Last week, we discussed how being a better communicator helps a designer thrive. We’ll continue the discussion this week to learn the best communication practices a designer can use to thrive in their field.
Strategies for better remote communication
Working remotely means you face a tougher task because you are unable to read the silent reactions in the room. Body language and facial expressions are a great way to receive valuable feedback; by not being physically present, you may miss some of those social cues. So what’s the solution for those of us who work from home, often across the world and through several layers of language barrier?
Choose the right remote communication tools
First of all, choose the right tools with which to communicate; there’s nothing worse than technology failing you in the middle of a really important meeting. There are dozens of tools to choose from, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.
GoToMeeting has established itself as the go-to solution for video conferencing for good reason: HD quality, screen-sharing capabilities, and personalized meeting URLs. Alternatively, there are also Zoom and BlueJeans.
Get a good pointer tool. When presenting designs while sharing your screen, PinPoint helps meeting participants see your cursor more effectively by layering it with an animated graphic of your choice—like a pulsating red circle—or by simply enlarging it.
Beyond that, you’ll want to get a good quality headset and external mic. Both of these will improve clarity of communication. Clear audio goes a long way in making you come across as confident and authoritative.
Speak effectively: Be heard and understood
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