I've just finished a debriefing meeting with my team following this morning's "Getting Things Done with Lotus Notes" web event with David Allen.

We're still trying to wrap our head around the overwhelming response to this event. Clearly, there are a lot of people using Lotus Notes who want to be more productive at what they do.

We had over 900 pacesetters from over 400 organizations, asking over 500 questions, and a very high level of engagement in the discussion. That's even more activity than the very successful GTD web event for IBMers three weeks ago. Apparently, the #GTDLN Twitter feed was also quite active as well.

I was also surprised at the number of people that do not use Lotus Notes who attended in order to learn more about Lotus Notes.  In fact, a few people wrote to ask if we would spend more time on Lotus Notes itself. Glad to see that interest. (Perhaps IBM should consider scheduling some live events like this for people new to Lotus Notes?)

As often happens in a live event, we ran out of time and I apologize for that. I had to skip many slides and a live demo. I know we could never have answered every question that came in, but I would like to have more time for Q&A. I'll have to improve that for the next event.

There were many popular questions (I'm still processing) including:

"How can I watch a replay or get a copy of the slides?"

We're working out the details but be sure to subscribe to the newsletter as we will share links to the replay events and downloads there. Or, you can visit the eProductivity web site.

"I don't use Lotus Notes yet but I want to. How do I get started?"

Good question. There are many excellent Lotus Business Partners out there than can help. Many of our first-time Notes customers (people that purchase Lotus Notes just so they can run eProductivity) have reported great success with Phase2. They have a hosted Notes solution that seems to work well for our customers. (I will blog about this, soon.)

"Is there a version of eProductivty for Outlook?"

I wish I made $ every time sonone asked that question. Sorry. Currently, eProductivity is for IBM Lotus Notes only. Outlook users may want to look at the NetCentrics GTD Add-in for Outlook. I have no plans to make eProductivity for Outlook. I'm much more interested in bring eProductivity to mobile devices rand the Cloud.

"How can I try eProductivity for myself?"

Easy. go here to get started with a free demo (simply download, open, and go) or a free 21-day trial

"What's the special offer you made on the webinar?"

It's great deal. Sorry, that's for registered webinar attendees only. Consider signing up for the next webinar.

"When is the next webinar"

Tomorrow. See the upcoming webinar event schedule for details.

I want to give a big shout out to the tech team who had their hands full trying to handle the volume of incoming email, skypes, questions, and twitter feeds. Great job!

Looking at the incoming email, which is now filling up, it looks like it will be a few more hours before I can mark this event "completed."

Thank you to everyone who attended. I'll try to post more information once I have time to process the day's event.
Several weeks ago, I had a conversation about Lotus Notes and one of my takeaways was that I should explore doing more webinars to help people get more from Lotus Notes. Webinars were always a part of my agenda but had often been placed on the back-burner to projects like grad school, my speaking engagements at KMworld and Lotusphere, launching a new product release for Lotus Foundations and planning for the BlackBerry application. Several people encouraged me to move webinars from 'Someday/Maybe' to 'NOW' and they offered to help spread the word.

Because I wasn't sure how much interest there would be, I decided to look at my web logs and databases to look for potential groups of interest. Seeing that I have a large number of IBMers that follow my blogs and some who use eProductivity, I decided to make the first webinar a private webinar and, based on the interest coming from IBMers, I decided to make it specific to that audience. I then asked people I know to share this event with their coworkers so that we could see who might sign up. I told them that if there was sufficient interest in a webinar, I might invite David Allen to copresent with me. This would allow us to cover methodology as well as technology.

The response was overwhelming


As of today, we have well over 500 IBMers signed up and a growing list of people that have expressed interest in follow-on events. I'm still working on the agenda, but here's a quick overview as it stands now:

AGENDA: Getting Things Done with Lotus Notes

•Your Personal Productivity Equation
•Overview of the GTD® Methodology
•How to implement GTD in Vanilla Lotus Notes
•How to use eProductivity™ for IBM Lotus Notes
•What's in Eric and David's Productivity Toolkit
•Your Roadmap to Making It All Work
•Resources and Tools

IBM-only Event, April 8, 2010 10:00-11:30 AM PST        
Public Event, April 28, 2010 10:00-11:30 AM PST        

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Twenty years ago, I was baptized by immersion.  

On Palm Sunday, we had a baptism celebration for those that wanted who make this public demonstration and I signed up to get wet. Nothing changed for me that day - and yet everything did. Baptism itself does not change a person or guarantee a spot in heaven; it is only an external symbol of an internal transformation. You see, my baptism was an outward demonstration of an inward change that had been made years earlier, when I understood and personally accepted responsibility for my sins and the realization that there was a better way for me to live than apart from God's plan for me. My testimony then - as today - is that of a changed man.

Though nervous at the time, I was delighted to share the story of that change publicly through my water baptism 20 years ago. I wanted everyone to know what the Lord had done for me. Those who knew me saw the transformation unfold. Today, as I sat in church to celebrate Resurrection Sunday I am again delighted and thankful for what the Savior did on my behalf. That redemption is available to all who repent and believe. I know, it sounds too easy. In fact, that simplicity took me a long time to get over. Now, as a parent, I understand it better: Our heavenly father, the God of the Bible, loves us so much and desires a personal relationship with us. Yet, our rebellion causes us to be separated from Him - but not from His love. Yet, while we were in a state of rebellion, (much like an unruly child), He provided a way for us to be reconciled, the relationship restored, and hearts healed.

It's not about religion. Religion is man's futile attempt to please God. It's about Love, God's love for us and the willingness to accept the gift that He offers His children. A gift He offers you.

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

Sunday, April 4th, 2010
GBC Orchestra and Choir - Easter Celebration 2010

The Mack Family: Wendy, Eric (back), Kelly, Kathy, Emily, and Wendy (Front)

Grace and peace to you from the Mack family as you celebrate this Resurrection Sunday.

GBC Passion Play 2010

Friday, April 2nd, 2010
Tonight, our family attended the Passion Plan presented by our church. It was a powerful portrayal of a life-changing event, presented by a cast and crew of close to 300 volunteers in the choir, orchestra, and drama ministries who worked tirelessly to share it as a gift to the community. These two photos begin to depict the detail of the costumes but do not begin to convey the sense of realism as these talented people brought the biblical record of these events to life.

Scene from the GBC Passion Play 2010

Scene from the GBC Passion Play 2010

I try to keep up with developments in personal and organizational productivity. Here's a development in the area of randomized productivity management you should know about. It's from Alan Lepofsky, who is once again at the forefront of enterprise collaboration software with the instroduction of the new Socialtext Enterprise Chatroulette, or SECR.

SECR removes the hassle of having to manually locate subject matter experts, by allowing you to interact with any available colleague.