We’ve found a new favorite secret weapon. In the realm of communication, productivity, and downright fun, we’ve been using one of the best tools out there in the virtual business world. It isn’t often a magician shares their secrets, but since we exist to make your life easier, we’re not going to keep this gem under our hat. If you’re looking for an innovative, user-friendly (and free!) app to incorporate into your work-world and make life easier, this is it. Welcome to the world of Slack.
Email strings clog up your inbox, people reply before reading the entire thread (or before reading any of it, most likely), and it’s maddening to try to keep multiple conversations with multiple people organized and relevant through email. The basis of Slack is to keep your team connected, and weed out the fluff. My team email has cut down significantly and our communication, camaraderie and clarity regarding all things has increased.
You can create multiple “channels”, and people specific to that channel’s topic can be invited to the conversation. You can have 1:1 conversations with team members in private channels. You have control and influence on the focus of the group involved, and topic at hand by creating channels specific to each. Genius!
As is likely to happen in conversation, someone will say something critical and you’ll make a mental note to go back to it later, because you read it right as you were headed out the door to your important lunch meeting. When you return, you can’t remember who said it, or even what channel it was mentioned in. Cripes.
Slack has you covered! Rather than spending your time scrolling and re-reading, Slack has allowed all content to be searchable. If you remember someone mentioned a million-dollar-idea on selling Skor bars attached to the side of 20 ounce Dr. Pepper bottles (I’m not saying, I’m just saying…) do a search for “Skor” and voila! Every mention of it shows up in your side bar. Thank you
Slack also throws a lot of encouragement your way. Every time you log in, it displays a little message to brighten your day. Or maybe it’s just for me, because I’m its favorite. Either way, I’m happy to use a program that cares about keeping my work streamlined, efficient, and it doesn’t hurt when it throws me a compliment or two. Even if I can customize it to whisper sweet nothings to me and read my own compliments. I’ll take it.
Sometimes conversation isn’t enough, and requires a little more meat. Slack has thought of this, too. You can upload files: PDFs, images, documents, links. Need to show someone a proof before committing to purchasing an item in print? Slack the file to your team for review. Want to showcase your infant’s cute outfit boasting your favorite sports team? Annoy your team by turning Slack into your personal Instagram account. (Not really. Please don’t do that. Just create a channel called #cutekids like I have with one client, and call it good.) Files are searchable as well, and Slack can integrate with just about any app and program out there.
With more than 50 programs Slack can integrate into your communication world, it truly becomes your one-stop-shop for engaging your team to facilitate their questions and ideas. Instead of sharing your Dropbox file, or Google Drive, just drop the specific document into Slack for others to see or review. Done and done.
- Slack is efficient. Effective. Encouraging.
- It’s also mobile (available for download on iOS or Android systems) and can keep you in the loop wherever you happen to be.
- It’s consistent. It’s the same on your phone as it is on your Mac, as it is on your VA’s PC.
- Seamless and efficient, and free. Just the way I like it. Did we mention it’s free?
Friend to friend, magician to secret-searching-audience, I’m not sure I can recommend this program enough. We use it, we love it, and it has revolutionized how our business operates. Don’t delay, install Slack, and I promise you won’t regret it. What are you waiting for? Pick up the Slack!