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The Communications Management Process is the method by which formal messages are identified, created, reviewed and communicated within a project. Clear, accurate and timely communication is critical to the success of any project, as miscommunication can result in increased project risk. If you communicate properly, the right stakeholders will receive the right information at the right time. This enables them to make well-informed decisions about your project. There are a variety of ways that you can communicate the project status to stakeholders, such as through press releases, internal newsletters, project status reports, presentation materials, website news releases, and internal project memos.

Step 1: Identify the Message. Your Communications Plan will identify the communications messages that need to be distributed, to keep your stakeholders informed of the project's progress. Throughout the project, the Project Manager should review this plan to identify which messages need to be distributed, how and when.

Step 2: Target the Audience. Now that you have identified what it is that needs to be communicated, the next step is to identify who it is that the message needs to be communicated to. The audience for each message needs to be confirmed.

Step 3: Decide the Timing. Identify the timing and frequency of the communications message. In some cases, regular communications, such as weekly Project Status Reports or monthly newsletters, may be necessary. In other cases, a one-off communication event, such as a project change notification, may be more appropriate.

Step 4: Confirm the Format. With content, audience and timing decided, the format of the communication message can be effectively chosen. There are a number of different types of formats to choose from, including verbal presentations, written reports, memos, letters and emails.

Step 5: Create the Message. You should document a first draft of the message content. The Project Manager will then review it and they may suggest changes. When a final draft is completed it is submitted for approval and release.

Step 6: Communicate the Message. Once approved, the message is communicated to the target audience. The Project Manager may need to seek the Project Sponsor's approval before releasing certain high risk communications messages.

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