Project kickoff meetings are a vital part of the success of your project. The groundwork you lay during this critical event will help set the stage for the remainder of the project. Many of the topics we will discuss in this article can be applied to non-remote project managers as well, but we will emphasize specifics that are vital for remote project managers.

"In many cases, we may know many of the members on the project team, but this is not always the case especially when your project has hundreds of team members or if team members are located around the globe. The number of team members will dictate how introductions will occur since you won't have time to introduce everyone if you have a large team. However, with a small team, you will likely have time to make proper introductions. When conducting introductions, we like to make it a little personal and ask the team members to share a few things about themselves. Fun personal topics include their hobbies, the last movie they watched, what is under their bed, and three people they would like to have dinner with and why. If you do ask them to share something personal, to help keep it interesting, you can provide a few topic options and allow the team members to choose what one they may want to answer. Whatever you do, make sure introductions are kept short though. One way to do this is to inform the team members of what should be shared as part of their introductions ahead of the meeting..."

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