Update Your “To Learn” List

This is about some deficiencies of mine. I’ve got a few.

Do you have any? Yes, I suspect you do.

I was born in 1950. I’m pretty computer/tablet/phone literate. But I am very slow. I still “hunt and peck” on the keyboard. And I am pretty much a two-to-three finger typist on my tablet and phone.

When I get around people younger than I am (and increasingly, that is almost everybody I end up being around), I watch them on their phones. I watch with something close to amazement. How do they do that? Especially the really young ones. They type on their phones faster than, well, faster than seems humanly possible. They seem to use all their fingersbut especially the thumbs. I feel like a horse and buggy in the age of Teslas.

(Side note: true storyin my classes at the community college, I used to tell a story about “buggy whips.” I don’t anymore. You know why? My students do not know what a buggy whip is.).

So, on my “to learn list” is:

  • learn to type with my thumbs on my tablet and my phone, and then add other fingers.

I have an iMac. And I’m pretty much a “type a bunch of words” content guy. Images? I borrow them all. Slides? Well, I can use PowerPoint and Keynote; but I’m pretty simple. Nothing fancy. I can actually make the case that simple. Big font and a few words per slide is a good thing to make points clearly.

But I see these folks with great images, embedded videos, and all sorts of great creativity in their slides. I feel just a little bit overwhelmed, and more than a little bit behind the times.

So, on my “to learn” list” is:

  • learn some creative techniques for adding images, and learn to easily embed videos in my slides.

These are just two items on my “to learn list.” I have others. I need to learn how to use Excel effectively; well, first I need to learn how to use Excel at all. (I told you I’m a Mac guy).

And, I need to make more time to read books that are a little further outside my norm. At least I know how to do that one. I just don’t do it enough.

Actually, my list is pretty long on stuff I need to learn.

What’s on your “to learn” list?

Randy Mayeux

Contributed by:
Randy Mayeux
Professional Speaker & Writer
Co-founder, First Friday Book Synopsis

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