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The Best iPhone Accessories to Take Your iPhone Use to the Next Level

The Best iPhone Accessories to Take Your iPhone Use to the Next Level

If you are an iPhone user, the simplicity and unique style of iPhone must be some of your reasons why you love this phone.

Nowadays, phones aren’t just a tool to make emergency phone calls or to touch base with relatives; they’re a sense of identity. They are seemingly glued to the palm of your hands, and people even accessorize them to further display elements of their personality, and give the phone an enhancement in terms of functionality and appearance.

This list of iPhone accessories is what you need to take your iPhone use to the next level.

1. Square Jellyfish Jelly Grip Tripod

    This extremely lightweight tripod is perfect for hands-free use. Whether you’re watching a how-to video and you need to use your hands, or you’re trying to take a family photo, this accessory is a must. It even features a lifetime warranty!

    Best For: The iPhone User who needs a helping hand.

    Square Jellyfish Jelly Grip Tripod – $17.49

    2. The Great Pyramid Dock

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      This brilliant iPhone dock was inspired by the Khufu Pyramid. Thanks to the sturdy yet minimalistic structure, you can easily charge your phone or listen to music while still leaving space on your desk or nightstand.

      Perfect For: The iPhone user who loves to multi-task stylishly. This dock even features bult-in speakers!

      The Great Pyramid Dock – $19.99

      3. Bobine Blackout iPhone Cable Mount

        This mount works on a monitor and in your car to create a second computer screen or a navigation and hands-free calling option.

        Best For: The iPhone user who appreciates multiple options in one accessory.

        BOBINE BLACKOUT Everywhere Mount iPhone Lightning Car Dock – $39.95

        4. ALLDOCK Electric Charging Station

          All dock allows you to find your ideal charging station to fit all your devices in one easy place. It allows you to avoid messy cables and having to charge multiple devices all over your home.

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          Best For: The Apple family with multiple devices.

          Alldock Charging Stations – $129

          5. SANDMARC iPhone Photography Lenses

            Admit it, when you use the portrait mode on your camera, you feel like a professional, right? Well now it’s time to take your iPhone photography to the next level. These photography lenses come in three editions: Macro, Wide and Fisheye. Each lens comes as a complete iPhone photography package that includes a clip and case mount for different iPhone models.

            Best For: The Instagram addict.

            SANDMARC iPhone Photography Lenses- $79.99

            6. BatteryPro Apple Watch Portable Charger

              Portable chargers are always a must have, and this one is a game-changer. This portable battery fits neatly in your back pocket, and can hold a charge for two weeks. The charger is magnetic, and you simply flip over the built-in StowStrap to secure your device. This stops the Apple Watch from falling around in your bag and protects the screen. The BatteryPro has a high-speed USB outlet to charge your iPhone. It keeps your handset running for more than three days, thanks to a large 8,000mAh capacity.

              Best For: The busy gadget lover in your life.

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              BatteryPro Apple Watch Portable Charger – $100

              7. VAIN STHLM Commute Headphones

                These wireless headphones connect using Bluetooth and deliver CD-like quality audio. They feature built-in controls on the ear cup to ensure ease of use while listening to your favorite music or podcast. They also reduce outside noise, while the microphone reduces wind noise while you talk.

                Best For: The Commuter

                VAIN STHLM Commute Headphones – $140

                8. Pearl Magnetic Car Phone Mount

                  While most vehicles now incorporate bluetooth functionality, it is sometimes still necessary to see your phone while you’re driving. Looking down at the map can sometimes be dangerous, so a simple, magnetic mount like this one is ideal!

                  Mounting is easy. Simply place one of the thin, metal plates on your phone or underneath your phone case, and you’re ready to go. The mount even allows for 140-degree rotation, so you can be sure to adjust the view to your needs.

                  Best For: The traveling iPhone user.

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                  Pearl Magnetic Car Phone Mount – $39.99

                  9. SANDMARC Drama Filter – Polarizer (PL) Filter for iPhone

                    This filter fits over your iPhone lens to suppress surface glare while bringing out the colors in your photography. Having a filter in place means you can spend less time trying to digitally edit the image and more time gaining followers on social media.

                    Best For: The photographer who appreciates time management.

