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How to Make a Great First Impression on Slack

Jul 7th, 2021
  • Steven Yum

    Steven Yum

    Community, Common Room

When we launched our Slack community, we wanted to set the stage for people to connect with each other right away. It's hard to connect with empty avatars and zero personal insights, so we wrote this simple guide for Uncommon community members to make a great first impression on Slack.

We also find it helpful to include a list of channels in the community and their purposes, so we added it to this guide as well. If you're launching a new Slack community and like what you see, we invite you to take it and make it your own.

First up: Get your profile lookin' sleek 😎

If you go to edit your profile, you'll see a screen similar to the one below.

Screenshot showing an example of Slack profile setup screen

Add your:

  • Real name in the Full name field (to help build relationships that are...real)
  • Preferred Display name
  • Role and employer in the What I do field stylized as "Role @ Employer"
  • Profile photo (your LinkedIn photo works great!)
  • A few favorite things: We added three optional, dare we say fun, fields to the profile set up—you can add your inner animal (take the quiz Roomies take when they join our team), your favorite emoji, and your favorite quote. These simple details help Common Room teammates get to know each other, and we hope you like them too.

Next: Step into the Slack channels 📺

You can find the full directory in #lets-begin, along with guidance on how to get started with our community and find community resources.

Got an idea for a new channel? At-mention an Uncommon team member in Slack (we identify ourselves in our display names).

Now: The floor is yours 🎙️

Now that you've set up your profile and checked out our channels, start by introducing yourself and #say-hello 👋🏻

And if you haven't already, please review our Uncommon Code of Conduct—it always helps to start off on the same page.