I wrote my first few books and magazine articles on a typewriter. At the time one of my good friends and colleagues said, “Your forte is speaking and communicating to a live audience– I don’t think you’ll be able to capture that in the written word.”
That was the only thing I worried about back then– Could I translate the power of the spoken word into written words and elicit action from the reader?
I didn’t have to think twice about how or where to put my thoughts to paper. There were no personal computers, Internet sites, FAX machines, or e-mail; No cell phones, smart phones, scanners, or digital cameras; No blogs, on-line courses, webinars, video conferencing, or learning management systems; No social networking–no Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn; No Kindles, Amazon or e-books. I used the tools available to me at the time: pen, paper, typewriter and snail mail aka the mail.
When Does 3 Months of Experience Trump 30 Years?
In the 30 plus years I’ve worked in the training and development field, I’ve honed my speaking, facilitation, writing and program development skills. Those 30+ years of experience Technology In Classroom Environment count for a lot. I am a skilled communicator, motivator and leader. I conduct meaningful and engaging workshops. But this is not enough to get a job in today’s marketplace.
In today’s technology-based world, sometimes 3 months of experience trumps 30 years of experience. This isn’t to say 30 years of experience in the workplace isn’t important. It means– if we want to land or keep a job–we must stay current learning and applying new technologies.
Overwhelmed by the Speed of Change? Discover What Motivates You to Keep Up
Rather than becoming overwhelmed by the speed at which things are changing, pledge to maintain a passion for life-long learning and to continually seek out your current motivators for stepping into the next phase of technology. Then practice taking one step. Keep it simple, and let your motivators guide you.
I’m motivated to learn how to use the latest technology by two things:
1. My need to communicate with and influence others, and
2. My desire to find new ways to play with and showcase my art.
I decided to practice updating my computer skills by starting a blog. By starting simply, and letting my motivators lead me, I enhanced my skills in a wide-range of technology without even noticing. It has been fun and engaging as I’ve learned to master on-line publishing and how to use the digital camera, scanner, hyperlinks, HTML and more. I rarely notice I’m learning new skills. All I see is my art being professionally displayed on-line and my connections with others increasing.
If obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal, opportunities are what you see when you keep your eyes on what motivates you.
What Blows Your Hair Back?
What motivates you today? What sets your curiosity on fire? What blows your hair back? Figure that out, and use it to motivate you to play with technology to further your personal and professional goals.
I started writing on-line so I could play with the technology and communicate with you. What do you want yourself to do now? How can you play to learn and change? What’s one step you can take to move toward something you want to do better?
Something to Think About
Small daily decisions over a lifetime add up! What small steps can you Problems With Technology In The Classroom take to increase your connections with others and engagement in life?