Joe takes time out of his camping trip today to check in on this special episode of The Real Estate Tech Show. It’s his turn to drop his own top 5 favorite tech tools! Joe McCall specializes in lease options, with a little bit of wholesale on the side, but you don’t have to be a real estate investor to use this tech. Our favorite tech tools are for everyone, and Joe breaks down exactly how he uses each tool to meet the different needs of his business.

There’s a lot of good tools but the problem is sometimes you have to fit into their mold. Click To Tweet

One of our favorite things about using this tech is the flexibility it gives investors and entrepreneurs. The versatility of some of the tools Joe shares today really makes them accessible to anyone listening to this podcast.

The five tools we talk about today are:

  • Podio: Joe’s absolute favorite way to manage projects and track his business
  • Slack: an all-in-one communication tool with customizable channels
  • Evernote: a note-keeping app that doubles as a CRM
  • Voxer: the walkie-talkie app that lets you record, transcribe, and send pictures
  • Google Drive: the easiest tool you will ever use

Pay close attention to what Joe talks about, because he uses a lot of these tools and apps in a way you wouldn’t expect.  He shares which plug-ins work best with which tool so you can learn how to customize your tech to meet your unique business needs. We created this podcast so you could start using technology as a tool to grow your business. Technology is here to help you, not hinder you, and Joe’s top five favorites are definitely going to strengthen your real estate investment strategies.

No matter what CRM you use, the highest efficient use of your time is talking to sellers and making an offer. Click To Tweet

MINUTE MARKERS

2:00 Joe’s having squirrel stew for dinner

4:16 Joe just got his MBA – Congrats!

5:01 What’s Joe’s biggest motivation?

7:04 Joe’s #1 Tool: Podio

8:42 What wowed Joe most about Podio?

11:36 What about FreedomSoft and Realeflow?

14:25 What third party integration does Podio need?

18:10 Joe’s second favorite tool? Slack

19:55 What channels on Slack can do

20:12 Slack does live video calls too!

20:48 Tool #3: Evernote

22:26 Cory and Joe swap Evernote techniques

24:19 How to digitize with Evernote

26:00 How to use Evernote as a CRM

27:35 Tool #4: Voxer

28:50 The ways Joe uses Voxer

29:33 The ways Cory uses Voxer

30:16 The one small flaw with Voxer

31:39 How to use Voxer to be more efficient

33:13 Joe’s fifth and final favorite tool – Google Drive

33:56 Google Sheets and Google Docs vs. Microsoft Office

35:42 Joe’s favorite Google add-ons

36:13 How Joe uses Google Drive for his courses

37:05 How to keep things private on Google Drive

39:00 Cory’s advice for understanding new tech

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Transcript

Cory: What is going on? How are you? We are on, I believe, it’s episode 4.

Joe: That’s right, baby.

Cory: Welcome to the Real Estate Tech Show. Make sure that you go to reitechshow.com to get your goodies and you’ll get out toolbox which is Joe and myself’s top five favorite tech tools that we use in our business on a daily basis. Speaking of that, Joe, last episode we talked about my top five favorites, it was so hard to get down to just five, there are so many that we use. This time, we’re going to talk about your top five favorites and I know that you’re at a camp right now. We’re not gonna share the screen but we got your video. We can just talk about the tools that you have and how you use them.

Joe: Sounds good. I apologize, I don’t have my regular podcast mic. We are out on the woods, about an hour north of St Louis Missouri right now and I’m on my iPhone as a hotspot. I’m in this one little pocket of the entire park where there’s cellphone coverage so I’m pretty happy about it, I got 20 megabytes download speed and two megabytes upload speed. This is the video that we’re getting, it’s not bad.

This was last minute, my son has a friend, it was a birthday party, they’re camping and hunting squirrels right now. They’re up there killing squirrels and we’re gonna have squirrel stew tonight. That sounds really good, doesn’t it?

Cory: I don’t know about that. Aren’t squirrels supposed to collect nuts? Are you gonna have squirrel nuts too?

