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Social Media for the Project Manager

Since beginning my Project Management Blog and Twitter accounts in February of this year, I must say it has been quite a fun journey!  I have enjoyed meeting new people from around the world, learning more about project management from others posting fantastic content, and providing me the opportunity to put myself out there for others to judge in the hope that I can provide provides useful tips for other project managers.

I honestly cannot believe this is my 60th blog post, but I would not have met this milestone if it wasn’t for an MBA course I heard from a friend called “Personal Branding” and was taught at the University of Nevada, Reno by Professor Bret SimmonsBret has truly opened my eyes to social media and showed me the great value and opportunities it can bring to not only an individual, but for any organization.

Some Things I Have Learned Through My Social Media Journey:

  • Blogs Allow Back-and-Forth Conversation: Most websites have information about their business, such as their: company name, contact information, services they provide, a few photos, where they are located, and basically a blast of information to the user. Blogs provide others with the opportunity to communicate back and forth between people, which provides a personal touch between your business and consumers.
  • Blogs Provide Helpful Information For Others: It is important when you add a blog onto your website that you focus your content on helpful tips or information that will help the user.  You want to appear as “the” expert in your field, so people will come to you for help and if they ever need your service or product, they know exactly where to go or who they will recommend to their friends.  Don’t just focus on special deals that are going on in your blogs, but helpful how to tips or history or something useful.
  • Adding Content Acts = SEO: By posting content on your blog, it acts like a search engine optimizer that will improve your google search results.  Google yourself today, then start blogging!  See how fast your name will start moving it’s way to the first page, if it’s not already on the first page now.
  • Jump On The Social Media Bandwagon: People are using social media platforms to talk and share content with others, so you want to be where others are to see what they are saying about your business (good/bad), what you can offer to the social media community, and most of all, it’s a free way to showcase your business for others to learn more about your products/services.
  • Put Yourself Out There For Others To Judge: Although it may be scary to post content that the entire world can access or better yet, post a video post so others can see what you look like and sound like, in the end, it can really help you grow as an individual by allowing others to comment and provide you with feedback to improve upon.  Another great benefit is you can help reach others to learn more about you if they only watch videos, read content, listen to audio, etc.
  • It’s Fun And Provides A Great Learning Environment: I have really enjoyed getting to know several project managers from around the world, read about their experiences, learn more about project management, ask for advice, and implement a lot of what I have learned through my social media experience in my day-to-day job.

I want to thank Bret for introducing me to this new experience of social media! I also want to thank all of my loyal followers for your support and advice with me, so I can continue to learn more about the project management field!

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Social Media in Project Management

Technology has changed the several ways in which we conduct business today or even the several different methods we can now use to talk to family and friends, with text messaging, Skype, Smart Phones, and several social media websites.  In the case of Project Management, social media has provided another set of tools that can be very useful when managing a project where team members may not all work under the same roof or even are in the same state or country.  Below you will find a few social media tools that you can use that might just help increase the efficiencies in your next project.

Have you ever used an internal project blog or website or SharePoint to publish your project development vision?   This would allow your project team members, around the world to provide their feedback online to the project manager and other project team members, instead of having to contact via the telephone, which is expensive and time consuming, and can slow down the project progress.  By using an internal blog, for example, project team members can use the RSS update to check the new developments on the project occur, no matter if your team members reside in several different time zones.  Team members can also search on past posts, get a quick project status update at any time, and ultimately allows everyone to help move the project along faster with all the project information available at the click of the mouse, no matter what the time is.

Have you ever used Skype for project collaboration? Skype has several capabilities that can help project managers, as it allows you to instant message, call, and video conferencing all using Skype. This can help you run a quick virtual meeting with your team and customers, without having to leave your office.

Have you ever used LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter to maintain your personal relationships?  Relationships are very important to maintain in any project and allows you to stay in touch and see what they are up to using these social media networking tools.

Social media can help increase the project results that help exceed the clients’ expectations, as it allows you to collaborate with your team members seamlessly, have fewer communications issues, and can help reduce the number of mistakes that need to be corrected.  Social media also allows the project manager to create a real project community, where your team members even if your team members live all around the state or country, where all team members may or may not see each other.

What social media tools have you used to help manage a project?

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