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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Transcribe Voice Mail, Save on International Calls and Send Notes to Your Computer From Paper

Technology to Transcribe Voice Mail, Save on International Calls and Send Notes to Your Computer From Paper

By Terry L. Brock

Technology can make your life easier and help you to connect with people more---if you use the right technologies. Here are three tools which can help you boost your productivity, save money but more importantly, help you build relationships for a profitable business.

Transcribe Voice Mail With SimulScribe

Voice mail is nice to collect messages when you can’t talk on the phone. However, if you get way too many voice mail messages (don’t we all?) it would be nice to have a faster way to process them separating the urgent from the “call later” batch.

A service called SimulScribe is available which takes your voice mail messages and transcribes them automatically. Voice recognition technology has increased in effectiveness to the point where such a product is now practical. You have the transcript of the messages sent to you via email. Since most of us can read faster than we can listen, this is a great tool to increase your productivity while zeroing in on those business relationships which are most important.

The service ranges in cost from $10/month to $30/month depending on your needs. Watch a video to learn more about the service and how it can help you at


Make International Calls From Your Cell Phone
For 2 Cents/Minute

Business today is international. If you aren’t making calls internationally now you will be soon. If the cost is prohibitively high, you are naturally inclined to reduce the number. This is a mistake since creating relationships in marketing and business requires contact. If you can connect with people in a favorable way more often, you have a much better chance of attaining profitable business relationships.

Efonica is a service which provides you the ability to call a US-based number on your cell phone then dial interanationl numbers for rates starting at 2 cents per minute. Thie other day I had to make a quick call to the UK and the charge for a 2 minute call was just less than $4.00. Ouch! Now, with Efonica I should be able to save a lot on each call, thus I’ll be willing to make more calls that way, thus increasing by business opportunities in the UK. With the US dollar at a bargain for UK customers, this is a highly valuable service right now.

You can learn more about what Efonica has now and what they are planning for the next few months thorugh the video interview I had with Matt Rosen, the CEO of Efonica. To go to watch this video.


Moble Note Taker Ideal For Meetings, Classroom, Seminars And More

A tablet PC is good for taking notes, writing, drawing charts and graphs and more. Today, a more portable (about 2 ounces) and less expensive (less than $100) solution is available from YIFANG Digital based in Shenzhen, China.

It is a device called the Mobile Note Taker and it gives you the ability to take notes on regular paper using their pen and their small device (about the size of a pack of Tic Tacs). The device can hold over 100 A4 size papers. So, for the American 8.5 X 11 inch standard paper, it will easily hold 100+ pages on the capture device. You can then transfer the pages to your computer.

You can also refer to a given page if you have a multi-page series of notes from a given business meeting or lecture.

For those important meetings with important people, this is a great way to remember what transpired. For phone calls, it can be a business-saver. For lectures, it enhances your learning.

Check out the video for this one at and see how it works in practical application. This is a tool worth investigating for learning and building relationships in business.

(Mobile Note Taker,, Suggested Retail Price $89.00)

Terry Brock is an international marketing coach and columnist who helps businesses market more effectively, leveraging technology. He shows busy professionals how to squeeze more out of their days using time-honored rules and practical technology tools. He can be reached at 407-363-0505, by e-mail at or through his website at

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