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Wrap-Up of Evernote in Action Workshop at Professional Organizers in Canada 2012 National Conference

I just visited my colleagues up on Vancouver, where I presented a workshop on how to use Evernote to boost your productivity and stay organized.

Attendees at the Evernote in Action Workshop

Joshua Zerkel speaking at the Evernote in Action Workshop

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!

Joshua Zerkel speaking at the Evernote in Action Workshop

Joshua Zerkel speaking at the Evernote in Action Workshop

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.

Raffle winners at the Evernote in Action workshop

Raffle winners at the Evernote in Action workshop

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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