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10 Ways To Become An Elite Gamer

10 Ways To Become An Elite Gamer

Gaming is now big business and there are plenty of prizes and cash available for those at the top of the profession, as this rundown of the 10 biggest gaming tournaments in the world will attest. Whether you want to make big money on the circuits or just know that you are the best amongst your own network of peers, here are 10 ways to become an elite gamer.

It’s All about Speed

Over time, any PC can slow down due to a wide range of reasons including problems with malware, insufficient RAM, or because the hard drive needs to be defragmented or cleaned up. The simplest way to tackle the problem is to work through the possible issues raised and see which ones have the biggest impact on your system’s speed.

If you are playing online the other aspect you need to consider is your internet connection. If you are living in a compatible area, it might be time to upgrade to fibre broadband.

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High Spec PC

You will need a high spec PC if you want to play games at the maximum level of detail and resolution your GPU allows, and with all the graphical effects added. The good news is that you can upgrade your PC over time with more memory, a solid state drive, and a faster CPU as your budget allows.

Graphics Card

Your graphics card will be doing most of the hard work so make this a priority as you upgrade. If you want to fit a new one check there is an available PCI slot, enough room in the case for the model of card you want to buy, and make sure your existing power supply is up to the job as it will be drawing much more power. You can find a walkthrough of the process over at PC Advisor.

Peripherals

You will use them for many hours a week so ensure your mouse, keyboard and gaming wheel are the best you can afford. Specially designed mice for gamers will give you a much faster response time and make you more accurate, particularly if you are an FPS player. The design of the mouse is also important and it should be ergonomic if you don’t want to end up with wrist strain.

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Monitor

Your monitor is also going to get a lot of use and needs to be high resolution, so your eyes don’t get tired after lengthy periods online. Your accuracy will depend on the quality of the image so again choose the best model you can afford.

Pick Your Focus

If you want to be amongst the best you need to focus on one genre of gaming, at least initially. So whether you love playing racing games, first-person shooters or MMORPGs choose the one you enjoy the most and dedicate time to becoming the best you can be at it.

Attitude Is Everything

There will be times in your gaming career when you experience setbacks and when you don’t perform as well as you hoped you would. However, the calmer you can remain under pressure, the better you will do. If you are part of a team try to retain good relationships with colleagues. A team which is riven by drama tends not to perform well in competition.

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Learn From Others

You can learn from your peers and by watching other gamers at the top of the profession. YouTube makes it easy to find great examples of those who have won tournaments. Watch them play live and tap into interviews where they talk about their craft.

Practice Makes Perfect

The bottom line is that you are going to need to invest a lot of time practicing until the game becomes second nature, and then from there you can expand your skill-set. While you will need to spend a great many hours in front of your monitor, don’t let success come at the expense of your health. Ensure you eat healthily, take regular breaks, exercise and sleep well as this will give you a better chance of longevity as an elite gamer.

Have Fun

Finally, don’t forget to have fun! Playing games is meant to be enjoyable and just like any other sport, if you can have fun while you are practicing and competing, you can guarantee a better level of success.

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Featured photo credit: Thomas Leuthard via flickr.com

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Last Updated on October 16, 2019

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

1. ScheduleOnce

    ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

    ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

    ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

    Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

    Available on Web

    2. Calendly

      Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

      You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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      Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

      3. Assistant.to

        For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

        From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

        While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

        Available on Web

        4. Acuityscheduling

          Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

          It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

          Available on Web | iOS | Android

          5. Pick

            Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

            At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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            Available on Web

            6. X.ai

              For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

              This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

              Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

              Available on Web

              7. YouCanBook.me

                is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                Available on Web

                8. Doodle

                  Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                  It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                  You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                  While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                  9. WhenAvailable

                    WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                    Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                    Available on Web

                    10. Rally

                      Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                      Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                      Available on Web

                      11. NeedtoMeet

                        Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                        NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                        While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                        Available on Web

                        Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                        In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                        To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                        Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                        A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                        Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                        If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                        Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                        With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                        The Bottom Line

                        Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                        Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                        Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

                        Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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