Communication helps instill important information between different parties, helping to build relations, drive collaboration and much more. In fact, over 89% of people surveyed by Project.co perceives effective communication to be very important, yet most see their own communication as average or subpar.
Better communication can be achieved by building a stronger foundation, and that can be started by building a communication plan. To facilitate this process, GPetrium has made the communication plan template available for download.
This article is specific to the communication plan template. It is not for those looking to learn about methods, strategy or a step-by-step guide in communication planning.
To get started, fill out the lead name and date. Then, begin by filling out the expected activities in the main table. Knowing the activities that need to be done will provide the baseline to determine the remaining columns. Some prefer to start by categorizing audiences, or goals, that is a personal choice. Each column aims to answer an aspect of the communication plan, helping to draw a roadmap to success.
There are three communication plan templates named ‘Communication Plan’, ‘COMM Plan S1’ and ‘COMM Plan S2’ under the same file. It aims to provide options that are better suited for one’s personal needs.
Sometimes a communication plan can be more personal, where some information such as ownership is not needed. That is when the COMM Plan S1 worksheet becomes a better option. Other times, it is preferable to have a short and concise communication plan, which is what the COMM Plan S2 is usually for.
Many prefer to have a printed or pdf copy of their communication plan, to do that, have the file open and click CTRL+P or go to File->Print.