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8 Essential Tips for Purchasing Headsets

8 Essential Tips for Purchasing Headsets

With so many choices of technological products available, purchasing something electronic can be overwhelming and confusing. How do you know what is a good value for the money you want to spend? How do you know what to get?

You can talk with sales representatives at brick-and-mortar stores, but they might steer you in the direction of the costliest item to pad their commission or they might confuse you more by the jargon they use. You can search for information on the Internet, but that could incorrect. Here are some points to consider when buying headsets.

1. Call Quality

Headsets can sound great in the ear but transmit with a computerized version of your voice to the listener. When you are looking at headsets, read reviews on call quality to ensure you get the best sound for your investment. Call quality is important. Although some big names have produced good quality, smaller, and prettier models sound as good as the big guys.

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2. Noise Cancellation

So many people need to eliminate noise around them for a number of reasons. If the headsets do not have the capability to suppress noise or the function is faulty, these are not the ones you want to purchase. How well you can be heard when you’re in a speeding car with the windows down, or in the middle of a noisy conference room, can quickly separate the good performers from the bad.

Look for those headsets that contain more than one microphone because one microphone is dedicated to finding ambient noise. The headset then cancels that noise using DSP algorithms. Many brands on the market do a good job cancelling the extra sounds. The better headsets will ensure the quality of your voice is the same while muting background noise.

3. Battery Life

Everyone knows how frustrating it can be to lose power in a battery when you are being entertained. Therefore, you need to find that headset that holds onto battery life. If you don’t want to charge, go large. Some of the bulkier, less fashionable headsets can last for more than 10 hours on a single charge; the more expensive ones can last about six hours. Some will use up the battery quick ‒ in less than two hours.

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4. Comfort

The whole point of a headset is to wear it on your head. That’s why you should make sure the headset you buy is comfortable to wear for a long time. Some models sit partially in your ear. Although some people do not find this comfortable, others see it as a secure fit without being tight. Other brands will site on the edge of the ear or use ear hooks to balance the weight.

5. Style

Everyone has a personal style. Just like clothes, headsets come in a number of styles and types. To find the best-looking headset that fits your style, you need to consider all options. Some have nice designs while others use color and fabric to make the headsets look bold. These styles are likely to reduce unwanted stares.

6. Range

There’s not much variation in range of operation. Most headsets are limited to a theoretical range of 33 feet. You are probably going to get a good 10 to 15 feet before you have problems. Some headsets will reach 20 feet and around a wall or two before this happens.

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If you’re looking at a more robust headset for telecom or corporate use, pick the ones that have its DECT 6.0-based wireless technology in lieu of Bluetooth, delivers significantly more range, and very clear, DSP-enhanced sound quality.

7. Mono vs. Stereo Sound

You can choose to have the sounds come into both ears or one. Although most headsets fit in one ear, you can purchase models that will play the sounds in stereo so you can hear your music. Die-hard audiophiles should stick with wired earphones for the best sound quality. But if you want convenience, you should go with a stereo Bluetooth set because it does double duty: taking calls and playing music.

8. Price

Every consumer wants the highest quality for the lowest price. Most people will choose headsets around the $100 mark with some rebates or discounts that bring the price to $70 or $80. You might find a decent headset for under $50. You also might be able to get a cheap one that has been discontinued but is still available. To get the cheaper versions, you will have to settle for the clunky type with noise cancellation that isn’t good and other issues.

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Last Updated on October 16, 2019

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

1. ScheduleOnce

    ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

    ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

    ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

    Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

    Available on Web

    2. Calendly

      Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

      You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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      Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

      3. Assistant.to

        For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

        From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

        While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

        Available on Web

        4. Acuityscheduling

          Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

          It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

          Available on Web | iOS | Android

          5. Pick

            Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

            At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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            Available on Web

            6. X.ai

              For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

              This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

              Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

              Available on Web

              7. YouCanBook.me

                is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                Available on Web

                8. Doodle

                  Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                  It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                  You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                  While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                  9. WhenAvailable

                    WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                    Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                    Available on Web

                    10. Rally

                      Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                      Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                      Available on Web

                      11. NeedtoMeet

                        Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                        NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                        While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                        Available on Web

                        Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                        In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                        To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                        Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                        A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                        Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                        If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                        Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                        With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                        The Bottom Line

                        Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                        Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                        Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

                        Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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