Before Breakfast - Second Cup: Practice makes perfect

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Good morning. This is Laura. Welcome to the before breakfast podcast. Today's tip is to build time to practice skills into your life so you can achieve a breakthrough in the next year.

When we say the word practice we tend to think of Athletics or music with shuttle kids to their lessons and harangue them to practice their instruments. Unless someone's got a musical or athletic hobby would tend not to think about practicing in our own adult lives. But this is really a missed opportunity all skills benefit from focused practice and consciously thinking through what can be practiced and how allows you to move your career forward and incredible ways.

Practice doesn't necessarily make perfect, but it does allow you to make more of your work automatic. So you can focus your attention on the most valuable aspects of what you do. So the first question what skills do you use repeatedly that can benefit from practice?

Most people have at least a few of these there are obvious ones such as a medical procedure you do over and over again or if you're always fixing air conditioners, but there a less obvious ones as well. Do you ever speak in public or lead meetings? Do you ever introduce yourself or tell people about your organization? Do you write for anyone other than yourself? And what exactly are you writing proposals calming letters to angry customers marketing materials social media post. Do you ever need to coach employees or give feedback? Do you need to interview either for hiring or for informational purposes? Do you conduct any part of your business in a foreign language?

Do you need to explain a concept to customers frequently?

Identify the skills you use repeatedly and didn't think through what practice would look like. What are the trickiest parts? How could you increase the number of times you try these turkey Parts in lower six circumstances, how can you get feedback from people who can help you improve?

I do a lot of public speaking as part of my job, but I still practice before every speech often a practice multiple times. I'll time myself giving the speech in my house. So I make sure I match the time Target my hosts of giving me I have the material I might use in different forms for various groups completely memorized. This allows me to deal with complications that might arise in the moment. Maybe the CEO of the company where I'm speaking has decided to sit in the front row and love questions at me throughout the talk, or maybe I'm informed while going up on stage at the conference is running behind and I need to turn my 40-minute talk into a 30-minute one because I practice to the point where I know my material and exactly how long each segment takes. I can quickly reconstruct the speech into something coherent at any length.

Similarly, if you're pitching work to a potential client practicing ahead of time means you won't get tripped up on the basic material. You can describe exactly what you do and how you do it in language that you know is appealing either asprilla brainspace to address your client's specific works.

Practice is particularly important in situations that might become emotional. Maybe you as a manager need to give employees tough feedback practicing exactly what you intend to say and how to convey it clearly allows you to stay calm even if someone becomes belligerent

The only way to achieve that level of calm is to practice a lot and that takes time. The good news is that it doesn't take a ton of time Focus practice can do a lot quickly when I get the opportunity to give a TED Talk a few years ago. I knew that the whole thing would only read about 12 minutes that meant that practicing my speech five times weekly in the month prior to the event still only took one of my Hundred 68 hours each week.

Practicing a 45 minute presentation twice. It's just 90 minutes giving someone a concise explanation of what went wrong and what you'd like to see change probably shouldn't take more than five minutes or so, if that which means that you could run through it four times on your commute into the office if you wanted.

I think about how long focused practice might take you and then think about where you can build this into your schedule block these times in protect them. This is important. And finally if you really want to improve get feedback from people who are similar to those who will be experiencing your work in the moment at a certain point. You can start to see problems yourself about 20 years into my writing career. I'm probably tougher on my first drafts than most editors would be but for anything new or high-stakes get feedback from others one of the upsides of giving a TED talk is that the organization set me up with a coach who looked through my speech drafts and had me give the talk multiple times through video chat to make sure it would work.

You can hire a coach for the sort of thing or seek help from a colleague your manager or friend who you trust to give it to you straight if the feedback makes sense then incorporate it keep practicing until whatever you're doing feels incredibly natural.

Because when things feel natural then you can relax you stay effective regardless of what gets thrown at you and that makes you seem like the kind of person that people will want to work with and that can lead to all sorts of career breakthroughs.

What skills do you practice you can let me know that before breakfast podcast at

In the meantime, this is Laura. Thanks for listening. And here's to making the most of our time.

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