Create Everything Twice
would unfold. Inevitably when it
came to the actual activity there was a
degree of improvisation as new ideas
sprang to mind – but overall I
undertook a mental rehearsal of what
I wanted to write.
The same should apply to any presentation you make to a senior
team or statements you make at an interview relating to your
next career move. When I was in mid-career I would often
rehearse aloud at home presentations to the board or speak
aloud in rehearsing my interview. Some of my family members
thought I was barmy but such rehearsal enhanced the prospects
of achieving what I wanted.
Whilst there is obviously merit in spontaneity and
extemporisation such ad-libbing and impromptu responses are
limited as forces for shaping the future. Rehearsal and
preparation go a long way to ensuring progress in your career.
You will come across as an assured person in command of your
words. This will reassure decision makers that you give a lot of
thought to what you say. You will be much wanted as a result.
PRA C T I CA L TI P S
Keep in mind pictures of your overall goals, day by day and
month by month, and then visualise the steps you will take
to achieve each goal.
Take a look at your schedule for next week, pick out the most
important meeting and rehearse in your mind your
approach to it.
Remember the old saying, ‘Practice makes perfect’. Practise
everything in your mind first. This is ‘mental rehearsal’.
Always give yourself a few minutes before any major
meeting or interview to reflect upon your previous
‘rehearsal’ and what you want to achieve.
preparation go a
long way to shaping
the future you want