Joe: It just looks like giant tree rats to me, man, they just look like giant tree rats.

Cory: We should introduce ourselves, this is Joe McCall. This is the famous Joe McCall, some people call him Podio Joe because he knows a lot about Podio and one of the grandfathers of bringing Podio into the real estate tech world.

Joe: Just gray hair, I have the gray hair to prove it.

Cory: My brother says, “I earned every single one of those.” My name is Cory Boatright. I run a real estate investing business here in Greater OKC area, we do anywhere from 80 to 100 real estate wholesale every single year and continuing to move into new things like multifamily which is super exciting. Joe and I are excited about talking about the tech tools that we use to run our business, Joe also has a real estate business. Joe and I both have coaching businesses.

Joe specializes in lease options, he’s really an expert on that. I focus in wholesaling, Joe does wholesaling as well but I focus on wholesaling and Joe focuses on lease options. If you have interest in that, we’re gonna have some links over to reitechshow.com. You’ll see some links on there, be happy to talk with you to see if you’re a good fit, if you have interest in lease options or wholesaling.

Joe, I want to use the time wisely today because I know that it may be limited on where you are. Let’s talk about your top five favorite tech tools that you use in your business.

Joe: Let me say something real quick, Cory. You see my hat? It says SLU, I just got my MBA, baby.

Cory: That’s awesome, that is so cool. Joe, do you see this? This is my MBA.

Joe: That’s a great book. Have you read Expert Secrets yet?

Cory: I have, I got that one just right here next to me, I sure do.

Joe: I started this MBA 12 years ago and I just said, “I’ve gotta finish it.” I don’t need it but I had to finish it so I did.

Cory: Why did you finish it, Joe? What gave you the motivation to do it? Was it the kids? Your wife or yourself?

Joe: The kids were one of the biggest reasons. I wanted to show them that they need to finish what they started. One of my girls asked my wife, she said, “Why did dad take so long to take that test?” When I was there in the graduation ceremony, everybody was younger than me. They liked the fact that I am a boss. They asked my wife, “Since dad is so much older than all of them, is he the boss of his whole team?” They thought it was a team.

Today, we’re gonna talk about my five favorite tools. I’m just gonna run through this real fast because I think a lot of people have heard of these and it was hard to come up with these five, Cory. The cool thing too by the way, Cory, I’m excited about the show and doing these episodes over the last week since we recorded our last episode.

I’ve talked to at least one or two other people that have software that I wanna interview on the show. One of these guys, I’m super excited about, we’re gonna sit in the future, we’re gonna be spending more time focusing on each one of these tools and diving deep into them and interview people that create them and stuffs like that.

Cory: Even some demonstrations too, we’ll have that lined up as well.

Joe: The other thing I wanna tell you guys first, if you text the word “tech” to 38470, you’ll get a special bonus from me and Cory or we’ll give you a PDF of all of our top 10 favorite tools with links, with video tutorials of things that we’ve done to dive deep into that. My number one favorite tool, Cory, Podio. It was started by some company in Denmark, maybe, The Netherlands, somewhere up there. They’re now owned by Citrix. Citrix just bought GlobiFlow which is another third party thing.

Cory: They also own GoToWebinar as well and GoToMeeting.

Joe: Citrix owns a bunch of software. What it is, it’s a design your own database, I guess it’s a good way to call it. It’s a drag and drop tool where you can track, you build your own CRM, you can build your own database. I heard about it from a coaching student, I was coaching him on wholesaling deals in Oklahoma, in your back neck of the woods, from the country of Lebanon. You lived in Bay Route and I was training him how to wholesale deals and he was actually wholesaling a lot of lease options in Oklahoma City and he had some boots on the grounds.

We wanna manage this project, how are we gonna do it? We were looking at Trello, we were looking at other tools like Trello and stuff like that and Smartsheet which is another great tool. He said, “Let’s check and look at Podio.” I said, “No, I’m not interested in learning something new.” He said, “No, no, no, check it out.” Within about 30 seconds, I was like, “Woah, this is amazing.”

