Software technology can get frustrating if you're not sure how to use it or the technology is not working the way it is intended. Have you thought about starting a user group in your workplace or in the community? Contributing your knowledge or desire to learn could benefit others.
Most people are concerned with staying on top of the latest technologies--but getting the job done most efficiently is always the main concern. And the integration of communication and collaboration technologies, including voice, video, document sharing, and conferencing tools are becoming the norm. For example, Microsoft Office 365, the cloud-based productivity tools includes such a wide range of features, so my recent tips focus on usability for team collaboration.
To overcome the hurdles of acquiring skills for so many different technologies, and Office 365 is only one example, a recommended approach is to start a user group. Here are some resources and ideas to help you get started.
- Work or Community User Group: Microsoft provides a user guide for starting a user group. You don't have to be using Microsoft products to access this information.
- Company Users' Business Meeting: A good friend of mine hosts weekly business meetings to cultivate in-house technology usage. Co-workers can collaborate and unify around your company's technology tools either through a similar business meeting format or lunch-and-learn session.
- Technology Professional User Group: Microsoft User Group Support Services is a partner organization comprised of several user groups that you can access to find technology specific user groups in your area.
- Special Interest User Group: Learn from others who have started user groups that focus on specific areas of interest, whether your meetings are conducted online or in person. These online group examples can give you some ideas, including public social networking sites also to take advantage of.
Share what you know about technology and you'll contribute to your company's goals at the same time by helping others be more productive. Besides, it's a great way to build relationships with other people in your organization.