“I Hate to Practice.”

I know. 

I do, too.

But you know what I hate more? Getting to a place and feeling unprepared. Forgetting what I wanted to say. The clammy feel of my palms sweating as I realize I might not have re-checked my slides.

I practice so I will feel great. I practice so I can forget about the content and concentrate on the audience.

I practice because the people who are taking time out of their day to listen to me deserve it—whether I’m leading a meeting, holding a call, or giving a keynote.

It’s very easy to be too busy to practice and prepare. But it’s worth it to slow down, take your time, and make sure you’re ready to connect. 

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