Preparation…

Mitch Schneider
March 3, 2020

I started out the morning with a Zoom call. The purpose of the call was to familiarize the folks I’ll be working with at the end of the month with the presentation I’ll be delivering.

When you’re doing presentation work for an organization where a large part of their team will be presenting while you’re working is helping them to understand what you’ll be talking about. It’s likely they will be confronted with questions about my work and no wants to be caught unprepared! It was decided the best way to fix that was to have everyone sit in while I road-tested my remarks for their benefit

It was also an opportunity for me to hear what I had to say.

I know how absurd that may sound. But, it’s closer to the truth than you know. I’m a perfectionist, which means I’m never satisfied with any work I’ve done. It’s so bad I’ve been known to go back and rewrite columns that have already been published! It also means that I’ve worked on presentations until minutes before I’ve delivered them knowing that they could always be better. That the message could be more precise. More relevant.

The only way you can do that is by doing the work. By rehearsing endlessly and massaging the message until it is exactly what you want and need it to be.

There was no waiting until the last minute with this presentation. The material needed to be complete and turned in weeks ago and as much as I wanted and needed to revisit it — that train had left the Station.  Now, it was just a matter of refining that message.

The good news is the road test was a success. I liked what I’ve done and so did everyone else.

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