How ready are you?
by Catherine Duncan, General Manager.
Living next to the Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit is wild, exciting, noisy and heaps of fun. State-of-the-art cars, cutting-edge engineering, world class drivers, helicopters, jet planes, the Air Force Roulettes and all the glamorous motorsport accoutrements appear on cue, as if by magic, and the frivolity continues on the podium; washed down with a champagne shower of celebration!
Amid all the glitz and fun the pit stops are one of the few tiny insights racing fans get into the preparation it takes to achieve success in Formula 1. Just imagine if the team and the equipment weren’t ready when the drivers pulled in!
Every single element of the Grand Prix has its own meticulous plan of attack. Each member of the event management team has a book called, literally, the ‘minute by minute’ that details what will take place on and off track every single minute of each of the four event days. That level of planning is what it takes to create the seamless Grand Prix picture race-goers enjoy.
At some stage, we too have events or situations to organise in our lives: routine events, unexpected events, planned and unplanned events. You could simply be getting ready for that new job or a hard-earned promotion. Sometimes we face these events with excitement and sometimes with dread. How many times have you just winged it and been disappointed at the end result? Or have you over-planned and lost your personality and the passion of your message in the process?
Being ready and prepared is a sign of the ultimate professional!
Being prepared is a message to your audience or team that they matter, that you care about them. It tells them you’re driven to ensure the value or outcome they achieve is top of your agenda. It’s the ultimate sign of respect!
So how do you get ready? It’s planning for the best outcome:
- Create the picture in your mind of what the outcome looks like, feels like, what people are saying about it and about you. The more vivid and powerful you make your picture, the easier it is to make it a reality.
- Ask yourself what this outcome will give you, how it will grow you, and what it will allow you to do?
- Ask yourself: what gift you are giving to your audience?
- Identify the resources you have at your disposal, the role models who inspire you, and where anticipate challenges or obstacles.
- Build your plan, plan your time, be inspired and make it happen!
And the final secret ingredients to being ready…
Letting go of ego, being prepared to be vulnerable and focusing on giving to the audience. Now that’s a winning formula for success!
Be ready and allow your magic and passion to shine through on the day!