                    SANDMARC Drama Filter – $29.99

                    10. iOS Digital Stereo Microphone by Shure

                      This small yet powerful USB mic takes your videos audio from a 4 to a 10. Whether you’re trying to produce high quality youtube videos on a budget or just gain better sound in videos, this mic will be your new favorite accessory.

                      Best For: The sound tech on a budget.

                      Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone – $149

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                      Published on January 29, 2020

                      13 Management Skills Every Great Manager Has

                      13 Management Skills Every Great Manager Has

                      Have you reached a point in your career where you’re ready to take on more responsibility and become a leader? Or perhaps you’d simply like to earn more?

                      Becoming a manager is an excellent way to do this. They are, after all, crucial to the success of any company, but it’s not necessarily an easy position to fill.

                      Great managers build happy and productive teams that consistently achieve their organizational goals. And to become a high-performing manager, you need a diverse set of management skills. These are vital to building an all-star team that trusts you to lead effectively, manage, communicate clearly, and motivate them to achieve their goals.

                      But what are these key managerial skills, and do you need all of them to be successful at your job?

                      While I don’t consider myself a manager, I’ve worked with many great managers in my entrepreneurial career. Looking back on my experiences with these professionals, I’ve put together a list of thirteen management skills that every great manager needs to succeed.

                      Let’s dive in.

                      1. Communication

                      It may seem like a no-brainer, but the ability to communicate is an essential managerial skill. You are the bridge between your team, upper management, suppliers, clients, even the public, and you need to be confident when interacting with each group.

                      A great manager can clearly and concisely communicate organization goals, client briefs, project deliverables, and much more both verbally and in writing.

                      Not only do you have the gift of gab, but you are also an excellent listener. Cliff Ettridge, Director of The Team, says,

                      ”As a manager, you understand the importance of creating conditions where people feel safe.”

                      Whether that is to share ideas, raise concerns, address conflict, or discuss alternative ways of doing things, how you communicate with your team massively influences their willingness to be open and honest with you.

                      If you want to improve your communication skills, check out this article: How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

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                      2. Decision-Making

                      Each day, you will be required to make decisions. Remember, you’ve been given this position because your boss trusts you to keep the organization’s goals and mission top of mind.

                      The decisions you make will include prioritizing your workload, hiring new staff, assigning tasks, addressing customer or employee complaints… While some will be easy, there will be others that you’ll agonize over, and you won’t always make the right decision.

                      Robbie Thompson, PR and Content Manager at Finnmark Sauna, says,

                      “A manager should have the ability to tackle frequent problems that arise and be accountable for their actions.”

                      You will make mistakes. They happen, no matter how carefully you approach a problem or project. Having the conviction to stand by your decisions, even when they fail, is the sign of a great manager.

                      3. Delegation

                      A great manager recognizes that business is a team sport. And if they want their team to achieve or exceed their goals, they need to delegate.

                      Delegation shows that you trust your people to handle a job. Matt Deighton, Managing Director of Timeless Chesterfields, has found that:

                      “It (Delegation) encourages and empowers your team to develop solutions to challenges.”

                      You are not superhuman and you cannot do it all. Delegating tasks allows you to focus on other work, which might be more pressing. It also aids in the development of your team, which is beneficial to the company as a whole.

                      This guide can help you delegate more effectively: How to Delegate Tasks Effectively (Step-By-Step Guide)

                      4. Adaptability

                      The best managers recognize that they don’t know it all and are willing to listen and adapt to new and better ways of doing things.

                      This is a crucial leadership skill. With the digital world constantly changing, managers need to be open to trying new technologies. What worked in 2018 doesn’t necessarily work now. And if you don’t change with the times, your team and your company will suffer.

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                      5. Motivational

                      Your energy and attitude towards your work, as well as your passion, influences and motivates the people you manage. If you come to work upbeat and ready to tackle the day, your team is more likely to follow your example.

                      When they’re having trouble with a job or at home, it’s up to you to refocus their attention. A great manager will know how to do that and get the best out of their people. They understand the importance of encouraging and incentivizing their people, as well as acknowledging their achievements.

                      They are an asset to any business.

                      6. Organization

                      Without a doubt, being organized is an essential managerial skill. You have to be, especially when you have a group of people reporting to you.

