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A comment to Saturday’s CTP Teams blog post suggested that the ‘Team Message’ function within CTP was somehow hidden.

Well we actually thought that all teams were aware of it, but just in case, then it is time to explain what it is, where to find it and how to use it.

There is a Team Message function within CTP’s internal private message system which will allow you communicate with your entire team at the press of a button.

Initially the PM system was a way for members to communicate with each other or with their downlines but it has now been updated to include direct communications between teams.

How To Find It

1. Log in to CTP and click on the blue “Messages” tab on the top of the home page and this will take you to the “Private Message” system within CTP.CTP Private Messages system

2. Click on “Send Message” tab and you are all set to go. Hopefully that was not too hard to find.

finding entire team on CTP PM system

How To Use It

1. Click on “Entire Team” so it is highlighted – it does not even matter if you don’t know the CTP user names of your team mates…the message you send will automatically go to everyone on your team.Sending a message to your CTP Team 1

2. Leave the second box blank, enter the header (or subject line) of the message in the third box and write your message in the large box at the bottom.

Writing a message to your CTP Team in the CTP Private Message system

3. When you are happy with your message then just press “Send Message” button at the bottom of the screen and it will be automatically sent to all members of your team. (You can press “Preview Message” first if you like so that you can read it, and make any changes you require, before actually sending it out.)

Sending your message to your CTP Team members in CTP Private Message system

 

If you are one of the top teams in CTP Teams then this post is not for you because everything I am about to say is already happening.

Today I want to state what should be blindingly obvious for all but perhaps is not.

Teams work by teamwork and teamwork works best when there is effective communication between all team members.

The responsibility for ensuring there is an effective communication strategy must lie with the team leader.

The team leader needs to talk to his or her team members on a regular basis to ensure everybody on the team knows what they should be doing. Everyone on a team should have a role to play and know what that role is so that it can be performed efficiently.

Without effective communication team members will feel isolated, unloved and perhaps even unwanted. Team cohesion will break down and the team will begin to fall apart.

However with good communication the opposite will happen and we see examples of teams which are communicating effectively week in and week out in CTP Teams.

I know some of the top teams have spoken about their communication strategies on their team blogs which, by the way, is a great tool for communicating with your team.

If you are a team leader and not communicating with your members then you need to put this right as a matter of urgency.

If you are a team member and have not heard from your leader for some time then perhaps it is time to get in touch and ask what is going on.

Remember that it is a new season so there is still everything to play for at CTP Teams.