“How I Work” is one of my favorite recurring features in Inc Magazine as well as via Lifehacker’s This Is How I Work Series, and recently several sales experts (including Anthony Iannarino, Dave Brock and Trish Bertuzzi) participated as well.
Periodically moving forward we will feature a new B2B sales, marketing or business leader here answering what have become the standard “How I Work” questions. Thus far we have featured Carlos Hidalgo, John Cook, Joe Pulizzi and Craig Rosenberg.
This week I’m excited to feature Jason Miller, who manages content strategy for LinkedIn Marketing Solutions. He’s a fascinating guy, one of the nation’s top content marketing experts, and also a huge rock & roll fan (and photographer). He gets stuff done. Here, in his own words, is how he works:
Location: San Francisco, CA
Current computers: Lenovo Thinkpad (for work), Lenovo Yoga (for personal and my favorite) Lenova Idea Center (All in one tabletop for photography)
Current mobile devices: Galaxy Note 3/ Galaxy Gear/ Microsoft Surface RT (The only table that has FULL office. I’m a writer, I need that more than anything)
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?
Microsoft One-Note, Hoostuite, Pulse, LinkedIn, Lightroom, Camtasia, Office 360, Uber, Pocket, SlideShare, Dropbox, The Week, SmartVoice, Foursquare
What’s your workspace like?
13th floor in the city, somehow I landed a beautiful view of downtown SF.
What’s your best time-saving shortcut or lifehack?
Hootsuite, IFTTT, One-Note
What everyday thing are you better at than anybody else?
Coming up with marketing analogies that relate to heavy metal.
What’s your favorite to-do list manager?
One-Note. By far the greatest app ever.
What do you listen to while at work?
I get a sh*t ton of new music from publicists every week for my music blog. There are a few gems in there that I discover. Lately it’s been an amazing new band called Brick and Mortar. They write the most amazing music I think I may have ever heard. Other than that, lots of metal. (Even though Brick and Mortar is not metal at all) But while were talking about it, favorite all time bands: The Cult, Cheap Trick, Jane’s Addiction, Motley Crue, and Keane.
What are you currently reading?
Hemmingway on Writing, The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla, The Art of Being Unmistakable, and listening to The Adapt by Tim Harford (why read when you can have someone do it for you : )
What’s your sleep routine like?
6-7 hours. I don’t like to sleep, keeps me from being productive.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
I will give you two:
1. “Why don’t you start a blog?” – My wife circa 2009
2. “Bring solutions, not problems” -Maria Pergolino during my first few weeks at Marketo years ago.
Anything else you want to add?
It took me 39 years, but I have never been happier with my professional life.
Fill in the Blank: I’d love to see BLANK answer these questions.
David Spark from Spark Media Solutions. That would be amazing.