In my book, New Business Networking, I write about ways to help you remember names and information better. We often rush from meeting to meeting without taking the important step of noting info about who we met and what we talked about. One suggestion I have is to record an audio note to yourself on your phone and transcribe it later.
I have discovered a dead simple, free way to transcribe your voice memo directly to your email. You don't need a fancy smartphone, all you need is a Gmail account and a few moments to set up the Note to self IFTTT recipe. You can learn more about IFTTT here.
Once set up, you can call the number and record a message to yourself. Speak clearly and don't surpass two minutes. Your message will appear in your inbox shortly after hanging up. If the transcription isn't 100%, an MP3 of your voice message will also be attached.
Don't forget to return to these emails later to plan your next steps. Taking notes is just one part of effective business networking.
Hat tip to Alli Worthington who has an amazing post on Gmail hacks. Her post is where I found this tip.
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