How I save 3 to 4 hours a week.

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I stumbled upon Sanebox a few weeks ago and it has been a game changer for me. I am by no means a super power email user but I get my fair share of emails every week. I would spend a few hours a week archiving old and information only emails. One of the common problems was important emails would get pushed off the important front page of my gmail account. Getting pushed of the front page would push it from my mind and many important emails would get lost or delayed because it was out of sight out of mind.

Who is Eric Newman?

The Eric Trap blog tour kicked off. There will be many posts, book reviews and give aways in the weeks to come. In fact you will not be able to buy a copy of the book until the end of the month but you will possibly win a copy of The Eric Trap.

Over the past year and a half I have been part of a group of leaders working on writing a leadership book. It’s a great book of leadership lessons learned from the second chair. If you are on staff at a church or are leading others in your organization I really think you will find our new book The Eric Trap helpful. It has been a lot of work but also a privilege to be part of something with a group of people I really respect. Get yourself a copy of The Eric Trap for you and your team.

Here is the 411 on The Eric Trap. 

What is the Eric Trap? – It is a leadership fable that discusses the 5 things every leader has to get right. The Eric Trap is a collaboratively written leadership book by a group of #kidmin leaders from one of Jim Wideman’s infuse leadership group.

Where can I find out more about the blog tour? Over at Kenny Conley’s blog

What are people saying about it?

Jim Wideman – Announces the start of the Blog tour
Jenny Funderburke – Kicks off the tour with the first review of “The Eric Trap”

Where can I find out more about The Eric Trap? You can visit the Eric Trap website

How can you help get the word out? You can tweet about it. Be sure to include eric’s twitter address @e_newman or #erictrap you can also put a Eric Trap Badge on your blog or website. I have made some below for your convince.

How do I add one to my blog or website? Below each badge is the html code you can use to embed the badge above it on your blog or website.

How to embed in my WordPress Blog

1. Simply copy the html for the size badge you want

2. go to the widget section of your blog

3. Select a text widget

4. Paste the html code you copied into the text widget box

5. You should be good to go.

The Eric Trap Blog Badges


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Experience Napkin 2012 Online


Not everything that happens in Vegas needs to stay there. As a result the staff at Napkin Conference have decided to launch The Napkin Conference 2012 online as well as live. All of the 6 main sessions and 2 discussion panel sessions will be streaming live and anyone can register to attend. You can register on the website just the same as on-site registration. The cost is $49 per log-in for access to all six sessions as well as some added interactive features between sessions and during the discussion panel sessions.

This is a great opportunity. For you as a leader or for your staff. For 49 bucks you get to hear from the likes of Jim “The Pioneer” Wideman, Ryan “Special K” Frank and Dave “The Legend” Wakerley. This is a steal. Get on it head over and register now!

I would love to see you there!

Best Attendance

Youth pastors of America I want to tell you a little bit about my newest sponsor, Best Attendance.

Best Attendance is a new website allowing youth leaders to take attendance, share event calendars,

communicate with youth, and update membership rosters online.

The software helps you increase accountability in your group by providing graphical, customizable attendance

reports that help you identify any members at risk of falling through the cracks. There are several ways of

taking attendance, including using a barcode reader, printing sign-in forms, or letting members sign in on a

computer. The software lets you keep members informed by sending emails or text messages to individuals,

groups, or your entire organizations. Plus, students always know what’s coming up by viewing the shared event

calendar online.

Check it out for yourself. You can sign up for a 14 day free trial at, and subscriptions

are just $22 per month.