Top 10 Technology Platforms for Your Toolbox

Chances are you’ve been virtually communicating way more than you ever expected over the last year. In many sectors, remote work has become more normalized and technology is being relied upon to complete more tasks from outside of the office.

But where does that leave you? Were you prepared? Do you sense you are missing knowledge about and skills in some key technology and communication platforms? Well, we’ve got you. Check out the list below to ensure you have the basics covered to succeed online.

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1. LinkedIn

If you still do not have a LinkedIn profile, yesterday was the time to create one! Make sure you have a professional headshot photo, a headline, and your full name to begin. This is a must-have for your personal brand and your professional identity.

2. Google Suite

Are you comfortable within a Gmail account? Are you able to effortlessly navigate Google Drive and its applications, such as Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides? If need be, get those sorted, then explore other Google Suite tools such as Jamboard, Meet, and Forms.

3. Zoom

Without a doubt, the most popular virtual communication and video conferencing platform out there so you’d better be familiar with it. Learn how to change your name on a call, express reactions via a small selection of emojis, and toggle between different view modes. Knowing how to do these small things with ease will help make you a Zoom pro whether your video is off or on.

4. Microsoft Teams

While you may not have access to a Microsoft Teams account, the person you are meeting with online may and they may prefer that form of communication. Usually, a Microsoft Teams video call link is all you’ll need to access the call, even if you don’t have the app on your computer. Review an MS Teams video and click through to prepare for your meeting if you’re not used to its functionalities.

5. Slack

These days, it feels like there is a Slack community for everything despite the fact that there are plenty of people who never use it. Slack is a channel-based messaging platform meant for workplace teams or, really, any kind of project team. It comes with plenty of emojis, the ability to upload files and photos, and our favorite, the capacity to use multiple Slack work spaces within one account. Try it out today and you’ll wonder what teams did before Slack existed.

6. Cisco WebEx

Perhaps the second most ubiquitous video conferencing platform, Cisco WebEx is calling your name. Confirm you know the basic functions of accessing the platform, and actions such as raising your hand, muting yourself, etc., to show you are versatile no matter what platform a contact wants to use to connect.

7. Canva

With so many people spending more time online, more is needed to stand out! Level up your social media presence via chic, modern, and edgy designs and templates via this platform. You can find templates for your PowerPoint presentations and event invites, too. There is a paid version but the free version should suit you just fine.

8. Adobe Photoshop

An “old” stand-by though nevertheless still handy! If you’ve been too scared to try PhotoShop out before, now is the time to watch a few YouTube videos and to start experimenting with the new techniques you learn via a free trial.

9. Lunchclub

Having a hard time meeting new people? Or wanting to connect with those in your industry? Or even those outside of your industry with totally different interests? Lunchclub could be for you! Here at YET, we have been loving this AI-powered virtual networking platform that curates one-on-one professional connections for you. As they say, it’s “smart introductions to relevant people”.

10. Website basics on either Wix or WordPress

Having at least some knowledge of one of these template website platforms may serve you well when you least expect it. Although WordPress has a bigger learning curve, it is more intuitive than Wix. Be sure to play around with both so that you have an idea of what each requires.