Using Outlook/Email Strategies & Tools to Survive Information Overload

Do you continue to experience any of the common workday problems on the list below?  If the answer is “yes” you’ll want to attend the November Brown Bag session to learn survival strategies for better use of both your time and technology. 

·         Overflowing, unorganized inbox?
·         Missed appointments/being late?
·         Ineffective prioritizing and lack of follow through?
·         Poor email communication skills?
·         Trying to do it all yourself?

Most people under utilize tools available to them and miss the basic features of these tools. Our 2 presenters will collaborate to bring you methods that will help you feel more organized and in control of your time, and also techniques to fully utilize your Outlook (or similar program).  Some of the fixes will include creating inbox subfolders and dragging items to them, setting calendar appointments, recurring appointments and reminders, bar color coding of tasks to organize by project, flag emails for follow up, use spell and grammar check, signatures and attachments. 

The objective is that you’ll leave with at least one tool you can begin using immediately that will bring ease to your workday.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010, Noon – 1 pm

FVCC Arts & Technology Building, Room 139
777 Grandview, Kalispell

For more information and RSVP, contact Terri Haueter at 758-6279 or

This month’s facilitators: Dru Rafkin Jackman, Owner, Sane Solutions by Dru and Derek Houseworth, Owner, Houseworth Consulting

Facilitator: Dru Rafkin Jackman, ACC is an internationally certified Coach and Licensed Seminar Leader who provides Coaching, Training and Consulting to those individuals and organizations experiencing frustration, overwhelm, and lack of focus in reaching their goals.  Her greatest success stories are those in which clients have not only accomplished their goals but are living to their fullest potential both personally and professionally.  Her company, Sane Solutions by Dru, is based in Whitefish where she lives with her husband, Stephen.

Founded in 1998, Sane Solutions by Dru offers Coaching, Training and Consulting to leaders, teams and individuals who desire to be more successful in reaching their unique professional and personal goals. Programs are tailored to individual needs and all work is confidential. 

Facilitator: Derek Houseworth’s professional career includes over 20 years of work in the computer consulting, network systems administration and commercial software development business including nearly eight years with Microsoft Corporation. For the past 11 years he’s operated Houseworth Consulting and provides technology services to nonprofit and small business clients in the northwest to help them operate more efficiently, secure their data and better serve their customers & communities. Derek is a frequent speaker and writer on a variety of computer & software technology subjects and teaches computer courses through FVCC’s Continuing Education department. He is a Microsoft Small Business Specialist, a certified member of the Microsoft Partner Network and member of the Leadership Flathead Class of 2010.  

Monthly Blueprint for Business Success brown bag sessions feature business professionals facilitating informative discussions. Attend to receive relevant information, opportunities to ask questions of the professionals and network with peers.
Who should attend?  Employers interested in growing and evolving more effective organizations. Why?
• Exchanging ideas, insights and real-world solutions directly impacts your bottom line.
• Making better decisions quickly requires more and better information.
• Utilizing all available resources to operate and grow is smart business.
• Engaging and energizing your employees helps make your business successful.


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