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28 Things Type A Personalities People Don’t Do

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28 Things Type A Personalities People Don’t Do

Have you ever looked at someone and said, “They’re a go-getter!”? Have you ever wondered how someone starting out in the proverbial mail room can advance through the company so fast and achieve her goals faster than other coworkers? These people might have a Type A personality. Some of the traits below might better clue you into what tendencies make up a Type A personality.

1. They Don’t Put Things Off Or Procrastinate

Why put off ’til tomorrow what can be done today? The longer the task is hanging around, the more they’ll dread completing it. The more they dread it, the less likely they are to start it. This is a vicious circle the Type A personality hates. They just do it now and move on.

2. They Don’t Wing It

Always having a task list means there is not a moment wasted. Done with one thing and onto the next.

3. They Don’t Keep Looking At Their Watch

Having several alarms and reminders set will create deadlines. Having a deadline is the surest way to not lollygag around. Having alarms and reminders also lets them know when the scheduled time is up and it’s time to move on to the next item.

4. They Don’t Like Laziness

Type A people understand laziness is a choice. The more often they make the choice to be active, the easier a habit of good decisions will form.

5. They Don’t Lack Passion

The Type A person has a lot of passion for what they do. A good example would be a political lobbyist. They have a laser focus on what they want and why they want it. The rest of the world is muted and they go full steam ahead toward their goal.

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6. They Don’t Show Indifference

Being emotional can be helpful or hurtful. When emotions get the best of a person, their judgement can be clouded, letting them stray from their goal. On the other hand, having emotion can help center people on their goal, helping them choose a clearer path.

7. They Don’t Relax Often

They are prone to stressing over everything. Many Type A people feel something is missing when there isn’t any stress in their lives. They always feel like there is something that they should be doing, even when they are already doing something productive.

8. They Don’t Fall Short On Energy

A Type A person will love sleeping, but not for the same reason as other people might. They see it as a way to recharge their battery so they can get a jump on the next day’s tasks. Many people with a Type A personality have a strict sleep schedule and are early risers.

9. They Don’t Like Failure

They tend to be perfectionists. While doing the task right is part of what drives their perfectionist attitude, they also like the challenge of making sure no one else can do it better or faster.

10. They Don’t Like Unscheduled Time

If the event can’t be scheduled, it won’t happen. Flying by the seat of their pants is not the way to be productive during the day. Similar to having a task list, a Type A lives and dies by their calendar.

11. They Don’t Live In The Shadows

Some Type A people would live on praise and admiration if they could. They love the spotlight and getting recognition for their hard work.

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12. They Don’t Like To Be Late

No matter who is late, you or them, a Type A person will be irritated about not being punctual. Being late can throw off a whole day which will be even more stressful.

13. They Don’t Let Problems Go Unsolved

They love solving problems. It’s seeing a challenge or the competing part that draws them to figuring out a solution.

14. They Don’t Have Much Patience

Hurry up and get it done is the motto of the Type A personality. When one task is done, there are always 10 more waiting. When they have to wait for someone to tell a long-winded story or someone is walking slow, they get frustrated.

15. They Don’t Know How To Solo Task

Having a single browser window open with a single tab simply means they aren’t getting anything done. Usually you will see them doing more than a couple of things at the same time. While this can give the appearance of getting more done, it often spreads their attention thinly across all of the tasks, making it hard to focus.

16. They Don’t Leave Their Workspace Dirty

No matter how long of a day it was, they will always clean up their area. This might be because they won’t be able to sleep at night knowing there was something is out of place or they could have done it but didn’t. Another possibility could be that they just want to be able to jump right into working in the morning.

17. They Don’t Like Working With Other People

Working with other people slows down the completion time of the project. Needing to explain why they are going to do something or talk about what will work with someone else is torture.

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18. They Don’t Do Well With Being Passive

Aggressiveness gets things done. Waiting for someone to hand them something just won’t do. If they need to talk to someone or find out information to complete a task, they make it happen. They don’t wait around hoping they will get what they need.

19. They Don’t Like To Punch Out At The End Of The Day

A couple of emails from home can’t hurt, right? Working after hours and on the weekends is the norm. Just because the rest of the office is relaxing doesn’t mean the Type A needs to rest.

20. They Don’t Have Many Close Friends

They usually don’t have close friends because they work a lot. Friends just want to hang out and do nothing. If there is a job to be done like building a deck, there is a greater chance a Type A will hang out; otherwise there’s work to be done.

21. They Don’t Say No To More Work

Something in their head won’t let them say no to more work. They feel challenged and they love to prove they can do what they set out to do. They will find a way to make it happen, even if it means they have to give up something like sleep or a day off.

22. They Don’t See Tasks As Anything But A Challenge

The challenge is the motivator. Striving to be better, to get more done, testing the waters and see what they can get away with are all things you could see in this personality type.

23. They Don’t Beat Around The Bush

Their directness could be seen as aggressiveness. However, it’s really just a way to get things done. Asking someone how their day was might lead to a long conversation when in reality they just want to know one detail. They will just ask about the detail they want to know to save time and misunderstandings.

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24. They Don’t Always Take Care Of Their Health

Hypertension and higher risk of heart disease are common side effects of having a Type A personality. Along with the stress associated ailments, they are usually not the most healthy people out there. Exercise and eating right take precious time.

25. They Don’t Let People Finish Their Sentences

People take a long time to get to the point. Finishing their sentences helps the story move along, or so they think. Being impatient is why they are not the best communicators.

26. They Don’t Walk At A Slow Pace

Walking fast gets them where they need to be. Plus its about the only exercise time they can justify during the work day.

27. They Don’t Like Waiting In Line

Waiting in line anywhere or even slow moving traffic is enough to make a Type A want to snap. They go into a rage when they are driving and they come to a slow down. They are furious when there isn’t actually anything there to cause the slowdown. They would also rather pay for the person’s groceries than wait for the person ahead of them to write a check at the grocery store.

28. They Don’t Go With The Flow

Make plans how to get the goal done and get to it. With a clear plan, there is no reason for them to have to think during the process. They just work, work, work once the plan is set and the goal is made.

Featured photo credit: Defeat via flickr.com

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

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

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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