A day-in-a-life of a Product Manager involves a variety of interactions, sometimes it is customers, sometime it is the marketing team and most times it could be the engineering team. As a product manager one is required to seek out information from one channel, synthesize it and feed other channels. It could be understanding the requirements from a set of customers, rationalizing it and validating it, crafting it to feed the positioning, messaging initiatives of Product Marketing while simultaneously translating it into functional specifications for the engineers.
Two of the most critical skills of being a successful product manager (I would dare say, most jobs) are asking open-ended questions and listening. Listening involves processing information and cataloging them properly in your memory for recall later. But it starts with the questions you ask, how you ask them and how you follow up.
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