Let’s Talk Tech Wellness

As a Tech Evangelist since the early 1990s, I’m very interested in the topic of Tech and Digital Wellness.

I’ve denied the idea of Tech Addiction – especially for myself because Tech is part of my JOB – but have more recently become keenly aware of how my relationship with Tech has actually hurt me. After being such a cheerleader for Tech and Internet adoption over the years, talking about this sometimes feels almost blasphemous. But like anything we absolutely love, moderation – and mindfulness – is the key to getting more benefits than harm out of anything. Continue reading

10 Practices for More Impact with Less Burnout

modified from a post published on AlizaSherman.com

Beth Kanter and I gave our first joint presentation on some of the content we’ve been compiling and writing for our new book together, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: 10 Strategics for Impact Without Burnout. Our assignment was to come up with 10 concrete things anyone could start doing today to bring more awareness to one’s health and wellbeing and apply self-care techniques to different aspects of one’s life.

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Work Life Tech Zen

We are overwhelmed. A short manifesto

Our cup is too full. We need to disconnect to reconnect.

As Cybergrrl, I spent the early 90s telling people they should “Get Online!” More recently, while promoting my 10th book, Social Media Engagement for Dummies, I wanted to talk about the tech elephant in the room: that a big challenge we all face engaging people through social media is that everyone is overloaded, bombarded by information and ads and pummeled by constant, ubiquitous social media news feeds. Continue reading

10 Easy Steps To Unplugging

The hardest part of taking a break from our personal technology – our gadgets and screens and the social networks that beckon us – is just doing it without all the fears and anxiety that comes with shutting off our smartphones or (gasp!) leaving them behind when we go out. We rationalize that we need this connectivity, that without it, we might miss out on something important or (shock! horror!) be lost or lonely. Continue reading

The Disconnecting Dilemma

January 1, 2014. Stream of conscious musings. First journal entry after years of not journaling…

Trying to cram all kinds of productivity and creativity and exercise into this first day of 2014. Like setting a precedent for high achievement because I can’t seem to let go of doing. If this is the Year of Unplugging, I’ve failed today’s test. On the computer by 7:00 a.m.; cleared my InBoxes; worked; tweeted; read; responded. Continue reading

4 Tech Trends That Changed Marketing

Over the years, I’ve been asked to give my predictions of where things are going with the web, social and mobile and technology.

For context: I’ve been online since 1987, started the first woman-owned, full-service Internet company in 1995, started an early social media marketing agency in 2006 (before we really called it that), started a social/mobile dev and consulting firm in 2010. I’ve seen a lot of trends and heard a lot of predictions over the years, some that came to fruition, some that haven’t yet. Continue reading