Updated: Feb 28, 2022
Communicating synchronously is difficult enough, remove time, location, physical presence, verbal from the equation and you have a real mess on your hands.
How many of you even write?
I mean like, write write, or right write.
I don’t mean write emails, tweets, useless insta captions, fake LinkedIn sincerity messages. I mean journal entries, blog posts, company-wide communications, newsletters(write write), or published articles and books, where the tone, cadences, and stories have to be carefully constructed and worded. (right write)
Writing isn’t easy and most of us have never even done it
But that should not stop you!
I love async communications;
It focuses people to think about what they are writing
It forces people to think about what the other person is reading and their perspective
It builds critical thinking and an analytical mind
It allows us to work at different timezones, geographies and rhythms
So How Can We Get Better?
You aren’t going to like the answer
Start your own Journal — Yes even for the men in the house, trust me I have more masculine energy flowing through me than a dam bull and I still have been journaling for the past 5 years
Start your blog — you don’t even need to publish, although that shame, embarrassment and self-critique could be very beneficial…
Write down minutes of meetings — Or better yet, skip the meeting and have everyone write down their responses to the agenda, you can all read them and respond/vote for outcomes from that written meeting
Write down your daily work goals — On your team chat groups, so you can keep yourself accountable and people can give feedback to know if they even understand you
Just start — Async is a game-changer if done
Have you done any async work or experience async comms when planning for a holiday for example?
Let me know about your experiences; the good, the bad and the ugly