Setting Google Webmaster Tools up with your web site is often a basic requirement for SEOs. There are about five ways to verify you are the owner with Google Webmaster Tools and all methods are incredibly easy.
Google's Maile Ohye created a four plus minute video on how to verify your site with Google Webmaster Tools via the HTML Meta Tag method! Four minutes on how to do it with that method!
Here is the video:
I doubt most of you can learn from this but there are a lot of novice do-it-yourself folks out there than can use this very detailed walkthrough to verify their sites in Google.
There is also this help document on the topic.
Forum discussion at Google+.