Cory: What made you say that, Joe? Because of the versatility, because of the customization? Because it’s not designed specifically for real estate. What made you go wow?

Joe: You could use it in any business and it’s just drag and drop, whatever you wanna track. You can picture a blank canvas and you wanna track seller leads. You drag and drop the name text field over then you drag and drop the phone number field and the email and then you drag and drop the categories which you can track the new leads, old leads, cold leads, dead leads, whatever you want, then you drag and drop date field, you drag and drop links and attachments and you save it, now you have a table then you put in your leads.

It gives you really good web forms, it’s very web and mobile friendly, it has a really good mobile app on the iPhone and Android, you can use web forms, you have virtual assistants that are putting in data into your database. You don’t have to give them access to your database, you just give them a web form. If you’re using a call center, that call center just puts in leads in the web form which feeds your table database. It’s beautiful.

The cool thing about it, what really took me over the edge was it starts up with an organization, your company, and then underneath that you have workspaces. You can have a workspace for land deals, a workspace for listings, lease options, rehabs, fix and flips, different workspaces. Inside that workspace, you can give permissions. You can say, “These VAs have access to this workspace and I’m gonna share it with these people and not these people.”

Cory: I’m putting some notes down here, Joe, so we can also have some of these in the show notes as well. Make sure you check out the website, we’ll have it on the show notes. Keep going. You have the workspaces so can divide up individual groups into different divisions.

Joe: What we do is we have workspaces for different markets, we’re doing deals in different markets. I’ll have a workspace for the Tampa Florida St. Pete, Tampa St. Pete market, I’ll have a workspace for Phoenix and St. Louis and our land business. We have workspaces for different areas of the country. You can share different permissions with people. Inside the workspace, you have apps and there’s a bunch of different apps.

For example we’ll have an app for seller leads, buyer leads, contracts, maybe offers, you can have apps for a lot of different things, whatever you want. There’s a lot of good CRMs out there, a lot of good tools but the problem is sometimes you have to fit into their mold, into their box.

Cory: Like FreedomSoft, a great tool, both you and I know Rob that owns that, former president that helped design some of it in the beginning. We’ve been through that the whole time, that’s a great, excellent tool, Rob. He’s even making it better and better. Realeflow, also a good friend of ours, Greg Clement and Josh have that, just an excellent tool there. There are some other CRMs that are probably good to mention at some point too.

Podio has the versatility that allows you to scale in a way that the others, it’s not that they can’t but it’s different because, like you said, you have to fit in a box of frequently type of activities that are used when the system was built. Here’s what’s good about that, 95% of the investors will never need a lot of extra customization things because they’re not gonna probably do 80 to 100 deals a year or 200 deals a year.

Once you start getting to a place where you’re doing a lot more deals, than you need, in my opinion, something a little bit more customizable for your individual business. Would you agree with that?

Joe: Yeah. Because it’s so flexible, there are some drawbacks. For example, it’s not as easy to create contracts or to communicate by email or by texting with other people outside of Podio. I recommend FreedomSoft to a lot of people who aren’t comfortable with building their own database, if you want something right out of the box, that’s plug and play and go, then get a tool like FreedomSoft.

Cory: Or Realeflow, both those two.

Joe: There’s a lot of them, we’ll talk about the other CRMs in the show in future episodes. For me, the way I use Podio, I do my land deals, when we flip vacant lots, I do regular wholesaling deals, I do lease option deals, I’m in multiple different markets, I’m partnering with other wholesalers in other markets and they have their own workspaces and I also manage my whole admin team. We track expenses, we track timesheets when we collect in and out, what you do during the day, we track vacation time request, standard operating procedures, all this bunch of stuff that we track inside of our Podio.

The beautiful thing about it is completely customizable to track whatever you want. The drawback sometimes is you have to have a third party integrations. If you wanna send emails outside of Podio, you need a third party integration.

Cory: A third party like IF This Then That or a Zapier.

