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You won't want to miss Audrey Thomas' session at the upcoming Sales Productivity Summit on March 17th.

She'll show you how to save up to an hour each day on your email. Register now.

Little Time Savers Add Up to Big Time Savings
By Audrey Thomas

Because I speak on the topic of personal productivity, email management and lean office, my radar is always up in discovering faster and more efficient ways of doing things.

Today I’d like to share with you 5 tips that I’ve shared with my sales coaching clients.

Blackberry Shortcuts

To scroll through a screen-length of emails just press the spacebar. Pressing the “T” key will return you to the Top of your emails and the “B” key will move you to the Bottom of your email list. When reading an email press the “R” key to Respond.

Email Shortcuts

In MS© Outlook, did you know you can link to a contact from within an appointment on your calendar? It’s extremely handy for phone meetings or blocked projects requiring contact with others.

When setting up a new appointment, look in the lower left-hand corner of your appointment screen. You’ll see the “Contacts” button. Click on it and your Address Book(s) will pop open. Double-click on your contact name, linking it to your appointment.

Now when your appointment rolls around you can easily open up your contact’s information without leaving your calendar view. 

Travel Confirmations

When I receive email confirmations for upcoming travel (airline, hotel and rental car), I immediately drag these e-mails from my Inbox directly to the departure date on my calendar. Now all of my travel details are just where I need them.

Travel Gadgets

If you travel a lot you probably find yourself constantly double checking to make sure you’ve got all of your electronic gadgets with you. Using a product like Built’s Cargo Travel Organizer to stow items helps me visually see that I’m remembering everything I left the office with.

PowerPoint Shortcut

During PowerPoint presentations you can easily produce a black screen by pressing the “B” key. Pressing it again will bring your PPT back. Repeat after me: “B for Black; B for Back”.  If for some reason you wanted a white screen, just press the “W” key. And for the curious, pressing “O” will NOT bring you an orange screen.

This are just a few of my ideas that can add up to big time savings. Join me at my March 17th presentation and I'll give you a whole bunch more!

Audrey Thomas is the founder of Organized Audrey. As a speaker, author and Lean Office expert she helps companies impact their bottom line by saving them thousands of hours. 

To learn more about her training call 866-767-0455, email her at [email protected] or visit www.OrganizedAudrey.com.


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Jill Konrath’s career is defined by her relentless search for fresh sales strategies that actually work in today’s business environment. She loves to work on tough sales challenges, big issues and unsolvable problems. Her first book, Selling to Big Companies, was hailed as an "instant classic." Fortune selected it as a "must read" and it's been an Amazon Top 25 sales book for 4+ years. Her newest book, SNAP Selling, was just released to rave reviews. She also writes a popular blog and publishes a leading newsletter. As an in-demand speaker an annual sales meetings and conferences, Jill helps sellers crack into new accounts, speed up sales cycles and win more business. Her clients include IBM, Microsoft, Hilton, Accenture, 3M and Staples. Her expertise is frequently published in top business media such as ABC News, Success, Inc., WSJ Start-Up Journal, Entrepreneur, New York Times, Business Journal, Selling Power and Sales & Marketing Management.