Context: I'll admit, I've recently transitioned to a PM role at a new company, and the atmosphere is slightly different than the previous firm I worked at. I was a 'Project Manager' (note the quotations) at my previous role, but it wasnt a position that had enterprise-wide visibility.
In my current role, I've got quite a handful - I like challenges - and I'm loving it.
The problem I'm finding right now is that with some of the projects I'm handling, I find that I'm the only one who's talking in the team meetings. Its not that I'm afraid of speaking up in front of people, but I really really want to foster communication and get the whole group-chatter going.
How do I foster this? I frequently pause and ask for any questions/ feedback, I encourage people to interrupt me or criticize me, and I've got a pretty friendly personality overall.
And yet, I'm just coming off project kick off meeting this morning that barely lasted half an hour. Due to the nature of the project (its a program, really), I couldnt get into risk assessment or planning the schedule, but I'm finding that my meetings frequently last <30 minutes, whereas other PMs can easily stretch it into 60 minutes.
I'm a fan for short, to-the-point meetings, but sometimes I wonder if I'm making the meetings too short to cover everything that could/should be covered.
I'm wondering if its because I'm new to the company and may not know some specific history (pertaining to the project) or of the various groups.
Are there any tips/ tricks you guys use to improve / foster group chatter?