I encountered an article that reviewed five often overlooked skills needed to excel in project management. It was written by Wayne Brantley who is the managing director of Villanova’s project management training and PMP certification prep courses. The five skills he mentioned that are crucial to project management were:
- Public speaking and effective verbal communication
- Writing and electronic communication intelligence
- Decisive Leadership
As our group projects kicked off yesterday I found this article to provide key insights into how we can lead our group to have a successful fund raiser. Three of the skills above really resonated with me as being important for our group projects. I believe step two, writing and electronic communication intelligence, will be integral in our group successes as many of us have busy work and life schedules. It will be integral to effectively communicate with each other and with the vendors we will be working with to make the fund raiser is a success.
Also, step four decisive leadership will be important as well. As we have short deadlines to make sure this fund raiser is a success we will need to be decisive in our decision making. We must avoid getting lost in the details and losing focus of what the essentials are. With a short deadline it will be integral to make sure our plans are thought out in advance and that we do not allow ourselves to be sidetracked by insignificant obstacles or derailments. Decisive thinking and decisions will need to be made as we encounter obstacles and challenges along the way.
Also step five which was research really resonated with me as well. As this is not the first time a fund raiser is being attempted it will be important to do the proper planning and research to make sure that we do not fall into common traps or pitfalls of leading a project fund raiser for charity. There is a lot of valuable research out there that can assist many of us in planning our fund raiser. Whether it is key contacts, common pitfalls, or project planning resources, the key will be to do the proper research to hopefully make each of our projects a success.