I was talking with a friend and colleague recently about how I love to help empower people to work more effectively. For me, this means helping others to learn how to work correctly with Microsoft (MS) Word. Ever since someone helped me learn MS Word, it changed how I worked and me free to do what I love to do—write and edit.
People in Hi-Tech are Too Busy to Learn
My friend made a comment that someone else had mentioned to me before, “People in low tech will turn to you, but not people in hi-tech. They are too busy to learn.”
I knew as soon as he said this, that tragically, he is right. Hence this post, because if you fall into this group, I would like to challenge you. As a hi-tech worker, you have amazing skills in computer programming, project management, engineering, technology, devices, and specialized skills in your specific field. I would like to ask you a few questions:
- How many documents do you need to submit on a monthly basis to someone, regarding something related to your work?
- How many of these documents do have to type in MS Word?
- How many hours do you spend fighting to make your document look good, only to give up and pass it on to someone else, or submit it as is?
If you have struggled with footers, margins, section breaks, creating a drawing with call outs, and invested time and energy, only to print your document and discover all kinds of problems, were you frustrated?
Spend Time to Save Time
Many people say they don’t have time to learn. However, if you have to spend money to make money, doesn’t this apply to other things as well? Did you ever stop to think that you might have to spend some time to save some time?
That is what learning is about. Especially when I challenge you to learn how to correctly use the tools needed in your daily work. Imagine knowing how to work properly with MS Word, little tips and dos and don’ts so that your graphics look great EVERY time on EVERY computer. Imagine not fighting to get your headers and footers look right. Imagine being able to focus on getting your message across in the document, and not fighting to get your message into the document to begin with.
Take the Time to Learn
I would like to encourage you to take the time to learn to MS Word. Take the time to learn the basics for writing and organizing information in a report. Take the time to focus on your written communication skills. You won’t be sorry. Trust me, you will discover a new freedom and productivity to enjoy your real work and just use the tools.
For me, it is far more rewarding to help others learn to use MS Word than for me to do the document design for them. Why? Because if you depend on me, when I’m gone you are stuck. But if you learn how to do it for yourself, you save tons of time, money in subcontracting, and become independent. You won’t need me (or someone like me). That is a win-win situation!
Have a great week, and let me know if you’d like some help taming Word so that you can focus on your work. Or subscribe to my site and stay tuned for some free tips and tricks that will be posted soon—to help you tame the beast of MS Word.