The Tim Ferris technique for preparing a speech. For those aware of the concept, you may spot a resemblance to the snowflake method (previously), as typically used for writing novels.
There are also some non-structural tips in the article (i.e. “No one should misunderstand you. Everything you say should be clear”.)
- Organise the speech using the “rule of thirds” (no content at this stage, tailor the timings to your desired speech length):
- 2-minute introduction.
- Three 10-minute segments.
- 2-minute close.
- Create the content for the three central segments. For each 10-minute segment:
- Decide what the main takeaway or usable action is for the audience.
- Explain this using the PEP or EPE format (E = Example or case study. P = Point, illustrating the concept, offering actionable next steps).
- Use 2-3 of these per 10-minute segment.
- Create the introduction:
- Preferably start with a story.
- Explain that you’ll introduce three concepts that will help the audience do “X”, where “X” is whatever the overarching theme of the presentation is.
- Rehearse the sections separately.
- Time yourself.
- After each rehearsal write down any one-liners or wording that you like.
- Do not memorise the speech verbatim.
- Do remember the starting and closing 2-3 sentences for each portion (introduction, the three central segments).
- Create and rehearse the conclusion.
- Rehearse the entire speech:
- Rehearse until you recite the speech perfectly at least once.
- Accept that you’ll forget at least 10% of your memorised lines.
- Continue to review notes to ensure you are hitting the important points.
So, the final speech will be structured like this:
- Segment 1
- Segment 2
- Segment 3
In a guest post forÂ I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Cal Newport of Study Hacks discusses fixed-schedule productivity: a productivity system whereby you set a schedule of work (and play) between certain hours and stick to it ruthlessly.
Tim Ferriss aficionados will note that this system relies on a premise that Ferriss heavily depends on:
Much of the work we do is of questionable importance and conducted at low efficiency. [â€¦] If we instead identify only the most important tasks [â€¦] and tackle them under severe constraints, we’d be surprised by how little time we actually require.
The prÃ©cis of the fixed-schedule productivity system, as used by author Jim Collins:
Fix your ideal schedule, then work backwards to make everything fit [â€¦] around your needs. Be flexible. Be efficient. If you can’t make it fit: change your work. But in the end, don’t compromise.
Some of you may recognise this: Cal suggested something very similar last year, but on a Â grander scale.
Fix the lifestyle you want. Then work backwards from there.
Latin was probably the single most useful subject I was taught in school. I despised it at the time, but now I have come to realise its importance and many applications–the greatest of which is how it has helped me learn other languages.
In learning languages (although none to fluencyâ€¦ yet) I have found the following resources invaluable. This is the order in which I would suggest researching/learning:
- Choose a language to learn – How to Learn Any Language provides good language overviews and gives information on difficulty, popularity, and other metrics. However, don’t be put off by stats!
- Deconstruct your desired language – Tim Ferriss provides a good overview of how to quickly deconstruct a language – an important step that will give you a great insight into the workings of a language.
- Understand the deconstruction – Yes, you may have deconstructed it, but do you really know what it all means? Study the linguistic typology of your chosen language to really understand it.
- Find high-quality free material
- Hit the books – Start learning using all the material you acquired in the previous step. There’s a specific order in which you should do this:
- Pronunciation: From the very beginning you need to know how to pronounce words correctly. Find some native speakers or learn the IPA and do it phonetically.
- Vocabulary: Learning grammar becomes much easier with spaced repetition. Don’t translate from your native language: use a combination of images and target words (translation will limit your use of the words). Choose your words wisely: word lists that are tailored to your situation are always good.
- Grammar: Again, spaced repetition and good material is the way to go.
- The Rest: Reading and writing, speaking and listeningâ€¦ now that you have a grasp of the language (however small), it’s time to immerse yourself.
In Picking Warren Buffettâ€™s Brain: Notes from a Novice, Tim Ferriss shares the notes he took at a recent convention for Berkshire Hathaway shareholders. It’s an interesting read and here’s the crux of it all:
How would you invest your first million dollars?
“Iâ€™d put it all in a low-cost index fund that tracks the S&P 500 [UK equiv: FTSE All-Share] and get back to workâ€¦”
Why do people struggle with this simple investing concept? Because people believe the experts, and when you pay the experts for advice… well, I’ll let Warren continue:
“No one will give you this advice [index funds] because no one gets paid for it.”
How about the best books to read “for investing and life”?
- Buffett: Chapters 8 and 20 in The Intelligent Investor.
- Munger (Vice-Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway): Anything by Ben Franklin.
Hoping to have an extended visit to Japan in the near future? You may be as pleased as I was when I stumbled upon a site offering 10 Japanese Customs You Must Know Before a Trip to Japan.
A perfect compliment to Tim Ferriss’ Hacking Japan: Inside Tokyo for Less Than New York (part two).
I’ll be double-checking facts with my brother (who lives in Tokyo) and if there are any anomalies will be posting them here. Seems promising though.
Also: 10 Reasons Japan is Better Than America