A great way to get to know someone is by asking what apps they have on their phone. It is a wonderful conversation starter at parties and gets people talking about what they are interested in.
Although, I have seen some people with what I call an “app addiction” (I mean, who really needs 85 apps on their phone?) it gives you an opportunity to learn more about the person and to see what apps might benefit your life.
Some apps I use more than others and not all apps are created equal. Here are five iPhone apps I use (yes, I am an Apple guy) that help me with my professional speaking career.
1) Voice Memos: I use this app more than Google Maps. This app comes on the phone and I use it ALL THE TIME. If I have a new idea, I use my voice memo. If I am practicing for a speech, I use my voice memo. If I am trying to interview a speaker for our blog, I use my voice memo. We are not writers, we are speakers! We need to speak and hear what we sound like when we speak. One of the best things I have done as a speaker, is recorded myself (both audio and video) and evaluated my voice, tone, rhythm, pausing (and on video gestures). It has made a HUGE difference in my speaking career and has given me the opportunity to hear what my audience hears. Start using your voice memos more!
2) TED Talks: This app changed my life. “Ideas worth spreading” is what TED is all about! Most of these speakers break every speaking 101 rule in the rulebook except for one MAJOR one. 98% of them speak from the heart. They get on stage, share their passion and teach you that the most important thing to do, wether you are talking about a mushroom burial suite or uncovering the secrets of 4am, talk about what makes you fell alive, what makes you happy and what gets people to think!
3) TuneIn Radio: I was just introduced to this app from a friend. He uses it for podcasts and learning more about history. Two great channels I have favorited so far are “This American Life” and “Stuff You Missed in History Class.” These segments and podcasts can help you add stories into your speeches and might give you reference to a specific day you mention or audience you speak to. Remember, “The more you learn, the more you earn.”
4) Audible: This app is great if you don’t have time to sit and read but have time in the car, plane or sitting in a crowded doctors office. Put your headphones in, turn up your car speakers to enjoy a classic book or the latest NYT Best Seller. Reading helps us tell better stories, engage our imagination and help us connect and relate to more people.
5) 55,000 Amazing Quotes: Ummm… yes please! Do I need to say more about this awesome app! A) quotes are my favorite thing to read B) we can all use at least on of these in our next speech and C) you can search by author, category or keyword which will help you identify the perfect quote(s) for your next speech!
How to be a speaker: Instead of listening to the same song over and over again on the radio, learn something new and download an educational app that will help you in your professional career. Download one of these five apps today and start learning how to be a better speaker.
Question One: What is one of your favorite iPhone apps?
Question Two: What is another creative way we can start a conversation at a party?
Question Three: Would you rather always have to use an iPhone OR Android?