“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 Stephanie Tilton from Ten Ton Marketing. Stephanie has been immersed in the world of marketing for over 20 years, in roles as diverse as competitive analyst, marketing communications, and product marketing. Harnessing her unique blend of technical knowledge, marketing savvy, and writing skills, she has crafted winning communications for leading brands such as Akamai Technologies, LinkedIn, Marketo, SAP and SDL, to name a few.
Stephanie, suffice it to say, gets stuff done. Here in her own words is how she does it.
Location: Plymouth MA
Current computers: MacBook Pro
Current mobile devices: iPhone 5 (can’t possibly imagine keeping track of more than one)
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?
- Outlook for email
- Outlook Calendar to accept and set up meetings/calls
- Calendar on my iPhone to remind me about all those meetings/calls
- Word to capture all that copy I write
- DropBox to share large files
- HootSuite to manage my Tweet streams
- LinkedIn to connect with others
- DocuSign for contracts
For fun: Hipstamatic, Snapseed, Instagram, Mosaic (Notice a theme? I love taking photos!)
What’s your workspace like? I work out of my home and grab whatever space isn’t occupied by the kids at that moment. While they’re at school, I’m usually at the kitchen table, with terrific views of the open sky. When the kids are home, I usually descend to the basement – thank goodness it’s a walkout with lots of light streaming in.
What’s your best time-saving shortcut or lifehack? Scanning through my Google Alerts every morning and scheduling Tweets using Hootsuite
What’s your favorite to-do list manager? Nothing fancy – I keep a running list in Word. And sometimes (gasp!), I jot down some ideas and goals on paper.
What do you listen to while at work? Whenever possible, silence!
What are you currently reading?
For pleasure: What Alice Forgot – an entertaining, funny read that gets you thinking about how the things we take for granted can quickly change
For business: The Challenger Sale by Matthew Dixon and Brent Adamson, and Buyer Personas by Adele Revella
What’s your sleep routine like? In an ideal world, I’m in bed by 10 pm, do a bit of reading, fall asleep by 10:30 pm and jump out of bed to exercise by 6:30 am the next day. But most nights I don’t get to sleep until sometime between 11 pm and midnight and then drag myself out of bed the next day.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Keep things in perspective. This applies equally to my work life and my personal life. Even when things don’t go according to plan, other than exceptions here and there, it’s not worth getting upset.
Anything you want to add? I’m looking for an exercise lifehack – anyone?
Fill in the BLANK______Who would you like to see answer these same questions? Katie Martell, Co-founder and CMO of Cintell: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katiemartell