5 Ways to Build Trust with Team Members

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1. Be clear on project requirements upfront

Aligning with Team Members

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Break things down into systematic chunks by utilizing pages in Notion
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The kanban board view
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The different properties we kept track of for each deliverable

Create Document & Presentation Templates

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Templates for documents and slide decks
  • No spelling or grammar mistakes
  • A table of contents
  • Headers, footers, and page numbers
  • Clear document context
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2. Over-communicate

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3. Lead by example—share ideas and offer help

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4. Hold each other accountable

  • Divide and conquer
  • Plan your time wisely
  • Set hard and fast rules — before submitting a document, create a deadline for reviewing it with team members
  • All documents include a consistent layout with proper context (see above)
  • Each team member’s design files are cleaned up
  • Your folder structure has a consistent naming convention and is thoroughly organized for clients to browse through
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5. Be open and honest — address difficult issues when they arise

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