Communicating In A Digital World

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Aristotle T Lekacos, Mar 31, 2010 - Computer-assisted instruction - 224 pages
You are about to embark on a journey. In some respects it will be similar to ones taken by other pioneers and innovators in the past. Your journey may begin with excitement and trepidation. As you continue and persevere you will discover new things and most importantly will feel a sense of accomplishment and self-improvement. There will be times along the journey when you believe that you cannot possibly go any further. You will push yourself and lo and behold you will realize that you have discovered and learned so much more then you imagined. You will be changed forever! #13; Change is taking place everywhere and will proceed whether we are for or against it. Just as the acoustic telegraph (telephone) replaced the electric telegraph, the incandescent lamp replaced gas lighting, wireless methods superseded wired technologies; the turbines eventual replacement of the horse, the aircraft the train, the email the mailed letter to name just a few changes in our recent history. In all cases these changes were not overnight phenomena but ones that took time. Slowly the practitioners changed, the users switched and the infrastructure transitioned and then the process repeated itself. This is civilization advancing; beginning with a technological innovation, then a 'marketing' of the technology to define its benefits and most importantly the subsequent preparation of society for its eventual deployment. The only certainty is uncertainty. Our position on the merits of the change must be based on our knowledge and not hearsay.#13; As you embark on this journey of enlightenment you may encounter resistance from others. As with all innovation and transitional periods? naysayers, especially and perhaps surprisingly from within the field, will state why the new approach is inadequate, insufficient, incapable, not going to work and so forth. In business this denial to consider the need for possible change is called 'Core Rigidity'. Why the term 'Core Rigidity'? Rigidity - because individuals refuse to consider any change or revision and want the status quo to remain. Core - because most of these individuals are experts in the field and have years of experience in the existing environment, their specific knowledge is based on the current processes and most importantly if the change does comes to pass their skill sets will be negated hence the term core rigidity.#13; Some say it is human nature to discount new methodology, new theories, new approaches, new ideas; to paraphrase a common quote ?If it?s not broken don?t fix it?. I say where would we be today if all of our ancestors had thought that way? Despite the reluctance of incumbents change is continuous.#13; With respect to virtual communications we are approaching the societal stage; which is why I have written this book. Virtual communications will eventually replace the current mode of distance contact. Communicating and meetings will be forever changed. It is my intention to provide the information and knowledge to empower you to successfully join this new and exciting way of communicating. I will show you how to employ and understand tools used in communicating virtually, such as Adobe Presenter, Adobe Captivate and Adobe Connect. #13; In this book I have introduced a number of new concepts that are useful in the preparation and implementation of the virtual environments and digital content.#13; Let's begin our journey to change.

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Aristotle Lekacos is currently a Professor and the Graduate Program Director of the College of Business Stony Brook University (MBA and MS programs) as well as the Director of Educational Technology in the School of Professional Development. He founded and managed for 20 plus years Trac Line, a software company that developed enterprise wide business systems for Retailers, Wholesalers and Manufacturers. He guided the firm into a Multinational Corporation expanding the scope and breath of the product line. During that period he also provided consulting services to many Fortune 100 corporations including IBM, JC Penny, ATT, EDS, Sunbeam, Radio Shack, Honeywell, Hammacher Schlemmer and Xerox. Prior to founding his company Mr. Lekacos worked at Grumman Aerospace Corporation in Advanced Systems and Business Proposals.

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