The Tech Savvy Office

Imagine, if you will, the ultimate in tech savviness for your office. What do you see? I mean...your office might start to look like a scene from Star Trek. But at Zynnyme, we like to keep things simple. These are our top must haves for getting your office tech savvy
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Tech Vocabulary Watcha Think?

Over here at ZynnyMe are goal is to empower small business owners to understand what tools are available to them and to use the best technology to save them time and money!

One of the major things we see is a lack of knowledge keeping good people married to bad technology! While we know you DO NOT want to become a techie, we also know you need to have a certain amount of awareness to keep from being a "sucker" when reading through or listening to sales pitches for new products and services.

We are trying to figure out the best way to help "break some things down" for y'all. We are thinking about starting a Technology Concept of the Week or maybe of the day.

What do you think? Would you find it helpful to understand what a "static html" site is and why you don't want one? Or to understand what a content management system is and why you do want one? Do you want to make sure you really understand what you are purchasing?

Second question, would you rather have this written or in a video form? We really hope you will post your comments below, or join us for the conversation on Facebook at http://facebook.com/zynnyme Also, don't be shy- we have had some great conversations with people who have given us a call at (810) 68-ZYNNY. While we aren't able to give people technology coaching for free- we know sometimes you have a quick question or concern- feel free to call! Sometimes a personal connection makes all the difference. Or, drop us a line at help@zynnyme.com

Until next time, this is Miranda at ZynnyMe saying "Allow yourself to know enough about technology to make sure you aren't doing it the hard way (or getting ripped off)."

Women, Age, and Technology

We have some myths out there about technology. We've heard it for years- research showing that a teacher's assumption about gender and their propensity for a certain subject (like math) can have an impact on whether the person performs at a high level. The expectation of the student and the teacher has a direct relationship with the performance of the student. 

What are some of the things I hear on a daily basis? 

  • I'm too old.

  • I'm a woman.

  • I'm a man.

  • I'm a dinosaur.

  • I'm just not good with technology.

  • I break everything I touch.

The reality is that very few people are to old, male, female, etc. to benefit from technology. My grandmother was the first person in my family to Skype! She is the one that got all of us set up. She isn't a techno-geek just a woman who loves to save money, stay in touch, and wants to travel. So, she found a way to make cheap calls! 

My grandmother wasn't good at math, didn't have her first computer until she was in her 60s... You get the picture- this is not about age, gender, culture, or anything else. The reality is, the belief systems you hold are MORE important than your in born technological talent. Your head can get in the way of you being able to "take in" the information you need and allow you to be successful in your business. 

I started doing exam coaching years ago with pre-licensed therapists after having my own snafoos with exam through my http://mftguide.com site. Very quickly those people got through exams and started calling me for business coaching. While many of them called me for "business advice" focused on nuts and bolts material- the reality was that mindset was often more important than the nuts and bolts of running a business.

In fact, I noticed that many people knew the nuts and bolts, but without the right mindset- they would continually sabotage themselves and were unable to access what they needed. Absolutely, they benefited from the nuts and bolts how-tos of running a business, getting pointed to the best business tools, etc. but if their mind wasn't in the game- nothing happened! 

So, before I throw a whole bunch more blog posts up about fun resources and nuts and bolts- I want you to take a moment to explore your mindset. 

 

  • What thoughts do I think that suck my energy dry?

  • What do I believe about myself and technology that keeps me too anxious to play and explore some wonderful resources?

  • How much time am I wasting in my panic/anxiety mode?

 

Get your mind right, and allow the rest to follow! And, as always, we are here to help!

Zynny Says "Maybe you are not bad at technology, maybe you are just drawn that way." (Yes I know a geeky old Roger Rabbit reference that people probably won't recognize! 

Happily Married...Really?

As therapists, we see people in our offices, determined to make a relationship work, when sometimes to us, it is evident that it is not going to work. As technology consultants, we see the same thing! Let me explain. I built my first website, all on my own using iWeb. I had a new MacBook that I loved and thought, heck why not use the free software to build my website.
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Free Technology Consultation Winner!

Today, I had the pleasure of hosting a booth at the OC CAMFT Luncheon. It was a blast talking to therapists about their technology needs. We had a drawing for 30 minutes of FREE technology consultation. The winner is Shelley Zeigler, LMFT, in Costa Mesa! Congrats Shelley! Can't wait to chat! One of the most common questions from today was "Can you build a website for me?"
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Where Good Ideas Happen

Wonderful, lazy Sunday listening to National Public Radio (NPR) and was surprised to hear a fantastic TedTalk that I had heard before and how inspired I was this beautiful afternoon. I have so many ideas swirling around, but the long and the short of it is- we are made to live and think in community.
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Should Therapist Facebook Business Pages Allow CheckIns?

So, you are a therapist who is comfortable with technology, or one that someone convinced to get a Facebook business page. What about Facebook Places? You might be asking yourself questions like? What is Facebook Places? Can I turn off people's ability to check-in with me?
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Top 10 Signs You May Need a Technology Coach

Thought we might have a little fun this morning with a David Letterman style Top 10 list... wait a minute- is he even on? Wow... I am a dinosaur... Guess y'all know that this gal doesn't stay up past 10 pm- or subscribe to cable!
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Pros and Cons of Technology

Ever asked a client to write a pros and cons list when making a decision? Why not do this before you integrate some technology into your private practice. We aren't going to tell you that you HAVE to integrate the tech side of things. We are going to tell you that you HAVE to make an informed decision and do what is BEST for your practice. Pro: People can have access to information 24/7 Con: Some people forget to get some sleep and try to keep up with technology 24/7
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