It’s hard to fathom a business that won’t at least occasionally work with other businesses. It’s an inevitable, sometimes stressful part of professional life. As mutually beneficial as collaboration can be, we often make it harder for each other than it has to be. I doubt it’s purposeful (most of the time), but thinking ahead will help sidestep a lot of future headaches. Let’s look at a few things to remember when collaborating with other companies (and people in general).
No one likes feeling ignored, so be aware if someone is waiting on you. Respond to any questions/contacts as quickly as reasonably possible. However, if you’re the one waiting for a response, understand if they don’t respond immediately. Consider the other side’s workload and time constraints. Give them a bit of time to answer before gently reminding that you’re needing a response (never nag). If both parties try to keep communication open and consistent, a lot of delays can be avoided.
When collaborating, one of the biggest budget-demolishing expenses is a late-stage change. For example, if you’re making a video, and on the last review decide to change a section, it’s not a simple update: the script must be rewritten, the voice-over re-recorded, music replaced, and any new characters or designs need to be created. This gets very expensive (not to mention all the added stress). Better to make sure that any major changes are caught and agreed upon early. There will always be tweaks/improvements throughout a project, but the earlier they can implemented (and smaller they are), the less of a headache (and expense) they will be.
After a joint project is completed, how you talk about the other company is important. If you had a positive experience, say so! Thank them publicly on social media. Give them kudos. Sharing this kind of goodwill looks not just for them, but also for you. However, if it was a negative experience, fall back on the old cliché: if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. No matter how awful, don’t go bashing them online or complain at industry functions. Even if you’re 100% correct in your assessment, to others you’ll look like a negative whiner who talks bad about people behind their backs. That’s not a good image for you, and especially not for your business. People notice when you carry yourself with dignity and professionalism!
As it usually is, the key here is empathy. Consider the other person, what their needs and wants are. Respect them as hardworking partners, not as underlings to boss around. This shared sense of humanity will help color your interactions to make them as pleasant as possible for all involved, and help the collaborative process be a smooth, enjoyable, and profitable experience.
It can be tricky sometimes to navigate the business world and stay completely ethical. Maybe you found out a piece of information no one else knows that you can use to your advantage. Maybe you don’t correct your boss’s incorrect assumption about a co-worker who’s also up for a promotion you’re trying to get. Maybe you stay on the clock after you’re done with work to answer Facebook messages. Keeping a strong sense of personal ethics is more than just not stealing from the company (which is also a no-no), it’s about being honest and doing what’s right in all aspects of business.
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Keeping up with the latest and greatest fashion trends is exhausting (not to mention prohibitively expensive for those of us that don’t have our own line of rocket ships). Luckily, in a workplace setting, we’re not being judged on the same level as if we’re walking a runway in Milan. Still though, you don’t want to be known as the office slob, so here are some super easy, basic tips for dressing professionally and looking good at work.
Usually, when people hear the word “animation,’ they think of cartoons. When we talk about animations, especially for businesses, we mean so much more than just cartoons. Animation can be 2D, 3D, a blend of both 2D/3D, or things like motion graphics. Animations can be used to announce products or services, explain complicated processes, tell stories, or even just to make a fun, lively showcase for whatever message you’re trying to share with the world.
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