How to Make a Great First Impression on Slack

  • Steven Yum

    July 7th, 2021

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 ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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 upโ€”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 ๐Ÿ“บ

Today, our community includes the following channels, and we'll likely add more as the community and its interests grow! Got an idea for a new channel? At-mention an Uncommon team member in Slack (we identify ourselves in our display names).

Screenshot showing list of channels in Uncommon's Slack

  • #announcements: Community-wide notifications and announcements from the Uncommon team and Common Room.
  • #banter: A place to post non-community related chatter, ideas, musings, and other things to surprise and delight.
  • #celebrations: Launch your first community? Get a promo? Want to thank someone for great work? This is a space for celebration.
  • #community: Trying to better welcome, grow, and engage with your community? Ask questions and share answers here.
  • #events: Find and share community-focused events, meetups, and happenings that others might like to join.
  • #job-board: Know of a great community-driven job opportunity? Post it. Looking for your next role? Connect here. See more at our job board.
  • #learning: Share helpful community-related content and resources and see what others are creating.
  • #say-hello: Meet and greet fellow community-driven leadersโ€”great conversations start with hello.

Now: The floor is yours ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ

Now that you've set up your profile and checked out our channels, start by introducing yourself and #say-hello ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป

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

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