I was about eight minutes into an initial call with a nonprofit leader about a short presentation she had to give. This is a woman who routinely testifies before Electeds, needs to rouse people at rallies, and energize her staff and board.
I asked her, “How do you normally rehearse?” and she replied that our little 8-minute conversation was more preparation than she’d ever given to a talk.
This incredible nonprofit leader isn’t the exception. She's the rule.
I remembered my conversation with her when I discovered this way-cute Fast Company video for jobseekers. The video is intended as a giant “BEWARE” sign to young jobseekers, but it's also a fabulous object lesson about the value of preparation for any presentation.
The difference between failing and fantastic is often one hour of time, sometimes even less, devoted to a little research, a little consideration of the audience, and a little rehearsal. So simple!