7 Essential Productivity Tools You Need as a Solopreneur Speaker
As a solopreneur speaker, you may have a lot on your plate: improving your speaking skills, building a solid social media presence, balancing your books, you name it. It sure takes a lot of effort, time, and energy. And it’s always a challenge to gain more precious time to get things done effectively.
But, in this digital world, being a solopreneur speaker doesn’t mean having to do everything on your own. Productivity tools offer you a powerful way to get small tasks done so you can focus on bigger, more important ones.
We’ve compiled some essential productivity tools that every solopreneur speaker like you should use to be more organized at work.
As a solopreneur speaker, you need to be able to do more with less — without sacrificing quality. Focus To-Do helps you break down your to-do list into manageable, short tasks that can be done in a shorter amount of time. You start by inputting the task, then adding what needs to be done and how long it will take.
You can use the app to make a to-do list of things that need to be accomplished in a day. Focus To-Do also has a timer and alarm that can be set for tasks. It will help you break down those tasks with intervals using the timer feature.
So you know exactly what needs to be done and when to take a break. If you want to work through a project from start to finish in a timely manner and without distractions, this is the app for you.
We can agree that speaker bookings are the backbone of every solopreneur speaker’s career. It is where you can build reputation, gain experience, and of course, keep the cash flowing. That said, one of the biggest challenges many solopreneur speakers have to face is to get regular bookings. This is why you need an all-in-one tool for your speaking engagements and offers.
SpeakerHub is a public speaking community and event finding platform that allows you to share your availability, find and apply to speak at events, and manage your bookings. It connects you to event organizers of all types and at all levels, and keeps you advised as to what speaking opportunities are available.
But it does more than help you get more bookings. It’s also a powerful platform to build a meaningful connection with other speakers — whether they are professional, upcoming, or amateur.
Writing out your script in full and reading it out during your speech may help you be sure of what to say, but your speech is not going to come across as personal and natural. But nowadays you can use a prompting tool to keep the flow of your speech natural and seemingly unscripted.
PromptSmart is a great example of this type of app for public speakers. It helps you take notes in real-time as if it’s an extension of your own mind. It’s also a great productivity tool for honing delivery speed effectively.
You can even set the alerts to remind yourself when to make certain points or, for instance, introduce other people on stage with you.
Even a professional solopreneur speaker may sometimes find it quite challenging to overcome nerves or anxiety when giving speeches. The Public Speaking tool helps you to calm those nerves by providing guided meditation that can help you relax and overcome anxiety.
This app helps you calm those nerves in order to make informed decisions about what points should come later in your speech. However, not only does this tool help you be more productive, but also helps you to build your confidence, stay motivated, remain centered, calm, and relaxed as a solopreneur speaker.
VirtualSpeech allows you to record your speech and also watch it in real-time as an audience member. It’s a VR app that provides you with scenes or scenarios including public speaking, sales pitches, networking, presentations, and more.
This is a great productivity tool for solopreneur speakers who are just starting out as they will get a solid insight into the actual feel of public speaking, which can help them be more prepared and make improvements.
This tool also provides you with training courses, expert tips in the form of explainer videos, and more.
Trying to schedule meeting times and dates back and forth with your clients or other external parties can be daunting. You need a tool that helps you to manage all those meeting schedules, and Calendly is your answer.
Calendly lets you create appointment slots, which can be booked when convenient for both parties. When allowing others to schedule appointments with you, this tool can check your calendar for availability, making sure that no appointments conflict or overlap.
You can also add a reminder to the booking email if needed, as well as have attendees confirm their attendance on arrival by entering their name and phone number into a predefined Google Sheet template.
As a solopreneur speaker, you want to be good at every aspect of your business — from honing your public speaking skills to managing receipts and invoices. But, for many solopreneurs, scanning and tracking receipts is tedious and daunting. Whether it’s a receipt you need for tax purposes or simply keeping track of your spending, Expensify is a great tool.
With Expensify, you can enter your expenses digitally, including using your online card history. It helps you save time. No more crumpled old receipts as it allows you to simply snap a picture of the receipt whenever you make a purchase and automatically upload it to the app to create a report for you.
Productivity is the name of the game for solopreneurs speakers. The good news is that there are thousands of stunning tools out there, designed to make your life so much easier. With the aid of the productivity tools above, you can now accelerate the learning of key communication skills and manage your time with less effort.
About the author:
Andre Oentoro is the founder of Breadnbeyond, an award-winning explainer video company. He helps businesses increase conversion rates, close more sales, and get positive ROI from explainer videos (in that order). Twitter: @breadnbeyond | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | LinkedIn: Andre Oentoro
This was originally posted on SpeakerHub Skillcamp.