Email Black Belt

Become an Email BLACK BELT in 2014 with Laura Stack!


Ready to get organized for the New Year? You might think you’re good at email, but Laura Stack can help you become an OUTLOOK WARRIOR! Kick your productivity into high gear with Laura Stack’s NEW 12-hour virtual Outlook 2013 group coaching series!


Email Black Belt with Laura Stack #productivity #email #outlookEver wish you could hire a coach to sit down next to you at your desk and help you get organized? Now you can—virtually—with a Microsoft Certified Outlook Specialist! Join your colleagues for TWELVE HOURS of rocket-boosting Outlook skills during the month of February—one hour at a time—on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 12:00 Pacific / 1:00 Mountain / 2:00 Central / 3:00 Eastern. (You will get one day in between webinars to practice the techniques and ask questions before we add to it.) You’ll participate in webinars (where you can also ask questions) and join a private Facebook group to continue the conversation, gain insights, and learn best practices! The Facebook group will stay active, so the learning will continue far beyond the webinars. Cut your email time in half and save hours every week!

For each week’s focus area, Laura will demonstrate the skills LIVE on her own Outlook via gotowebinar. The concepts assume you’re on Microsoft Exchange (if you can view others’ calendars in your office, you’re on Exchange). You’ll receive a workbook with screen shots and step-by-step instructions before each course, so you can follow along as she goes. You’ll then practice on your own email and complete the homework. You’ll receive the recording after each webinar, so don’t worry if you can’t attend each session “live”! After this training, you could take the Microsoft test and become a certified Outlook specialist yourself!


Here is the action plan:

  1. February 3: Focus on Customizing your Outlook (Layout; interface; columns; navigation panes; data views; font sizes; colors; sorting data; non-email folders; grouping; moving around quickly; pop-up view)
  2. February 5: Focus on Inbox/Outbox/Sent/Drafts (Attachments; formatting; changing text; tagging; message options; pending and follow-up items; time savers; setting reminders for others; lists; saving; finding; filing; junk mail)
  3. February 7: Focus on Tasks (High-impact tasks HIT lists; “someday” lists; master lists; rolling tasks over; scheduling recurring items; regenerating tasks; sending performance reports; calendar vs. tasks; fast searches; to-do lists; assigning tasks; tracking delegation; project management; categorizing; separating personal tasks)
  4. February 10: Focus on the Calendar (Fast ways to set up meetings; appointment shortcuts; recurring meetings; sharing calendars; setting permissions; sending your schedule to others; changing emails to appointments; tracking responses; scheduling with others; blocking time to work; creating new personal calendars no one can see; maintaining others’ calendars, categorizing and coloring)
  5. February 12: Focus on Notes and Journal (Why Notes? Why Journal? Digital sticky notes; memory lists; tracking communications with Contacts; moving emails; inserting notes into email; tracking internet articles; sharing entries with others; creating meeting agendas; distributing meeting minutes; documenting conversations and phone calls; sharing folders)
  6. February 14: Focus on Contacts (Automatically adding contacts; checking to see if a contact already exists; creating contact folders as address books; selecting an address book; tagging and displaying contacts by categories; mailing to groups; quickly creating a new email/meeting/task for a contact; displaying contact history; updating your electronic business card; sharing contacts and lists; sending contacts as text; setting follow-up call reminders)
  7. February 17: Focus on Time Savers (Using Quick Parts and Quick Steps; creating rules; auto-filing; auto-forwarding; using shortcuts; inserting custom signatures; creating templates for common replies; setting up email letters; searching efficiently; taking polls and tallying responses; adding custom tabs with your favorite commands; accessing others’ folders; sharing data).
  8. February 19: Focus on Advance Email Tricks (programming AutoArchive; reducing inbox size easily; mirroring folders on hard drives; doing work offline; creating data files; setting sensitivity and security; locking email text; setting delivery options; expiring messages; having replies sent to others; delaying send from the Outbox; grouping email and cleaning up conversations; personalizing fields; adding new fields to forms)
  9. February 21: Focus on Email Communication (When not to use Outlook; keep from wasting other’s time; matching the message to the medium; using proper tone; establishing email protocols and etiquette; creating team communication rules; using BCC and CC correctly; understanding privacy issues; agreeing on subject field codes; understanding signature guidelines; responding efficiently; setting time requirements for responses; discussing reader courtesy; using the 4 C’s of great email communication)
  10. February 24: Focus on Workflow (Determine your preferred organizing methods; test for environmental, personality, style, culture, and work location; construct a suspense file; learn the six principles of organization necessary to maintain an empty inbox; practice the email decision-making tree to keep the inbox empty; efficient decision-making; converting emails into other items; follow-up on pending items; managing attachments)
  11. February 26: Focus on Social Media (Tracking social media subscriptions; the Outlook social connector; attaching a Linkedin contact; subscribing/sharing/reading blog feeds; subscribing to podcasts; YouTube channels; pull in a daily news feed; Internet Explorer options; using the People Pane; seeing windows live posts, adding photos)
  12. February 28: Focus on Using Outlook with Other Software (Printing labels; writing letters in Word with Outlook Contact lists; printing envelopes with Outlook Contacts; doing a mail merge; creating mass merged emails; emailing directly from other Office applications; using public folders; cool plug-ins for Outlook; scheduling meetings with doodle; using iCal feeds; OneNote integration; EverNote integration; sending text messages right from Outlook; cool smartphones apps; data backup; emailing directly from Windows Explorer)

Regularly, this series would be $468 per person, but because we’re using a group format, you can join for only $249!

*** This would be a great gift for someone in your life, whom you know would benefit from the coaching! ***

Retail value for individual purchase: $468


Want to join the group but are using a different version of Outlook (2010, 2007, or 2003)? Don’t despair! For two weeks only, you can buy the previous series through January 21st  for $199! Order here.