Project Kickoff Meetings: How to Lead them Effectively
What you'll learn
- How to run customer-facing project kickoff meetings effectively
- What to do before, during, and after each kickoff meeting
- The exact topics to cover during your kickoff meeting, and the right sequence to present them in
- The course includes two downloadable templates: A free project kickoff meeting template (in PowerPoint) and a free meeting agenda template (in MS Word format)
- No special knowledge is required to enroll in the course
- This course is for project managers who lead and facilitate customer-facing kickoff meetings
**This is a short course (approx 1 hour long) that gives you everything you need to know about how to lead project kickoff meetings with your team**
Learn simple concepts that help you improve your facilitation and communication skills, and become a better team leader through easy kickoff meeting tactics.
Master Simple Tips That You Can Implement Straightaway
What to include in your project kickoff agenda, and who to share it with before your external kickoff meeting.
How to kick off a meeting the right way by running through the agenda and having brief introductions.
How to leverage your project sponsor to motivate the team.
How to list out the project goals, along with your project assumptions and constraints to avoid any potential miscommunication down the line.
The best practices of including a team organization chart and a high-level schedule so that you manage expectations the right way.
Why you should cover a change management process and communication plan.
How to end a project kickoff meeting properly by including a next steps section and a Q&A session.
The most important thing you should do after your project kickoff meeting ends.
A downloadable sample project kickoff agenda and project kickoff template.
Content and Overview
The course contains over 23 lectures and 70 minutes of content. It is designed for any project manager or team leader who plans on running project kickoff meetings for their clients or customers.
The content includes three main sections (before your meeting, during your meeting, and after your meeting), and each section includes simple steps that you can follow. The course is delivered in a format that is easily digestible for busy professionals (each video lecture is around 3 to 5 minutes long).
The course also includes two free downloadable templates (included in the materials):
A Free Project Kickoff Meeting Template (in MS PowerPoint format) that helps you save time in creating your own
A Free Project Kickoff Meeting Agenda Template (in MS Word format) that you can copy and paste and modify for your own team
Here's are the steps that are covered in the course:
BEFORE Your Project Kickoff Meeting
Step 1: Draft the Agenda
Step 2: Gather Feedback
Step 3: Prepare the Presentation
Step 4: Hold an Internal Kickoff Meeting
Step 5: Schedule the External Kickoff Meeting
DURING Your Project Kickoff Meeting
Step 1: Welcome and Rundown of Agenda
Step 2: Introductions
Step 3: Project Sponsor Update
Step 4: Project Goals
Step 5: Team Organization Chart
Step 6: High-Level Schedule
Step 7: Project Assumptions and Constraints
Step 8: Communication Plan
Step 9: Change Management Process
Step 10: Milestone Signoff, Technical Update, and Other Considerations [Optional]
Step 11: Next Steps, Q&A Session, and Wrap Up
AFTER Your Project Kickoff Meeting
Step 1: Send an Update
Step 2: Follow up on Actions
By the end of this course, you'll be armed with a comprehensive end-to-end process that you can implement right away to help you prepare for your kickoff meetings.
There are no requirements necessary to enroll in the course, and you can learn the material at your own pace.
★★★★★ "Great overview for the new & experienced project/program manager Great examples with words & templates to use." - Linda Baughman
★★★★★ "Excellent stuff, 100% pure on-topic content. Thanks." - Marcin Czajkowski
★★★★★ "Lots of good practical tips. I've been running kick-off meetings for several years and this course was a great refresher. I'll use the materials as a checklist from now on. Thanks." - Natasja Castro
★★★★★ "Very Informative and will use these suggested tips ASAP. Thank you!" - Joe Luce
30 Day Money Back Guarantee
If you are not satisfied with the course for any reason, you may return the course within 30 days of the purchase date.
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Who this course is for:
- Project managers and team leaders at medium to large-sized organizations
- Entrepreneurs and business owners who focus on project-based work
"Short courses for busy managers"
Hi there, my name is Hassan Osman and I've been managing projects and virtual teams for the past 15+ years.
I'm currently a Director at Cisco Systems,* where I lead Project and Program Management teams on delivering complex projects for Cisco's customers.
Previously, I was a manager at Ernst & Young, where I analyzed failing projects at Fortune 500 companies, and recommended solutions to fix them.
I was also a research assistant at Harvard University, where I studied issues related to virtual teams.
I'm an Amazon bestselling author of 7 books about team management (including "Hybrid Work Management," "Influencing Virtual Teams," "Don't Reply All," "Project Kickoff," and "Effective Delegation of Authority"), and I hold the PMP, CSM and ITIL certifications.
Most managers don't have a lot of time to watch lengthy courses (that are usually full of fluff). So I focus on creating short courses that help busy managers become more effective leaders, without wasting their time.
I have published courses about Writing Better Emails, Managing Hybrid Teams, Delegating Effectively, Leading Virtual Meetings, and Managing and Influencing Virtual Teams.
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed on this page and in my course are my own views and not those of Cisco