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4 Shortcuts to Self Improvement for Tech Junkies and Nerds

4 Shortcuts to Self Improvement for Tech Junkies and Nerds
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Being a tech junkie is awesome; you are really up to date with the latest developments in the field of technology, you are also very well informed since you do a lot of research in general, and you have a habit of collecting useful gadgets. Yet, over the course of time, tech junkies acquired a negative stereotypical streak. Since they are, in a sense, nerdy, people tend to think of them as someone who does not like to work out and be active.

In reality, all of us who spend a lot of time behind our computers or who admire online communication, tend to forsake some healthier aspects of life. This is not something that only a techy would do, however, it is still not an excuse to continue with such a lifestyle.

So, in the following article, I will provide some tips for self-improvement that tech savvy folks can easily implement. After all, technology is designed to help us; we are the ones who use it in a harmful way. So, all you need to do is acquire the right tech and start using it in order to restore balance and improve your life.

1. Change your habits and mindset

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    The subheading might seem like it suggests an essential change, but you do not have to abandon your hobby. You need to start to worry more about your health and adopt some healthier habits, and you should still use gadgets, but simply focus on those that help you fulfill these newfound goals.

    It would be a wise decision to start working out, and to socialize more at the same time. So, instead of chatting with online friends, initiate a new action. Invite them to play sports or to go to the gym. Workouts are really bothersome, and if you are alone, it will get boring really quickly. The only upside of working alone is that you are more efficient, since your sole focus is training.

    With friends, you get to joke around, help each other, and you won’t get that strange feeling like people are judging you in the gym. It is not too uncommon to avoid the gym because of anxiety but when you are with people, you know that it is different, and you won’t feel so isolated.

    So, tell yourself that physical activity is now a must, and that you also need to adopt a healthier diet and create a healthier environment.

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    2. Healthier eating

    One of the gadgets you should be interested in is the so called HAPIfork, which is a tool for eating that also monitors the intake of food. It is a fork, like its name suggests, and it keeps track of how much food you eat, how fast you eat it, by counting the amount of fork servings and intervals between fork servings. By eating according to the fork’s guidelines, you can prevent weight gain, avoid digestive problems, the gastric reflux and postoperative complications.

    Fitbit Aria is another great piece of tech you can use to monitor your health and see if your healthy habits are yielding any results. It is important to monitor progress, because it will encourage you to continue with your regime. With this scale, you can monitor your body mass index and body fat percentage, and use the input from this device for other weight loss apps on your smartphone.

    3. Improve environment

      You can use your gadgets to create a much healthier environment in your home. You can find many gadgets to create a smart house on discount. You can get items like smart energy monitors and smart thermostats, and also a moisture sensor. You can use these gadgets for maintaining a comfortable temperature, to ensure the air condition won’t result in mold forming on the walls, and to avoid unnecessary electricity expenses.

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      In order to stay healthy, and to feel good and motivated, you need to maintain healthy living conditions. These are all the things that have an impact on your behavior and how you think. If you strive to maintain a better environment, you will be more active and you will feel a lot better. Using the previously suggested gadgets, you can successfully achieve this goal.

      4. Gadgets for fitness

      Finally, you should get some gadgets that motivate you to be active. You can gamify the whole fitness program if you use Xbox Kinect; you can run, dance, do various forms of exercise, etc. Kinect is an awesome device to have fun when you invite your friends over, and to have a workout session with an entire gamified experience, so that you are motivated to work out more.

      You can also get yourself a pedometer. You need to set a daily goal for yourself on how much you need to walk and be active, and gradually increase that limit. With the pedometer, you also get a semi-competitive experience, because you need to beat your previous self. Besides, walking can be very therapeutic and pleasant; all you need is a quality playlist to go along with it and it won’t even seem troublesome.

      Lastly, when you start to get more serious about your workout, you can get a spree headband and use it to obtain detailed feedback about your body’s core. You will know your temperature, speed, heart rate, and even your GPS location; it is a really awesome gadget to say the least.

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      Moreover, you should probably use your smartphone to download some apps for fitness tips, food tips, and some reminders so that you do not forget to workout. Also, you can get apps that ensure you get enough healthy sleep, and really tap into the full potential of your training.

      So, I hope you agree with these suggestions, and this list. There are a lot of devices out there that can aid you in your quest towards having a better and happier life, to ensure that you live in a safe and healthy environment, and to remind you not to neglect these aspects of life.

