As far as tools go, all you really need is the manure fork( or whatever you call it) and a broom if you want to de cobweb or sweep the bedding to the back of the stall after you've cleaned it.
To be honest, there aren't really any tricks. When you get to the wet spots dig under them and flip them over then pick up the wet stuff(this is the way I was taught, and it seems to work well). As far as the "manure balls" go, you have to take the extra time to sift them out if you want it to look better.
Other then that you just have to be thorough, remember, it's not so much about how it looks, it just needs to be clean
If you want it too look neat for a little while, you can always throw the bedding around and mix in anything you missed so it looks even