My experience to get PR more quickly than normal: 0 week contents, sitemaps, webmaster tools, some good aggregator. (The pr update it's more quick if you have an aged domain). 1 week Get strong and reliables Backlinks in home page (it's not important to link special keywords). + contents. 2 week Get backlinks in home page and some special page. +contents. 3 week Continue linking home and random page with minor importance sites. + contents. 4 week Stop linking. + content 5 week Continue linking home and random page with minor importance sites. + contents. 6 week Strong home page linking, minor sites linking page randomly. Continue with new content till the pr update. It's worked for me (if not the first update it's almost sure that the second it's the good one... if not, there is some prob with yours linking pages). Have you some other tecniques to share with us?