get each person’s name (ask for their business card or jot down the name), and then look at each person as you introduce yourself. This will help to break the ice and establish a connection with all of your interviewers.

While fielding questions, avoid staring at a single person (nothing makes you look more “frozen” than doing this!). Instead, make it a point to relax, smile, and open your gaze to the others in the room. Even if a single member of the group asks

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5 Tips To Ace Your Panel Interview

Had a call for a group or panel interview recently? While you might be thrilled to make it to this stage of the hiring process, the mere thought of fielding not one but a whole team of interviewers can be enough to put your stomach in knots.


However, the reason most employers conduct panel interviews isn’t to intimidate you; rather, it’s a time-saving way to meet with people that will likely interact with you in the new job, and gather their impressions all at once.

So, when you stride into a panel or group interview, remember that the team is there to learn about you and your value-add, NOT to interrogate you or make you uncomfortable.

These five tips can help you feel more in control of the process while facing a group of interviewers in a panel interview—with a professional, enthusiastic demeanor that helps win the job.

1. Direct Your Attention To Each Person On The Panel

Upon starting the interview, get each person’s name (ask for their business card or jot down the name), and then look at each person as you introduce yourself. This will help to break the ice and establish a connection with all of

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Recession-Proof: How To Be An Indispensable Employee In 2023

During times of crisis, many companies are forced to cut costs drastically, resulting in mass layoffs and hiring freezes. If the company isn’t making money (or worse, is losing money), it can’t afford to keep paying all of its employees.


If you’re worried your job might be in jeopardy, it’s important to get crystal clear on your ROI. As an employee, you need to ask yourself, “Am I saving or making the company money?”

Employees who save or make their company money are often viewed as “indispensable” and won’t be let go even during hard times.

Want to save your job? Here are some tips to help you stay employed during a recession:

Show Them You’re A Money-Maker (Or Saver)

Professional man proves he is an indispensable employee during a work meeting by saving the company money

Many companies are forced to cut costs during challenging or slow periods. If the company isn’t making money, it’s losing money. As an employee, you need to be able to justify the cost of your employment if you want to keep your job. What kind of return on investment can your employer expect?

Think about the main function of your job. Are you bringing in money in some way, shape, or form? For example, an email marketer impacts the bottom … Read More