Building Confidence in Communication: Interview with Tristan de Montebello
Few skills matter more than effective communication. Yet soft skills are often the hardest to master. To get some tips, I interviewed my good friend, Tristan de Montebello.
Readers of Ultralearning will remember Tristan became a finalist for the World Championship of Public Speaking after a seven-month intensive project. Since the book has come out, Tristan has built a coaching practice around helping people be more confident communicators.
In our interview, we share the story of how he got good
AR-Onboarding Walkthroughs in Mobile Apps
Summary: Mobile apps using augmented reality benefit from interactive walkthroughs that guide users through a simple AR experience. These walkthroughs should include information about what to expect, how to handle the device, and how to prepare the environment. Augmented reality (AR) is a promising new technology that has applications in domains ranging from ecommerce to education and gaming. However, AR also comes with relatively complex interactions as it is trying to realistically combine
Who Does DesignOps? Common DesignOps Roles and Partnerships
Summary: Many roles can contribute to DesignOps at an organization. Organization- and design-team structures play a large role in determining who should take on DesignOps responsibilities. Just as UX is a broad field, full of opportunities for different types of expertise and specialization (e.g., qualitative research , quantitative methods , visual design , content strategy), DesignOps is an expansive concept with many potential focus areas. (We’ve previously shared a framework for
14 Easy Productivity Tips for Early-career Employees
Suppose you are at the start of your career. Your work is hard, and you are burning out. What can you do to make it ...
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Guidelines for Testing Mobile Augmented-Reality Apps
Summary: Whether you’re running in-person or remote research on AR apps, ensure that the test is safe for study participants, the task wording is easy to understand, participants know what to expect in advance of the session, and your recording equipment can capture the participant’s screen and their movements. The number of mobile augmented-reality (AR) applications and their popularity are rapidly increasing. It is only a matter of time until companies in various domains, including health,
Do Violent Games make us Violent? Mostly No, but also Yes!
Forget what media says about how violent gaming causes violence. Sensationalism gives science a bad name. Instead, let’s look at research flooded with nuanced insights ...
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Books I Read in August
<div>Booth by Karen Joy Fowler was longlisted for this year’s Booker Prize and is a piece of historical fiction about the family of John Wilkes Booth, the man who shot dead Abraham Lincoln in 1865. Fowler has deliberately ensured that … <a href="https://alittleblogofbooks.com/2022/09/20/books-i-read-in-august/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a></div>
Ten Mental Models for Learning
A mental model is a general idea that can be used to explain many different phenomena. Supply and demand in economics, natural selection in biology, recursion in computer science, or proof by induction in mathematics—these models are everywhere once you know to look for them.
Just as understanding supply and demand helps you reason about economics problems, understanding mental models of learning will make it easier to think about learning problems.
Unfortunately, learning is rarely taught as a
Dot Coding: An Activity to Elicit Perspectives in UX Workshops
Summary: By placing colored dots on items, participants in UX workshops or group sessions can manage the collaborative discussion of research findings, design ideas, goals, or anything else. Unstructured and unconstrained discussion has its place in a UX workshop, but it is difficult to manage, especially if topics are potentially sensitive (e.g., insights from stakeholder interviews), there is a wide breadth of roles and perspectives present, or workshop attendees are hesitant to speak out l
Accidental Dismissal of Overlays: A Common Mobile Usability Problem
Summary: Overlays often need to be dismissed in a manner that goes against users’ expectations. Overlays have become a ubiquitous UI element on mobile: beyond the annoying popups for cookie permissions, chat bubbles , coupons offerings, and marketing-subscription offers, you will also find them used for navigation menus , bottom sheets, product-detail pages, or in-app browsers. While many mobile overlays take up only a section of the page (partial overlays), allowing some content
Why & How Video Games Improve Cognition
There really is no intuitive reason to assume that a cognitively engaging activity can harm your cognition. After all, video games fully engage attention and ...
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Enriched Site-Search Suggestions: Rarely Used
Summary: Enriched search suggestions are expanded content recommendations related to a user’s search query on a website. While they can be useful, they are rarely utilized due to a range of implementation issues. Basic site-search suggestions — recommended queries that appear in a dropdown as users type in a search box — are a sign of a thoughtful search design and a feature that users have come to expect as part of website-search features. They have a host of benefits, from helping users av
Best Productivity Tools: 6 That Stuck With Me
Since writing Indistractable, I’m often asked what tools and apps I personally use to get the most out of my day.Continue reading on Psychology of Stuff »
Brain Training Doesn’t Work
Will mastering chess make you more strategic? Does playing Sudoku speed up your mind? Do brain teasers help you think more logically?
Sadly the answer is: probably not.
From a 2016 review by Simons et al.:
“[W]e find extensive evidence that brain-training interventions improve performance on the trained tasks, less evidence that such interventions improve performance on closely related tasks, and little evidence that training enhances performance on distantly related tasks or that training impr
Do we make good decisions after a meal? Some food for thought, literally!
Imagine you’ve had the most epic food. You are now satisfied. But you have to get back to work and make decisions. Will they be ...
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Do looks matter? Always, and in odd ways. Here’s the science!
Browsing on Amazon, scrolling on Instagram, swiping left and right on Tinder, observing people at an airport, and talking with others all have one common ...
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The Context CUEs Framework in Field Studies
Summary: Distributed cognition theory explains how thinking involves not only one’s mind but also other people and external artifacts. A framework rooted in this theory can guide consistent and in-depth observations of users’ physical and social settings, processes, habits, and workflows. Distributed Cognition and User Experience In the 1998 article called “The Extended Mind,” philosophers Andy Clark and David Chalmers wrote about the active role of the environment in cognitive processes. The id
Antipersonas: What, How, Who, and Why?
Summary: Antipersonas help anticipate how products can be misused in ways that can harm users and the business. What Is an Antipersona? Imagine a safe-manufacturing company. Such a company would need to design safes that: To address the first of these two requirements, the company has to research its target customers and understand their needs. But to address the second, it must study the burglars’ behaviors, methods, and tools — even though burglars are not among the company’s target audience.
Request Waiting List
Nodes often have to contact several other nodes to form a quorum to
handle a client request. Unmesh Joshi how
a waiting list keeps track of the outstanding requests and sorting out
what to do when it receives enough responses.
You can actually use Stress to Improve Memory and Learning
Highlights Temporary stress improves attention, makes us efficient, improves memory for relevant details, and makes us “faster” – in short, better learners. Moderate stress before ...
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