Here are the three types of communication methods for projects….
Communication methods are techniques that are used to share and manage information among stakeholders in a Project. When we talk about stakeholders, we are referring to individuals that will be affect positively or negatively by your project. You need to ensure that you carry them along in your project. The only way to do this is to know what they want and see how you can add it to your project.
#1 Project performance communication
Communication methods help the team communicate project performance and progress with Stakeholders. It can take the form of face to face meetings, teleconferencing and email messages among others. They are effective for resolution of issues that may arose in the course of carrying out the project.
When you are communicating about project performance with your stakeholders, you want them to know the challenges that you are facing as well as the successes that you have on the project. I must be sincere with you , no project is 100 percent perfect but most at times , it is always difficult to admit errors. You need to let your stakeholders know all this challenges. Nobody will spank you for voicing out.
Communication methods ensures that the concerned people in the issue resolution process are aware of the impending severity of the issue at hand, which enables them to take immediate action. When you communicate with your stakeholders, you are trying to table the issue before those that have powers to solve it. If you let your stakeholders no what has gone wrong or what are likely to go wrong, they will be able to assist you when the need arose.
Communication methods are always specified in the communication management plan which is one of the vital documents for project success.
We have three types of communication types that we can talk about for projects. Follow me as we look at this together.
#2 Interactive communication
This involves communication between multiple people performing multi-directional information exchange. This can come in the form of communication among team members on a project. In interactive communication, you are talking and listening at the same time.
This involve a process whereby two people or more have to discuss until the time that a particular issue is been resolved completely. As the saying goes, nobody has monopoly of knowledge. You need to allow communication in this form so that other can have input into the riddle at hand.
#3 Push communication
This type of communication involves sending information to a receiver. This type of communication ensures that the information has been distributed but does not guarantee that it has reached the receiver of the message. In this type of communication method, you are not expecting response from recipient, you just want them to be aware of what is happening within the project. This might also include giving instructions to your team members. Know also that response is allowed in this form of communication but it is not really necessary.
#4 Pull communication
This type of communication process allows the receiver the access information whenever it is required. This type of communication method also allow you to archive what is been communicated and access it at a future date. In this kind of communication, you are giving information to your stakeholders in a way that they can have access to such information in the future.
You will not want someone to be bothering you on what you have communicated in the past. You want to be sure that stakeholders can go to archive or organisational process assets to access information whenever it is needed in the future.
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