Do you want to leave your comfort zone, learn a new software program and produce your work with new software today? You probably just answered “No.” Asking people to change the primary software they use every day can be like asking them to enter the frozen tundra in a swimsuit, but the payoff far outweighs the frustration if we can just keep things in perspective. Here are some basic tips to keep in mind when learning new software:
- Patience matters: As daily technology users, we tend to expect to rush through new programs and learn in rapid fire motion, however this method can leave us frustrated, confused and asking ourselves, “How did I get here?” Remember to slow down, give yourself a break and don’t expect to learn everything in one day.
- Online training webinars: One of the most useful inventions that greatly aids in learning new software is a webinar. Webinars allow a trainer to walk you through specific functions in a step-by-step manner. In addition, most live webinars, like Keymark’s Designer’s Edge, offer attendees an open question forum and deliver a recorded copy of training sessions. Being able to “pause and replay” can be invaluable when learning a new software program.
- Practice makes perfect: Hands-on practice is the best way to dig in and learn how to use new software. If you are reluctant to jump right in, you will always feel more frustrated down the road when your boss asks you how it is going on the new software and you haven’t opened the program since your initial training session.
The benefits from learning new software can be astronomical from reducing design time to saving your company money. Although making a change can seem frustrating at first, a new software program can become so familiar that you eventually forget how you survived without it. I remember when companies switched from Corel Office to Microsoft Office and staff kept trying to avoid the change, but looking back now, I do not know how we could function today without Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
What is your favorite new software that you thought you would never be able to learn? I am sure there are some great stories out there to share.