Today, it is common for 3D artists and clients to work with teams that are located across the country and even across the world. Below find tips to successfully communicate with team members you have never met in person.
PERSONALIZE YOUR COMMUNICATION TOOLS
Personalizing your communication tools will help clients and team members connect with you. For example, you can personalize your instant message profile with your professional looking picture, avatar, or a 3D model of you. This is also a great way to showcase your 3D modeling skills while bringing a personal touch to your instant messages.
REMEMBER, THE TELEPHONE IS STILL NECESSARY
The telephone is still essential to help convey nuances of information that could otherwise be lost in writing e-mail or instant messaging. Remember, every now and then give your clients and/or team members a call to discuss issues in real time without the web or email technology getting in the way.
KEEP YOUR BUSINESS E-MAILS PROFESSIONAL
We all have the tendency to be less formal when we are communicating by e-mail. Remember, when typing e-mails observe appropriate business etiquette, especially when you are dealing with corporate clients. Also, avoid using e-mails to discuss sticky or complex issues. Instead, try to discuss these kind of issues personally; so in your “virtual workspace” use the telephone or video conference.
USE NEW COMMUNICATION TOOLS TO CUT TIME & COSTS
Before web 2.0, only big corporations could afford communication tools such as teleconferencing, video conferencing, and virtual worlds with 3D content to communicate with their clients and 3D artists. Today, these tools are available to you at a low cost and some are even free. Take advantage of these tools and cut down your travel time and expenses, especially today with the high gas/petrol prices.
USE INSTANT MESSAGING TO KEEP COMMUNICATION ACTIVE
Use instant messaging to quickly check if someone is available or to ask quick questions that are not complex. Instant messaging can be the equivalent of walking by someone’s office to see if he/she is busy. People usually don’t feel they are bothering someone when they send an instant message and usually they will not take it personally if they don’t get a response back.
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