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Tips for remote communication

Communication is key

Your ability to express your thoughts and ideas in a manner that is respectful, but impactful, will help you get things done easily. If you can’t do something, let people know, don’t wait for someone to ask. Never be afraid to follow up and ask questions. 

Practice effective communication

Focus on listening rather than talking. Being engaged in what the other person has to say allows you to focus on understanding and connecting with the person. 

Non-verbal communication is important

When you interact with others, you’re continuously giving and receiving wordless signals.

All of your nonverbal behaviors send strong messages. They can put people at ease, build trust, and draw others towards you, or they can offend, confuse, and undermine what you’re trying to convey. In a remote working environment, good virtual body language means speaking up on conference calls, turning on your camera for video chats, and responding to emails and instant messages in a timely fashion. 

Avoid communication barriers

When you’re stressed or emotionally overwhelmed, you’re more likely to misread other people and send confusing or off-putting nonverbal signals.

You can’t communicate effectively when you’re multitasking. 

To communicate effectively and not put the other person on the defensive, it’s important to avoid sending negative signals. 

Good writing skills

Good writing skills​ allow you to communicate your message with clarity and avoids misunderstandings.  Correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling are key in written communication, and using tools such as Grammarly help ensure that you construct sentences​ that are clear and concise.