Fall in love with Slack and help your org to be more productive with my list of Hott tips.
I guarantee you will learn at least one new Slack tip here!
Why should you listen to me?
I've helped multiple orgs thrive on Slack.
I’ve grown an agency media buying and creative team from 3 to 30+ and was a manager at 2018's “#1 Best Place to Work in New York”.
Let's dig in:
I can't believe most people still use their mouse to navigate Slack when it’s 10x faster to use this keyboard shortcut and type ahead for any channel or DM.
This is the KEY to personal Slack efficiency and success.
DMs discourage collaboration and transparency.
When you need to get back to a convo, you need to remember exactly who was involved instead of the topic.
DMs can’t be linked to reference in other channels.
This makes it easier for other people to chime in, involve other people if needed, and allows others to learn from whatever is discussed.
Ask questions where many people can answer them and many people see the answer.
Organize channels by teams, clients, projects, functions, and topics.
Use channel name prefixes to make channels easy to sort and find.
Rename channels when needed!
I've heard so many people complain about having too many channels, but their complaint is actually because they're forced to pay attention to less relevant conversations in the few channels they're in.
More dedicated channels for specific topics make it easier to pay attention to relevant conversations and find information and past conversations.
Create a new channel next time you have a new topic that's specific to a specific group of people. Archive it when you're done.
It helps the team focus and keeps them from getting overwhelmed by notifications for things they don't need to know because...
When you've had your questions answered or are no longer interested, feel free to leave the channel so it won't distract you anymore.
Keep the discussion in one place where it's easier to follow and reduces noise as each message in a thread does not result in an unread message for everyone else in the channel.
Use it asynchronously:
Don't expect an instant response. You don't know what other people are doing.
Include all of the info others need to make decisions or answer questions.
Send video/audio messages to explain things better!
Write longer messages that scan quickly:
@channel notifies all members of a channel
@here notifies only the *active* members of a channel and won’t notify people that are away/busy
Avoid using @here or @channel unless it's urgent and important
It requires training and practice to be great.
It can be dangerous in the wrong hands.
Provide your team with time and resources to learn and understand:
Connect tools you use (Google Drive, Clickup, Zapier, etc) to Slack to send things to those apps or get notifications from them. [img:tWICRXi3G]
Use the Google Calendar app to sync your calendar to your status automatically
Don’t use Slack in place of other better, more appropriate tools.
Slack isn't great for storing documentation or managing tasks.
Express yourself, have fun.
Use sections to organize types of channels like:
Write yourself quick notes
Send yourself files across devices
Write and preview/test important messages before sending in a channel
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