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Lindsay Curtis

About: Lindsay Curtis

Lindsay Curtis writes about communications, education, healthcare research, and parenting. She has extensive experience as a Project Manager, primarily in the healthcare and higher education sectors. A writer by day and a reader by night, she currently works as a Communications Officer for the University of Toronto. She also provides freelance copywriting and social media strategy services for businesses of all sizes. Learn more about Lindsay at www.curtiscommunications.org.

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Time Management Tips to help PMs Beat the Clock

Written on June 25, 2019, by

“What’s your afternoon look like?” my coworker asked through Slack. “Spending hours feeling overwhelmed with my to-do list and not getting much else done!” I responded, only half-joking. As project managers (PMs), we all know that our jobs require a vast array of professional and personal skills. Everything from relationship management, planning and maintaining a…

How to Make the Most Out of A Project Initiation Meeting

Written on May 20, 2019, by

Remember the butterflies you’d get before the first day of school? That’s exactly how I feel at the onset of a new project as a Project Manager. Akin to opening up a new, clean notebook, the whole “fresh, clean slate” feeling that comes with starting a new project is unrivaled. It’s an exciting time, and…

The Best Ways to Document and Share Best Practices among Colleagues

Written on April 29, 2019, by

“Of course, we’re going to follow best practices,” our Project Manager (PM) said, for the fourth time in an hour at our weekly team meeting. Upon hearing this, I looked across the table at my colleague and watched as she rolled her eyes. She wasn’t trying to be disrespectful to our PM, but it wasn’t…

Attention PMs! How to Create a Healthy Project Environment

Written on February 25, 2019, by

My very first job out of university was that of “Project Coordinator” (PC). I was the PC for a government-run project that aimed to create a new tool hospitals and mental health organizations could use to make the intake process easier on their patients. I was deeply proud of working on a project that would…

The 7 Best Practices for Change Management

Written on January 25, 2019, by

“Change is the only constant in life” is a popular saying first uttered by Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus. We know in both our personal and professional lives that change is certain. Perhaps no one knows it better than a seasoned project manager. No matter how well we’ve planned and thought things out, most project…

What to Expect When You’re a New Project Manager

Written on January 2, 2019, by

You’ve worked hard for months – maybe years – to become a project manager. You’ve landed your first job, and are ready to assume a leadership role and see a project through from start to finish. Now the question on your mind may be, “What comes next and what can I expect?” As a project…

Five Must Have Core Competencies for Project Managers

Written on November 23, 2018, by

No matter the industry or size of the project, every project manager is tasked with juggling multiple day-to-day operations. Even small-scale projects can be complex, comprised of hundreds of cross-functional activities that need to be executed under tight timelines with budgets at stake. As a project manager, you’re a change agent working with your team….

Six Critical Path Best Practices

Written on October 30, 2018, by

It’s the start of your project, and you have hundreds of tasks that need to be performed by dozens of team members in order to get the finish line. At the onset of any project, the job of prioritizing tasks, identifying the most important ones, and assigning resources and responsibilities can feel daunting. That’s where…

Five Common Project Manager Myths

Written on September 24, 2018, by

When you’re hired as a project manager, you’re hired to be a leader and liaison. Project managers guide the structure, scope, quality, and budget of a project while also representing the interests of the organization, client, and/or stakeholder(s). Perhaps because of all of the hats project managers wear, there are a lot of misconceptions about…

How to Stay Focused in an Age of Distraction

Written on August 20, 2018, by

Picture this: You started work an hour ago and decide to check emails on your phone. You don’t want to miss an important question from a stakeholder or a status update from your staff, after all. As is often the case; however, a glance at your email turns into a “quick” scroll through Twitter, and…

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