One of the most interesting topics to cover with the Oprah Magazine is technology. From the early days of the internet to today’s GPS systems and video games, the world of computers has undergone a change. Oprah has been one of the pioneers in this field. She knows what it is like to be online, not being able to get in touch with anybody, but having access to the Internet and using it to communicate with others.
In an article written by Olivia who wrote the book “Digital Women” and also is the keynote speaker at this year’s b4b conference, she shares some of her secrets for improving relationships with friends and colleagues on the computer. She recommends to only use the telephone to contact people you need to. To use instant messaging is to decrease the quality of your relationship and lessen your ability to get things done.
To get the best results out of your computer, put your phone on silent and disable the Fido feature so you can listen to your MP3 player instead. But don’t put on your headphones, because you may inadvertently leave them on as well. Using text messaging is a great way to keep in touch with your relatives and friends, but it won’t help you get work done, like visiting with clients, trying to get hold of a new client or meeting a customer. Set up a calendar to schedule appointments, and utilize the fax feature to send out important files to clients.
Olivia also suggests looking for long term relationships with people who use computers. Using text message to communicate and set appointments with people you can trust is a great way to build a long-term relationship, without a relationship with a person. This is particularly helpful if you need to meet your clients, clients and people you work with. Remember to get to know your client by name so that you can understand what he/she needs from you and why.
One of the main ways to improve your online relationships is by setting up a profile page. You can have a profile page which will help you put together an online portfolio, where you can showcase your skills and talents. You can also create a website, which is one way to make people remember you. Your website will be your permanent presence online, so make sure that it is a website that reflects your personality and interests.
Olivia also offers some tips on networking. You should really try to learn about networking and how to network in today’s culture. Online networking is especially great for business professionals and those who are experienced with meeting people. You can get acquainted with new people, meet new people and offer new experiences and information in your networking efforts. It’s a great way to develop friendships and to build some sort of a network.
In this issue of the magazine, Olivia did an interview with Simon Minton, the director of the National Association of Managers, which is a group that promotes and encourages management in the business world. The interviewer in this interview was Jonathan Scott-Fitzgerald. Here is the interview from the May/June 2020 issue of the Oprah Magazine.