Joe: There are tools like GlobiFlow. It’s a great platform to start from. There are lots of things I like about Podio, I believe the benefits far outweigh the costs, the drawbacks of using it. Podio is my number one favorite tool. The mobile apps are very friendly on an iPhone or iPad or Android. Podio is awesome no matter what industry you’re in.

You may be listening to this and you work for a construction company. You can create custom built apps inside of Podio to manage all of your submiddles and your request for information and I called them RFIs when I was in construction, your schedule, your build materials, your scope of work. We have workspaces that we built custom apps for property management, for rehab, about two or three other things I forgot right now. It’s only $14 a month.

Cory: That’s pretty inexpensive. Now with the acquisition of GlobiFlow, they’re making some changes but we’re still talking about the tool that’s very inexpensive. It’s an absolutely mandatory tool to have a CRM for your business, it’s just mandatory. We track with Podio, we track our transaction coordination, we track all of our contracts going in and out of there, you can hit a button and it sends an email to a homeowner and they can sign the contract with right signature or sign now, you can create templates for those things to be signed on, you can text right out of the system with the integration with Twilio and some other text tools that you can use.

Joe: We should mention InvestorFuse as well. InvestorFuse is a great tool that’s built on Podio but that has all that other third party stuff built in. If you sign up for InvestorFuse, that will cover all of that. There are some other good tools out there. We’ll have Dan Short on the show here soon to talk about InvestorFuse.

Cory: Dan is one of the founders and John is one of the guys in operations that does a lot more of the day to day, we’ll get both of those guys. Joe and I both know them really well. A fantastic tool that’s like a wrapper for Podio. You don’t have to figure out how to make Podio a real estate centric tool, it essentially has everything you can imagine built into it. It’s a fantastic tool, lots of folks use InvestorFuse and have success with it.

Again, it is one of those tools as well that is built on their platform though. You’re going to be limited to the things that they allow that you can do. What’s great about it, because it’s built on Podio, they have options to customize the platform a little bit but they stay pretty much in their configuration box and they get a lot of the feedback from investors on what they want, they do a continuous, every two weeks or so calls on trainings. That’s another great benefit for InvestorFuse. We’ll get those guys on here and they’ll talk more about it.

Joe: Tool number two, Slack. I love Slack. Do you use Slack?

Cory: I don’t, I don’t use Slack. It was a great real time tool but it was just more workspace and everything. My partner Sean, he loves Slack. I tend to use Facebook and Skype a lot more. I know a lot of people love it and use it and it integrates everything.

Joe: Slack is amazing. The reason why I love it is it’s an all in one communication tool. I was so frustrated before trying to keep up with email, if you were to see how many unread emails I have in my inbox, you would blush. I have 84,000 unread emails in my inbox right now, it’s insane. All my team is in Slack, I don’t use Slack to communicate with outside people but my team we use Slack. It’s like your email, instant message, Skype, and Facebook Messenger, chats, all in one.

What we do is you create channels, we have channels for every different aspect of our business. You can do direct messages with people but if you have a message you wanna share with somebody, you put it in that channel and you tag them and they get an alert. It keeps everything so much more organized. If you have to go back and look up a conversation, it’s much, much easier.

Cory: I love the search capability with Slack, that is a great benefit.

Joe: You can create a channel for important documents and you attach important documents in there, then you can go to that channel to find those documents. It’s really good, mobile friendly, you could use it on a Mac, PC, on an app or a browser. You can even now do live video calls, you can share screens inside of Slack if you wanted to. You can do private direct messages of one on one with people or you can do public messages where everybody sees, that’s so flexible.

Since we did that, our speed of communication has been a lot better. We have my whole team on it. I know a lot of people that have used it like it too. Best advices, check it out and test it, play with it. I got number three, ready?

Cory: Let’s do it.

Joe: Evernote.

Cory: I probably have at least 1500 notes in Evernote, I love the tool.

Joe: I got more than you, man. I got about 3400. For me it’s a giant diary. I keep everything in there and I have different notebooks, I have maybe 12 to 15 different notebooks. When I’m learning something new or even at Church or I’m writing down my serving notes or we are at a workshop or Boot Camp or coaching notes, whenever I’m talking to clients, I keep folders for all that stuff and I keep notes.

