Five Reads: Public Speaking, Warspeak, Spending Less Time On Your Phone and More

Here are five articles that have me thinking…

Presence, Structure, Performance: 5 Tips to Improve Your Public Speaking
Insights by Stanford Business. Jenny Luna

Key quote: “Great talks have defined paths. Start by asking yourself, “What does my audience need from me?” Keeping your listeners’ needs at the forefront of your mind connects you to them. Focus on what they are there to learn, instead of making sure each of your talking points is said.” Read the rest here.

How to Take Better Notes for Information Retention
Inc Magazine. Minda Zetlin.

Key quote: “Kiewra writes that one common mistake people make is that they take notes, and then review notes, but never revise them. You should revise your notes as soon as possible after a lecture, meeting, or workshop, or even during the event if there’s a pause or break.” Read the rest here.

The ‘Warspeak’ Permeating Everyday Language Puts Us All in the Trenches
The Conversation. Beth Daley.

Key quote: “(Warspeak) degrades our ability to engage with one another about important issues. Law professors Oren Gross and Fionnuala Aolain have written about how the framing of issues as a “war” can “significantly shape choices.” There is an urgency that’s communicated. Instantaneous action is required. Thought and reflection fall by the wayside.” Read the rest here.

The Cost Effective Way to Implement a Behavior change
Fast Company. Jory Mackay.

Key quote: “We start too big and too vague. Changing any behavior takes time. But most of us try to change too much at once. We focus on huge changes (like “get six-pack abs”) instead of realistic steps (like “do five sit-ups”). Behavior change needs specific and realistic actions to take hold.” Read the rest here.

A Radical Guide to Spending Less Time on Your Phone
Forge. Ryan Holiday.

Key quote: “My phone, once a source of liberation — I could check my email without having to go home, which meant I could spend more time out doing things — eventually became a weight that tied me down. Instead of making me better at my job, it started preventing what Cal Newport calls “deep work” — focused, dedicated, creative time. Instead of helping me have fun, it was making me miserable.” Read the rest here.

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