Episode 113: 3 Effective Ways to Use Technology to Improve Communication with Your Team and Boost Productivity


CommunicationDuring my 17 years of being self-employed, I’ve had a fair amount of communication wins and mishaps. And in the last 6 years, my wonderful husband Brad, has been working beside me at home, so we’ve learned even more about communication during this time. Would you consider a few questions that have helped us in our business communications?

In today’s Episode 113, we’re sharing three effective ways to use technology to improve communication with your team and boost productivity.

  1. What if you chatted with your bookkeeper or your VA every once and awhile instead of just email? There’s so many opportunities for people to perform the wrong task–like not even get the task right, perform the task poorly because they didn’t have a process that was effective, or it just wasn’t clear enough.
  2. What if you communicate your business’ vivid vision to the people who support you? If you can communicate a vivid vision of what’s coming up, whether that’s your three-year plan, or simply a process to work on a blog post, then you’re communicating effectively at its most basic level. And that’s your key to improving your productivity.
  3. How can you simplify communication and save time with technology? (We’ll share our tech time savers in the full episode!) When it comes to the internal operations of your company, you’re going to need support as you grow and build. It’s not always going to be just you. You’re going to have other contractors, or people that you reach out to for support. And you have to learn how to effectively communicate with them.

    “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” ― George Bernard Shaw

When you first start working with a team, communication can be a little tricky if you’ve never done that before. I remember when I had my publishing company – I started hiring salespeople and learning on-the-spot how to communicate effectively to do a great job. It was a lot trickier than I thought it would be! As a former schoolteacher, I thought I was pretty good at communication. But I learned I had room to grow when it came to effectively communicating with a team; and like Brad said, to clearly articulate the vision that was in my head allowing other people to succeed.

Communication is an art and takes practice. It’s not always easy. Especially if you’re a more on the shy side, it can be hard to stand up and ask for what you want and ask for what you need. But truly, the way to grow your business is going to be to ask for support, whether that’s family support, support from your friends, or support from a team of contractors.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How to get all that stuff out of your head & into a format where your team can see it
  • Our best tips for getting really good at communication
  • Fave chat & file sharing apps that allow for productive online collaboration

 

 

 

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Minette Riordan, Ph.D.

Dr. Minette Riordan is an award-winning entrepreneur with 17 years experience in media, marketing and sales. She is a lover of art, poetry and mythology and a complete geek who digs discussing how businesses work. One of her core values is continuous improvement; she is a seeker, wanderer and adventurer who loves dragons and coffee. Most days you can find her supporting her creative clients to build profitable businesses. And on other days you can find her in her art studio covered in paint.



About Minette Riordan, Ph.D.

Dr. Minette Riordan is an award-winning entrepreneur with 17 years experience in media, marketing and sales. She is a lover of art, poetry and mythology and a complete geek who digs discussing how businesses work. One of her core values is continuous improvement; she is a seeker, wanderer and adventurer who loves dragons and coffee. Most days you can find her supporting her creative clients to build profitable businesses. And on other days you can find her in her art studio covered in paint.

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