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      How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

      How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)
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      You’re standing behind the curtain, just about to make your way on stage to face the many faces half-shrouded in darkness in front of you. As you move towards the spotlight, your body starts to feel heavier with each step. A familiar thump echoes throughout your body – your heartbeat has gone off the charts.

      Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with glossophobia(also known as speech anxiety or the fear of speaking to large crowds). Sometimes, the anxiety happens long before you even stand on stage.

      Your body’s defence mechanism responds by causing a part of your brain to release adrenaline into your blood – the same chemical that gets released as if you were being chased by a lion.

      Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you overcome your fear of public speaking:

      1. Prepare yourself mentally and physically

      According to experts, we’re built to display anxiety and to recognize it in others. If your body and mind are anxious, your audience will notice. Hence, it’s important to prepare yourself before the big show so that you arrive on stage confident, collected and ready.

      “Your outside world is a reflection of your inside world. What goes on in the inside, shows on the outside.” – Bob Proctor

      Exercising lightly before a presentation helps get your blood circulating and sends oxygen to the brain. Mental exercises, on the other hand, can help calm the mind and nerves. Here are some useful ways to calm your racing heart when you start to feel the butterflies in your stomach:

      Warming up

      If you’re nervous, chances are your body will feel the same way. Your body gets tense, your muscles feel tight or you’re breaking in cold sweat. The audience will notice you are nervous.

      If you observe that this is exactly what is happening to you minutes before a speech, do a couple of stretches to loosen and relax your body. It’s better to warm up before every speech as it helps to increase the functional potential of the body as a whole. Not only that, it increases muscle efficiency, improves reaction time and your movements.

      Here are some exercises to loosen up your body before show time:

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      1. Neck and shoulder rolls – This helps relieve upper body muscle tension and pressure as the rolls focus on rotating the head and shoulders, loosening the muscle. Stress and anxiety can make us rigid within this area which can make you feel agitated, especially when standing.
      2. Arm stretches – We often use this part of our muscles during a speech or presentation through our hand gestures and movements. Stretching these muscles can reduce arm fatigue, loosen you up and improve your body language range.
      3. Waist twists – Place your hands on your hips and rotate your waist in a circular motion. This exercise focuses on loosening the abdominal and lower back regions which is essential as it can cause discomfort and pain, further amplifying any anxieties you may experience.

      Stay hydrated

      Ever felt parched seconds before speaking? And then coming up on stage sounding raspy and scratchy in front of the audience? This happens because the adrenaline from stage fright causes your mouth to feel dried out.

      To prevent all that, it’s essential we stay adequately hydrated before a speech. A sip of water will do the trick. However, do drink in moderation so that you won’t need to go to the bathroom constantly.

      Try to avoid sugary beverages and caffeine, since it’s a diuretic – meaning you’ll feel thirstier. It will also amplify your anxiety which prevents you from speaking smoothly.

      Meditate

      Meditation is well-known as a powerful tool to calm the mind. ABC’s Dan Harris, co-anchor of Nightline and Good Morning America weekend and author of the book titled10% Happier , recommends that meditation can help individuals to feel significantly calmer, faster.

      Meditation is like a workout for your mind. It gives you the strength and focus to filter out the negativity and distractions with words of encouragement, confidence and strength.

      Mindfulness meditation, in particular, is a popular method to calm yourself before going up on the big stage. The practice involves sitting comfortably, focusing on your breathing and then bringing your mind’s attention to the present without drifting into concerns about the past or future – which likely includes floundering on stage.

      Here’s a nice example of guided meditation before public speaking:

      2. Focus on your goal

      One thing people with a fear of public speaking have in common is focusing too much on themselves and the possibility of failure.

      Do I look funny? What if I can’t remember what to say? Do I look stupid? Will people listen to me? Does anyone care about what I’m talking about?’

      Instead of thinking this way, shift your attention to your one true purpose – contributing something of value to your audience.

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      Decide on the progress you’d like your audience to make after your presentation. Notice their movements and expressions to adapt your speech to ensure that they are having a good time to leave the room as better people.

      If your own focus isn’t beneficial and what it should be when you’re speaking, then shift it to what does. This is also key to establishing trust during your presentation as the audience can clearly see that you have their interests at heart.[1]

      3. Convert negativity to positivity

      There are two sides constantly battling inside of us – one is filled with strength and courage while the other is doubt and insecurities. Which one will you feed?

      ‘What if I mess up this speech? What if I’m not funny enough? What if I forget what to say?’