I type in my notes for receipts, I’m always constantly taking a picture of a receipt and I put it into my receipts folder in Evernote. When we find a really good tool or a recommendation, I have a folder called links and resources and I constantly put things in there that I might wanna reference in the future. I am always going to Evernote to do a search to find something that I may be kept a note on before.

Cory: I have Cory’s daily things to think about. There are so many different things but then the ones you actually do daily is obviously the most important like the 80 20 rule. I’ve got as well links and resources but I break it down to productivity links and resources, real estate links and resources. It’s a little bit more niched out because there are so many different types of resources and links that you can get into.

I got legal resources but it’s a fantastic tool because you can tag inside of Evernote. You can also put images inside of Evernote, you can put video, you can record from your phone, it has a fantastic mobile app that you can record recordings there from your phone, from you just talking and it records that as an mp3 inside your Evernote or whatever sound file it is. Having the shortcuts and you can also do direct messages in Evernote.

It is a fantastic tool, I love it. It also has a markup which means you can bold and italicize and underline, you can separate. I use that tool probably more than any other tool on a daily basis.

Joe: One of the things I love doing with Evernote is I’ll save something in Evernote and I can share that note with a link to somebody. Let’s say you attached a video or a document or just your typed up notes, your audio and you wanna share that note, you can get a public link, a URL for that note, you can text it or email it to somebody and somebody can view it. They don’t get edit permissions, they can’t change the note but they can see everything that’s in it. That’s a great way to share stuff with people.

When I find the good summer postcard or a good letter, I’ll save it into my swipe, I have a swipe folder. Sometimes I’ll share that folder or that note with other people and say, “Check this out, use this.”

Cory: This is a great thing you’re bringing up here because I’m just recently doing some moving, I’m moving into this office area. I don’t think if you can see all these books behind me but there are books here, books here, books here, books here, books here. On top of that, there are courses. You get courses over the years and they start stacking up, they’re bulky at the time, bulky courses. I’m not kidding, if you see these courses, how many boxes of courses, I have large, huge tall boxes over eight large, huge spilled all the way up to the top of these boxes.

What’s cool about Evernote is you can take pictures of these courses and digitize all these courses and then you can get rid of the courses essentially if you wanted to. Another great feature is digitizing everything with Evernote. As you mentioned too on the link for Evernote, you can go in and edit the note and no one else can edit it if you don’t wanna give them that permission. You can constantly update.

I have a link for my mom on her health, we have a whole thing about my mom and her health. I can constantly go on there and update the things that are going on, I just tell my family. When you clicked the link, it’ll be the most updated version of it. That’s pretty cool to be able to do that. If I wanna be able to have them edit it, I can create that, I can go in and change the option and then they can go in and make it. The last thing is, the timestamps. Everytime you make a change in Evernote, it timestamps, you can see who made the change and when the change was made.

Joe: One more thing I’ll say with Evernote, I interviewed a guy, he used to be my acquisition manager and he uses Evernote as his CRM for his real estate. He keeps it really, really simple, every lead that comes in is a new note in Evernote and he’s broken the market into different areas. When he gets a new property under contract, he creates a new note. Inside of Evernote, you can create tasks. He will copy and paste tasks in, you can set reminders in Evernote. You can say, “Remind me in two days to do something on this thing.”

He’s got a template. Everytime a new lead comes in or a new contract, he copies and pastes that template into Evernote. He tags it on the status of the lead, warm, cold, hot, dead, whatever, and he just changes those tags. You can use Evernote as a CRM if you wanted.

Cory: I’ve never heard that, that’s really cool. You can also use it as a presentation. If you don’t have a PowerPoint or Keynote, then you can use it as a presentation. It works fantastic. You can also annotate inside of Evernote. They’re constantly making better changes, they’re upgrading it. I can’t say enough good things about Evernote.

Joe: Number four is Voxer, voxer.com, really simple. It’s a mobile walkie-talkie. It’s a voice messaging app but you could chat real time. It’s almost like a phone call, I could say something, click the button and he gets some message, he messages me back. It’s almost just like a walkie-talkie.

