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    I thought I'd pass this on here at the public forum, guessing there’s probably at least one other person in the same boat I'm in.

    I was looking for some resources and help to further my GTD education and hone my processes and skills. The free podcasts are great and the company does a nice job of making a lot of free information available. I considered coaching and actually had a terrific free 20 minute call with one of their coaches to briefly discuss where I'm at with my processes and mindset, and how to best move forward. If money were no object I would just do coaching now, but given my circumstances I want to pluck all the low hanging and more affordable fruit I can before moving in that direction.

    So, I bought a one month membership to Connect so I could really check it out. You can do a free trial but that doesn’t allow you to access the Connect podcasts or download materials, and I do a lot of such listening in my car, so that’s why I went ahead and bought a month of Connect.

    Well, I can tell you that David and his team have done an unbelievable job of putting resources together on Connect. It’s almost unbelievable how much is there to help someone in my position. From the assessment tools to the Getting Started/Reacquainted series (terrific 4-5 minute videos on each step of the GTD process along with a 10-15 minute audio discussion between David and his coaches on that step), to the podcasts to the webinars to the various audio media like the In Conversation and Creative Questioning series, there is a LOT of meat on this bone. And I haven’t even really gotten into the forums there yet.

    If you’re doing great and you’re happy with your workflow, then perhaps this is overkill for you. But if you’re like me and you needed some help, I can tell you I've seen few website offering more rich and useful content than Connect.

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    I joined for a month too

    Originally posted by Conejo23 View Post
    I thought I'd pass this on here at the public forum, guessing there’s probably at least one other person in the same boat I'm in.

    I was looking for some resources and help to further my GTD education and hone my processes and skills. The free podcasts are great and the company does a nice job of making a lot of free information available. I considered coaching and actually had a terrific free 20 minute call with one of their coaches to briefly discuss where I'm at with my processes and mindset, and how to best move forward. If money were no object I would just do coaching now, but given my circumstances I want to pluck all the low hanging and more affordable fruit I can before moving in that direction.

    So, I bought a one month membership to Connect so I could really check it out. You can do a free trial but that doesn’t allow you to access the Connect podcasts or download materials, and I do a lot of such listening in my car, so that’s why I went ahead and bought a month of Connect.

    Well, I can tell you that David and his team have done an unbelievable job of putting resources together on Connect. It’s almost unbelievable how much is there to help someone in my position. From the assessment tools to the Getting Started/Reacquainted series (terrific 4-5 minute videos on each step of the GTD process along with a 10-15 minute audio discussion between David and his coaches on that step), to the podcasts to the webinars to the various audio media like the In Conversation and Creative Questioning series, there is a LOT of meat on this bone. And I haven’t even really gotten into the forums there yet.

    If you’re doing great and you’re happy with your workflow, then perhaps this is overkill for you. But if you’re like me and you needed some help, I can tell you I've seen few website offering more rich and useful content than Connect.
    I joined for a month too...three years ago! Since Kelly took over Connect, it's fantastic. Enjoy your time with us...and get in the forums (answering one of your posts next)

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    • #3
      Sound good. How much is it? And do you think its worth the money just for genuine GTD enthusiasts, or even just to keep the GTD-Saw sharp?

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      • #4
        newbgtd.....it’s $48/month if you go month to month, and I think it’s $480 if you buy an annual subscription. I bought a month to check it out. Will buy an annual membership after the first of the year.

        Is it just for GTD enthusiasts? My sense (and I'm just only scratching the surface and getting started with it) is that it’s a superb resource for those who have read the book and are serious about implementing this methodology but need more assistance and tools and references to assist in moving down that learning curve. I believe it will help ‘sharpen the saw’, but I won’t know until I use my saw enough to dull the blade so it needs sharpening to begin with!

        I think if someone only has a passing interest in GTD, or if they’re perfectly happy with their implementation of it and have no desire to change or improve it, then maybe (and I stress ‘maybe’) these tools wouldn’t be all that necessary. One risk of a site like this is that it has such an abundance of resources that one (read ‘me’) can easily start spinning off and spending more time honing the processes and systems and start neglecting the actual business of doing stuff.

        But if you’re in my position and looking to move up a belt, this is a great way to do it.

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        • #5
          Thanks and info

          Conejo23--heartfelt thanks from me and the team for sharing your experience. We so appreciate that.

          The pricing for GTD Connect is $48 per month or $480 per year ($360 per year for non-profits, gov't & education.) If you are seeking non-profit pricing, please email us at connect@davidco.com from the account that would qualify you, and we'll send you a link to purchase it from our store. Regular monthly and yearly members can simply purchase it from our store: https://secure.davidco.com/store/cat...-p-1-c-248.php

          You can join by month and cancel any time by emailing us at connect@davidco.com.

          Here's an FAQ that covers lots of questions too. https://secure.davidco.com/connect/contacts/faq.php

          We also have a 2-week trial that includes the full experience, except for downloading content: https://secure.davidco.com/connect/free/14days

          I know I am biased, but Connect is a great value if you consider what you get per month: webinars, podcasts, articles, updates from David and input from the coaching staff.

