Merlin Mann on "Inbox Zero" (Google Tech Talks)
August 23, 2007
Here's a good presentation you will enjoy. Merlin Mann, a well known productivity guru and creator of the popular 43 folders website talks about getting things done, the importance of getting your inbox to zero, and strategies for dealing with high volume email. Merlin spoke at Google earlier this summer and he told me (last night in fact) that Presentation Zen was an inspiration for his slides. The simple vector images Merlin uses are available at iStockPhoto. You do not need a drawing app like Illustrator since iStock provides you with a very large jpeg for each set of line art.
I think this video is very good and I'm inspired now not to let email rule my work life (which it clearly does all too often). What would have made the video even better is if they showed more closeups of Merlin and Merlin in front of the slide. Since the slides are so simple it is not really necessary to keep them on full screen that long. Google has asked me to come in to do one of the Google Talks as well. I'l try to do it just before Christmas or when I am in California again before Macworld in mid January. The video of the presentation — like Merlin's and Seth's, etc — will be recorded and put online. I'm really looking forward to presenting at Google (hope I don't suck!).
Below are the slides from Merlin's Google talk.
If you can't get enough Merlin, then checkout The Merlin Show starring Merlin Mann