“Scratching beneath the surface on any successful endeavour invariably we find preparation is present.” #bgdtcoaching.
Leaving aside elements of chance and questions regarding destiny, preparation is that factor capable of making a difference to each and every one of our activities.
With preparation comes the possibility to test our work to ensure each aspect meets required standards before delivery. We get to feel comfortable with the objective, resolve potential tangles and generally refine the offering in line with what is expected from us.
Preparation is also that time ahead of a performance in which the material comes alive to us and we place it in the context of an overall project or assignment.
Without preparation we can, of course, try our hand at producing a winning effort. If we are lucky we will be successful, yet without preparation the probability of this is greatly reduced. Having time to engage in preparation, but deciding not to use it, is a choice we may also have.
Those on the receiving end of our eventual undertaking would surely not be happy to learn of our decision not to prepare. If the activity results in a poor delivery of our work, frustration will be even more marked.
Right now, rather than looking at preparation from a multitude of other perspectives, let me stop now.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Performance skills at work (2015), Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).