012 Project Communications with Elizabeth Harrin

September 30, 2013

Hello everyone and welcome to episode 12 of the PM for the Masses Podcast! I’m Cesar Abeid and this is THE podcast about project management and project managers.  So get ready to be entertained, educated, and inspired!

Let’s talk about today’s show! Today I have the delightful Elizabeth Harrin on the show to talk about project communications. As always, when I have such a prominent guest on the show, I try to ask them some questions to see if we can get into their system and understand their success – and perhaps learn something we can apply to our own careers and lives.

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Elizabeth Harrin

elizabeth harrinElizabeth Harrin, MA, FAPM, MBCS is director of The Otobos Group, a project communications consultancy which helps people tell the story of their projects more effectively. She is the author of Shortcuts to Success: Project Management in the Real World, Social Media for Project Managers and Customer-Centric Project Management. She’s particularly interested in stakeholder engagement and team communications.

Elizabeth also works as a practicing project and program manager. She spent eight years working in financial services (including two based in Paris, France) before moving into healthcare. Elizabeth is a PRINCE2, MSP and P3O Practitioner, and holds the ITIL Foundation certificate.

Elizabeth writes the blog A Girl?s Guide to Project Management, for which she won the Computer Weekly IT Professional Blogger of the Year award in 2011. She is widely published on project management topics and has contributed to Projectmagazine as well as the websites Projects@Work, ProjectManagement.com and PMTips.net.

Press the “play” button at the top of this post to listen to my conversation with Elizabeth Harrin.

Win Free Access to Elizabeth Harrin’s Latest Product

Elizabeth mentioned briefly that she was working on a new course related to better project status reports.

Her new course aimed at helping you create better status reports will go live on October 16.  You can find more by going to this address: pmforthemasses.com/statusreportcourse.

Now, the cool thing is that Elizabeth is making available a free guest access to this product to one of my listeners.  For a chance to win it, simply leave a comment below this post.  I will choose a random commenter to win a copy and will announce it on episode 14, which is two weeks from today.  So good luck!

I won a Be2Award!

Be2AwardsI also wanted to quickly say that I’m super super happy!

Two episodes ago I had mentioned that I had been nominated for an award for my work with the Construction Industry Podcast.  Well, the contest results were just unveiled a few days ago and it turns out I won!

The Construction Industry Podcast is officially the 2013 recipient of the Be2Award for the Best AEC Social Media Blog.  This award is extremely prestigious and I am so thankful for your support.

Thank you for rooting for me and especially for voting.  It truly means a lot to me.  So again, thanks!

Thanks for listening to today’s show, and I will talk to you again next week!

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9 comments on “012 Project Communications with Elizabeth Harrin

  1. Francis Hooke Oct 1, 2013

    Hey Cesar,
    Just finished listening to your podcast with Elizabeth.  I cracked up at the end when you checked the definition of “sundry”!!! :))))
    One of the stand-out comments for me was when Elizabeth explained that you CAN communicate too much.  PM’s are generally articulate people, so the temptation is there to kick out a lot of information to your project contact list.  I’d suggest people consider whether their time could be more profitably spent on other project tasks, rather than excess communication.
    Anyway, anther very professional sounding show.  Well done!
    All the best,

  2. PM4TM Oct 1, 2013

    @Francis Hooke Thank you Francis!  I’m glad you listened through to the end – I wonder how many people do!Great insight into communicating too much.  Thanks again for listening and always fantastic input.

  3. Jorge Sandoval Oct 2, 2013

    Hi Cesar, I really liked this podcast, I think one of the big challenges that we have as Project managers is definitively “communication” lot of learning on this podcast…  I would like to participate on the copy of the status report project … perfect timing now that I’m looking to improve this part of my job.
    Best Regards from México…

  4. Jitesh Khude Oct 3, 2013

    Hi Cesar, I really found this episode very interesting throughout on various shades of Project Communications. Very well dicussed & explained By Elizabeth.
    Specially I was impressed with the last part wherein you the 5 questions & definitely their answers. Show seems to be really very helpful for PM’s.
    Thanks for that, looking forward next episode.

  5. PM4TM Oct 13, 2013

    Jorge Sandoval Gracias Jorge!

  6. pm4girls Oct 19, 2013

    Thanks for having me on the show, I’m glad people seemed to get something out of it.

  7. PM4TM Oct 19, 2013

    pm4girls Elizabeth, it was my pleasure! Thanks for being a part of PM for the Masses!