“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. You can catch up on everyone we’ve featured thus far in the “How I Work” series here.
This week I’m excited to feature Lisa Gschwandtner, Editorial Director for Selling Power Magazine. Lisa is an incredible writer, managing a large team of writers and contributors for the magazine and Web site, and is helping the company drive participation in several Sales 2.0 Conferences each year.
She manages an editorial team, social activity, coordination with the business team and advertisers, as well as sales industry influencers on a daily basis. Lisa, suffice it to say, gets stuff done. Here, in her own words, is how she works.
Location: Oakland, California
Current computers: MacBook Pro
Current mobile devices: An iPhone 5 (2-3 software updates behind) and an iPad (version ????)
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?
- Google Drive
- Twenty Cubed — Chrome extension that reminds me to look away from my computer screen every 20 minutes (which I ALWAYS DO or at least that’s what I tell my eye doctor)
- LastPass — to generate “stronger” (?? supposedly but who are we kidding the hackers are coming for us no matter what) passwords and keep track of them because I have lost years of my life to resetting passwords
- Postagram — one of my favorite iPhone apps!
What’s your workspace like? On my walls:
1) this framed photograph taken by my very talented photographer friend Neil Maclean
2) a framed line drawing by my very talented artist friend Lisa Marie Thalhammer
3) a painting of a teapot by Paula Rose (who is also very talented but I don’t know her)
4) various pictures and postcards and notes and things
My biggest organizational goal is to know where my headset is at all times so I’m not late dialing in to conference calls.
What’s your best time-saving shortcut or lifehack? 5-20 minute breaks during the day for a walk or some yoga. I love Esther Ekhart’s yoga videos! Also, aText is great. It helps me avoid typing the same words/phrases/emails by auto-completing words, sentences, and full paragraphs. I don’t know if it actually saves that much time but it FEELS like I’m saving a lot of time, which is just as important.
What everyday thing are you better at than anybody else? Instagramming sunsets. Boarding a plane according to my assigned group like a decent human being.
What’s your favorite to-do list manager? I am so grateful to our operations manager, Courtney, for creating a spreadsheet to track all our editorial projects. She and I review this once a week and I also use it to prioritize my to-do list.
What do you listen to while at work? Playlists on Songza (I like Classical for Studying)
What are you currently reading? I just finished The Post-Office Girl by Stefan Zweig. A beautiful novel with a VERY surprising ending
What’s your sleep routine like? Shut off all electronics by 10. Read. Fall asleep. Wake up in the AM feeling energetic and confident.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Do not waste your time on people who have shown you they mean no good for you.” — Oprah
Anything else you want to add? Thank you for inviting me to participate!
Fill in the Blank: I’d love to see BLANK answer these questions.
Awesome Business Owner: Anneke Seley
Person I’m Frequently Mistaken For, Especially Over Email: Larissa Gschwandtner
One of My Top Three Favorite Salespeople: Steve Hawes
Famous Person: John Oliver
Reclusive Author: Donna Tartt
Joke Person: Abraham Lincoln