Dominate Your Slack Channels with Visuals

Businesses have a communication problem

Communication is essential in any workplace. But efficient communication is often nowhere to be found. Workers spend hours a day in meetings and writing emails just to try and keep up with what’s going on. These productivity pitfalls not only cost you valuable time—some reporting as much as 40 percent of their day being spent managing email—but they cost companies billions of dollars every year. According to some statistics, people spend 33 minutes a day just attempting to schedule meetings, and 47 percent say they spend too much time in meetings throughout the day.

Too many meetings, emails, and impromptu conversations are really just symptoms of a larger problem in today’s workplace—people can’t quickly find the key information they’re looking for. In fact, workers reported that over 35 percent of their time is wasted trying to touch base with people and get the necessary information.

Real-time messaging is making a major comeback

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One way companies are battling the productivity drain is to abandon traditional communication methods for team collaboration services like Slack.

Slack is a real-time team messaging app that that’s been booming in organizations across the globe since its launch in 2013.

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Team communication apps like Slack naturally eliminate many of the faults of traditional workplace communication. For one, email is time-consuming. And unnecessary meetings are even worse. Slack gives people a fun way to give and get feedback. Yet, like traditional forms of office communication, Slack still relies heavily on text. We’ve all been trained to consume messages with visuals more quickly; the brain actually processes visuals 60,000 times faster than it does text. So if you want to get your message across more clearly, add visuals.

Annotated images + real-time chat = incredible communication

The combination of visuals and Slack is the perfect antidote to counteract poor workplace communication. Snagit makes it easy to create great looking visuals and screenshots that can be added into your team communications. Here are three quick ways to start dominating your Slack channels with visuals, and eliminate wasted time on communication.

A picture is worth a thousand meetings

What if you could save over an hour in your day with just one image? Here’s how:

Rather than spending five minutes setting up an hour-long meeting to discuss a project that you’re working on with someone, or sending a long, drawn out email, try sending a quick visual in your Slack channel to explain what you mean. Here’s a simple example of how one screenshot can save you from having an entire meeting.

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Get to the point with visuals

Whether you’re sharing knowledge for a specific task or just sending out an article that your team might find helpful, taking a screenshot of the exact information you want to share is far more effective than simply lobbing a link over the proverbial fence. The faster you can make your point, the faster you’ll be understood. 

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By doing this in a Slack channel, versus say, an email, you can quickly get others’ thoughts on your post in a collaborative way.

Add images to keep it casual

One of the downsides to workplace communication is that it can get a little stuffy, even at the most progressive companies. Just think of how much time you spent reading over your last email trying to get the words just right. Email is inherently professional and formal. Slack is much more organic and informal. And adding quick images lets you get your message out without necessarily worrying about perfect grammar, punctuation, or spelling. Combining annotated images with real-time chat helps you show, rather than tell.

Have you used visuals or screenshots in Slack?

Are there any tips or tricks you can share in the comments? I’d love to hear how you’ve been using it.

Want to start dominating your Slack channel with visuals? Snagit makes it easy to capture exactly what you’re seeing and share it out—try it today!

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