How to Increase Productivity and Improve Team Morale with Minimal Effort

leadership Dec 11, 2018

If there was one technique you could employ right away that would increase productivity and improve team morale through minimal effort... would you give it a try? Simply implementing 'active listening' techniques into your daily meetings and interactions is an easy way to achieve improved communication on your team. While communicating with coworkers, employees or teammates today, give this a try: slow down and really focus in on what the person you are speaking with is saying. Don't think about how you want to respond, rather really listen to the message they are trying to get across, and respond with positive body language and by repeating what they have told you. Make this conversation the most important thing to you in the moment, and try to clear your mind of outside distractions. Active listening can lead to positive results quickly, such as faster problem solving and increased morale. Give this effective communication strategy a try today!

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Top 5 Strategies to Beat Your Fear of Public Speaking

leadership Dec 10, 2018

If the thought of speaking it public makes your heart race and your hands begin to sweat… well, you’re not alone. Glossophobia (or, the fear of public speaking) is one of the most prominent fears amongst adults. In fact, a reported 78% of people have a fear of speaking in public. But as project managers, this phobia can have real-life consequences on our bottom line (reportedly, this has a 10% impairment on wages across the board for individuals with public speaking anxiety). Whether you are presenting to stakeholders, reporting your findings in an organization-wide meeting or just having weekly team meetings, this anxiety can prevent you from effectively communicating.

However, even with a pronounced fear of speaking publicly or in front of a large group, there are tactics you can employ to help you seem more confident and to make sure you are getting your points across effectively. Don’t worry, none of these involve picturing the audience in their underwear. Here...

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How to Ask for a Raise

leadership Dec 03, 2018

The end of the year, for many of us, means its a critical time for reflection and review. And while we may be reflecting on our own performance and job satisfaction- our company may be doing so as well. For many, the end of the year can be a time for decision making about renewing current contracts, looking for new opportunities, or even possibly for seeking greater compensation. If you (like many) feel it is time for a pay increase, you may be feeling some hesitation and anxiety about how to tactfully handle that conversation.

Inter-office communication plays a crucial role in any office decision – but perhaps never more so than when it comes time to ask for more money. It’s easy to blow your big chance by being unprepared or blundering through the request, and it’s also easy to feel undervalued and unappreciated if management doesn’t handle the request appropriately. This is a critical juncture in most employee-boss relationships and must be handled with care.


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Top 4 Communication Forms and When You Should Use Them

leadership Nov 17, 2018

When it comes to communication — not every form is created equal.

Do you find yourself misinterpreted, misunderstood, or mistaken after sharing or receiving texts or email from employees or coworkers? While email and text messages have swiftly taken over as the go-to form of interoffice messaging due to their ease and speed, they are also often the source of confusion and, sometimes, frustration. Humans rely on more than their words to get their point across —and without the inflection, tone, and body language of a face-to-face conversation —a simple message can turn into a misinterpreted mess.

Here is PDUs2Go’s guide to the Top 4 Communication Forms and when you should use them. I’ll give you a hint... impersonal, automated communication should be at the bottom of the list.


1. Face to Face

Face to face communication should be your go-to form of communication when possible.

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Should I be Texting My Co-workers?

leadership Nov 14, 2018

To text or not to text, that is the (hot button) question. Texting is quickly taking over as the go-to form of communication for the office, particularly as younger individuals begin to gain a strong foothold in the workforce. But should this form of communication come with a warning?

Experts argue that these famously short-form messages may often end in miscommunication- especially when used to convey matters of importance.

So if its more than just a friendly reminder or a message conveying basic information (meeting time and location for example), its best to leave it to a more established form of communication.

Have you ever been on the losing side of a misunderstood office text? Check out our Communicating for Results 60 PDU package for expert advice on tried and true communication strategies that say it right the first time.

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How DISC Can Help Eliminate Conflict and Produce Results

leadership Nov 05, 2018

It goes without saying that not everyone is alike. Your team is made up of a unique group of individuals who perceive things in a unique way and thrive off of different input and rewards. One critical mistake we often make a team leaders is treating these individuals the same- that is, assuming that they will respond well to the same set of instructions, communication, or feedback. Do you occasionally give feedback or instructions that are interpreted differently than you meant? Or, perhaps you have conflict within your teams from people who can’t seem to get on the same page. How do you solve these issues?

Enter, the DISC profile. The DISC assumes that people are, essentially, divided into 4 different categories (Dominant, Inspiring, Supportive, Cautious) and that these categories help dictate the most effective and impactful way to interact with these individuals. Determining who you work with that fits within these categories can be the key to increasing productivity...

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3 Ways to Make Yourself An Indispensable Project Manager

leadership Jun 08, 2018

Great projects are built on the backs of hard working project managers and the team members that support them. As project managers, we are given the crucial role to inspire, lead, and motivate those on our team to achieve greatness together. But what characteristics help distinguish us as project managers, and move our leadership skills from ‘good’ to ‘great’? What can we do for our teams that help us to be indispensable in our role as project managers?

At PDUs2Go, we believe that all truly successful PMPs possess a handful of skills that push their ability to lead and achieve to the next level. These fundamental traits are skills we must all possess to be productive and helpful in a work environment- but with the right training and shaping, can make us truly indispensable as project leaders. These skills are: goal setting, time management, and communication skills.

Goal Setting: As a project manager, how do you expect to achieve great things? Most likely-...

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The Top 5 Team Management Skills Every PMP Needs to Successfully Lead a Team

leadership Jun 08, 2018

Do you know the Top 5 Team Management Skills every manager needs to successfully lead a team?

In the world of project management, one of the greatest responsibilities we are tasked with is successfully leading our team to achieving our desired goal. But the question of how to do this is often hotly debated among our ranks. What makes a great project manager? What skills must that project manager possess to effectively lead their team? And lastly, how can we implement these skills to effectively and efficiently achieve our project goals?

Great team leadership begins with team management. Team management is the ability of an individual to administer and/or coordinate a group of individuals to perform a task. Within a project environment, it is often the task of the leader to both provide vision and guidance, as well as mitigate common project mistakes. Our team members rely on us to bring a sense of order to our process while also managing each individual’s unique objectives.


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Are You Marketing Yourself for Success? FREE 1 PDU Course

leadership Jun 08, 2018

Ever since the ‘Great Recession’ of the early 2000s, the job market has seemed like an increasingly unstable place. Even with a well established career as a certified project manager, we all often carry a shadow of caution in a way we may not have in the 90s or early 2000s. Though unemployment may be at a record low and companies may be achieving top numbers, we have collectively learned that staying at the top of your game is essential for achieving the success we all seek.

This reality begs an important question. Are you actively marketing yourself in a way that lends to future success? Are you presenting your achievements and showcasing your skills in a way that is in your best interest? In today’s economy, you are your most important promotor. What people can access about on and off line counts, and you must be putting your best foot forward in both places to guarantee proper reputation management.

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