Go Ahead, Harass Me, I’m Learning

You might want to make a joke. Maybe you’ve been the butt of the joke for trying something new. Have you ever been harassed in the office or by friends for trying to learn new things?

I catch some flack from customers and co-workers for blogging and trying to develop a new line of communication with social media tools. One of my co-workers came to my defense drawing a comparison to what I am doing (as well as many others) to the guys that bought bag phones when cellular technology first caught on. I don’t think that is a good comparison.

Telephones are generally easy to use especially if you are only make telephone calls. There really isn’t a lot of difference between really old rotary phones and a modern cell. Dial the number and talk, right? Therefore the early and slower adopters of cell phones didn’t really have to learn anything new to use the tool.

New social tools are not like writing a letter or making a phone call. It’s a different skill. There is a learning curve. Therefore I make the argument that the earlier adopters of LinkedIn, Facebook, blogs and other social media tools get a head start. Slow adopters may never catch up. So go ahead make fun of me and what I’m doing. I’m learning something! You are just falling behind.

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2 Responses to Go Ahead, Harass Me, I’m Learning

  1. Dava Stewart says:

    I finally stopped talking about my business to a few people because they were so determined it wouldn’t work. Their logic was that Facebook is silly and has no place in business or that the services I offer are so simple to perform no one would be willing to pay me to do them. They were wrong. New media represents new opportunity. You are ahead of the curve.

    • Doug says:

      Thanks for the encouraging words Dava. You know as well as I do that there is a huge effort between what is easy to do and work that accomplishes things. It’s easy to post photos or you tube links. It’s not easy to initiate customer conversations and to engage potential clients.

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