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May 2009 Efficiency Newsletter

Technology does not create productive people. We do.

Happy almost-June! It was great to see many of you at Bootstrap Maryland and Ignite DC. If you'd like to help grow the young-entrepreneur community in this region, please reply to this email and I'll be in touch. (Thank you to so many of you who have stepped up, you know who you are).

So much going on here for my team in June: speaking in LA at a Gartner/Everything Channel event, writing a Cutter Consortium article about productivity for CIOs, talking to LaunchBox Digital entrepreneurs about social media. and of course the training projects that pay the bills. If your business is upgrading to Office 2007, drop us a line to smooth the migration : ).

Now onto the tips...

Tips from the Blog

Personal Finance Advice for Twenty-Somethings

I'm going to do something different this month. I know that you are successful, and many of you on this list have kids. I'm probably younger than you. And when it came time to figure out my personal finances I spent some time baffled by the subject...but ultimately a few books and conversations made the difference.

I've written about that experience and recommended a recently-published NYT and WSJ best-seller to share with anyone aged 18-30 who could use a push in the right direction when it comes to managing their money. You know what I mean.

Here are my takeaways from the book and more details:
http://www.technotheory.com/2009/05/takeaways-from-ramit-sethi-on-finances/

Tool of the Month

Instant Messaging Is Easier with Trillian Astra

If you use instant messaging during the workday, you might want to try Trillian Astra, which connects your AIM, MSN, Yahoo, GTalk, and Skype clients. It even connects to Twitter and Facebook, but I don't use it for those. They have a free version and a $25 version...and its interface is slick and easy to use.

Though you have to apply to use it during its beta period, I got an install key within 24 hours. Sign up here:
http://www.trillian.im/signup.html

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