Taming Technology !Essential tech tools for today’s mobile professional
Tame the technology !• Full disclosure- I am “slightly” geeky • Don’t let technology control you, use it to your advantage. Learn how to integrate it- don’t let it take over !• Figuring out tools that work is doesn’t automatically mean they will work for you .
Go Mobile !• Cellphones/Smartphones• Personal Digital Assistant• Laptop/Netbook• Tablet Computing Device• Digital Cameras• Internet on the run• ‘Cloud’ computing
What in the heck is a Smartphone ? There isn’t really a “standard” definition-but for our purposes let’s consider it a device that combines cellphone functionality with that of a “personal digital assistant", inclusive of the ability to get on the web• Some popular “smartphones” – iPhone – Blackberry – Android OS based devices – Palm smartphones
Does your smartphone make you feel less than,um smart ?• If you are contemplating a new phone- FIRST determine what you need your phone to do- if you have an IT department at your firm,consult with them before you purchase• Ask other people you know,about their experiences with the phone• Read the manual.
Tips on using your smartphone• Make it your friend,your partner – Calendar – Contact list – Emails – Notes – Tasks• If possible,use a system that synchronizes the above with your office and or personal computer systems• Use maps/gps• Find useful apps that make your life simpler (or may be useful to your clients !) Ever think of gifting an app ?
Laptops,netbooks,iPads and other do-dads• With any technology purchase,determine what you NEED to do ,then what you WANT to do in conjunction with your budget.• Based on the above,make a decision.• For devices that require internet connectivity-remember WiFi isn’t always readily available when you need it,you *may* want to consider a broadband card or hotspot device. It “seems” expensive,but broken down by day,its CHEAPER than your Starbucks® habit,if you have one
Cloud 9• Figuring out how to work from any device,anywhere• Online file storage : Dropbox, MobileMe,SugarSync, Box.net• Evernote• World of Google : Google Apps, Google Docs, Gmail, Google Sync
What’s holding you back ?• Fear of being “on call” 24/7 ?• Fear of having your (limited) personal boundaries evaporate ?• With the ability to be always on,you have to learn how to prioritize and be “off”,everything may be important,but not everything is urgent too
Important vs UrgentIMPORTANT BUT NOT NOT URGENT AND NOT URGENT IMPORTANT URGENT BUT NOT URGENT IMPORTANT AND IMPORTANT
Things that may be part of my daily arsenalTechnology Non TechnologyMacBook Pro Stationary : Personal and company notecardsAcer Aspire One Netbook Montblanc Meiserstuck Ballpoint Pen & Fountain PenSony Vaio Laptop Calendar (Printed from outlook)iPad Steno notepadBlackberry & iPhone/iPod Touch Circa notebookNovatel Wireless MiFi with service from SprintDigital Camera (Sony TSC-50 or Canon Mark II) & VideoCamera (Flip MinoHD)
Don’t get lost in a tech abyss• Integrate tools that work for you into your business• I believe ,irrespective of technology, business is about relationships- create,maintain and nurture those relationships online AND offline• Create a plan,work your plan and surpass your goals !
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