In the last decade, technology has become one of the most fundamental parts of our everyday lives. Every day, we use technology to do even the most mundane of things; ordering our groceries through an iPhone app, working from home via a high-tech LMS system, or even searching on Google for a new dinner recipe.
All of these things have become commonplace in our society- and for good reason! The convenience that technology brings to our lives is something that we can’t live without. Because of this, it’s become extremely important for us to stay on top of new developments in the tech industry in order to keep up with the up and coming trends.
However, because technology and the internet are so expansive and immense, it can be really difficult to learn how to use every tool that is available to us.
So, how can I become a technology master?
Attend tech-focused classes and webinars
There’s no shame in wanting to learn a new skill- especially when that new skill will help make your work, social, and home life 100% easier. There are thousands of classes and online courses that you can find for free that help teach the intricacies of modern technology. Whether you need help understanding how to use your iPhone to the fullest, or the basics of how to use Microsoft Excel, there are so many webinars available, from beginners courses to master classes.
Here are a few free classes we recommend checking out:
Ask Gen Z
In the same way that Gen Z will likely have to seek out older generations in order to learn cursive, older people can learn a lot from the generation that grew up alongside laptops, wifi, and iPhones. Whenever you’re struggling with a new piece of technology, it’s not too far-fetched to think that your coworkers in the younger generation might have an idea on how to use it.
It’s also important to seek out friendships with people who are interested in the things you are passionate about. If you really want to learn more about becoming tech-savvy, reach out to people who work in the tech industry or majored in tech-related fields in college.
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable
By far the best way to get better at using technology is to start using technology in ways you’re not yet comfortable with. For example, if you’ve mastered the ins and outs of emailing and text messaging, try introducing more high-tech methods of communication into your everyday life. At the beginning, it will probably feel awkward, and you might even make a few missteps, but that’s one of the most important parts of learning.
It’s also essential to surround yourself with technology-savvy people and information. Hang out with tech gurus within your company, or subscribe to some tech newsletters that give weekly updates on news in the technology industry.
Here are some newsletters every tech-savvy person should be familiar with:
- The Publish Press- Creator-focused newsletter that updates on popular social media influencers.
- Jumbo- Weekly updates on everything tech-related.
- TechCrunch- TechCrunch has a multitude of newsletters to choose from, all focusing on different aspects of the industry.
If at first, you don’t succeed…
Try, try again! Remember, just like learning any other new skill, learning how to use modern technology is going to take time. Plus, one of the greatest parts of the internet is the vast amount of helpful videos, articles, and help centers that can aid your journey into cyberspace. Whenever you find yourself hitting a roadblock, take to Google and help yourself work through it.
No matter if you’re trying to master high-tech CRM and LMS systems, or if you’re just trying to figure out how to use Microsoft Word, everybody has to start somewhere. Learning a new skill is one of the most fundamental parts of growing and becoming a more educated person. Hopefully, with these tips, you will enter 2023 as a complete tech wizard that can fix just about any technology-related problem.