I am writing a diary/journal of sorts that explains my preparation strategy for lecturing on a cruise ship and otherwise … or perhaps lack of strategy.
Truth is (being truthful with myself that is) I don’t have a strategy. And I wonder if I should.
That is I don’t have a set strategy. Am I lying to myself again? Trying to convince myself that I do?
I go from talk to talk. And for the most part I have to ‘feel’ the talk becoming impending.
How to define the ‘feel?’ It’s kind of like not starting to write a paper till you sense the deadline. You know your limitations and generally how fast you can get things done. You can predict how much progress you can make in a defined period of time. That ‘period of time’ is between the time you go on stage and how long you know it will take you get ready.
Some people are able to prepare long in advance, then tweak their talks when the time gets closer. I can do this … usually. I have a series of talks that I am giving in about 30 days aboard a cruise ship. I am reading a book now that is helping me prepare for that talk.
Knowing your audience is important.
Knowing what is expected of you by the organizers is important.
Knowing how long it takes you to get things done is important. (Example – how long does it take you to put your slides together?)
Plug these three things into your active daily schedule and work out a preparation schedule for each talk individually. That’s my strategy.
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