Find great tips and a variety of thoughts for being a more effective sales rep in the natural products industry.

Today is World Backup Today

Today is the first ever World Backup Day, a day intended to encourage everyone with a computer to make sure their data is backed up and safeguarded against loss.

As computers and technology become more a part of both our work and personal lives, it becomes increasingly more important to secure and backup the data stored on those devices. A recent study showed that only 15% of computer users back up regularly. Don’t run the risk of losing your entire digital life to a hard drive crash or other tragedy. BACK UP!!

I recommend and follow a 2-tier backup strategy consisting of both a local and online/offsite backup solution.

1. Local Backup

Create a local backup on an external hard drive at your home or office. I have an external drive that I plug in once a week on Sunday and use SuperDuper! to make a duplicate copy of my laptop’s hard drive. If you are on a mac, I highly recommend using SuperDuper! or something similar to make a complete back up of your drive rather than just backing up selective files or folders. The advantage in this is that Apple computers allow you to boot from usb & firewire external hard drives. All you have to do is plug it in, and you’ll see your desktop from the last time you backed up. I’ll describe the importance of this later when I share my own stories.

2. Offsite Backup

So you’ve got your computer’s entire hard drive backed up locally to an external drive in your house. While this is an excellent start and you’re already ahead of probably 90% of everyone else out there, a local backup is still susceptile to theft, floods, fires, and other natural disasters and tragedies. If your house were to burn down with both your laptop and backup drive, you’d be out of luck. It’s for this reason I also recommend an offiste backup where your files are stored either online or on a physical hard drive in another location (for example at work or a friend’s house). Read the rest of this entry »


Tools for ExpoWest 2011

Heading to ExpoWest next week? Between meetings, show floor time, and other duties your time can be limited. Are you prepared to be as efficient as you possibly can?

Travel Planning

“Shoot! Where’s that hotel confirmation e-mail? What about my flight?”

These are questions I often ask myself in the days leading up to a big trip and often I’ll get e-mails from co-workers wondering if I have confirmation e-mails that I can forward them. Unless you specifically file that information in a special folder in your e-mail program, chances are you’ll never find it in the deluge of messages that is your inbox.

Enter Tripit..

Tripit Logo

If you haven’t heard of it, TripIt is a service that keeps track of all your travel plans. Simply create an account on the TripIt website and whenever you receive travel confirmations, simply forward them to plans@tripit.com and all your information is neatly organized and accessibly in one place. Better yet, if you have a gmail account or use google apps for your domain, you can set it up to automatically put incoming itineraries into your TripIt profile.

The companion mobile apps make everything easily accessible from your phone so you can quickly reference your flights and hotel info. Highly recommended!

 

At The Convention

Once you arrive at ExpoWest, there a multitude of ways to keep yourself organized and focused. First off, if you’re a broker who needs to be spending time at the booths for your companies, I find it a good practice to look up the booth number for those companies and write them down on the back of your convention badge for quick reference. Read the rest of this entry »