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One of the recent additions to the many faces of Google is the addition of voice mail. Called Google Voice, this latest product is something for you to add to your list of settings. And like other things Google, it's free!
Here are some benefits.
1. Phone number rings on multiple lines. For example, the Pittsburgh NAWBO Chapter has added Google Voice. It rings the phones of three different people. If no one is available, the Gmail account gets an email that says that there is a message waiting.
2. Along the same lines as the first suggestion, ff you are using your home phone and your cell phone for business but don't want to advertise the fact to the rest of the world, Google Voice will give you a phone number, in your area code, to use. Use that number on your business cards and website.
3. You can email the voice mail message. Get a message and want someone else to hear it, you can forward the voice mail via email quickly.
4. Google transcribes the message so you can read your voice mail. One drawback: If the person leaving the message isn't clear enough, the words maybe wrong. I wondered who Jenny was until I heard the message and my sister-in-laws name, Joanie.
The best suggestion is to go to www.google.com/voice and check it out for yourself.
That's this week's Planners Pointers web tip.
Planners Pointers is written by Mary Pam Kilgore, CMP, Kilgore Business Services, LLC. contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org