Technology has made all our lives much easier over time. The ability to be ahead of the curve is vital to our careers and businesses.
I remember the first time I saw a cell phone. I was at a training event in Fort Benning, Georgia. An old Chief Warrant Officer pulls out this phone and bragging about being able to make phone calls from anywhere.
I immediately thought it was a dumb idea. Who wants to be handcuffed to a device 24/7 where anyone can reach you? Admittedly, I don’t have the greatest foresight.
I also remember the first time I saw a cell phone camera. I was in line at a military exchange in Kuwait when the guy in front of me gets his phone out to take a photo of someone in line. He bragged about the technology. I thought a camera in a phone might be the dumbest thing I’d ever seen. We have great cameras available to us by Nikon and Canon. Then last June, I put money down on an all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning. I spent eight months bragging to my friends about never buying gas again. I am ready to embrace technology and change.
If you think about it, what do you have in your home that you would be happy with that used 1800’s technology?
Nothing, right? Why do we still use the combustible engine in our cars? The reality is our lives are so much better using new things. Unfortunately, Ford delayed delivery of my all-electric truck by another year or two. Now I have to buy gas again!
The first home I inspected had a security system. I joked that home inspectors can’t inspect a security system, but if it is armed, we can trip and note the response time. Technology has changed our home security completely. Now we can answer our door on a phone app. We can open and close our garage door, adjust the thermostat, set our sprinkler systems, and track our children’s driving habits.
In business, we gain huge advantages with the latest technology. We can market to a select group through tracking and analytic systems. Instead of a TV commercial to everyone watching the channel, we can target people who have searched or read certain topics and articles.
Automation allows us to send emails at set intervals with little to no work on our part.
Employees are now working at home, which increases productivity and decreases time-wasting commutes. Time management has been optimized. Online meetings can bring people together quickly and cost-effectively.
Online communications have reduced the amount of time needed to distribute information.
The tools we use to do business such as home inspections have become more accessible and detailed, which makes the information provided to customers so much better than in the past. Technology will continue to evolve
and make our lives easier both at home and at work. I know Greater Tampa REALTORS® is focused on emerging technologies and how to make everyone’s work-life easier and better. I hope everyone embraces the changes that are coming and enjoys the changes and improvements to our lives.