A motivational speaker gives her tips on business success

Debbie Mayo-Smith: Google secrets - stunning sales/marketing tricks

Here are some clever ways to use the hidden features of Google Calendar. Photo / Getty Images
Here are some clever ways to use the hidden features of Google Calendar. Photo / Getty Images

Google Calendar Secrets Part 1:

Who has time to delve into settings in your software? We're all too franticly busy. So let me do the work and give you some clever ways to use some of the hidden features of the marvelous piece of free software - Google Calendar.

This week - Sales, marketing and sharing secrets. Next week stunning productivity boosts.

Google calendar is as you know Cloud based. This means Internet connection required. The benefit for you is you or anyone can access it anywhere and anytime (with the link - next tip below). Syncing of course between your phone, tablet, computer.

You can create multiple Google calendars and these in turn can be private or public. You can share these calendars with others via a link.

Directions: Settings > Calendar > Sharing (on the right hand side) > select 'make this calendar public' or share with specific people (and enter the email address(es).

Further the events you put on your calendar(s) can be public or private.

Directions: When creating the event select Edit. On the bottom select visibility - calendar default, public, private.

Are you thinking so what? Well here is where clever thinking comes in. Applying your problems with crafty use of software that creates magnificent solutions - and in this case free and easy.

The Gems:

Embed calendar - you probably didn't know that you can create a (public) calendar and embed it in your website.

Directions: Go to Calendar>settings > select your calendar (it will be underlined and in blue). Halfway down the page you'll see Embed this calendar with the code to paste into your website.

Wouldn't this be a great idea for any small business or self-employed professional to gain more appointments? Allow clients/patients to view your schedule and book themselves in. One of the features of Google Calendar is the automatic email prompts every day.

Family use - create a family Google Calendar and give all your kids the log in. Have them put in their sports days, exam days and other important days. If one of you travels for work - put that in. Assign a different labeling colour to family members. This way everyone has access and knowledge of where everyone is and what is on the horizon.

Small Business use - This is a great way to track sales reps or different staff members' appointments, days off, movements. Chose one calendar to be the base, then add the other team members onto this calendar. It will show a joint team view.

- NZ Herald

Debbie Mayo-Smith aka Ms Effective, gives speeches, seminars and trains on sales and personal productivity. Debbie helps you get more done in less time and increase profitability. Sign up for her monthly quick tip newsletter at www.successis.co.nz. To have Debbie speak at your next event or train your team call 64 27 575 5359 or visit her www.debbiespeaks.co.nz

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A motivational speaker gives her tips on business success

Debbie is one of the most in-demand speakers in Australasia; in the top 7pc of speakers globally and well-loved for her practical, plain talking technology quick tips. A best-selling author of sixteen books, Debbie has sharpened the activity of over 1 million individuals around the world through her presentations, training, newsletters, books and videos.

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