So I'm a member of the Having Sensitive Skin & Chronically Red Neck Club (TM), and I tried something new the other day: Shaving my neck first before anything else.
I figure this results in getting the freshest lather possible in the area that matters the most, yet for some reason, all these videos and tutorials have people starting with their face... Well, I tried it out and got some great results! No redness, no burn, freshest lather possible (went neck, then stache/chin, then face). Readily I admit I've only done this once and I could have just had a good shave...
BUT, I can't help but feel the "freshest lather" theory is quite legitimate, as I'll sometimes finish my face off and get to my neck only to see it start to flake off (maybe I shave really slowly).
Of course, this could also be placebo and it may just be that I tend to take greater care with my shaves in the area I immediately start on - which would nevertheless be a benefit for new guys like me.