Cory: Like the old Nextel.

Joe: You can still send texts and pictures, you use it like an instant messenger but it transmits voice. One of the coolest things is you can speed up. You know how frustrating it is, it’s a long message, you can speed it up and slow it down. Let’s say somebody sends you a really important message, you could even get a URL of that message, you could forward that message and copy it as a URL to somebody, you can listen to all of your messages from your phone or from a web browser, you can login online.

The way I use it, a couple different ways. I use it with my admin team, my assistants, if I just wanna message them while I’m driving, I don’t wanna type and text while I drive so I’ll voice message, Voxer them, with my coaching clients, some of my clients, I give access, I give them my Voxer. Anytime they have a question, they could Voxer me and at my convenience, when I have the time, I’ll message them back so we can have a real time, almost, conversation back and forth. And also with my virtual assistants, my virtual assistants in the Philippines, when I wanna give them a message, instead of typing something up, I can just Voxer them back and forth. Do you use Voxer yourself, Cory?

Cory: I do, I love Voxer so much. We use it with our business everyday and you’ve mentioned some great things. Other things that I like about it is that you can transcribe now, you can go in and transcribe the entire voice message. You can also forward that voice message to other people on Voxer. They can actually hear the voice of the other person exactly the way they said everything, you can forward that over too and then you can recall.

If you accidentally sent a message you shouldn’t, you can recall the message. It’s just a super reliable tool. I love the fact that you can get on the browser like you said as well. You don’t have to be on your mobile phone, you can use it on your browser and it completely links up.

The only thing I don’t like about Voxer is that because you’re doing these constant recordings, you’re using up a lot of space on your phone. You need to go in every once in a while and look at all other messages that you don’t really need anymore and just delete those out because it starts to, after a while, use up some of that space on your phone. I do think that they’re working on, if they haven’t already, coming up with the cloud version where they’re recording everything or there is an option inside your phone where it doesn’t record on there either so it’s temporary.

If you wanna be able to recall those message, you wanna be able to forward them, it is gonna record it on your phone so you just need to go into your options and delete those out.

Joe: The major thing that I like about Voxer is I tell people, no matter what CRM you’re using, the highest efficient use of your time is talking to sellers and making an offer. You should not be behind the computer all day inputting data into your CRM, you need to step away from the computer and get a $3, $4, $5 an hour VA to update your CRM for you. What does that look like?

Beginning of each day, your VA looks into your CRM and sees who you have to talk to next or what phone calls you have to make, send you a simple email in your own special private email address that only your VA has, you open up that email and you look at the email inside the email is everything you need to know, you call them somewhere up, you talk to them and then you Voxer your VA back all the details and get your VA to update your CRM for you. That’s huge.

If people would just learn that, learn how to get somebody else to update your CRMs for you. You should be out there looking at houses, making offers and listing presentations or whatever. You chicken scratch your note or you put them on a post-it note. Most of us, you get buried in yellow paper, you get buried in post-it notes. If you can chicken scratch those notes and then dictate them in Voxer to your VAs, get your VAs to update your CRM for you. I gotta hurry up and go. Let me give you tool number five.

How could we survive without Google Drive, Cory? How can we survive without Google? My number five favorite tool, because I use it so much, is Google Drive. I use Google Drive to store everything, pictures, documents. Remember you used to have servers, do you remember what servers you used to beat, Cory? You used to have your own stack of computers. Now we’ve got Google Drive to store everything in there, you could share permissions, view only permissions, edit permissions. I use Google Sheets and Google Docs a lot.

Cory: Google Sheets is like Excel, if you’re familiar with Word, it’s very similar to Excel. In fact you can import and export into Excel format. Google Docs are like Word, very, very similar to Word. Microsoft cornered that market for a while and Google wanted to have a piece of it. They realized that more people eyeballs were on Google and they’re one of the most highly visited websites in the world so they created that Google Docs, Google Sheets.

