Michael Brecht will be awarding 5 Doodle Premium Accounts for Free to randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.
Tell us about yourself:
While working as the CEO of Doodle, the world’s favorite scheduling app, I continue to meet highly interesting people, from productivity sectors as much as while speaking to groups of business people or university students. The Productivity Book is about managing your business and personal time more effectively; here I aim to contribute to everybody’s productivity and time management.
I also write a blog about these topics called www.michaelbrecht.com - here I write about productivity topics but also about the many events where I speak to either business people, students etc. Thirdly, I run a wine blog for almost 10 years now called www.downunderwines.net where I write about my personal hobby, the great wines, vineyards and winemakers of this world.
What was your first book?
The first book I wrote/organized was a children’s book with short stories about the Australian bush written by young primary school kids in rural Australia.
What is your favorite genre to read? To write?
I read a lot about current topics of digitalization and digital innovation, startups and related productivity topics. In addition, I love reading online and in magazines about wines from around the globe.
Are Happy Endings a must in your stories?
I wrote a productivity book, the happy ending is relying on my readers to make things happen in their own lives.
What is the best thing about being a writer?
It allows you to reflect on the many things that happen in your own life and around you. Writing things down gives me an enormous pleasure to formulate stuff that floats around in my head.
What is the worst thing?
It is not always easy to bring to paper or into a file format, what your experiences have led you to believe in the past. It is hard work.
What do you see the direction of your future writing taking? What can we expect next? Give us a little taste.
In my view, we will see blogging continue to be on the rise: writing about daily happenings, local content and in a very personal style will be the way forward. I thoroughly enjoy reading great blogs for example on my personal hobby wine, some great writers out there spreading news about what’s going on in the world of wine.
Just for fun
Cat or dog person?
Clearly dog, we have a Labradoodle at home.
Steak frites as the French call it, steak with French fries.
Tough call: currently Elon Musk – Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
James Bond - any
On the beach in Australia
Would you rather be the princess or the villain? Why?
always villain, stay down to earth and see the real life
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I am a serial entrepreneur, have more than twenty years of experience in IT and Digital Media and have held several international leadership positions in Europe and AustralAsia.
Since the beginning of 2014 I am CEO of Doodle – the world’s favourite online scheduling tool. Together with my fantastic team we have integrated Doodle into the Digital Portfolio of Tamedia AG, Switzerland’s largest media company. Our focus is to grow the business into a global application while strengthening its product offerings and continuing its successful monetisation. Doodle AG is a highly profitable business with offices in Zurich and Berlin.
My experience ranges from founding a start-up to various exits to multi-national corporates and subsequent integration. I enjoy topics of digital transformation and the leadership of highly innovative teams with a particular focus on growing a business internationally.
Now that digitalisation is increasingly becoming a topic for all businesses from start-up to large corporate, I have decided to start my own blog. Here you’ll find information on productivity topics, quotes about personal and professional efficiency, my reviews of awesome apps I use myself and I am trying to present a few stories that aren’t meant to be too serious too.
In my private life I am married and our home comprises of four children and our dog (an Australian Labradoodle). We are currently living in five different countries and I myself carry a German and an Australian passport. I enjoy sports, in particular football, swimming, tennis and all kinds of outdoor activities and I am passionate about the discovery of great wines.
Ever wondered what the secret is to productivity? Here’s a hint: there isn’t just one. Introducing the Doodle Productivity Book! Containing in-depth interviews with 30 of the world’s top productivity & time management experts, this book lifts the lid on the industry’s best kept tips and tricks. The result? An engaging and practical guide that will help you find your natural pace, so you can work smarter—not harder.
Quote Laura Stack:
What are some of your favorite productivity tips & apps?
Obviously, I love Doodle! I use it to schedule client conference calls and I talk about it in my presentations! Other apps I like:
TripIt. I use this for plane, hotel, directions and ground transportation. Simply forward your confirmation emails and TripIt automatically populates your digital itineraries. It also means I can access all my details on my phone as I’m walking through the airport.
Evernote. Sync content from the cloud to your desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone. When I see an article I like online, I simply right-click, clip the page, file it in a Notebook and tag it for easy searching. I drag large PDF documents into new Notes to read on upcoming business trips. I use Evernote in conjunction with my Livescribe Smartpen, so my handwritten notes from meetings and conference calls sync through Wi-Fi to my online account. I can listen to recordings right before meetings to refresh my memory.
TouchDown. Microsoft Outlook users can sync their data to their phones, which is really handy, except the native apps require them to tap multiple icons to access different modules. Instead, I use the TouchDown ActiveSync Exchange client. This allows me to click ONE icon to access my Email, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, and Notes, as well as handle Out of Office and Rule settings.
Square. My smartphone is a portable credit card processing machine. Using a small scanner that plugs into the earphone jack, I can accept payments for things like book sales and speaking fees. I slide the card through the scanner, enter the dollar amount and ask the buyer to sign with a fingertip. The buyer can enter an email address to receive a receipt.