          Cheers,
          Kelly

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          • #6
            I begin my GTD Connect subscription on a 3 month test.

            I was on the first group of people that sign when the test for GTD Connect was open to the general public, my idea was to test for 3 month.

            There have been a couple of times that I have evaluate the investment, but they always come at that time with something that make me change my mind. That was before Kelly, since then, I have never question this expense again, GTD is a great tool to bring your GTD to the next level.

            Best,

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            • #7
              Don't forget about the Weekly Review Reminder!

              Originally posted by kelstarrising View Post
              I know I am biased, but Connect is a great value if you consider what you get per month: webinars, podcasts, articles, updates from David and input from the coaching staff.
              Don't forget about the Weekly Review Reminder e-mail from David! It is a real GTD Police in action.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by NewbGTD View Post
                And do you think its worth the money just for genuine GTD enthusiasts, or even just to keep the GTD-Saw sharp?
                I was going month to month for a while. I signed up for a year a while ago because of the cost savings. It's a big investment for me but I decided that it's more than worth it just to keep me moving forward and learning.

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                • #9
                  I'm enjoying seeing the feedback from those who have been members for awhile. For those folks, would love to hear which of the resources at Connect they have found particularly helpful.

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                  • #10
                    Where to even start??

                    Originally posted by Conejo23 View Post
                    I'm enjoying seeing the feedback from those who have been members for awhile. For those folks, would love to hear which of the resources at Connect they have found particularly helpful.
                    Well, the webinars, the "coaches chat"...the forums. Did you know the coaches answer questions in the connect forums? They are in there all the time. Occasionally I'll see a post from Kelly in the public forums, but not like Connect where she posts every day. Honestly, I almost never read the public forums anymore (I was attracted to this heading, though).

                    The discounts on merchandise...the freebies. Just today I got an email that Connect members get the David Allen 2 minutes downloadable timer free ($10 in the store).

                    We have a book club in the forum too. We "discuss", chapter by chapter, David's books. We are just finishing "Getting Things Done" and starting "Making It All Work" after the first of the year.

                    I sound like a commercial, I know. I keep logged in all day long and check in on breaks--that's how often I find value here.

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                    • #11
                      I have learned a tremendous amount from forum members. Whenever I'm uncertain about something I post it here and/or look in the online resources. I really like the webinars. I cannot wait until we start the MIAW book club, since the GTD book club really let me fine-tune my system (I don't know why I benefitted so much from that, but perhaps my focus was sharper or maybe it was the questions Kelly posted for review.)

                      End of December, it'll be 2 years for me.

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                      • #12
                        an MIAW book club starting after the first of the year? Seriously?

                        Wow, that’s awesome. I ordered and just today received MIAW with my plan to PhotoRead all 3 of his books over Christmas break, let them kind of percolate for a bit, then do an indepth study of MIAW after the first of the year. This timing sounds perfect.

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                        • #13
                          It is worth it

                          I've been a member of Connect only since the end of May, but I've already gotten a huge amount from it. I joined right before 2 *big* events - one a complete surprise (my brother's fatal heart attack) and one long-planned (a 3 month stay in Vietnam for research, with husband and daughter staying in the US). GTD helped enormously with both.

                          I'm not ordinarily a forums sort of person, but for me they are one of the most valuable parts. I get so much out of what other people are doing, and the coaches contribute very thoughtfully. I'm also a big fan of the podcasts/webinars. There are parts of Connect that I haven't really tapped into yet, like the Intention Journal, but everything I've tried has been useful

                          Many, many thanks to Kelly and to everyone else who makes this such a great resource!

                          Best,

                          Evelyn

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                          • #14
                            Vietnam

                            Originally posted by ekmorris View Post
                            I've been a member of Connect only since the end of May, but I've already gotten a huge amount from it. I joined right before 2 *big* events - one a complete surprise (my brother's fatal heart attack) and one long-planned (a 3 month stay in Vietnam for research, with husband and daughter staying in the US). GTD helped enormously with both.

                            I'm not ordinarily a forums sort of person, but for me they are one of the most valuable parts. I get so much out of what other people are doing, and the coaches contribute very thoughtfully. I'm also a big fan of the podcasts/webinars. There are parts of Connect that I haven't really tapped into yet, like the Intention Journal, but everything I've tried has been useful

                            Many, many thanks to Kelly and to everyone else who makes this such a great resource!

                            Best,

                            Evelyn
                            Evelyn,

                            I remember when you posted about your trip to Vietnam. How about updating us in the Connect Social Forum? I'd really love to hear about it!

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                            • #15
                              Photo Read?

                              Originally posted by Conejo23 View Post
                              an MIAW book club starting after the first of the year? Seriously?

                              Wow, that’s awesome. I ordered and just today received MIAW with my plan to PhotoRead all 3 of his books over Christmas break, let them kind of percolate for a bit, then do an indepth study of MIAW after the first of the year. This timing sounds perfect.
                              What is PhotoRead? Sounds like something I need to hear about

                              And yes, the indepth study of MIAW is up in January. I didn't participate as much as I should have from the beginning with Getting Things Done book club--and I was sorry I didn't. This time I'm going to work harder at it!

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