During my National Service days (I served in the military), my sergeant would make us drink plenty of water before our route marches. This was important to prepare and hydrate our bodies before the strenuous activity.
At that time, while I understood the need of water intake, I was not the sort who liked to drink so much water; and to drink 1 Litre of plain water every hour, was really a big challenge for me.
Recently, I came across an article by Dr Oz, on how we could drink more water creatively.
Here are my 5 favourite ways from the article:
1) Drink a glass in the morning: Not only this will re-hydrate your body after your long-sleeping period, it will also reboot your digestive system for the day.
2) Have more veggies and fruit: Drinking water is not just about drinking that 1 litre of water, but consuming fruits and vegetables is another option; because water melon & cucumber have high water content to hydrate your body.
3) Set goals to drink more: We have heard the phrase that a successful person is one who sets goals and achieve them. Similarly, you can set goals to drink more water. For example, for lunch, set a goal to drink a glass of water. For the next meal, set it to one and a half glass instead. And work your way up from there.
4) Set timer: If you are too busy with your schedules; set timers intermittently to remind you to drink water.
5) Label Your Water Bottle: Use a marker to section off the different times of the day on your water bottle (for example, 8am, 10 am, 12pm etc), and when the time strikes, make sure you drink the water based on the amount labelled.
Hope this short article makes drinking a joy for you while keeping yourself rehydrate (I wished I had known this during my NS days!).
Towards your continued success,
Applied Creativity & Public Speaking Strategist
Author of 5 books, including "The Stage Fright Antidote"
Had an interesting experience the other day as I were to make payment for my breakfast....
Me: Table 13
Cashier: (after checking in the system) $5.50
Me: (Puzzled) Hmm cannot be...coz i ordered more than that
Cashier: But it stated here .... Prata & Teh O... Table 14
Me: Mistaken....its 13, & we didnt order that
Cashier: No orders on Table 13 ....blank .... Did you move to another table?
Me: Nope...we sat there all along.... how come there are no orders at the table?
Cashier: (sigh) some times the system is like this.... blank.... got magic... your orders were not Prata & Teh O?
Me: No...it's more than that ... and at Table 13
Cashier: Aiyah..... i think they (the ground staff) didnt key in the orders....what's your order?
Me: Prata Cheese, Thosai, Teh Tarik x2, Plain water x3
Cashier: Ok noted....its $12.50
Me: Ahh...it's more like it....
Processing Transactions ...
Cashier: Here's the change ..... but there is no receipt, ya?
Me: it's okay.... Thank you.... & I'm still wondering about the orders..... if the orders were not keyed in earlier, how come the correct orders were sent to our table?....hmmm.....unless someone else mistakenly paid for our table?
Cashier: Errr....yup, someone else paid for your table... they said they sat at 13.... but actually sat at 30....
Me: I see.... (i didnt pursue further.....)
I found this experience had so much learning points here. A very good case study on human behaviour. The main learning points I derived : the mindset of about "Blaming others" -
1) Cashier: No orders on Table 13 ....blank .... Did you move to another table?
2) Cashier: (sigh) some times the system is like this.... blank
3) Cashier: Aiyah..... i think they (the ground staff) didnt key in the orders..
<Blaming Ground Staff>
4) Cashier: Errr....yup, someone else paid for your table... they said they sat at 13.... but actually sat at 30....
<Blaming that someone else; i didnt pursue further at this point, but there's a possibility she could have heard incorrectly on the table number, and keyed in 13 for payment instead (if that's the case, it was her who was to be blamed....evil laugh!) >
In this scenario, the cashier blamed others on three (maybe four) occasions. While initially I thought maybe there could be a mistake on the groundstaff part for not keying on the orders, but as the conversation went on, it showed so much of her character.
When faced with a problem, or situation like this, it is ALWAYS easy to 'taichi' and pass on the blame onto others.
Sometimes (or rather Most of the Times!) we need to learn to take ownership on the things we do, and take responsibilities for things that had gone wrong.
It's okay to admit mistake mistake (I covered why we must 'Celebrate Failure' in my workshop) & learn from it. People are cool with it. Humans are forgiving creatures actually.
We need to remember, when our index finger is pointing others, the other fingers are pointing back at us.
What other learning points have you got from this experience?
Are you still having difficulties in overcoming your presentation fears? Here are possible solutions.
Are you still having difficulties in overcoming your presentation fears?
