There are two age-old adages that hold true in today’s business world. First, “Knowledge is power!” and second, “It’s all about who you know.” Lately, however, being able to achieve success is not just about knowing the right people. It’s also about being able to get in touch with the people you need to reach when they’re needed and for you to be reachable at the precise time you’re needed.
When contact is made, having the right information readily at your fingertips is critical. People who have the most knowledge and information available to them are at an advantage in today’s business world. Likewise, those people who know how to obtain the information they need, then communicate it effectively the moment that information is needed, have an even greater edge.
Knowing how to utilize information and communicate effectively in today’s fast-paced, deadline-oriented, cut-throat business world are two skills that set successful people apart from the rest. If you consider yourself to be one of those smart people who strive to be as productive and organized as possible, and you pride yourself on your ability to communicate, then perhaps you need the ideal communications and productivity tool—a Smartphone.
Over the years, a range of technologically based tools have been developed to make communications and data management not only easier, but also available to people virtually anywhere. That’s the power of wireless voice and data communications. The concept of someone being “out of the office” or “unreachable” is no longer a valid excuse for not being available to your business associates, customers, clients, friends, relatives, and acquaintances at the exact moment you’re needed.
The technology we all use to communicate is changing extremely rapidly. These days, having a run-of-the-mill cell phone isn’t enough to keep you on the cutting edge in the business world. To meet the ever-increasing demand business people have for new technology that keeps them connected, a new breed of communications device has been developed.
Smartphones are revolutionizing the way people communicate, manage data, organize their lives and handle their day-to-day activities. Using a Smartphone as a tool in your life, you’ll soon be able to:
- Communicate better with coworkers, clients, customers, friends, family, and acquaintances
- Better manage your schedule, to-do lists, and appointments
- Improve your productivity and stay more organized
- Manage your personal and business contacts
- Gain access to your personal and/or business email from virtually anywhere
- Access important information and data from the Internet
- Carry important data from your desktop computer with you anytime and anyplace without lugging around your laptop computer
- Better enjoy your downtime by using your Smartphone to listen to music and/or play games
There are dozens of third-party software applications you can add to your Smartphone (usually for a small fee) that vastly enhance the functionality of your device. There are also accessories and peripherals you can add to further enhance the power and capabilities of these devices, plus there are an ever growing number of websites designed specifically for the small screens of the Smartphones that allow you to tap into a vast amount of information on the Internet.
Back in the mid-1960s, the television show Star Trek premiered. It was a science fiction program, about a crew aboard a starship that went on constant adventures “exploring strange new worlds, seeking out new life and civilizations, and boldly going where no man had gone before.” Well, assisting Captain Kirk and his crew during their trek across space were then fictional technological devices, like communicators and tricorders.
Today, some forty plus years later, Microsoft Windows Mobile compatible Smartphones look very similar to those Star Trek communicators and function in much the same way. Plus, when you add the wireless data communication capabilities to these devices (as well as GPS), they also function a lot like those tricorders from Star Trek.
While we may not be communicating with aliens just yet, yesterday’s science fiction has had a tremendous impact on today’s reality in terms of the design and functionality of the technology we now use. Once you begin incorporating Smartphone functionality and technology into your own life, you may not be fighting off Klingons or Romulans, but you will find yourself more productive, better organized, more easily reachable, and able to access important information and data that you need, virtually anytime and anywhere.