The final section of this module will take a look at some specific tools and platforms that can help to improve your communication with various key stakeholders. The tools covered in this section will be divided into four categories:
- Resources and Templates
- Presentations Tools
- Internal Communication Tools
- External Communication Tools
Each of these categories will include useful tools for specific tactics within your communications plan. While you don’t need to use all of these tools to have an effective communications plan, it is recommended that you explore each of the tools and resources outlined in this section to gain an understanding of the different types of paid and free tools that exist.
Before using any of these tools, be sure to consult your institutional web services, information technology, and communications departments for any existing tools or policies. For example, if your entire institution uses Google email accounts, it may be more practical to use Google Chats instead of WhatsApp or Slack. Every institution is different; therefore, it is of the upmost importance that you understand consult the experts at your university before starting down the wrong path.