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Small talk isn’t small

Small talk isn’t always small. It can be a really big deal, especially on a remote team.

When you share a physical space, there are opportunities to learn about each other while you wait for the elevator or walk to your favorite lunch spot. In a remote environment, you have to create those opportunities.

The good news is that the remote equivalent of these spaces probably already exist on your team. You just have to know where to look – in the two minutes you spend waiting for people to trickle into your Zoom call, or responding to someone’s musing in the #random room.

Small talk is a great place to start.

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About that Snapchat I sent you…

Skillcrush recently launched Hit Refresh, a podcast about the other tech industry—the one that doesn’t require computer science degrees or a wardrobe full of hoodies. In our first episode, we talk about how technology makes it possible to radically rethink our workplaces, and that doing so is one of the most effective ways to welcome more people into our industry.

I’m interviewed about how I use tools like Rabbit and AmazonPrime to replicate in-person culture on our remote team… and then I share a story about the somewhat inappropriate Snapchats I send my co-workers. 🙈 #whoops #isthisthingrecording

You can listen to the first episode (or read the transcript) on the Skillcrush Blog.