Effective Team Communication With Slack

Effective Team Communication With Slack

November 18, 2016

Email has been around for a very long time and it probably isn't going anywhere anytime soon. New apps are constantly being created, causing older ones to be replaced.

Let me introduce you to a game changer for team collaboration and communication: Slack and explain why our team loves it so much.

Slack combines the fast pace discussions of text messages and the high organization of email all in one app. The app also includes some cool features that make Slack one of the best tools for effective team communication. Furthermore, the app can be accessed through your web browser, desktop app, and mobile app.

Channels

Channels allow you to break up discussions into different topics. If you work in a company or organization, you may have many different sub-teams or departments. Channels allow for these groups to have a dedicated place for group-specific conversations. Channels can be public or private. Public channels allow anyone to view and join the channel, whereas private channels can only be viewed and joined by invitation only.

Direct Messages

Use direct messages if you want to have a discussion with a specific person on your team. You can message one or multiple people using direct messages.

Integrations

Slack allows for a number of different add-on integrations. For example, you are able to set up a Google Hangout within Slack, help schedule meetings between team members, and automatically post emails to a channel.

Notifications

Since Slack is available as a desktop and mobile application, you are able to set up Slack to send you notifications so you don't miss out on those important conversations. Furthermore, you are able to go into Slack's preferences to control what types of notifications you receive. 

Search

Searching to find a specific conversation within a channel is quite simple with Slack since you are able to narrow your search by specifying usernames, dates, and channels to find what you are looking for.

Conclusion

Slack is a great tool to use for effective team communication. I personally use Slack with social clubs, non-profit organizations, and businesses I belong to.

In addition, the app has almost eliminated the need to use email or text messages for internal communication. Slack is also completely free to use so there is no harm in giving it a try!




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