One of my favorite parts of my role as the Evernote Productivity Ambassador is getting to share Evernote’s awesomeness in front of an audience (usually a willing audience!). I just got back from Vancouver, where I attended and presented at the 2012 National Conference of the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC). These professionals represent the organizing and productivity professions from locations all across Canada. I attended POC a couple of years ago where I presented two workshops, one on leveraging online tools in your business, and another on keeping mobile workers productive. This time around, I presented a workshop full of brand-new content – Evernote in Action. I couldn’t have been more excited for this – a great group, an awesome city, and a chance to share the Evernote love with people who can really get a ton out of it for themselves and for their clients!
The Evernote in Action workshop was targeted at both Evernote newbies up to the more intermediate user. I began by taking attendees through a quick tour of the Evernote interface, but rather than continuing a boring feature overview, I used a case study of an overwhelmed business owner to explore how using Evernote throughout her day could help to streamline tasks, keep her organized, and make her more productive. I showed how you can use Evernote to keep important notes from getting lost, manage contacts and business cards, create a basic CRM, track and collaborate on projects, document and share processes and procedures, centralize information, create a reading library, organize and plan travel, and more.
During the workshop, I also spent some time discussing the Trunk, and how using the apps and tools in it can really extend what Evernote can do for you. In particular, I demoed how using a Fujitsu ScanSnap along with Evernote can let you quickly go paperless and create a digital filing cabinet, how using Meshin Calendar with Evernote can make your meetings more effective, and I showed off the new Evernote Smart Notebooks by Moleskine and how to use them to capture handwritten notes quickly and easily. At the end of the workshop, I raffled off some Evernote Premium subscriptions, a few Evernote Smart Notebooks by Moleskine, and a Fujitsu ScanSnap. Attendees went wild!
What was great to see is that professional organizers and productivity consultants with a wide variety of backgrounds were all interested in how Evernote could help them – and their clients – get (and stay) more organized. I had several self-described tech neophytes in the audience, and I heard afterward that even they have started seeing the possibilities for how using Evernote, even in small ways, could make a big difference in their lives and in their businesses.
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