Small Talk

The new IT Director

August 22nd, 2016

When Olivia was eight, she taught me how to put together a PowerPoint presentation. She proudly showed us her class project, and I was very impressed by the fancy wipes, transitions, fly ins, and what not. She even used a built-in laser pointer function to point to the text or images as she spoke to it.

Holy cow. I asked her to teach me how to do that. Schooled by a third grader.

I can edit video on Avid, I can work fairly well on Word and Excel, but for some reason, I've never had to put together a PowerPoint. When I was a PR director, I, um, had people for that.

I don't know when I'll ever need to do that again but I like to always build my skill set. So one Sunday afternoon, she sat down with me and worked with me on a sample demonstration that I put together myself. Yay, Mommy!

"Or I can just do it for you if you need. You can hire me," she offered. "I'll only charge you $5."

Five bucks. What a bargain! Done!

Realizing I've come to the age where the young mind is more in tune with technology than I am, I asked her to fix some other tech issues for me. I need help with my iTunes and I seem to have maxed out the storage on my personal iPhone.

"Yep, I'll look at that for you," she stated with all the confidence of a tech professional. And I truly believe she will fix it.

So she's now our household Director of IT. I actually like it.

10 Responses to “The new IT Director”

  1. rayboyjr:

    Hey Diane ... I wish I had someone to teach me new tech stuff ... I'm still the one that has to learn and keep up with this shi--- stuff ...

    ... yeah, I'm still a tech geek ... but I'm an old tech geek now ... the youngins are more in tune with today's tech ...

    ... you're on to something with your new IT Director ... hey, you maybe you don't have to learn new things ... you still have "people for that" ... poor Olivia ...

  2. SS:

    Have Olivia teach you Pokemon Go!

  3. Diane Ako:

    SS- I haven't registered, but maybe. It seems to addictive that I'm scared!

    rayboyjr - ha ha, thanks. I am hoping she'll learn a lot more this year because my PC semi-died and I want her help cleaning it out before I discard.

  4. huha:

    How young is Olivia now? Wow. Time flies.

  5. Diane Ako:

    huha - 9!

  6. Curtis:

    Way Cool !
    If you want to expose her to some more of that, we can geek her up a bit. Our youngest volunteer was 7. You can sea a video of her on our website under the donations page.

  7. Tita Girl:

    Aloha Olivia,
    Glad you could help your mom with your technical skills and wizardry.
    Now, let Auntie Tita teach you about your pay rate. A $5.00 flat fee just to show up is a good starting point. We can waive that fee, but more about that later.
    Once you begin building your project it will be $5.00 PER PAGE . Then, we have editing as well as any change orders to consider once the job is done. The customer ALWAYS comes back with requests to change the color,transitions,image,etc...$1.00 per page change is fair.
    Fee Waiver : We can waive the fee if the customer has 5 pages or more, or if they are keiki,kupuna, kama'aina or a charitable organization.
    Remember, Time is Money and your skills took time to learn and now you need to translate it into dollars to meet your real world needs, which (sometimes) takes money. Afterall, college is right around the corner. Next Lesson:529 College Plans.
    PS---No Charge for my consulting fees.

  8. Diane Ako:

    Tita Girl - Bwahahaha! Maybe I need to hire you as my consultant. I provide Olivia services including: room & board, laundry, tutor, life coach, entertainment, chauffeur, counselor, and travel planner. Set against her potential IT income, how much should I be charging her? What's this trade worth?

    Curtis, that's a cool endeavor! Maybe she would like it. She surprised me by being very excited to apply for the VEX Robotics team. Here I thought she was into art and dancing and on that non-STEM track. Thanks for the idea!

  9. Tita Girl:

    Auwe Diane, so sorry...the aforementioned "services" falls under the category of Mom -n-Dad and is not chargeable. However, encourage her tech-DNA and in 9 years, when she's still living at home, (cause who won't be?) she should have a $ta$h of ca$h and I see Room-n-Board being added to your income.

  10. Diane Ako:

    Dang, dang, dang. I didn't read the fine print before I signed up for parenting. OK, thanks for that clarification.

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