Sometimes collaborating with a client can be challenging. You may have difficulty connecting with them on a personal and professional level. It could be cross-cultural. You are in the US and they are across the pond. Whatever the reason, this may make progress difficult or make the work less enjoyable. There were times I felt undervalued or appreciated because I was alone in a lot of the process. Set adrift with little help. So when the project closes, it was unceremonious or expected. And yes, I know that’s what a job is. But here’s the thing, learning the ins and…


One of my first jobs was working retail for a clothing store in a shopping mall. With every season and every trend, I would dress the store front to lure the window shopper to make a purchase. Bright lights, decorations, and the latest must-have item would sit patiently on the shelf before it was scooped up. Working in retail had taught me a lot about building up my people skills, sales, and negotiation. …


Project managers have the uncanny knack of being able to hide in plain site. A lot of clients will know a bad project from a good one without knowing the powerhouse behind the success or failure. Over the years I’ve found subtle ways to stand out despite being an introvert. I struggled with learning how to stand out without sticking out or feeling awkward. It’s perfectly fine to own your awkward, but the key is that being able to hone in that “youness” in such a way without making a client feel uncomfortable.

Yup… that’s just my resting PM face.

1. Conversation Skills & Active Listening

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There are some projects that dredge up nightmares from the darkest corners. You wake up in a cold sweat in fear of those conference calls with that client that somehow paid you to do the job but refuses to listen to expertise. The gauntlet is about to begin. How will you ever complete what seems to be an impossible project?

Here are 7 lessons learned from Challenging Projects.

1. Establish a Working Agreement

Often, a contract, statement of work, or standard operating procedure may dictate the norms in which you may have to work to fulfill a client project. Even…


Being a Project Manager, people often think it’s a fast-paced field with cornucopia of meetings filling up your day the moment you sign on to sign off. They often expected you to hit the ground running and do some super hero pose but then must hide in the background when the press release comes. Depending on the company, cross-country/country teams, and culture of the company, this can be true. I say culture vs. work life balance because it’s really how the organization perceives the worker and expectations of performing duties that ultimately determine the work life balance. Ever since I…


Those job postings get you down? How do you get experience without having experience? It can feel pretty daunting when you’re just starting out. Have no fear! These are steps many take on their journey to discover if the project management career is right for you. When you’re looking to pivot to a project manager, here are 5 things you need to know.

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1. Certifications — Base requirements in job postings

PMP

If you’re just starting out, it’s unlikely you’ll meet the requirements for a Project Management Professional (PMP) ® Certification if you are freshly minted from uni.

It may…


Living the project manager’s life is sometimes extra. The people are extra; the work is extra, everything feels extra. Even as we see the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Our jobs are always about accounting for the unexpected. To help combat the Zoom Fatigue or the micro commute to your desk, here are 5 ways to keep from burning out.

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1. Timebox with Your Alexa

I don’t mean timebox your work. You already do that with meetings or scheduled work time. I mean, time box parts of your life that are the most important to you. It…


To be a project manager, you may find yourself the unsung hero. And though you may be happy operating in the shadows of the success of a project. Sometimes the lack of recognition may tax on you emotionally.

It wasn’t how I imagined my career would take flight. Often, in the role of a project manager, you manage your frustrations whilst the teams look as if you are the “enemy” they will spare no remorse in expressing their thoughts on how inconvenient it can be to follow a process (even one mutually agreed upon). They would cite the agile and…


I loved to read. It felt like a dirty secret. Some of my happiest times were delving through the Mississauga Library’s stacks, walking through the snaking columns and rows that towered so high you’d needed a ladder to reach the top shelves. I’d often flit from science fiction and fantasy to teens or any books that were beyond my years. When we drove there on Saturdays, we’d go through the cavernous and orange light underground parking lot. Through this deep cave we waded, my mom, my brother, and I would ascend to the main floor through a gold plated elevator…

Eilis Gregory

Millennial, Lover of Memes, YA fantasy, video games, and sometimes trying to be an adult.

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