May 2, 2012
I'm an executive at Netpulse, a company that creates media and technology solutions for the many touch-screens that are popping up on treadmills in health clubs these days. My job is to create features that will help people make fitness a habit in their lives. We have long-term, exclusive distribution agreements with 4 of the top 5 largest commercial cardio equipment makers, but are in the early stages of product development and we'll only make the impact we should if the product is great. I feel responsible for creating a habit forming experience for our users and am always looking to learn from and share with others.
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One of my most important personal habits is that I run at least 4 miles every weekday (rarely miss it). I got here after quite a bit of experimenting. I knew that no matter how little I wanted to run, I always felt much better afterward. Still, not being a morning person, I would try to fit in my runs after work at times when I was often tired or would have things get in the way. At one point a couple of years ago, I couldn't sleep one morning and went for a jog. It was a total breakthrough for me... the benefits were amplified because I felt great all day (rather than a few hours before bedtime when I ran at night) and I realized there was no way that my schedule could get in the way at that time. From there I worked on making everything easy for myself, i.e. leaving the armband with my playlist loaded up and ready to go for when I woke up. It's simple to the point of silliness, but I learned that small details can tip the scales in the world of motivation.
Unfortunately I'm not sure I'd be capable of delivering a guest speaker.
I'm also short on connections to event venues. Hope to contribute in other ways...