People skills for project managers

How to engage and motivate to deliver a better project outcome

A one day workshop

People skills for project managers

People skills for project managers People are vital to the success of every project. Without their engagement and buy-in, even the best planned and managed project may not succeed. But the essential skills needed to inspire, motivate and manage the individuals involved are too often neglected and overlooked. Most project management training and literature provides little guidance on how to best work with and influence people involved in your project.

This course will draw on well researched and proven methods from the fields of project management and organisational development. It will cover the key people skills needed at different stages of the project lifecycle.

You will leave the day with practical tools and tips you can immediately apply to your project.

What will delegates learn?

  • Current research on effective motivation and engagement in projects
  • The vital link between strategy and projects
  • The essential skillset of an excellent project manager
  • How to build and motivate your project team
  • Engaging and negotiating with stakeholders
  • Influencing without authority – working with people you don't manage
  • Getting the best out of limited resources and encouraging innovation
  • Communication skills:
    • the importance of communicating across all levels
    • factors which effect communication
    • drawing up a communications plan and
    • creating feedback loops that work.

Who should attend

This course is ideal for everyone who already has an understanding of the essentials of project management and who wants to work more effectively with the people on their projects. It is an excellent follow up to the Project Management Bootcamp one day course.

Ruth Walker-Cotton

Ruth Walker-Cotton Ruth Walker-Cotton

Ruth Walker-Cotton is a qualified project manager (APM PMQ) and a member of the Association of Project Management. She is currently studying Strategic Project Management at MSc level.

Ruth has extensive experience of writing and implementing strategies and managing campaigns and projects within the Charity, NHS and Housing sectors. She has successfully improved performance in a variety of sectors, through setting and achieving targets in partnership with key stakeholders.

Ruth is experienced in people management and loves designing and implementing systems and processes to ensure clarity and efficiency. Her main focus is project management – whether training a team or guiding them through a project – supporting businesses to improve their strategic and resource planning, working with them as they go through organisational change.

training track record

HQN has a track record of helping organisations achieve real and lasting performance improvements. If you are interested in accessing this training package, please contact us by emailing