Master your smartphone…no tech experience necessary.
When I was bought my latest smartphone, my two biggest must-haves were a bigger display and more internal storage. On the ride to the store, I'm felt pretty sure that I knew which phone I wanted, so I figured this would be a quick transaction inside the store. However, when I get there, they are crazy-busy (I'm like #15 in their queue), so I decided to kill some time by checking out some of the other phones they were selling.
The features on these other phones caused me to immediately start second-guessing my choice: one phone had a better camera; another had better battery life; while another included “smart actions”; and yet another had a really good speaker. Was my phone the best of the best? Should I factor in longer battery life over having more internal storage? And ooh, “smart actions” are really, really cool, but is it more valuable than a bigger display?
I waffled for a bit – probably testing the patience of the salesman helping me – but ended up selecting the device I originally planned to buy, convinced it was best choice.
Technology is supposed to make us better.
We’re constantly hearing how technology has the potential to improve the quality of our lives. In fact, that’s one of the main reasons most of us got smartphones to begin with. They were also supposed to be intuitive and user-friendly, but you would argue otherwise:
- You know you’re not using the full potential of your phone but you’re too embarrassed to admit that you don’t know how to use yours.
- You’re overwhelmed by all the choices to make (phones, plans, contracts vs. financing, apps, devices, accessories).
- You read about safety and privacy issues but don’t know what to do to protect yourself.
In short, you’re confused and intimidated by your phone and don’t know where to begin.
You're ready to Master Your Smartphone.
You’re ready to…
- use yours like a pro.
- use it to keep you organized, focused, and in better control of your life.
- feel confident when making purchases related to your phone (apps, accessories, etc.).
You don’t have to be a tech expert in order to learn how to effectively use your smartphone.
For me, I looked at every area of my life, that was important for me to stay on top of, and figured out how I could use my smartphone to better manage those areas. I sucked at remembering birthdays, but not anymore.
You remember the smartphone I bought because it was the best choice out there? Five weeks later – and well past the store's 30-day return policy – a newer model of my phone was released!
I was bitter for a hot second, but then I realized that it wasn’t the device that helped me managed my life. It’s how I used my smartphone that made it invaluable. And being realistic with myself, I knew there would always be newer and more powerful phones out there.
I can take you through this same process and help you not only learn how to use your smartphone but how to better organize and manage your life.
Why I'm your girl.
I’m just like you. I have no formal background in technology, but I did work for a long time with a bunch of tech geeks. Their obsession with gadgets eventually rubbed off on me.
I like exploring technology from a practical sense, using it to do more, to extend myself as career woman, partner, friend, sibling, and volunteer.
As personal computing – including smartphones – has improved dramatically over a very short period of time, we can either embrace it or fall farther behind.
I work 1-on-1 with highly ambitious people (such as lawyers, accountants, doctors, restaurant and hotel owners, VPs, and solopreneurs). Their experiences are diverse but their time is limited. They need someone who can get them up and running quickly, and tell them only what they need to know.
Let's Master Your Smartphone together.
- A smartphone and plan that adequately covers your needs.
- Systems setup on your phone that will help make your life run more smoothly.
- Your information and content synced across all your devices (computer/laptop, tablet, etc.).
- Your smartphone up and running properly with any peripherals and accessories (Wi-Fi, bluetooth, dongles, TVs, protective cases, battery packs, earphones, etc.).
Here's how we'll do it.
- Four live sessions: a discovery session, an in-person session (LA-area only), and two follow-up virtual sessions.
- Unlimited email access for 45 days to ask any questions that you have between our live sessions.
- Your Little Black Book, a personalized guide that summarizes everything we discussed during our lives sessions. Yours to keep and refer back to as needed.
When we work together, I can promise a safe and supportive space to explore your smartphone and cut through all the confusion.
You'll be proud of what we accomplish is such a short amount of time.
Your Investment: $297
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you only work with folks in the LA area?
I don't! I've helped people all over the world. Since I live in LA, I can do in-person sessions with those in the LA area. If you're located elsewhere, all of our sessions will be virtual. The ability to do video calls (Skype, Google Hangout) is pretty important (the sessions are WAY more effective).
Is this going to take a lot of my time?
I like to do as much of the heavy-lifting as possible (researching and evaluating options) prior to our sessions so that we can spend most of our time together on implementation and training. Your time outside of class should be not much different than before. You may decide to practice what you've learned during pockets of free time (and I'm all for this).
So you're going to help me develop some life management systems. I have no idea what I should be asking you to help me do. I'll do whatever you say.
Most people feel this way because they don't realize all the things their smartphone can do. While I'm not a fan of prescribing one-size-fits-all systems, I have identified several systems that everyone should consider and we can customize them for you.
To get you brainstorming, think about your day yesterday. From the time you woke up until you went to sleep,
- what did you not look forward to doing (washing clothes?)
- was there something you wished you could have done (take a yoga class?)
- did you forget to do something (call your Mom?)
- were you late to a meeting (with a potential new client?)
If these things regularly occur, then we should definitely see how you can use technology – and your smartphone – to better manage them.
Are you going to make me buy a new phone?
Well…unless you have a BlackBerry or Windows phone as I only work on iPhones and Android devices. All others are dead to me.
I hate my phone! Will you help me pick a new one?
Hate's such a strong word. Before you buy a new phone, let's chat about what is going on with your phone that is making you hate it. Perhaps there's a solution to your problem that doesn't buying a new device. That's my goal!
If you decide that you still want a new phone, I'll be more than happy to help you pick a good one.
Do you really only work with iPhones and Android devices?
But I really need help with my BlackBerry.
You’re a persistent little chica, aren’t you? I appreciate the hustle, but the answer is still no.
Are you going to have me install a bunch of apps?
A bunch is relative. Is that 20 or 50? My goal is to help you use your smartphone in ways that work best for YOU. Also, I'm a huge fan of multi-functional apps (e.g. Evernote and LastPass), which decrease the number of different apps to install.
This Edward Snowden/NSA stuff has me freaked out about privacy. Make me feel better.
Yellow looks great on you…
We’ll spend some time discussing settings and what online behavior that you should avoid. Check out the response by Gary Vaynerchuk (a leader in the online and social media arena) when someone asked him about privacy. I actually agree with him.
Can you help me get to the next level of Candy Crush?
First of all, I have NO IDEA whether this is a valid question (are there levels in Candy Crush?). I'm here to help you use your smartphone to make your life run more smoothly. I'm not a gamer at all (I have one game on my phone – Dropwords – and I haven't played it in YEARS). I'm probably not the best person to help you.
Your Investment: $297
Check out my Client Stories to see some typical outcomes that my clients have experienced after we’ve worked together.