Tuesday, November 11, 2014

5 little lifesavers for communicators, and how they help me

What's saving your bacon when you're out communicating, presenting, or traveling? For me, it's a small but choice group of devices and services that create a safety net I turn to again and again. Here are the 5 little lifesavers that have helped me recently:
  1. The LON Little Speaker with Bluetooth Compatibility saved the day for one of my clients, who was presenting at a conference where the venue couldn't manage sound projection. His presentation included musical clips on his iPhone, so we paired and connected it via Bluetooth with my LON speaker. Voila! Booming sound from a little box. I pop this in my luggage when I'm presenting, just in case I need sound options, and since it doesn't need wi-fi, it's extra-versatile.
  2. LastPass is storing that large part of my brain that used to go to remembering passwords, so it's now saving me many times per day. It generates new, complex passwords for me and remembers them, reducing my exposure to all those data breaks. Use my link and we both get a free month of LastPass Premium. If 2014 is the year of data breaches, this is your new best friend.
  3. MOO has long been my designer and printer of choice for printed products like business cards, notes, holiday cards and more. But recently, when I was heading to a conference in Amsterdam, I found I was out of business cards right before the trip. Since MOO operates in many countries, I just placed my order on its European Union site and had the cards delivered to my hotel in Amsterdam, a great last-minute save. Use my link to get 10 percent off your first order (or steeper discounts if you use MOO for Business).
  4. My Logitech Professional Presenter R800 with Green Laser Pointer is so useful I now own two of them. I can't count high enough to estimate the number of speaking gigs I've had where the remote was non-existent. This little device includes a timer that keeps me quietly but well paced when I'm presenting.
  5. I have three Belkin SurgePlus 3-Outlet Mini Travel Swivel Charger Surge Protectors with Dual USB Ports. Most recently, they saved me on a European trip, where the hotels were charming but lacking in outlets. The 3 outlets and 2 USB ports help me charge many devices at once, and mean I only need one adapter when I'm in other countries.

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