When I was gathering information and data to write “The Stage Fright Antidote!”, I found out that among the reasons why people were still having fears in making presentations:
Fear of not getting audience attention
Fear of being criticised
Fear of being looked at
If we are to look at these three elements of fears, they have got nothing to do about you as a presenter/speaker. They are more of what people think of you.
I would categorised these fears as the “lack of confidence”. The lack of confidence, whether directly or indirectly, is the results of not meeting other people’s expectations of you.
In order to overcome this fear, developing self-confidence is the key.
For a start, let’s look at what Self-Confidence is. I would define Self-Confidence as the belief in yourself and in your abilities. If we believe in our own ability, we will not fear what other people will say about us.
The good news is, Self-Confidence can be learned. It will take time and energy; and will require breaking of old habits but it will be highly useful trait to have. Here are possible solutions that you can do to develop self-confidence:
Forgive yourself and other people.
The moment you forgive yourself and other people, you will let go of past mistakes and grudges which might have stopped you from being productive and a more confident person.
Have a paradigm shift.
When you start thinking of self-criticism or negative thoughts, take a pause and shift that thoughts into positive ones.
Believe in your message.
Recently, I had the opportunity to coach one of the secondary schools in a national debate competition. The first thing I did as a coach was to ask the debaters to not to focus on the results (winning each match); but instead focus and believe in the messages they were about to deliver. Once we believe in our messages, we will deliver it with passion. The results (winning) will come, i told them. With God’s grace, we won the annual national competition for the first time.
Same thing in your presentation, believe in the message that you are going to present. The belief will overcome the fear.
If you’d like to take a deeper dive into these areas, I would like to invite you to my upcoming workshop:
The Stage Fright Antidote! workshop: Ninja Techniques to Present with Confidence, Connection & Conviction
Thursday 9 Nov 2017
9.30am - 1.30pm
Click the button below for the programme information & registration.
Article by Hazriq Idrus, Applied Creativity & Speaking Strategist;
Author, The Stage Fright Antidote!; Founder, The Speaking Factory Pte Ltd
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Among the takeaways I got from this episode's interview was when Hijazi shared on how he got the job; by answering the questions unconventionally during a job interview! In this ninth episode of "Creative Fridays!", our invited guest is Hijazi Md. Hijazi is the founder of Success Guild, a training firm focusing on communications and leadership. He is the founding president of the Jauhari Bilingual Toastmaster Club; the only bilingual club in Singapore.
Applied Creativity & Speaking Strategist
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In this eighth episode of "Creative Fridays!", our invited guest is Mukul Deva. Mukul is known as a "Change-Maker". He speaks internationally and is an author of 15 best-selling books to date. At the time of this interview, he is working on his 16th book! In this vlog, Mukul shares on how he uses creativity to increase productivity.
In this seventh episode, our invited guest is Ustaz Mizi Wahid. Ustaz Mizi is the founder of Safinah Institute; and author of "Prayer for Success" & "The Art of Letting God." Ustaz Mizi will share:
1) His definition and beliefs regarding creativity
2) How being creative has kept his company, Safinah Institute, going
3) Examples on how creativity can help us solve problems in work and in business
In this sixth episode, our invited guest is James Leong C. Foo. James is the founder of VisionsOne Consulting, "Bankcode" International Licensed Trainer and NUS Adjunct Professor. In this vlog, James will share on how he uses creative techniques to teach and make accounting concepts easy to understand."
"Creative Fridays! with Hazriq Idrus" is your dose of insights, inspiration and tips on problem solving and idea generation. In this vlog series , we are going to debunk the myths that creativity is only meant for the arts; and will share insights on how we can apply creativity in life, career, or business. There will be invited guests; experts, professionals, entrepreneurs etc sharing their insights on creativity and their real-life examples which we all can learn from.
In this fifth episode, our invited guest is Communications & PR Strategist, Dean Shams. Dean is the author of "Speak Smart, Make Your Mark" and runs his own firm, Kinetiqbuzz. In this vlog, Dean will share on how he uses creative techniques when designing media angles & talking points to be featured in the media."
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From the Editor
The Speaking Factory is founded by Hazriq Idrus, Asia's Trusted Applied Creativity and Public Speaking Strategist. He is the author of The Stage Fright Antidote and co-authored four other books. His mission is to help professionals & entrepreneurs cultivate a culture of team creativity & communicate with impact to achieve organisational outcomes.
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