Updated Friday, October 31, 2014 as of 10:58 AM ET

Intimidated by Technology? It’s Time to Take the Leap

I am tired of hearing people my age talk about how confusing all the new technology is. Hey I know, there is a lot going on, but Iím convinced that many of us are more intimidated by the idea of technology than by the thing itself. So here are three tips to help you get the jump on all of the new data, devices, and demands they make on your brain and your time.

Tip #1: Stop talking about your age.

There is nothing that makes you sound old like talking about your age. And what does it get you? If you spend your time complaining about how bad your memory is getting or how much you miss typewriters and fax machines, is it going to make your clients trust you more? No. Is it going to make it easier to forward messages, learn keywords for SEO, or manage the content on your website? No, no and no. It will just make you feel and seem older.

Look at it this way, youíre not old, youíre seasoned! Youíre wise! Youíre the go-to person because you have lived through a few economic cycles and know more than kids just out of college. So capitalize on your wisdom and experience. Iíve noticed that as soon as I pull out a tablet, or smartphone, someone in the room starts talking about being old. Stop it right now! Let your competitor sound like the old, outdated one. You should sound excited about whatever is coming next. Show fearless enthusiasm for new technologies and you will build trust with your target market.

Tip #2: Throw away the instruction manual.

Did you know that your iPhone has a digital recorder on it? Do you know how to quickly scroll to a preset message when you canít take a call, so that your caller sees that you are in a meeting and will call back later? Do you know how to hook your tablet up to a projector? If you are only using the features on your smartphone and tablet that are immediately apparent, you are missing a lot of functionality, and fun. And how do you tap into that? Read the directions? Sure, thatís what you mean to do, but when are you ever really going to do that?

Stop feeling guilty about it and throw the manual in a drawer. Now, take out your device and start to tinker with it. If you get stuck, go on YouTube and find a video that shows you how to do what you want to do. There is a video online for everything you want to know. Once you have learned a new skill, take a moment now and then to show younger, hipper people how to use their smartphones or tablets. Itís like a drink from the Fountain of Youth!

Many professionals miss the fact that knowledge is power, even when it isnít directly connected to your products and services. The more you know, the stronger your presence is, and the more others will trust you. Remember: as long as you can learn new tricks, youíll never be an old dog.

Tip #3: Embrace Social Media

Social media marketing is here to stay. You donít want to be the last one with a horse and buggy when everyone else is sailing down the road in a new car, so donít be the last person to get up to speed on social media marketing. Old techniques like sending out direct mail pieces, making cold calls and booking conference rooms for seminars still have a place in marketing, but only if supplemented by a sophisticated social marketing program.

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