Anna Muskett, Channel Director EMEA, Alaris, a Kodak Alaris business, picks the work tools she uses every day and couldn’t do her job without
1 Mobile devices
It’s fair to say I am always connected. My mobile office armoury includes two iPhones, an iPad Pro, a notebook and a laptop. People often ask why I have two phones, but it works for me, it does provide an extra layer of assurance in terms of resilience and if one gets lost or damaged, I always have a back-up.
For me technology really is the enabler for multi-tasking both in and out of the office. When I’m at my desk, I typically have all five screens open at the same time! I can be on a call and quickly pull up a document or reference or check something out using one of the other screens and when I’m out and about, it’s amazing how useful it is to have two iPhones in your bag! Airpods are also a must – too often I’ve jumped up from my desk forgetting my headset is plugged into my laptop!
2 Microsoft Teams
Even though we all have phones at Alaris, our culture is very much about encouraging collaboration and so we all use Teams for calls and virtual meetings.
It’s a great tool in terms of bringing colleagues, partners or customers together. It’s so easy to chat, collaborate, share screens, send links to files or other reference points in real-time, and it makes us all work more effectively and be more productive.
The nature of my job at Alaris is that I have to connect with field-based colleagues or my peers who are based overseas and on different time zones, our partners are also located across EMEA. It’s impossible to be present every time we need to talk, but with Teams, we can have ‘face to face’ meetings via web conferencing. We are so used to it that even when we’re in the office, we use Teams for in-house meetings!
3 Microsoft OneNote (and OneDrive) The workplace is ever-changing, it’s global, virtual, flexible and mobile, and this means that we need to leverage tools that enable us to be more agile and accessible.
I always use OneNote for note-taking and I never save content on my laptop, it’s always saved and stored in the cloud. The best bit about OneNote and OneDrive is that I can easily synchronise my devices so I can always pick up the latest iteration of a document regardless of the device I’m using at the time.
Sharing content with other people is also seamless, you can either send a link or share the actual document. It makes work much easier.
This one is very high on my list of must-have business tools. I lead a lot of the social selling programmes at Alaris.
As a business we’re really invested in leveraging this channel to share relevant content, interact directly with potential buyers and customers, to increase brand awareness and increase the profile of our people.
I also provide training for our channel partners, helping them to establish an effective strategy to leverage their social networks to find prospects, build relationships and hopefully generate new business.
Internally we use a tool called Bambu that enables us to automatically schedule posts. At the beginning of each month I spend time assessing what content we will be sharing as a business, I identify what I want to share from a personal perspective, add my own insight and create a month-long schedule.
From a company perspective, social media is really helping us to promote the Alaris brand. From a personal perspective, it’s a great way for me to remain market-connected, to begin new conversations, and to participate and contribute to threads as a subject matter expert.
This is a fantastic app that transcribes meetings, presentations, interviews etc., and turns them into a searchable archive. I typically run Otter when I’m listening to a webinar for example, and take screenshots at the same time. It enables you to capture content and context – it’s brilliant.
It’s also very useful with presentations, often when you look back at a deck, without context it can be difficult to remember what the presenter said. By using Otter you can capture all of the content during the presentation then refer back to it, whenever you need to. Similarly it makes adding speaker’s notes to a presentation a lot easier than writing them from scratch, you can record yourself presenting and then use that recording to add the notes to the deck.