Have you ever wished communication was easier? I have.
This morning on my ride from the dealership in the courtesy shuttle I spoke with my driver (gasp! – people actually talk to their driver in NOVA?). He was from Bulgaria, and his english was very broken. And my Vitas-english is hard for everyone to understand, including Americans. Yet we still managed to have a good conversation about his Wife and their 35 years of marriage, his son and his struggle to find a wife at age 28. (He said I’m still young when I told him I was unmarried at age 29, so that was nice.) However, this conversation took a lot of energy on both our parts. Communication was not easy for the two of us. I wish I had Rosetta Stone at my disposal to learn his language, like those in the armed services do. Check out the Rosetta Stone US Army offering here.
Now, in this age of great technological advance where 48% of American adults have accounts on Facebook – 48% of adults, that’s shocking – one would think I could effectively communicate w/the guy who lives in South Arlington, has been in the states for a decade or so, and is competent enough to drive NOVA people to the airport, metro, etc. Not so. Again… why did I not study more Eastern European languages when I was a photography producer for Rosetta Stone? I didn’t see the value inherent in the product until I started moving and shaking in NOVA. This melting pot requires foreign language skills in order to effectively communicate w/your neighbors! Well, I’ve learned my lesson. Enjoy this photo of my career as a Rosetta Stone Model – yes, I did model in my coworker’s photos. It was a lot of fun.
Now, moving on to a great way technology has helped me stay connected to friends from Uganda to Kansas… I bet I’ve got you scratching your head now… don’t I?
This Sunday morning at 9am EST I caught up on life, and received encouragement from 8 friends spread across the country and the world. Wanna know how I did it?
Yes, through the glories of technology used well a group of friends – some of which only see each other once a year at a Beach retreat – were able to share about the joys and sorrows of our lives, pray together, and generally have a lot of fun seeing each other on video chat. Wanna know how you can set up a Skype group video chat? Click the link here.
After a simple premium fee I was able to tether my sprint phone to my computer from my mountainside condo at the always beautiful Wintergreen Four Season Resort. Technology abounds! We fought the fight of feedback… adjusting our volume, muting ourselves when others were talking, getting on headsets instead of using speakers, and eventually I was able to host the call w/out video of myself, and 8 others were able to get on and mostly video chat w/one another. I facilitated the call, keeping those who like to rattle on in check, and eventually our friend from Africa signed on. His connection wasn’t great, but he was able to hear everyone, and we were all able to hear him. It was unbelievable! Literally. I use that word far too much, but it is very appropriate to describe this incredible achievement of technological prowess.
Now, before you get to thinking, “Hey Kyle, quit bragging about yourself,” think through it with me. Anyone can do this. Have a friend who’s on a boat on the other side of the world, sailing from dock to dock on the adventure of their young adult life? Wish you could be along for the ride with them? Well, now you can. When they check into port, hop into an internet cafe, and boot up their system with skype on board, the two of you can chat as if you were across the table from them.
So give it a a try sometime. I know technology is annoying, but it is also extremely powerful. We can all benefit from learning to use technology effectively to accomplish our goals.
Another of my goals is to build an international network of inspiring individuals who push one another to higher levels of production by tweet, Facebook Page(be sure to like it, and that helps me get a custom URL for the page), and other new technology methods. Please click on the links above and Follow me or Like my page, if you will be so kind. It’s a great way to keep the channels of communication humming between people who can’t get face to face time. (In fact, I posted this from Starbucks in Arlington, thanks to their Wi-Fi!)
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