“Look ma! No hands.” – Unknown

Women’s Council’s November Tech Tip



In light of the new Nevada hands-free cell phone law, we decided to bring to you the mother of all hands-free phone apps. Vlingo considers themselves “the future of virtual assistants.” We agree. This app, available for all smart phones, turns your phone into the perfect driving companion. It will read your text messages out loud, take voice commands, even dictate an email. Best of all: it’s FREE.

“One customer, well taken care of, could be more valuable than $10,000 worth of advertising.” Jim Rohn

Since Verizon appeared in 2000, I have been a customer (well except for that brief affair with T-Mobile that never gets talked about) and for the most part I was happy with their service. That was until December of last year when my year of cell phone hell began.

It began with technical support telling me I had an issue that in fact I didn’t have and escalated to numerous unfulfilled and dis-satisfactory phone calls, extremely high wireless bills, and crappy service plans. You see Verizon suddenly decided that no one should have unlimited internet anymore and instead of informing me that was the case, simply put a fraud alert on my account. Multiple times. Needless to say, I needed to get away.

I knew my contract was up in October and I was hell-bent to find someone who would appreciate my business. (Which for a single person household isn’t small potatoes. I must have a smart phone and a broadband card so they really get to sell me two plans.) After months of research I finally settled on Sprint. Why? Because they are the only wireless company that has truly unlimited internet with their broadband cards. This is crucial to me. I work from home and refuse to pay for Cox/Dish/Direct TV/Century Link to give me internet when I already pay for the Broadband card. It’s not a very sensible use of my money and in this day and age, I shouldn’t have to.

In typical Jessica fashion, I had some difficulties making the switch. (Sidenote: Amazonwireless.com is amazing, however if you are going to use it to switch to a new company, make sure the store hasn’t already created a dummy account for you.) After spending nearly 12 hours on the phone with my favorite Sprint employee, Kaylee, in their customer care department, I finally make a deal with family and got my phone free.

But of course it wouldn’t be me if that was the end.

Having an internal Verizon Broadband card meant some tricks needed to be done once that card was removed in order to make my new Overdrive work with my computer. However, Romi (my second favorite Sprint employee) made it work.

Bottom line. I move to Sprint because not only was their internet truly unlimited, but I am also going to save about $100 every month with their better plans. I’m happy to be here because of their customer service. Both Kaylee and Romi not only went above and beyond, but they were creative and thought outside the box to solve my problem. Kaylee even went so far to say “My job isn’t done until your issue is resolved to your satisfaction.” When was the last time your cell phone company said that to you?

“Penmanship saves lives” – Grey’s Anatomy

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag…”    

Recognize this?

Of course you do. If you grew up in the United States you said everyday of your school age life. It’s ingrained in your brain, never to be forgotten.

And yet it’s often said, and written, incorrectly.

Which is correct?


“I pledge allegiance to the Flag
     of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands:

     one Nation under God, indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.”


“I pledge allegiance to the Flag
     of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands:

     one Nation, under God, indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.”


If you said A, you would be right. The extra common doesn’t exist. Somewhere along the line someone transposed the thing and got it wrong. Which years later has led to adults standing in a room unable to recite the pledge in unison because of one punctuation mark.

And now you’re thinking, “Seriously Jessica. You’re going to do a blog post on the comma in the pledge?”

Consider it a public service announcement.


“Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books.” – Bell Hooks

Here’s the list.


A – B

C – D

F – G

H – I

L – N

O – R

S – T

U – W


#10 Hand Write 30 Letters

When I started my 30×30 list, I thought this would be the easiest item on the list. Boy was I wrong. It was probably one of the hardest things I have ever had to do – ever. Having said that, it was also one of the most freeing and peaceful things I’ve done. I am guilty of assuming. I assume my friends and family know I love them and that I’m grateful for them. I assume those who make a difference know that they do. I assume a lot. This process took me out of my head and brought me into action.

It wasn’t easy, it took all year, and it was worth every second.

And of course, I had a system. Here it is for those of you who may want to do it yourselves:

1. Make a list of 30 people. Friends, family, people who have impacted my life; basically the first 30 people who came to mind.

2. Find the perfect cards. Each card was specifically picked for the person it was written for. They ranged from quotes to pictures to outright crazy.

3.Write from the heart. Part of why this took so long was the gut reaction of  “Oh my God, they are all gonna think I’m stupid”. Once I put that aside and just wrote, they flowed a lot better and were more genuine.

4. Let go. Let go of any resentment, anger, frustrations – basically all negative feelings.

5. Stamp them and mail them. No one really gets any fun snail mail anymore so it makes them more unique and special so forget delivery and stick them in the mailbox.


Have fun!


“I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity.” – Julius Erving

Las Vegas Women’s Council Tech Tip


Alright, you’ve broken down to peer pressure and created accounts on all the important social media sites, now what? That’s easy, you need a report card. Some way to find out if you’re being influential or if anyone is even listening. Solution? Klout.com. Klout takes all your social media site (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, etc) and gives you a score (1-100). This score tells you how influential you are online. Once you set up your social media accounts (it’s a one button set up for most) there’s pretty much nothing else to do. It’s easy and vital if social media is going to be part of your business plan.