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Rehearsal

Posted: February 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Business, Culture, Leadership, Management | No Comments »

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Welcome to this month’s Thoughts on Leadership.

Mark Twain once said that, “it takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good, impromptu speech.”  Get your head around that for a second.  You see I am in the speaking business and I know a lot of people that are and I know the value of being able to get your words right and present yourself in the right way.  In fact, we watch great comedians and many other professions, and we think that they’re just doing it off the cuff.  In fact, everything is rehearsed.  One of the first things my speaking coach taught me was ‘there is nothing better than having a rehearsed, impromptu ready to go’.  In other words, if somebody says something you’re able to respond quickly, efficiently and succinctly.

What’s this got to do with leadership?  It’s got a lot to do with it.  Your employees are going to be asking you questions.  They’re looking to you for inspiration.  They’re looking to you for ideas.  But most of all, they’re trying to look at understanding the way you think.  How do you see the world?  Are you frightened about what’s happening?  Are you worried about what’s going on out there?  Are you feeling confident about what’s happening?  How are we going to overcome this issue?  What happens if we don’t get this and hit this budget or get this contract or whatever it is?  People have things on their mind.  And as a leader, you’re going to have to come over as confident and positive.  Now we’ve seen this – we’ve seen this from politicians who’ve been caught off guard and said things and then once it has been said in the wrong way, there’s no taking it back.  The confidence is lost, the integrity is lost, etc.

So, my thought for you for this month is really to get you to think about how good are you at planning and preparing what you’re going to say?  In other words, what is your ‘impromptu’?

I’ve interviewed many leaders over the last 23-24 years whilst I’ve been doing my research and it has always struck me, it’s the leaders that have got things planned in their mind, they are really the best ones.  Many of them saying, as they’re going to work, coming home from work, in the shower, they’re rehearsing!  If I were asked this, what would I say?  If I were asked that, how would I respond?  They’re getting it clear in their mind, getting their words right, so that when somebody comes up and says something, they can come back and respond to it.

How good are you?  That’s my question for you this month:

How good are you at constantly preparing yourself so that you can express yourself in the right way?

I hope that’s going to give you something to think about this month.  I hope you’re having a great month and a great year.

I look forward to seeing you again next month.

Take care now.  Bye!

Paul

 

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