                      Not only are managers in charge of people, but they’re also in charge of budgets, project timelines, client expectations, and much more.

                      An organized manager will know what is achievable in a particular timeframe and what isn’t. They know what to prioritize on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. They know who can be trusted to take a project and run with it and who needs more guidance.

                      They also have to be on top of their workload. Remember, you’re juggling many balls, and you’ll drop one if you’re disorganized.

                      7. Problem-Solving

                      As a business owner, I hire great managers because I don’t have the time or the inclination to deal with every little problem that crops up.

                      It’s your responsibility to anticipate potential issues and resolve them before they become a problem. Great managers know when a matter can be handled internally and when to involve the boss.

                      You’re able to work closely with your team to assess and develop a solution that adequately addresses the problem without causing unnecessary stress.

                      Here’re 6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills.

                      8. Relationship-Building

                      Another vital managerial skill is the ability to build good relationships with people. Whether we’re talking about your team or your clients, great relationships are essential to the success of a company.

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                      Bridie Gallagher, Director of Glass Digital, reminds us that:

                      “People work best in a happy and supportive environment, so a good manager should be friendly, personable, and able to stay calm when things get tough.”

                      Mike Hardman, Marketing Manager at Alliance Online, adds that:

                      “(A great Manager) appreciates that each person is different and aims to build a rapport with each team member. This makes them feel like their manager sees them as an individual, opposed to simply a name on a rota.”

                      A great manager will make decisions that are in the best interest of their team. They create an environment where people are not afraid to ask questions. They know that you’re always available to listen and give careful consideration to your responses, which builds trust and makes working with you a pleasure.

                      9. Leadership

                      All good managers should be great leaders. It’s up to you to bring together and inspire a group of diverse people to work towards achieving a shared vision, and only an effective leader can do that.

                      Your role could include leading meetings, setting goals, supporting staff, assigning tasks, whatever. As long as you lead by example, you’ll set the tone for a happy and productive work environment.

                      This article on leadership and management is worth reading: Leadership vs Management: Is One Better Than the Other?

                      10. Time Management

                      Often, we think of time management as maximizing the day so that you or your team is always busy. But time costs money. On paper, a job might seem like a quick turnaround when, in reality, it’s far more complex.

                      A great manager will take into consideration how much time is needed to give thought to brainstorming, problem-solving, execution, and delivery before agreeing to a timeline. This allows them to recognize when unreasonable expectations are being set by owners or clients and address this upfront.

                      If you’re looking for ways to improve your time management skills, these tips can help: 12 Effective Time Management Skills for Managers

                      11. Mentoring

                      In my opinion, mentoring is probably one of the greatest skills that a manager can have. Every team member can be better and do better. A great manager recognizes untapped potential and helps their people to unlock it.

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                      They know how to build their people’s confidence—when to challenge, when to upskill, and when to step back and allow people to take charge.

                      Be open and willing to share your experiences and knowledge. And remember that their achievements are a reflection of the time and energy you have invested in them.

                      12. Planning

                      Building an efficient team requires an expert planner, someone who is a strategic thinker. You can plan for every stage of a project and anticipate potential obstacles or delays that may result well in advance. You’ll also know if the help of an independent consultant would be needed or if there will be time to upskill staff.

                      Not only can a great manager identify the best way to do things, but also which team members would be most suited to a particular task. This all helps to achieve company objectives on budget and on time without negatively impacting the team.

                      13. Empathy

                      The ability to empathize with your colleagues is a skill that, for some, doesn’t come naturally. But it is vital, and more importantly, teachable.

                      Digital expert and consultant, Rob Weatherhead argues that:

                      “It is difficult to manage people if you can’t understand their position. This doesn’t always mean agreeing with it, but if you can understand it, you can manage it accordingly.”

                      Remember, people are emotional beings. They will form stronger bonds with managers that demonstrate compassion.

                      The Bottom Line

                      A great manager won’t necessarily have all the above mentioned managerial skills, but they will have a combination. This allows them to nurture and build on the talents of their team members to achieve their goals.

                      If you are a manager or aspire to be a manager, use this list to identify where your key strengths lie and where improvement is needed, then take action.

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