Hi to all you Tech-Savvy Mommies! What? You’re not super tech savvy? You’ve got to be kidding me….
Although a lot of my work focuses on the emotional component of motherhood, one of my sub-goals as a life coach is to share with you my love of technology. It’s nothing to be afraid of. But I understand with its constantly changing face it can sometimes feel like you grew up in the dark ages, even though you might have had access to an Apple 2E or a Commodore 64 (like I did) or even now have a smart phone in your Coach purse (my custom purse shown here was created by my 11yo daughter Sadie out of duct tape). Want one? She’s taking orders!
When I jumped back into the ‘work world’ (meaning becoming a life coach…of course I was working my a** off as a mom before that…we all know that goes without saying)…anyhow…when I jumped back in to start my practice I had a HUGE (and I mean HUGE) learning curve to deal with. I had a Facebook profile, but not a business page (why would I have?), I didn’t know a thing about blogs or website construction and I certainly didn’t know how to use my smart phone very well.
So the long and short of it is this, necessity is the mother of invention. Right? So I NEEDED to have a website built, but I had no money to do it. My husband, thank goodness for his tech brains, turned me on to WordPress (the platform this site is built on) and let me loose to teach myself how to build my own site.
The good news is that just 3 years into it I have built 5 websites, written over 100 blog articles (many of them are on my other site www.apriloleary.com) and built up a Facebook page to over 3,000 people and have written and published 2 books. I’ve learned how to grow an email list, host and record a live tele-class and even launched my own virtual summer camp for moms that kicked off the University of Moms in June of 2012.
That is just scratching the surface. Are you lost? I hope not. But the bigger question you might be asking is: Why am I sharing this with you? It’s certainly not to toot my own horn. I could honestly care less about that. The reason is because I see moms getting left behind. I can’t tell you the number of times that moms (as friends or clients) have said with hesitation, “Is it techy? I don’t know how to do that.” And for them that is the end of the story.
But it’s not the end of the story because as moms we have a duty to stay current with the trends of technology. Why? Because we have to know what our kids are doing, because we have to maintain and improve our skills in order to continue to be ‘marketable’ in an ever-changing world, so that we can be self-sufficient and most importantly because it builds our confidence.
So in the fall I’m launching a Tech Tuesday class (virtually and locally here in Naples, FL) so be on the lookout for that and at the Happy Mom Conference I’m integrating technology so that you can come away with a sense of accomplishment and an “I can do this,” attitude.
Today you are going to learn about Twitter. How to set up a profile. How to use it. What it means and more. We are going to be USING Twitter at the conference through the live Twitter feed #uofmoms. Don’t know what that means? Then you definitely need to watch this video.
So open up wide, I’m going to feed you your Twitter (it tastes better than brussel sprouts, I promise) from none other than Dana Lynch.
Dana is a mother of 3, a former attorney turned mobile marketing business owner. She is the founder of Amplify Mobile Marketing and has created the University of Moms app you all enjoy. If you don’t have it yet, get it on iTunes or Google Play.
Without further ado, I introduce you to Dana and she’ll take it from here and teach you how you can set up your own personal twitter profile and start connecting with us over there.
And look out for our twitter party Thursday, Sept 5th where you’ll get to try it out! Want to meet Dana live and ask her your questions in person? Come to the Happy Mom Conference the weekend of Sept 14-15 at the Hyatt Regency in Bonita Springs, FL! More info and easy online registration click here.