Focus Question: What ways do different partners like to communicate?
Communication is one of the cornerstones of exceptional remote work. What can you do to boost your communication skills in service to your clients?
Communication can take many forms as a remote worker – from text, to instant messaging, to voice mails left in Voxxer, to messages in Slack.
Part of the challenge of remote work is learning the right communication channel for the right type of message. Sending an important message to our boss for discussion is likely to be better done by phone or email than IM. Sharing a quick tip with a co-worker who needs a response NOW is probably better done in a quick IM than a full-blown email.
Basic components for communication:
Consider your most important communication messages this week.
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Focus Question: What are the skills you want to grow into?
There are many skills which can help you stand out as a remote professional – here are the ones I shared in Effective Virtual Conversations for remote leaders. In fact, for most remote professionals we can benefit from skills in these areas.
What do you need to focus on in as it relates to skills in each area? What can help you grow? What areas have you had not exposure to?
As a remote worker it may be even more important to revisit these skills on a regular basis. Ask for feedback from others.
Looking back to last week’s post on the ecosystem of learning where we explored the different ways you can learn in the remote space, what can you do to expand your skills in these different areas?
Take look at your skills in each of these areas. Rate yourself on a 1-10 with 1 being low and 10 being high. Note what your focus is going forward, including how you want to grow or develop your skills in each area.
Note your ratings and consider what you want to do to grow in these areas you have highlighted. My top 3 areas of focus are:
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All the best,
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