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230 – 7 Best E-mail Tools and Tips

This week on the WELSTech Podcast we countdown the 7 best e-mail productivity tools and tips.

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The discussion:

Taming the Inbox – Martin and Sallie share productivity tips and tools to manage the avalanche of e-mail we all have to deal with.

E-mail Productivity Tools and Tips

  1. FollowUpThen – E-mail reminders
  2. Active Inbox – GTD addon for Gmail
  3. Xobni – Organize your address book
  4. Funnel all e-mail accounts through Gmail
  5. Typing shortcut utilities:
  6. GTD add ons for Outlook
  7. Set up rules, filter, colors and categories

Coming up in May … 7 Best E-mail Photo Organizing and Editing Tools

Ministry resources:

(30:03) Check out the Copy Matters series from Church Marketing Sucks for tips on Writing for the Web, Writing Better Emails, Writing for Social Media and much more

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

(37:05) FinalWeb training – This summer we’re offering online training on web site creation and maintenance using the FinalWeb system.   And, for the first time, we’ll be using Google Hangouts!

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(51:31) Episode 231 – Martin and Sallie begin a discussion of the online e-book How to Transform Your Small Business With Social Media. (Release date – 04/11/12)

The featured artist:

(53:17) We close the podcast with the music of Michael Schroeder (www.michaelschroeder.com and on Facebook) – That’s My King from his CD titled “Worship

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223 – May I Introduce To You …

On the WELSTech Podcast this week we look at ways to effectively introduce tech initiatives in your congregation.

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The discussion:

The “techie” congregation guide – Martin and Sallie discuss ways to implement technology in the congregation (spoiler = SLOWLY!!) and identify areas that may be prime for the tech touch including electronic news, social networks and screencast tours of your web site.

The interview:

(19:25) Congregation e-Bible reading – Pastors Dan Witte (Risen Savior, Lakewood Ranch, FL) and Emile Burgess (Trinity, Caledonia, WI) join Martin and Sallie to talk about the electronic Bible reading projects they’ve each recently launched in their respective congregations.

Picks of the week:

7 Best:

(50:32) On the March 7th episode of WELSTech we’ll countdown our next 7 Best list, and listeners can be part of the list creation.  Simply let us know your favorite

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Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(58:45) Episode 224 – Next week the WELSTech chatter is all about safety on the Internet – at home and at school. (Release date – 02/22/12)

The featured artist:

(59:47) We close the podcast with the music of Dawn Michelle Williams (www.dawnmichellewilliams.com | Twitter | Facebook | My Space) – Beautiful Savior with Canon in D from her CD titled ”Inspirations”

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152 – Those Evil E-mails

This week the WELSTech Podcast centers around the effective use of e-mail.

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The discussion:

E-mailWhat kind of e-mailer are you? – Is your electronic correspondence short and to the point, prompt, respectful and without error?  Martin and Sallie talk about e-mail best practices and share new ways to use the tool effectively.

Ministry resources:

(24:48) Create a “Free Bible” page from YouVersion – youversion.com/free-bible

News in tech:

(28:38) Xmarks is going out of business

Picks of the week:

WELS.net feature:

(38:08) View the Love In Action video series from Special Ministries

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(49:00) Episode 153 – We’ll continue our book discussion of Leading 21st Century Schools, looking at chapter 2 and talking with author Lynne Schrum. (Release date 10/13/10)

The featured artist:

(49:44) We close the podcast with music from Cross to Glory (www.crosstoglory.com) – The Father’s Song from their CD titled “Life’s Song”

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089 – BWTG: e-News with MailChimp

This episode of the WELSTech covers steps for starting an electronic newsletter for your church or school.

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Bonus WELSTech Goodnesse-News with MailChimp – Today’s “Bonus WELSTech Goodness” focuses on delivering professional quality, timely and affordable electronic newsletters.  Martin and Sallie share ministry applications and easy steps for getting started as well as info on back-end reporting capabilities which allow users to analyze the effectiveness of their e-news messages.

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087 – BWTG: Emptying Your Inbox

This week on the BWTG “how-to” WELSTech podcast we share steps for implementing a productivity system to maintain an empty inbox.

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Bonus WELSTech GoodnessEmptying Your Inbox – The topic for today’s BWTG (Bonus WELSTech Goodness) episode is one that affects everyone in the digital age, and while it is simply stated as “Emptying Your Inbox” it can be a complex and challenging task.  Listen as Martin shares tips from his Personal Productivity seminar on how to enhance communication, reduce stress and achieve “Mind Like Water” via an empty inbox.

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Episode 038 – Sep 24 2008

This week on WELSTech Martin and Sallie are joined by Gail Potratz, our semi-regular classroom technology correspondent, and we discuss digital devices in the classroom and kick off a new WELSTech contest.

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The discussion:

  • Digital devices in the classroom – Are computer labs necessary in today’s schools?  Martin, Sallie and Gail share ideas for integrating digital devices into the classroom learning process.

The tidbits:

The featured artist:

  • We close with the music WELS artist Mike Westendorf (www.mikewestendorf.com) – Prelude to Praise from his CD titled Run Boy Run (45:27)

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Episode 027 – Jul 9 2008

This week Martin and Sallie discuss the Getting Things Done organization system for improving personal productivity.  They also interview Prof. David Sellnow about blending traditional and online education.

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The interview:

  • Prof. David SellnowThe Hybrid Classroom (28:05) – In the first of a two-part interview, Prof. David Sellnow of Martin Luther College joins Martin and Sallie to share insight into the benefits of blending traditional classroom activities with online activities.  Prof. Sellnow has successfully blended his course offerings at MLC and suggests that similar blending could accentuate courses at the high school and even elementary school levels.

The tidbits:

The featured artist:

  • We close with music of WELS artist, WendySue Fluegge (www.wendysue.com) – Time from her CD titled Everyday Christian (1:00:45)

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Episode 026 – Jul 2 2008

At the one-half year of podcasting milestone, Martin and Sallie share solutions for mass e-mail and interview Lakeside LHS teacher Ted Klug about protecting and educating students on the blessings and dangers of social networking.

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The interview:

The tidbits:

The featured artist:

  • We close with music of WELS praise band, Koine (www.koinemusic.com) – Jesus Priceless Treasure from their CD titled Koine II (55:13)

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Episode 008 – Feb 27 2008

This week Martin and Sallie are joined by ShopWELS administrator Mark Robinson and discuss cost saving ideas in the area of telecommunications.

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The discussion:

The interview:

  • Mark RobinsonTelecommunication – Mark Robinson, WELS member and administrator of the ShopWELS program, joins Martin and Sallie to discuss cost saving ideas for congregations and schools in the area of telecommunications, both telephone and Internet.

The tidbits:

The featured artist:

  • WELS pianist Dawn Gehlhar plays Christ Be My Leader from her CD Inspirations

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Episode 005 – Feb 6 2008

This week Martin and Sallie discuss using technology to assist with ministry to seniors – a growing demographic segment of WELS congregations. They also wrap up the copyright interview with WELS lawyer Harvey Dunn.

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The discussion:

The interview:

  • CopyrightCopyright – In the second installment of a two part interview, Harvey Dunn, WELS member and intellectual property attorney, joins Martin and Sallie to discuss public domain and web broadcast issues

The tidbits:

The featured artist:

  • WELS contemporary Christian musician Kevin Loersch in a duet with Cindy Bauder singing My Savior Jesus from his CD Abide With Me – web.mac.com/kloersch

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