Advancements in communications and technology have created lots of efficiencies, but at the same time have sent many people spinning in a 24/7 world of e-mail, instant messages and cell phone calls.

Real estate professionals know this all too well — living an "always on" lifestyle can leave a person stressed, anxious and perpetually under the gun.

Advancements in communications and technology have created lots of efficiencies, but at the same time have sent many people spinning in a 24/7 world of e-mail, instant messages and cell phone calls.

Real estate professionals know this all too well — living an "always on" lifestyle can leave a person stressed, anxious and perpetually under the gun.

That’s why this year, Inman News decided to invite Merlin Mann, of the popular Web site 43 Folders, to keynote Real Estate Connect in San Francisco this July.

Mann will share his unique insight on how to regain time and attention, and then how to focus them where they bring the most long-term value to a business.

Mann will show attendees how to part the seas of interruption and procrastination and reveal the emerging skill sets needed to master this new world. He’ll illustrate how to build smarter walls and how to make faster decisions so entrepreneurs can concentrate on finding all the new opportunities that exist today.

This year’s Real Estate Connect San Francisco is slated for July 23-25 at The Palace Hotel. Each year, the top minds in real estate and related technology gather at Connect to debate and discuss issues and opportunities for the industry today.

The theme of Connect this summer will focus on opportunities in business, technology, blogging, slow markets, Internet marketing and more.

The event will kick off with a few pre-conference workshops aimed at building business through blogging, Internet marketing and working through the foreclosure mess.

Controversial debates will include a bulls-versus-bears outlook on the housing recovery cycle and the future of MLS in a time when listings information has become ubiquitous.

Speakers and attendees will also dig into the global real estate market and opportunities for finding foreign buyers for U.S. listings, tactical uses of social networking communities, radical marketing strategies.

For more information and to register for Connect, go to the event Web site at this link.

Early-bird pricing ends April 4, when the cost of registration will increase. For pricing details, see the registration page for Connect SF.

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