Last week I talked a little about some of the tools that are excellent for remote collaboration, one of which was Slack, a well-known messaging app for teams that allows us to leave email behind once and for all. Slack’s stunning user interface and simple onboarding experience makes it insanely easy for teams to dive right into it, as if they’ve been doing it every day for a decade. But here’s the catch:
Some have said that Slack is so awesome for communication that teams find themselves chatting all day long, destroying productivity due to the influx of countless messages.
But we can reduce the amount of messages, even entire conversations, with the use of integrations. Slack can integrate with the apps and services that your team already uses, bringing notifications, task management and imported media into the context of the conversation. By increasing the value of your messages you can complete tasks and solve issues much quicker.
1. Cure Indecisiveness with Simple Poll
It can be difficult to read the room when none of the team is actually in the room, but Simple Poll fixes that by curing indecisiveness and eliminating “I don’t mind” responses from the conversation.
Rather than debating an issue to the death, Simple Poll can collect responses with a simple slash command. Just type /poll “Poll question?” “Option1” “Option2” “Option3” into the conversation.
2. Explain Yourself Better with Screenhero
Screenhero is a screen sharing app that aids collaboration by offering voice chat and multiple mouse cursors. Never again will you need to worry about explaining yourself — show them instead! Screenhero was originally an independent app, but has since been acquired by Slack itself, allowing you to craft emails, paircode, edit videos, or pretty much work in any application — together — on Windows or Mac.
Just type /hero @username in Slack to start a session!
3. Search All Links Shared in Slack with Kifi
Kifi keeps a complete record of all links shared in Slack. Simply type /kifi search term to instantly find the web address you’re looking for; this is especially useful for recovering links to Dropbox or Google Drive files — no need to bother the original sharer of the link!
4. Develop Deeper Bonds with Your Team Using Humblebot
Humblebot teaches you how to be a better teammate — in Slack. It’s a friendly robot (also known as a Slackbot) that sends you messages every morning, reminding you to send someone else a thank you or to ask for their opinion.
According to Humblebot, you can start to see results in as little as a week, and become a wonderful human being in the process!
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