Workers don’t spend nearly as much time chained to their desks. Today, they make sales presentations at hotel conference centers. They write and upload reports while flying to a new city. They sell your company’s goods and services to clients spread out across the country.
Fortunately, technology has kept pace with this changing business environment. Mobile workers can rely on this new tech to make working on the road a less daunting task.
Not Too Big
As office store Staples says in a recent Web post, business travelers today don’t have to lug 17-inch laptop computers on their travels. Today, notebook computers — which can weight two to three pounds lighter — are powerful enough for business use. Other travelers can use a 1.5-pound tablet, Staples suggests. These tools can allow business travelers to access their email and surf the Web while on the road. And their recharging cords are smaller and lighter than those that go with a notebook.
The popularity of the iPad means that a growing number of business travelers are relying on the device to build and show presentations to their clients. Brendan Cournoyer, writing for Yahoo! Small Business Advisor, says that the iPad has become the preferred presentation tool for salespeople. This makes sense: It is much smaller and lightweight than a laptop. Cournoyer recommends the SlideShark app, which allows salespeople to deliver PowerPoint presentations directly from their iPads. There’s an added benefit to using an iPad: The device still impresses many clients.
The Right Gadgets
The Staples Web site also recommends a list of gadgets that business travelers should take with them on all their travels. Staples says that multi-purpose gadgets are the best, tools that have more than one use. Some of the tools they recommend are pocket projectors that double as camcorders and digital cameras. Staples also suggests that business travelers should pack business-card readers, a combination wall socket/car charger to keep devices powered and mini power strips to boost the socket ability of hotels. And don’t forget those portable wireless speakers.
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