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How to ignore emerging technologies to forge deeper, stronger relationships.

How to ignore emerging technologies to forge deeper, stronger relationships.

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  • Poignant thoughts Jeff, thanks for sharing. Whenever I'm at a conference (or any meeting with more than 10 people for that matter) I always find it amusing to watch the number of individuals hiding behind their phone screens and missing the opportunity to engage the living, breathing entities they're sharing space with. I used to perceive it as insulting that they couldn't engage in conversation, but I've come to recognize that whether it's out of fear or dependency, it's their problem. Time to look up and smile at the world:-)
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  • @missycaulk Thank you, Missy.
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  • I remember NAR in Orlando several years ago, and multiple people standing around with their heads in their phones, riding in cabs texting each other from front seat to back. However, Jeff I can say you practice what you preach, every time I see you IRL, you make a person feel like the most important person in the world.
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  • First, I have to finish my other book titled, 'How to be THE BEST Procrastinator' which is sure to be a best seller! lol~
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  • Thanks, Brad. I'lll look forward to your book.
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  • “For one thing, in cultures that have a democratic ethos, relatively weak traditions, and a high receptivity to new technologies, everyone is inclined to be enthusiastic about technological change, believing that its benefits will eventually spread evenly among the entire population. Especially in the United States, where the lust for what is new has no bounds, do we find this childlike conviction most widely held. Indeed, in America, social change of any kind is rarely seen as resulting in winners and losers, a condition that stems in part from Americans’ much-documented optimism. As for change brought on by technology, this native optimism is exploited by entrepreneurs, who work hard to infuse the population with a unity of improbable hope, for they know that it is economically unwise to reveal the price to be paid for technological change. One might say, then, that, if there is a conspiracy of any kind, it is that of a culture conspiring against itself.” – Neil Postman
  • This is not a Gen Y issue.Just because a new behavior is accepted, doesn’t meant it’s better, or more effective. It’s just means we are permitting it. But we’re more than “permitting it,” we’re seeking it out as a culture. It is becoming the way we behave.
  • From Kare Anderson’s post: “A few years ago, DisneyWorld executives were wondering what most captured the attention of toddlers and infants at their theme park and hotels in Orlando, Florida. So they hired me and a cultural anthropologist to observe them as they passed by all the costumed cast members, animated creatures, twirling rides, sweet-smelling snacks, and colorful toys. But after a couple of hours of close observation, we realized that what most captured the young children's attention wasn't Disney-conjured magic. Instead it was their parents' cell phones, especially when the parents were using them.Those kids clearly understood what held their parents' attention — and they wanted it too. Cell phones were enticing action centers of their world as they observed it. When parents were using their phones, they were not paying complete attention to their children.Giving undivided attention is the first and most basic ingredient in any relationship. It is impossible to communicate, much less bond, with someone who can't or won't focus on you. At the same time, we often fail to realize how what we focus on comes to control our thoughts, our actions, and indeed, our very lives.”
  • We have lost our sense of place. We are being forced in to a sea of homogenous behaviors where everyone begins to look alike.
  • "Attendants at its birth, we threw ourselves into its adventure. This is human. But these days, our problems with the Net are becoming too distracting to ignore. At the extreme, we are so enmeshed in our connections that we neglect each other. We don’t need to reject or disparage technology. We need to put it in its place.” – Sherry Turkle

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  • HIGH TECH ≠ HIGH TOUCH Ignore How To Use Emerging Technology To Forge Deeper, Stronger Relationships Jeff Turner, President, Zeek Interactive, Twitter: @jeffturner
  • Alone Together“Our networked life allows us to hide from each other, even as we aretethered to each other. We’d rather text than talk.” – Sherry Turkle Photo by Ultra Silo1 via Flickr Creative Commons
  • Enthusiastic About Technological Change“Every technology is both a burden and a blessing;not either-or, but this-and-that.” – Neil Postman Photo by D. Sharon Pruitt via Flickr Creative Commons
  • What’s Wrong With This Picture?Nothing. That’s the problem. Photo by Melvin Schlubman via Flickr Creative Commons
  • Media Changes The Way We Behave“New media not only affect the way people behave, but they eventuallyaffect the way people feel they should behave.” – Joshua Meyrowitz Photo by Ultra Silo1 via Flickr Creative Commons
  • What Captures Your Attention?“Giving undivided attention is the first and most basicingredient in any relationship.” – Kare Anderson, Harvard Business Review Photo by Ed Yourdon via Flickr Creative Commons
  • Technology Is A State Of Culture“It is also a state of mind. It consists in the deification of technology, whichmeans that the culture seeks its authorization in technology, finds itssatisfactions in technology, and takes its orders from technology.” – Neil Postman Photo by David Roseborough via Flickr Creative Commons
  • What Problem Does This Solve?“Our most serious problems are not technical, nor do they arise frominadequate information.” – Neil Postman Photo by Yourdon via Flickr Creative Commons
  • No Sense Of Place“Whether media have actually affected the amount of family interactionmay be less of an issue than the fact that they have changed theuniqueness of what goes on in the home.” – Joshua Meyrowitz Photo by Ed Yourdon via Flickr Creative Commons
  • Technology Is Not A Differentiator“Truly different behaviors require truly distinct situations.” – Joshua Meyrowitz Photo by Ed Yourdon via Flickr Creative Commons
  • We’re Missing The Nonverbal“A person can lie verbally much more easilythan he or she can “lie” non verbally.” – Joshua Meyrowitz Photo by Yourdon via Flickr Creative Commons
  • It’s Time To Pause… and consider how we want the world to look. Photo by Ed Yourdon via Flickr Creative Commons
  • Awareness Brings OpportunityYou have the ability to alter your behavior, and change the game. Photo by Ed Yourdon via Flickr Creative Commons
  • Be In The MomentBe where you are, with who you’re with. Photo by Tom French via Flickr Creative Commons
  • How We Engage MattersI will do business with someone I can laugh with. Photo by Rob Boudon via Flickr Creative Commons
  • Seek Hugs Over LikesUse the computer to get off of the computer. Photo by Tedeytan via Flickr Creative Commons
  • The Fastest Way To TrustWhen it comes to trust, nothing is more efficient than face-to-face. Photo by Isafmedia via Flickr Creative Commons
  • Technology Is Not Neutral“When you adopt a technology, you also adoptthe philosophy embedded in that technology.” - Clay Shirky My Facebook Page
  • Facebook Has An AgendaIf you’re not vigilent, their agenda becomes your agenda.Don’t adopt philosophies counter to your own philosophy. My Facebook Page
  • Get PersonalDon’t take the path of least resistance. My Facebook Page
  • Exploit Skype, GoToMeetingThe next best thing to being there. Photo by Joxe via Flickr Creative Commons
  • SEO, yes. But YEO as well.Even blogging can take a different direction whenthe focus shifts to “You Engaging Others.” Miamism Showcases Genius Jones
  • Connect LocallyHow many opportunities are you missing by staring at your phone? Photo by ME, yesterday morning at Starbucks
  • Eyes Over ScreensGet out from behind the computer. Photo by Joe Fakih Gomez via Flickr Creative Commons
  • Real Parties Over Virtual PartiesThe real thing is always better. Never forget that. Photo by Bart Everson via Flickr Creative Commons
  • Analog Over Digital“It is important to remember what can be donewithout computers” – Neil Postman Photo by Emily Rachel Hildebrand via Flickr Creative Commons
  • HIGH TECH ≠ HIGH TOUCH Ignore How To Use Emerging Technology To Forge Deeper, Stronger Relationships Jeff Turner, President, Zeek Interactive, Twitter: @jeffturner