As leaders, communication and collaboration are essential. When your team is spread out over the nation, or even in your neighborhood, you want proven technology tools that make these aspects easy to accomplish. It’s not necessary for you to be high tech to use these 4 technology tools. As a bonus, these tools are free too! I am happy to share what I use each week with my colleagues.
Every week I am talking to committee members located throughout the country. FreeConferenceCall.com offers me free access to a collaborative phone system, including free recording of the call. It’s so simple to dial in and connect. If you want to share your meeting, you can record and send the link to those who missed the meeting. Team meetings are more effective, save time, and save email frustration by setting a weekly or monthly call to work on a project.
Collaboration can require more than just words and audio. Many of us work best collaboratively when we all “see” the same content to discuss it. Our “view” of the content also gives us the opportunity to brainstorm, make adjustments to a document or create a final version together. Join.me is an online screen sharing site. You log into join.me/ and a code number and you can view the screen of the host. My team has completed projects such as budgets, reviewed courses, and reviewed documents together with Join.me. It’s an easy way to be more productive as a team.
Google has an vast array of ways to work collaboratively. With Google Docs you can create, edit and store web-based documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. You initiate the document in Google Docs and work on it in this cloud based site. You can invite others to join you in the work together and work together at the same time. Documents and spreadsheets can be be imported into Google Docs as well.
One of the most difficult actions is to find a meeting time that works for you and your team. Simplify the process with this tech tool. Doodle is a meeting scheduling tool. Choose dates and times that work for you and send an email through Doodle with the choices. Each member is polled on what times work for them and a final poll can send the date of the meeting. It can connect to each team member’s calendar too. Save time and frustration easily setting up a time to meet.
There are more uses than only leadership with these proven technology tools. At work you can set up partnerships to enhance accountability and productivity. You may find these tools useful for home as well. Setting up a family time to talk about aging parents or a family vacation are easy with these technology tools. Taking advantage of these proven technology tools for leaders in your work with your team. You will find collaboration easy and effective.
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