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Gmail with Rapportive, Highrise & Boomerang = Lifehacker Heaven

Those of you who know me well know I call myself a "lifehacker" which basically means I hack & use technology to be as efficient as possible.  For example, I strongly recommend that those who are in front of computers all day learn to play them like instruments.

I've had people ask me how I use technology to be efficient when I'm in sales mode (which, really, any entrepreneur is most of the time).  Here's a screenshot of what my email client looks like, with the tools I rely on below that:

Rapportive:  This Gmail Plugin is an absolute necessity for anyone even remotely in a sales type of role.   It lets you learn about the person you're emailing with, and connect with them via LinkedIn right from the email client.  It also lets you manage their Highrise CRM profile without having to go to Highrise, which is a godsend.  I can't recommend Rapportive highly enough.

Boomerang:  Lets you schedule email to be sent later, but more importantly, will "boomerang" an email back to your inbox a specified amount of time after you've sent it.  It's a great way to have a soft reminder to follow up with someone.  You can also have it only boomerang the email back to you if the person you're emailing doesn't respond.

Those of you who know me well know I call myself a "lifehacker" which basically means I hack & use technology to be as efficient as possible.  For example, I strongly recommend that those who are in front of computers all day learn to play them like instruments. I've had people ask me how I use technology to be efficient when I'm in sales mode (which, really, any entrepreneur is most of the time).  Here's a screenshot of what my email client looks like, with the tools I rely on below that: Rapportive:  This Gmail Plugin is an absolute necessity for anyone even remotely in a sales type of role.   It lets you learn about the person you're emailing with, and connect with them via LinkedIn right from the email client.  It also lets you manage their Highrise CRM profile without having to go to Highrise, which is a godsend.  I can't recommend Rapportive highly enough. Boomerang:  Lets you schedule email to be sent later, but more importantly, will "boomerang" an email back to your inbox a specified amount of time after you've sent it.  It's a great way to have a soft reminder to follow up with someone.  You can also have it only boomerang the email back to you if the person you're emailing doesn't respond. I can go into more detail on how I use these services (and especially how I use Rapportive to create tags in Highrise right from the email, which I then export to  Mailchimp for monthly marketing newsletter blasts) if you'd like.  Just make a comment below asking for whatever detail you'd like me to delve into.  If I get enough interest, I'll spend the time to do a more in-depth demo.

Using Evernote to Clip Online Recipes

On Mike Dariano

Holy crap am I a dummy. I love using Evernote. I love online recipes. I love combining two loves. Peanut butter and chocolate, movies and popcorn, flights without children. I love linking this to that and somehow I missed a beauty, Evernote and recipes.

Just like the pilgrims discovering new land, I've discovered a new way to use Evernote, but it will include more technology and less extermination of native people.

To start, grab the Evernote Web Clipper. Connect the web clipper to your Evernote account and prepare to get your mind blown and stomach filled. Navigate to your favorite recipe - maybe Alton Brown's Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe - and clip as a "Simplified Article". Then through the magic* of the internet, it gets saved to your Evernote account. This is level one, the pilgrims landing and unloading the boat in frigid Virginia.

Open up your Evernote program - download this if you don't have it - then highlight all the bullet points, deselect bullet points, and make them check boxes. Viola, you have a shopping list! This is the pilgrims time traveling to today and seeing people surfing in sunny California.

Clipping the recipe like this also includes the recipe instructions, which means I'll be able to make a turkey, so long as I can keep the mashed potatoes off the iPad screen.

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