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New Technology and Ideas

Is all the new technology and ideas floating around the world too much to handle? Here’s a blast from the past to see how far we’ve come, and why you should keep an open mind…

I often have a good giggle with audiences, when I’m presenting, about what it was like working ‘last century’. The funny thing is that in just a decade, many of the practices seem completely archaic.. how did we cope? We had telephones that you would dial, and then wait for each number you dialled for the rotary piece to return to base.

The sound was distinctive.. dddd, dddd, dddd (very hard to replicate in writing). No speed dial, voice recognition, click to dial, automatic dial or any of the other things that now means that we are connected instantaneously. What patience we had (but it was all we had, we knew no difference, that was the pace of business then.)

When I commenced working for Ansett Airlines, I requested a PC, my boss was curious to know why I needed such a thing (I had worked for IBM in New York – so thought that a PC was a standard business tool of the time). I wanted a PC so I could be self-sufficient typing up the ‘fabulous’ marketing plans, I was going to write. My manager advised me that Ansett had a word processing department – all I had to do, was pick up the phone dial a certain extension, dictate what I wanted, I would then have the typed document returned to my desk in the next day or two, I would make corrections, it would then go back and forth for a few days before it was finally finished and you could send it. It took about 4-5 days to produce a piece of correspondence (even an internal memo). Younger audience members laugh thinking, they can answer an email in seconds, anywhere, anytime, on handheld devices.

My manager advised me that Ansett had a word processing department – all I had to do, was pick up the phone dial a certain extension, dictate what I wanted, I would then have the typed document returned to my desk in the next day or two, I would make corrections, it would then go back and forth for a few days before it was finally finished and you could send it. It took about 4-5 days to produce a piece of correspondence (even an internal memo). Younger audience members laugh thinking, they can answer an email in seconds, anywhere, anytime, on handheld devices.

So it does beg the question – what will the world look like in just another 10 years?

And how do we ensure we have the right talents and skills to go along with it? I have teenage children and I know that the jobs they are likely to have, have not been invented yet.

Back last century when I was in the final term of my university degree, my Father said that he would like me to do a secretarial course, ‘just in case things don’t work out in my marketing career’. ‘You could always get a job as a secretary’ he said. So I dutifully went off in the term break from Uni to learn to touch type.

Whether my Father’s reasoning was sound (something to fall back on) or not, learning to touch type at 90 words a minute has been one of my greatest productivity tools over the last 25 years (so thanks, Dad).

So really the more exposure we have to more things, the better equipped we will be to exploit new technologies and ideas. Can you believe in the year 2000 I said to myself I was too old to learn about the internet… ) we need to keep our minds wide open and learn as much as we can along the way. The new technologies that we are embracing are not the destination, but are part of the journey… and I for one don’t want to miss out on any of the rides.

Can you believe in the year 2000 I said to myself I was too old to learn about the internet? we need to keep our minds wide open and learn as much as we can along the way. The new technologies that we are embracing are not the destination, but are part of the journey… and I for one don’t want to miss out on any of the rides.

We need to keep our minds wide open and learn as much as we can along the way. The new technologies that we are embracing are not the destination, but are part of the journey… and I for one don’t want to miss out on any of the rides.

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