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Techshow planners share productivity hacks for '60 in 60' session

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Techshow planners on Friday shared 60 of their favorite apps and gadgets in a quickfire session that included some tried-and-tested products alongside practical tips for workplace productivity.

Techshow co-chairs Jeannine Lambert and Gyi Tsakalakis were joined on stage by co-vice chairs Sofia Stefanie Lingos, Cynthia Thomas and immediate past chair Ivan Hemmans. They ran through tricks, tips and work hacks during an event that traditionally closes the annual show.

Jumping on a Zoom call is a reality for many attorneys today. Lambert, executive director of centers and programming at Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law, told the audience to check out the app Hand Mirror which offers one-click access to a webcam. She says she uses it to make sure she doesn’t look like she just rolled out of bed before joining a videoconference.

“Please use Hand Mirror, or something like that, before you get on a Zoom meeting,” Lambert said to laughter. “By the time a meeting rolls around I always do a preview beforehand.”

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Anyone who uses a laptop is likely used to the unease that accompanies the sight of dozens of open tabs. As a remedy, Lambert recommended the browser extension, Toby, to organize and quickly access them.

Tsakalakis, an attorney and founder of AttorneySync, had several recommendations for would-be content creators including Camo, a webcam app for the Mac, and OBS Studio, an open source platform for video recording and live streaming.

“Between an iPhone, a laptop, Camo app and OBS Studio, you really can do remarkable production-quality videos and audio,” Tsakalakis said.

Line of five people on a stageJeannine Lambert (left to right), Gyi Tsakalakis, Ivan Hemmans, Cynthia Thomas and Sofia Stefanie Lingos presented 60 in 60 at the 2023 ABA Techshow.

Hemmans, senior manager of technical development at O’Melveny & Myers, focused on an arsenal of simple tips and tricks for Windows and Mac users. But as an Airpods user he did have one gadget recommendation: a case to add an extra layer of protection for the popular earbuds, such as the Valkit lockable shockproof case.

“If you drop it, hopefully it’ll keep your earbuds from spilling all over the place,” Hemmans said. “I love this thing.”

Thomas, owner of law firm management consulting company PLMC & Associates, gave a shoutout to LinkedIn and urged the audience to make more use of it as a marketing tool. She also highlighted a function called Back Tap on the iPhone that allows users to take quick screenshots.

Lingos, the founding and managing attorney of Boston-based Trident Legal, also recommended several apps and gadgets, including 360-degree video conferencing tool, Meeting Owl. She also told the audience to check out a function in the Notes app on iOS. Simply click on the camera icon in Notes and you can scan documents.

“If you don’t want to download yet another app, it’s nice and easy,” she said.

Here’s the full slideshow of the 60 tips at this year’s show, which ends March 4.

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