Communication Tool Chess Moves

May 24th, 2010 by | No Comments

Image from Inc. Magazine by Philip Toledano

Over the past few months I have become very engaged and interested in ways to communicate with your team beyond the typical confines of a traditional office. It started when Justin Levy invited me to write for Workshifting and continued through a recent issue of Inc Magazine where the magazine went rogue and operated in a remote working situation for the month to test out its feasibility and how all these communication platforms can help you get more done and be more effective.

What I have seen is nothing new if you have been following my posts here on the Social Media Marketing Blog. All of these communication platforms are just tools, some are pretty sweet tools indeed, but at the end of the day you need to assess your goals as a business and see which tools become comfortable for you to use.

With the announcement last week that Google Wave was no available to everyone, I thought it was a good time to talk about some of the platforms and how they may be able to fit into your business.


One thing I have started to see is a influx of major celebrities endorsing Skype and the technology that this VOIP technology allows. First it was Oprah filming live broadcasts with guests over the platform and now the talk of the red carpet is that Sarah Jessica Parker from Sex and the City used Skype for the first time to talk to her kids during the filming of the latest chick flick (I saw this on the Daily 10 on E!, but can’t find the clip anywhere).

I have to say tht only recently have I jumped onto the Skype craze and well, I can’t get off of it. The platform is great for video conversations with partners, colleagues and 3rd party workers to have that quick face-to-face meeting with people anywhere in the world.

Google Wave

This is one that many have not yet been able to jump on due to one of 2 reasons:

  • They didn’t have an invite code
  • They didn’t get it

I was in the second group until a project with the interactive marketing team at the Employment Guide led us to begin using the platform for keeping up with to-do’s, embedding Google Documents and collaborating on projects together all in real time.

With Wave we have also been able to jump into real time mindmap collaboration, something that is very powerful for blog post or content creation brainstorming. We have even gone so far as to jump on a Skype chat and use Wave to record the notes in real time with each person on the call collaborating on the Wave simultaneously. It’s pretty sweet when you see it in action.

More Tools Than Time

There are more tools then there are time in the days to use them. I wanted to hear from you all on the tools you are using to manage a team, manage projects, collaborate on documents and use on a day-to-day basis with people that are in and out of the office. With the world become more seperated and closer together at the same time, the way we communicate becomes even more important to the success of our business and in our lives.

I look forward to seeing some of your tools and seeing how you are putting all the pieces together.

Greg Rollett is an Internet Marketer from Orlando, FL. He does music marketing for some cool companies and artists.

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