When did you realize you
were a tech nerd?
I’m not sure which came ;irst—me having no plans on the weekends so I spent
my Friday nights playing with my computer or me playing around on my computer so much that I never went out on
dates. Seriously, though, for as long as I
can remember I’ve gotten lost in keyboards, gadgets, apps and doodads.
How can communications between
tech-savvy and luddite meeting pros
best be improved?
The key to any relationship is give and
take—the same goes for technological
relationships. If a nerd-in-training embraces just one or two new tech tools, she
may see that her communication with
peers increases exponentially. Similarly,
someone who is very tech savvy can help
more people by cutting back a little on
the apps and gadgets and focusing more
on making sure the messages are clear.
What recent tech trend has really
impacted your life?
Although most of my world centers
around free and bargain apps, I’m really
diving into the gadget world with new
wearables—most notably the Apple
Watch. Right now the jury’s still out about
whether the watch will impact my life, but
I think that the age of wearables is here to
stay, and it’s exciting to see where these
trends will go and to be on the ground
;loor of new technology.
How can meeting professionals avoid
(or escape) working for their technology
and instead have technology work
One of the cool things about today’s technology is the way many of the cloud services ;it together. While it can be overwhelming to think about every task that
every app or service can do, ;iguring out
ways that the tech tools can work together can not only simplify your toolbox but
also streamline your life. ■
PEER TO PEER
of the hill and earn enough to purchase
other foods and dry goods they need
from the canoes stocked with supplies
plying the same river. Children play in
the water outside their ;loating homes,
radios blare, river volleyball matches
abound. The whole area is nearly always
festive: There are dances on barges in
dry dock on the river, colorful clothes
drying on lines strung between the
;loating homes and the constant sound
of children laughing.
For Westerners, that might seem
like anything but paradise, but for those
who’ve made it up the hill and into the
city and are saddled with bills, remembering a time when their father was able
to catch the ;ish for dinner while mom
did the laundry and the radio played,
laughter ;illed the air and ;inances hardly entered the picture, is remembering a
barges in dry
dock on the river,
drying on lines
the floating homes
and the constant
sound of children
BETH ZIESENIS, author of Release Your Inner Nerd, presented “A Day in the
Life of a Nerdy Meeting Planner” during last month’s World Education
Congress in San Francisco. We chatted briefly with her about technology.