Effective Virtual Communication: Synchronous vs. Asynchronous
1 August 2022
Dr. Moria Levy
Effective Virtual Online Communication
It is so obvious, and yet I never thought about it. When we discuss effective virtual online communication, we should distinguish between synchronous and asynchronous communication. Although effective communication in these two channels may share some attributes, many principles and tools are relevant only to one of them and not to the other. So, what are my top 5 for each?
Time matters! Make sure to be punctual.
Take some time for interpersonal relations; it may seem distracting, but it leads to efficiency.
Even though synchronous, enable multi-modal channels, encouraging every person to be active and share their ideas most conveniently.
Asking questions is a great way to communicate, improving understanding, being on the same page, and fostering non-linear thinking.
Provide a secure place for people to share unbaked thoughts, even mistakes. Please don't take it for granted.
Think smart: choose the proper channels for communication after understanding the needs and analyzing the advantages of each solution.
Be clear! It's easy to be misunderstood when you're asynchronous, especially when people have different cultural codes.
From time to time, stop to summarize, bringing everyone back to the same page.
Use gestures! They are efficient, require less energy than typing, and can help support the message and make everyone feel better.
Only write short messages; people have lives!
Overall, effective virtual communication depends on understanding the differences between synchronous and asynchronous communication and tailoring communication strategies accordingly.
This post was initially published in LinkedIn