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Jan 25, 2024

Hello dear listeners of the 21st Century Work Life podcast. This is a little bonus episode, what some would call, a piece of content marketing, as I’ve put it together to introduce you to our audio-first course, for managers and leaders of remote teams: Navigating Asynchronous Communication. And in this episode, I’ve selected three sections to share with you, to give you a flavour of the course - in case this is something for you, or your colleagues. If you want to check out the copy, head over to our website.

I’ve talked about the format before - but in case you’re new to the show, it’s a course to help you lay down the foundations of asynchronous communication in your team, and it’s narrated by my colleague Simon Wilson and myself. It has nine modules, formal modules with title and everything, and some reflection questions at the end, and then it has three informal conversations between Simon and myself, like those you might find on this podcast.

Before I go into the content, I’m experimenting with the delivery of this course, as to how YOU access it. And at the moment, you can take the course in two ways: one is through an app, which is actually designed for Audiobooks. And you can mark the audio if you have favourite bits etc, and also, you get a the text version of the course and the transcripts of the conversations. That’s it. (And for those of you who are used to buying online products, that’s being delivered through Gumroad.)

Now, we’ve also got a more traditional way of laying out an online course, through the platform Thinkific. It’s still audio only, but everything looks more like an online course, and you have a few worksheets you can download and fill in in PDF form, plus some quizzes, which are a way of getting you to think through the material, although to be honest, they’re mainly for fun, because it’s difficult to create multiple choice quizzes that really test you.

But, for testing you, we do have a certificate option. And for that we have a choice of assessments that you can take, and then send to us for marking. This can be text, audio or video even. And all of that is explained in the course - but if you want more information on that, le me know. 

Before I move onto the sections from the course, let me tell you some of the topics we cover.

Coffee Break Conversation 1: Introduction - to your tutors and the material

Module 1: Benefits and Drawbacks of Asynchronous Communication

Module 2: Foundations of Asynchronous Communication

Bonus: Psychological Safety in Asynchronous Communication

Module 3: Different Conversations at Work

Coffee Break Conversation 2: Why is Asynchronous Communication so Hard to Get Used to?

Module 4: Collaborating on Tasks Asynchronously

Module 5: Decision-making and Alignment

Module 6: Capturing Your Team's Knowledge

Module 7: Integrating Meetings into Our Process

Coffee Break Conversation 3: Working with External Parties

Module 8: The Technology and the Team Agreement

Module 9: Your Next Steps

Right, if you’re still with me, let’s move onto a section from module 2, foundations of async, a segment of the coffee covnersation about how hard async can be to get used to, and then, I’ve included most of the module on Capturing your team’s knowledge, as this is one part of remote teamwork that those relatively new to remote work miss.

Do get in touch if you need anything from me - thank you for listening.