What’s interesting about what they do that no one else has done the same way is that they allow you to real time collaborate. I can be inside of a Google Doc or a Google Sheet and Joe and I could be working at the same time and I could see Joe and he could see me with a little different colors on where we’re working on different cells, we’re working on different sections and we could be talking and working at the same time on those docs. That’s what’s really powerful.

You can also share links that can give you access, you can get anybody with the link access to it or you can only get people within a certain if you’re working inside what’s called G Suite which is basically business Google or you have your email hosted with Google and everything, then you can be inside of your own little intraweb and you can share things back and forth or only the person with the permission that can see the doc can see actually see it. If they clicked on it without the permission, it doesn’t help them out one bit.

We use it with our coaching students, we use it with our lead tracking, we use it with our expense reports, we are working parts of it in for Traction. There are so many great ways that we use Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Sheets.

Joe: There are even some really good third party add-ons that you can add onto your Google documents. For example, Click2Mail, when we send a lot of our mail as an add-on in Google Docs and Google Sheets. If you’re working on a letter, you can actually click a couple buttons, send it to Click2Mail and Click2Mail will print it and mail it for you.

Cory: Compared to using Lob or some other service, you can just use that.

Joe: Google Drive is awesome.

Cory: What else do you use it for, Joe? You use it for lead tracking, what else do you use it for?

Joe: One of the big things I use it for is in one of my courses. In my marketing for sellers module, I’ll have a bunch of sample marketing pieces, a bunch of postcards that I use or letters that I use and I will save all those marketing files inside of Google Drive folder. With my course, I’ll say, “If you wanna get this stuff, just click on this link.” That’s a view only link. They can now view all of my marketing files and then can view them or download them into their own Google Drive folder so they can use them.

Cory: You could prevent that from happening too, you can prevent them from downloading if you wanted too. You can go into the advanced section, when you go to share your doc, there’s another section right on the very bottom that says advanced or something along those lines and then that gives you the next layer to prevent them from actually downloading if they want, they can just look at it only.

Joe: I did not know that. I know Dropbox does this but can you tell them they can only view it with a password, can you do that?

Cory: I think you can password protect it. I’ll have to check on it though, like you said Dropbox does it. I’ll have to check, I don’t use that feature.

Joe: I think my cell phone is overheating, Cory. Literally, I had another podcast I did and a coaching call and this is another podcast. I probably used up all my data.

Cory: You’re gonna be getting those $15 notices, you’re gonna be charged another $15 for a gb.

Joe: I’m sure I’m fine but I probably should be ending this now. I’m ruining the ozone from all of my exhaust from my diesel here.

Cory: I appreciate you taking the time on here while you’re at camp to do this and everyone else appreciates it as well. I’m excited about continuing to add more content and get more interesting folks that we’re going to be interviewing here very soon with technology tools, talking about how technology can make your life a lot more efficient if you don’t let that tool control you and you control the tool. Remember this is something that I’ve been living by lately, this is your employee not your boss, remember that, this is your employee not your boss.

Your tools are things that you wanna use, you control the hammer, the hammer doesn’t hit you in the head even though sometimes it feels like it does when you’re confused. Don’t let technology confuse you. A simple way that you can easily understand most of what we discussed here today is by getting on YouTube and simply typing in how to use Podio, how to use Google Drive.

You will find that there is only 10,000 videos, you wanna go and find the one that has the most downloads on it. You can sort to find the most downloads and you’re gonna see why that one has the most downloads, usually it’s because it’s the easy teachable video that everyone loves. There’s a lot of applicable content in there and things that you can learn from. A simple way that you can learn a lot of these things. Don’t let technology run you and control you, you control technology, this is your employee, not your boss.

Joe: That’s a great point, Cory. If you guys want these top 10 favorite tech tools of ours in a PDF, go to reitechshow.com or text the word “tech” to 38470 and we’ll give that to you right there on your employee, not your employer. It’s good talking to you, Cory, as always. We’ll talk again soon.

Cory: Yes. Have a good time.

Joe: See you guys later. Bye.

Cory: Bye.

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