Commuting and travel time adds up, but face time with clients closes deals. As a Business Development professional on the go and a daily commuter from the city, here are some of my favorite tips for making mobile work happen.
Bring Your Own Data
Get a mobile hotspot such as Karma or cell phone tethering plan. You don’t want to waste half your time finding a reliable coffee shop with internet. And fiddling around to find a wifi password to show your online demo at a potential customer’s office is not smooth. A single hotspot can provide wifi to all your devices, so be prepared with your own mobile data plan wherever you go. I’ve also found hotspots much cheaper and more reliable than what convention expo halls charge exhibitors for wifi access.
Use a Tablet
Having to continually pack way and refold your laptop is drag. Most tasks can be competed on a tablet, especially email, editing presentations, and researching customer prospects. I frequently also use my iPad Mini Retina with Skype and Google Hangouts video versus my cell phone for conference calls. Microsoft Office is now on iOS, but there are plenty of other productivity tools that work great on a tablet sized screen. Apps such as Dropbox and Google Drive make accessing all your corporate files a breeze. You can also use mobile as an excuse to write shorter emails that people actually read!
Know Your Calendar But Control Your Notifications
Having multiple calendar apps and having the same calendar notifications on multiple devices sending you the same meeting notifications all at once is not helpful. Pick what device is going to be your go-to notification center and stick to it. Use MobileDay to automatically dial in to conference calls without having to remember or lookup the pin access codes. You can also setup tools such as Clearslide to call you when the first participate joins a conference call so you’re not stuck waiting for hold music until everyone arrives. If you’re on an Android, get into the practice of using Google Now, which notifies you when it’s time to leave for your next meeting. iPhone users can maximize the Reminders app by setting location based reminders before you enter or leave a location.
Power Backups and Go to Cords
Do yourself a favor and have powers cords that live specifically in your bag. Unplugging cords from under desks or leaving your phone charger is an annoyance that doesn’t need to be. Buy yourself or expense a second laptop charger and leave an extra USB phone charger in your bag at all times. Consider also getting a mobile battery pack. From attending conferences, I’ve collected about 5 of them as free swag and they’re each good enough to recharge my phone in full. A.B.C. Always Be Charging.
Until Google Self-Driving cars are out of beta, driving yourself while being stuck behind the wheel in traffic limits what you can do while on the go. Take a Lyft, Uber, or public transportation when possible. If you have to drive, don’t be afraid to utilize Siri or Samsung voice to send messages or look up information. Before each meeting use the Refresh app to discover insights about your meeting representatives in less than 30 seconds with a quick dossier which helps to avoid being late doing pre-meeting research.
Now get out the office, enjoy some sunshine, and close more deals!