World Class Blog, First Draft of Your Presentation

Often the problem with preparing a presentation, communication or articulating a proposition is we want it to appear perfect first time out. We make the mistake of editing as we go, striving for perfection with every word. Trying vainly to build from the previous sentence, more concerned with spelling/grammar and word choice than a concept and the meat of what we need to say. Out of the gate, we have an expectation that it will almost write itself in exacting prose, show up birthed as a well-crafted and articulate thought or proposition. Forego the rough draft, who has time for that? Just edit as we go.

Although it sounds like the best way to approach things the reality is, this just isn’t efficient. More often than not it leads to disappointment, feelings of incompetence or self-doubt. It’s not incompetence, in fact, the only thing missing is enough time to prepare. Being incomplete is not the same thing as incompetence. Rushing to a result without giving your writing time to evolve or the time it requires to open up and fully expand is a disservice to you and your work product.

More often than not our initial thoughts need space to grow into a work representative of our ability. Start with a rough draft, crude even. I know my pockets usually have several scraps of paper with notes and ideas jotted down, revisions to works in progress, and questions that require more consideration or research.

Don’t start polishing your work until you have the premise and concept complete. Remember raw ideas should be raw, crude even. Let the emotion of the moment take root, give it a chance to see if there is anything there. Establish points, make random notes, explore related ideas, and then weave them together into a first draft. Don’t make it perfect, make it interesting.

Then edit ~ Think World Class