Recently I have started working from Chicago and interact with our company located in Shillong, India. I also communicate with other team members located in different parts of the USA and India.
My virtual work life has caused me to seek ways to communicate visually with my team.
I often want to get an emotion or an expression across as fast as possible. I recently came across an awesome solution available to me right inside our own PowerPoint slide store.
Our 24point0 slide store sells an amazing PowerPoint deck of emotions and expressions. I love the hand drawn version of these guys so I started using them in my own communication.
Here are my favorite and most used Facial Expressions copied right out of PowerPoint.
Isn’t this clueless facial expression amazing. I use this a lot with new staff. When I receive an email from a team member and the communication is not clear, it leaves me clueless. I immediately insert this clueless guy and set the standard that in virtual communication we need to be extra clear!
I love using this facial expression. When I want to tell one of our managers that she is competent, this guy shows me exactly how they should feel. Competent for a job well done.
Running a business we encounter crisis. There have been many emails where I wanted to quickly communicate how relieved I was. This little guy expresses my relief… need I say more?
Reinforcing a good attitude is what I often want to do. This determined facial expression says it all. I use this when I want to encourage a team player who has a huge problem and she is determined to breakthrough and solve it. There is a new building going up at the Software Technology Park of India, where our office is located. Recently the construction crew cut off all water to our building. Our office manager took the problem into his own hands. He was determined to get water flowing into our building at the soonest. His determination got results!
This is a good one. When our sales manager closes a fantastic deal, I quickly say, “Don’t get greedy, let us impress the customer first and then they will come back for more.”
It is important to listen to my team. I need to know what they are going through. Working at a distance I want to reassure them that I empathize with an emotion they may be experiencing. Reassuring a team member with a visual that says, “I know you are under a lot of stress” is better than just saying it.
I keep all my facial expressions handy in the downloaded PowerPoint slide deck called emotions and expressions. What I like best is that I can search for the emotion and quickly find the face. For example I want to find “satisfied”. In PowerPoint 2013 go to Find in the main menu, or press. Type in the word “satisfied” and Find Next.
The deck comes with 50 slides and over 100 emotions, most emotions are placed in alphabetical order. Quick access is key to using an emotion. Even better, I can tweak these little faces and change the colors. See how I changed Lucky…
to Lucky Stars… I want to emphasize that some things are not totally up to us.
- If you don’t see an expression in our deck. Let us know. We can customize and add the face for you.
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