Archive for August 2005

Videotape Your Performance

One of the best pieces of advice for improving at public speaking is to videotape yourself and then watch the video, looking for ways you can improve. This technique is commonly used by the best speakers in the world. But this idea can work for any kind of performance, not just public speaking. If you’re…

Saying No

Saying no isn’t easy, but it’s a required skill if you wish to have any degree of focus in your life. If you say yes too often, you’ll likely fall into the common trap of saying yes to the good while simultaneously saying no to the best. There is no unconditional yes. Whenever you say…

Life Lessons From Blackjack

Having played a fair amount of blackjack (I learned card counting when I was 21), I’ve noticed some interesting patterns in the way people play the game that seem to reflect larger life patterns. Background Story Feel free to skip ahead to the “Interesting Observations” section if you just want to read the lessons. This…