      It’s no wonder why many of us are uncomfortable giving a presentation. All we do is bring ourselves down before we got a chance to prove ourselves. This is also known as a self-fulfilling prophecy – a belief that comes true because we are acting as if it already is. If you think you’re incompetent, then it will eventually become true.

      Motivational coaches tout that positive mantras and affirmations tend to boost your confidents for the moments that matter most. Say to yourself: “I’ll ace this speech and I can do it!”

      Take advantage of your adrenaline rush to encourage positive outcome rather than thinking of the negative ‘what ifs’.

      Here’s a video of Psychologist Kelly McGonigal who encourages her audience to turn stress into something positive as well as provide methods on how to cope with it:

      4. Understand your content

      Knowing your content at your fingertips helps reduce your anxiety because there is one less thing to worry about. One way to get there is to practice numerous times before your actual speech.

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      However, memorizing your script word-for-word is not encouraged. You can end up freezing should you forget something. You’ll also risk sounding unnatural and less approachable.

      “No amount of reading or memorizing will make you successful in life. It is the understanding and the application of wise thought that counts.” – Bob Proctor

      Many people unconsciously make the mistake of reading from their slides or memorizing their script word-for-word without understanding their content – a definite way to stress themselves out.

      Understanding your speech flow and content makes it easier for you to convert ideas and concepts into your own words which you can then clearly explain to others in a conversational manner. Designing your slides to include text prompts is also an easy hack to ensure you get to quickly recall your flow when your mind goes blank.[2]

      One way to understand is to memorize the over-arching concepts or ideas in your pitch. It helps you speak more naturally and let your personality shine through. It’s almost like taking your audience on a journey with a few key milestones.

      5. Practice makes perfect

      Like most people, many of us are not naturally attuned to public speaking. Rarely do individuals walk up to a large audience and present flawlessly without any research and preparation.

      In fact, some of the top presenters make it look easy during showtime because they have spent countless hours behind-the-scenes in deep practice. Even great speakers like the late John F. Kennedy would spend months preparing his speech beforehand.

      Public speaking, like any other skill, requires practice – whether it be practicing your speech countless of times in front of a mirror or making notes. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect!

      6. Be authentic

      There’s nothing wrong with feeling stressed before going up to speak in front of an audience.

      Many people fear public speaking because they fear others will judge them for showing their true, vulnerable self. However, vulnerability can sometimes help you come across as more authentic and relatable as a speaker.

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      Drop the pretence of trying to act or speak like someone else and you’ll find that it’s worth the risk. You become more genuine, flexible and spontaneous, which makes it easier to handle unpredictable situations – whether it’s getting tough questions from the crowd or experiencing an unexpected technical difficulty.

      To find out your authentic style of speaking is easy. Just pick a topic or issue you are passionate about and discuss this like you normally would with a close family or friend. It is like having a conversation with someone in a personal one-to-one setting. A great way to do this on stage is to select a random audience member(with a hopefully calming face) and speak to a single person at a time during your speech. You’ll find that it’s easier trying to connect to one person at a time than a whole room.

      With that said, being comfortable enough to be yourself in front of others may take a little time and some experience, depending how comfortable you are with being yourself in front of others. But once you embrace it, stage fright will not be as intimidating as you initially thought.

      Presenters like Barack Obama are a prime example of a genuine and passionate speaker:

      7. Post speech evaluation

      Last but not the least, if you’ve done public speaking and have been scarred from a bad experience, try seeing it as a lesson learned to improve yourself as a speaker.

      Don’t beat yourself up after a presentation

      We are the hardest on ourselves and it’s good to be. But when you finish delivering your speech or presentation, give yourself some recognition and a pat on the back.

      You managed to finish whatever you had to do and did not give up. You did not let your fears and insecurities get to you. Take a little more pride in your work and believe in yourself.

      Improve your next speech

      As mentioned before, practice does make perfect. If you want to improve your public speaking skills, try asking someone to film you during a speech or presentation. Afterwards, watch and observe what you can do to improve yourself next time.

      Here are some questions you can ask yourself after every speech:

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      • How did I do?
      • Are there any areas for improvement?
      • Did I sound or look stressed?
      • Did I stumble on my words? Why?
      • Was I saying “um” too often?
      • How was the flow of the speech?

      Write everything you observed down and keep practicing and improving. In time, you’ll be able to better manage your fears of public speaking and appear more confident when it counts.

      If you want even more tips about public speaking or delivering a great presentation, check out these articles too:

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