“This is supposed to be intuitive, but I don’t get it… What am I missing?!”
Mother’s Day is coming up, and lots of people are giving or have given their spouses, mothers and grandmothers technology. What most people are not giving them is the skills to use those devices.
As a trainer at Apple for 6 years and now as a consultant, I see so many people who buy Apple devices and don’t learn how to use them. Something I hear often is, “This is supposed to be intuitive, but I just don’t get it!” And, “This is too hard” or “The younger generations grew up with this stuff and it’s so easy for them.”
I’m not going to say learning to use new devices isn’t challenging, but it’s certainly something anyone can become confident with and even master. That’s why I created this Mother’s Day Special, to help those special ladies in your life get the most out of their Apple technology and, as a bonus, you can get relief from being on-call as tech support!
Whether they just got a new toy, or they want to organize their photos and create a photo book, I can help!
The tools we use today, will not be the tools we use in the future.
I LOVE technology. I love cool apps and gadgets, but there is a frenzy happening in the market for the next app that is going to change your life and all you have to do is buy this or subscribe to that.
Often these tools can really help us. We know this by our friends and family telling us all about it, so then we HAVE to have it. Every one of my clients who come to me for help, are wanting to be more productive and know how to use the tools their people tell them about. Often though, I have to put on the brakes a little with the apps and gadgets, at least at first.
Everyone can be more productive with their technology by keeping things simple and really understanding how your current tools work.
What I mean is before getting some app to clean up duplicates and clear out your downloads folder, you need to understand what is going into the downloads folder and what to do with them, RIGHT THEN! Right when you download them. When you know this, you never need an app to do the job for you, and you always know where your files are because you put them there.
Being a “power user” isn’t about knowing all the apps and shortcuts, but about knowing how to utilize what you have in a fast and efficient way, and knowing how to exploit those things to your advantage.
Let’s take the downloads for example. Here is a video that shows you ways you can download files more efficiently, and how to clean up your Downloads folder if it’s a mess. This also applies to any other folder you have that is a mess and needs attention.
If you’ve found this helpful, please share this with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Soon I will be creating a video course for becoming a power user so this is just a taste. Feedback and suggestions are encouraged!
I want to thank you all so much for your participation in last week’s survey. The drawing is closed and a winner announced, but if you didn’t have a chance to fill out the survey and would like to, it will remain active. I would appreciate any feedback you have!
What this means to YOU!
All the responses have said that the vast majority of viewers are wanting more video content, and topics focusing on:
Pages, Numbers, Keynote and Microsoft Office applications
iCloud and other cloud services such as Dropbox
General Power User tips and services
At this point I’m going to be focusing more on those topics and similar services in more of a video format. In the meantime I’ll be working on creating a video course on productivity tips and tricks, shortcuts, and all around tools to beef up your productivity and give you insight into how to effectively and efficiently manage your computer and do what you need and love better and faster than ever.
Please check out what other people have said and see that you’re in good company. I would love to hear your 2 cents about the responses and suggestions in the comments before so please leave a comment before you go!
Here are the responses from the survey:
1. Do you own a Mac? If so, why did you buy one? What were you hoping to get out of it? The first question was dominated by answers like these…
I want you to know how to tap the magic that makes your technology so cool, making sure you know how to do the stuff you bought your Apple products for. To make the best product possible I’m asking some questions that will help me create something that will wow you. Will you help me by taking this brief 10 question survey?
To those who are willing to help me out, I’d like to say thank you and do a drawing to win a Free 2 hour training session with me to teach you how to become more productive on your Mac.