It depends on the situation for me.
I am not a phone person and don’t like to chat so I really prefer email, also, with emails,
I can have a “paper trail” but then again I like texting when leaving a voice message goes unanswered. Facebook drives me crazy but I use it for my business, very rarely for messaging.
Sometimes I think it’s all too complicated but I also think we need to keep up with the latest in order to communicate.
It’s odd that even in an industry that is based on personal communication and interaction we are silently communicating with our fingertips for much of it!
Hi Shannon! I send a weekly email with program updates, announcements, etc. Each email has the same subject line plus the date (example: SouthFit Notes, 7/20/11), so they get consistency. The email is also very brief, so it doesn’t take them long to read.
While each instructor is responsible for finding his/her own subs, if I need to find a sub I send a mass text to the instructors who teach that particular format. I can usually find a sub in less than 15-20 minutes.
Always looking for a more efficient way though. 🙂
For me, the method that is most effective with the audience that I’m dealing with. For example, if my method is electronic, many of the younger trainers may be more prone to receiving a text message or Facebook posting than they would a “dinosaur” email 🙂 While I may prefer in-person communication with the group, the reality of the matter is that with conflicting schedules and availability, sometimes that is not possible. In my opinion, the purpose of my communications is to ensure that people actually receive them, so, again, whatever my audience is most apt to receive is what I will use.