Color TV Saved My A! A Humorous Homage to Technology

I spend my professional life teaching, consulting, speaking, and coaching on people-skills (aka soft skills) in this technology filled world.  In fact my special niche for years has been delivering customer relations and teamwork training to technology organizations.  That’s no surprise since my first career was computer programming and systems analysis.   When I left to start my own company 20 years ago and shifted over to people-skills, I knew that technology would continue to come on strong in daily life — as it has.

We can debate how much is too much, yet there is no denying that technology has, does, and will continue to make contributions to daily life.  Recently, as some friends were reflecting on the good ‘ole days when people weren’t always texting, I remembered a time in the fifth grade where technology, if you’ll excuse me, saved my A.

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The teacher had been teaching us about the heart, blood, and what it does for the body.  It came time for the test and one of the questions was: Which type of blood cells contains iron – (a) red cells, (b) white cells, (c) neither ?  I never heard her mention that!  I was just about to guess when I suddenly remembered a frequent TV ad about something that would “fix your iron poor tired blood”.  They had a picture of sickly looking red blood cells before the treatment and nice bright red ones after the treatment.  I thought, hmm, let’s go with (a) “red blood cells” final answer. I was right.

Lucky for me color TV had already been invented.  Can you imagine the pickle I would have been with only black & white TV? I mean, let’s face it, color TV definitely saved my A!

Has technology saved your A in some way?  Would love to hear your story …

Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach in This Technical World

5 Responses to “Color TV Saved My A! A Humorous Homage to Technology”

  1. Hello Kate,

    I think, Technology helps everybody in a way or an other.
    The most important thing is that we must draw a line between technology and natural joy of living. We must use technology in our advantage (research, health), without becoming addicted to technology (one example is that to many children watch TV instead of playing with others in the beauty of nature, or do sports).

    Always nice to read your advice and posts :).
    Wish you all the best !


    • Kate Nasser says:

      Balance is key Simona. I agree that technology has started to run some people’s lives. There is much to be learned by the human experience with each other and in nature. It will also help physical and mental health.

      Many thanks for your comment! I appreciate your contribution to all my posts.
      Best wishes,

  2. Jen Kuhn says:

    Hi Kate,
    I have a love/hate relationship with technology! The experience you wrote about is one reminder that I love technology…it reminds me a bit of twitter. On twitter, I’m connected to people I would never have met otherwise (like you!); it provides resources that I might not find on my own; and there it opens doors I didn’t know existed. On the flip side of that, there are those moments when I’m not a fan of technology. When I’m having computer problems, when I feel over-connected–as if people have access to me around the clock, when I’d rather be connected to nature.
    I’m one of those people who say, “What did we do before cell phones?”…and yet I don’t always want to answer mine!

    • Kate Nasser says:

      I have the same relationship with technology as you Jen. Social media has been a boon to me and many business owners in marketing, networking, selling, and such. Yet, I take time to connect with people face to face or through light tech (e.g. plain everyday phone) so that I always feel the true source of life’s energy — people!

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