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In this lesson, Subject Matter Expert (SME) Kelly Handerhan discusses what you can do as Project Manager to engage your project team and to put these important assets to good use so that your project will proceed smoothly with positive involvement from every team member. It is important to meet with team members on a one-to-one basis so that you understand their strengths and skills and what is necessary for them to succeed. Handerhan explains the importance of having a best-practices session at the beginning of the project that involves everyone and values their idea so they have buy-in. She discusses the importance of team building activities outside of the office, which can be valuable if not overdone. You will learn how to: - meet the needs of your team members - resolve roadblocks to their success - find ways to meet and exceed their expectations - connect with them before you ask something of them - gain the trust of your team members - keep the vision, keep team members motivated, and keep the end goals of your project in mind - solicit information from your team as you go along - keep the team engaged through an incentive program - make sure team members feel invested in the project - consider staff development in addition to project goals - understand the different types of motivating factors and how effective they are