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45 Deliberate Practice Examples for Rapidly Improving Your Skills - Nat Eliason

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Come up with three different sales copy for a landing page, try to rank how they’ll perform relative to each other, then compare the results after testing.

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45 Deliberate Practice Examples for Rapidly Improving Your Skills - Nat Eliason

45 Deliberate Practice Examples for Rapidly Improving Your Skills - Nat Eliason

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Deliberate practice

...  is by far the most effective method for rapidly improving your abilities at any skill.

It requires focused attention and is conducted with the specific goal of improving performance.

The Deliberate Practice Roadmap

  1. Find a teacher or a 'substitute.
  2. Assess your limits.
  3. Set SMART goals.
  4. Practice with focus.
  5. Get feedback.
  6. Repeat, while maintaining motivation.

Art / Design

  • Look at an app’s UI, logo, color scheme, etc., hide it, then try to redesign it on your own from memory. Compare your design to the original.
  • Copy a work you like by drawing over it, then try to recreate it on your own. Compare your recreation to your copy, where were you weakest?
  • Use YouTube tutorials by skipping to the end, trying to reproduce it on your own, then watching the tutorial to help improve where your attempt was weaker.

Language Learning

  • Watch a movie in a foreign language with the subtitles in English, cover the subtitles, and quiz yourself after every sentence they speak. 
  • Go to the mall in a foreign country and ask different people the same question to train yourself how to listen to their responses. 
  • Use a spaced repetition system to memorize and quiz yourself on vocabulary.
  • Read a book in a foreign language while also listening to the audio to force yourself to move at a normal pace through the book.

Reading

  • Use a speed reading app to force yourself beyond your reading comfort zone while testing yourself for comprehension, and slowly up the speed as you’re comprehending things accurately.
  • After reading a book, or section of a book, close it and try to write a quick summary or bullet points of what you learned.

Speaking / Presenting

  • Force yourself to start sentences over if you use filler words such as “like” “um” “uh” etc.
  • Give presentations with no words on the slides, only images.
  • Video tape yourself presenting and watch it to identify weak points.
  • Try other kinds of speaking such as stand up comedy, improv, dramatic interpretation.
  • Try stopping people on the street and keeping them entertained for as long as possible, using body gestures, excited speaking, etc

Writing

  • Forbid yourself from using certain kinds of words, such as adjectives or adverbs.
  • Force yourself to write from a different perspective than you usually do, or in a different style.
  • Break up someone else’s writing and try to reproduce it on your own, such as by trying to recreate their structure, word choice, or other elements.
  • Writing articles or stories within a certain fixed timeframe.
  • Force yourself to convey ideas in extremely compact forms, like tweets or haikus.

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Minimize distractions

Don't leave your phone and computer within arm’s reach during practice sessions. 

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Focus on quality

Start slow if you’re new to what you’re practicing so you can make sure you’re doing quality work, like landing one dance move well before moving onto the rest of the routine. 

Once you feel comfortable, increase your speed, but don’t lose sight of the quality of your practice.

Divide your practice into sessions

Give yourself breaks in between practice sessions. 

Even professional athletes and performers take time between sessions to recharge so they can maintain the right quality level during practice.

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Practice produces greatness

Some of the greatest artists, innovators, and athletes of all time became great because of their commitment to practice, not their commitment to seeing immediate results.

Kobe Bryant, for example, was well-known for starting his practice routine as early as 4 AM and refusing to stop until he made 400 shots, no matter how long it took. He explained his reasoning by saying that “if I do this consistently over time then the gap is going to widen [between me and my competition]”.

Deliberate practice
It is a focused attempt to improve at a task that “also involves the provision of immediate feedback, time for problem‐solving and evaluation, and opportunities for repeated performance to refine behavior."

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Learning to Learn

Learning new skills increases your motivation, makes you more adaptable, relatable, interesting and helps you get better jobs and earn more money.

And today, learning anything new...

Writing

Like any skill, you learn by doing. And make a commitment to write publicly.

You learn better when people can actually see your work. It forces you to do your very best. It gives you accountability. You get feedback from others and improved based on it.

Public Speaking

Nothing builds confidence more than doing a successful public speech. So seek opportunities to speak in front of groups.

  • Start with people you’re comfortable with (friends and family). 
  • Talk about subjects you’re passionate about. 
  • Be aware of people's reactions and interest levels and adapt accordingly. You'll get better in time.

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