4 Reasons You Should Use Google Voice Now!

Recently my company decided to do away with company owned cell phones and provide a stipend instead.  For some of my colleagues this meant that they could quit carrying two cell phones and this was great news.

However, some of my colleagues saw a new dilemma:

1) “Do I continue to carry two cell phones?”  One for personal use and one for business.


2) “Do I carry one cell phone and give out my cell number for both personal and business calls?”

Fortunately, Google Voice gives us a much better third option:

3) Carry one phone with two numbers; one number for personal use and one for business.

Here are five reasons you should be using Google Voice now:

  1. You only need to carry one cell phone!  You can use you cell phone’s number for personal calls and your Goggle Voice number for business calls or vice versa.  Both numbers can be easily set up to ring on the same phone, but you will always know which number the caller is attempting to reach.
  2. You can’t beat the price!  Google Voice is a FREE service if you have a Google account for calls and text messages inside the United States.
  3. Set up is quick and easy!  There are many how-to articles and videos on how to get started.    The video below gives you a great overview of Google Voice:

    Here are a few other good articles and videos to get started: How to Use Google Voice on Your iPhone or Android SmartphoneGoogle Voice: The ultimate how-to guide, and Google Voice Tutorial.

  4. Visual Voicemail!  I hate listening to and playing back audio voice messages, it’s time consuming, I often miss something (like when some one says their number way too fast and it’s not the number they are calling from) and I have to re-play the message multiple times.  Google Voice uses Google’s speech-to-text technology to transcribe your voicemail, converting the voice message into a readable text. If Google Voice messes up the transcription (and it does sometimes make mistakes) or you prefer to hear the original message, you can also listen to the audio recording just like a traditional voicemail.google-voice-voicemail

Try it today!  It’s easy!

Six School Counselor Technology Protocols Infographic

This infographic includes several technology best practices for School Counselors, but many of these could apply to all professions…


Six School Counselor Technology Protocols Infographic
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For more ideas on improving your use of technology in your school, please see: www.futurereadynow.com/workshops/.

Have a great day!



I received the following software suggestion from Daniel Pink:

“Ads on the web are kinda creepy, right?

Say you visit a sports goods site looking for swim goggles, but don’t buy anything. For the next week, that jilted vendor will follow you to every other place you visit — your bank, your local newspaper, that dermatology site you checked when you had that weird rash — beckoning you with ads for goggles you’ve already decided you don’t want. If this happened in meatspace, you’d call the cops.

A few weeks ago, perhaps later than some of you, I found a solution. It’s called  Adblock Plus – a browser extension that blocks ads. It’s free, open-source, and it works like a dream. Now I’m no longer assaulted by ads (though I can whitelist certain sites from which I do want ads). And pages load much faster.

Of course, some argue that  ad-blocking technology will kill certain web sites by denying them revenue. But my view is that these innovations will force publishers to create better, more useful, less annoying ads or figure out less creepy methods for paying their bills.”

Hack Your Decision Making

Entrepreneur Derek Sivers simply changed the way he said yes, and he found it lead to stronger decisions and more positive commitments.

His decision making processed is summed up very nicely in this one minute YouTube video:


You can also read more about Derek Sivers’ decision making process in this LifeHacker article: Changing the Way You Say Yes Can Lead to Better Decisions.

Are you strong enough to make this decision?

This post comes from Dan Miller of 48 Days Are you strong enough to make this decision?:

This morning I was listening to Joe Polish on his I Love Marketing podcast.  He and Dan Sullivan were talking about what it means to “decide.”

I was blown away to hear Dan point out that the Latin word from which we get “decide” is the Act Nowsame root word from which we get homicide, suicide, genocide, fungicide, pesticide, and many more.  All of these words end in “cide”, from the Latin word “caedere” which means to kill.

It means to kill off – when you decide you are going to stop something.

When you decide on your future, something from the past is not going to come along with you.  Think about it.  When you decide to get a new car – you’re going to trade, sell or give away your old one.  When you decide to go to college – you’re going to stop doing something you’re doing now.  When you decide to get a new job or start your own business – you’re going to stop some of the things in your current life.

You have to decide to open the door to the future you want.  Dan says one of the reasons immigrants do so well here is that they have to decide on the very few things they can bring with them.  They leave most of their past behind.

When you choose a new future some of your past is not going to be valuable to you anymore.

So here’s the process for moving to the future you want:

  1. Describe the future you want
  2. Choose what part of the past gets to come along
  3. Decide what you will do right now to make it happen

You create your future by clarifying what that looks like, selecting the few things from your past you want to bring along, and deciding what steps you need to take right now to make that future a reality.

What will you decide today?

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10 Tips for Getting Maximum Value from a Conference

10 Tips for Getting Maximum Value from a Conference.

You can skyrocket your success as a result of attending workshops and seminars. So be prepared:

1) Make a list of 3 speakers you want to meet – Why? Have specific questions in advance.
2) Attend with someone who is just as interested in learning as you are.
3) Craft your Elevator Speech (1) Who you are (2) What you do (3) Why are you here?
4) Have 50 sharp business cards – with your elevator speech printed on the back.
5) Get to the meetings early and talk to other attendees. (Don’t try to talk to speakers 5 minutes before their presentations.
6) Take 12 pre-stamped postcards to use as Thank Yous to people you meet. It will leave a major impression if they get a card from you by the time they get home.
7) Create a list of notes and questions as you listen.
8) Make at least two introductions per day between attendees you’ve just met. Remember, never eat alone. Look for opportunities to get to know people during meal times.
9) Identify 5 new people you want to stay in touch with.
10) Thank the speakers for sharing valuable insights.

After the conference:

Choose and prioritize 15 specific worthwhile ideas you got from the event.
Carve out 4 hours in the first week to assimilate and implement the information

(from Dan Miller @ http://www.48days.com/2014/03/05/17994/ )