Articles in the Experiments category

Have a 90-degree day

We tend to operate on auto-pilot most of the time. How about altering certain mechanics to return that feeling of self-awareness?

I initially leaned towards the title ‘backwards day’. However …

Barter with yourself

Motivate yourself by exchanging one behavior for another.

Public speaking reflection

I’ve continued with public speaking conquests on two fronts: in the digital medium of a virtual Toastmasters club, and in the physical medium of my locally organized club.

In …

Public speaking club - continued

After the third rendition of the weekly public speaking club, I believe to have a fairly working structure. The first unofficial 30 minute warm-up facilitates an open discussion of our …

Creating a public speaking club

In Curitiba, BR, Toastmasters clubs are scarce. Until recently, a few specialized TM clubs had existed. Now, even those no longer appear in the search.

While I had transferred my …

A few words on programming yourself

Over breakfast I skimmed most of the book Mind Hacks: Tips & Tools for Using Your Brain, by Tom Stafford & Matt Webb. It explores the functioning of our brain, hearing, vision …

Toastmasters from physical to virtual

I had to transition from my Toastmasters club in presence of impending travels. How was I to proceed with public speaking development, which I had adapted like a healthy sport …

How to practice improvised speeches for lazy folk, part 2

I created a routine to invoke the all-inclusive topic generator/speech recorder/logger, per the previous post using an exec-cmd command.

The routine requires

  1. exec-cmd.
  2. sent, from suckless.org, which …

How to practice improvised speeches for lazy folk, part 1

In Toastmasters, we dedicate part of each meeting to Table Topics, an improvised question and answer portion related to a specific theme. A Table Topic master asks a volunteer one …

Interesting clubs to attend or start

I want to put forth my best effort in avoiding the usage of the letter ‘k’ for this post. The letter detached from the laptop typing peripheral surface a year …

Toastmasters and public speaking

Having finally attended a Toastmasters meeting after nearly 10 years of deliberation, in my first day in Kraków of all places, I carry no regrets.

The international organization focuses around …

30-day Video Recording Experiment

Over the last 30 days I recorded a daily 5-15 minute video clip on any topic of my choosing. As extra incentive, I leveraged a verbal contract with a friend …

Daily walks and randomness, part 1

I’m frequently inspired to explore a city semi-randomly. By that I mean explore different routes in a neighborhood in a way that I can ultimately synthesize the gathered information …

Experiments worth conducting Part 1

To provoke risk and anxiety I will brainstorm the sorts of experiments I would be inclined to carry out or to see carried out. To introduce an incentive, you can …

Accountability and Incentive

Some tasks are difficult or unpleasant. For that purpose, I believe in the power of social accountability, which can take one of many forms, some more radical (hence effective) than …