5 Tips to Overcome Technology Overwhelm

Toddler with iPad and older kid looking on

Do you fear technology?

Either developing an online presence or learning how to use all the tools available to do so effectively?

I find this is a common theme with clients. They know they could be making good use of the web to develop their business but they become frozen (like a deer in headlights) when it comes to actually getting started. It’s not easy either, when it seems that every two year old with access to one finds an iPad easy-as-pie to use. “Intuitive” is not the word many adults would use, however, when faced with learning about the latest technology!

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right”

The famous quote by Henry Ford is very accurate. Cloud Coach, Ethan Waldman, just wrote an interesting post about how attitude makes the biggest difference when you are faced with technology that appears totally beyond your understanding. (Thanks Ethan, you inspired this post!)

Where do you start if you are “stuck in the headlights”? How can you change your attitude, especially if you’ve been telling yourself you can’t for a long time?

5 Tips to Overcome Technology Overwhlem

  1. Take the risk of being prepared to try is the first step.
  2. Get help, from someone who speaks your language. Like Ethan, I aim to work with clients using as little “geek speak” as possible. There is nothing worse then asking for help and not being able to unravel the answer because it is not given in plain English. (I know, I’ve been there myself!)
  3. Try one thing at a time. Keep your expectations realistic – if you find technology a challenge trying to learning everything at once will turn into a nightmare. Pick one place to start and build on your skills as your confidence grows.
  4. Develop a plan. Randomly trying out web and social media platforms to “see if they stick” will only lead to overwhelm and disappointment. Find out which will work best for your business, test them out, and only continue if they are working for you.
  5. Keep an open mind – be prepared to succeed, it’s going to happen if you believe it.

Good luck and feel free to ask if you need to – I love helping business owners navigate the minefield of technology and feel empowered to develop their business presence online.

Photo credit: amanda tipton

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