Sunday, January 31, 2016

Winging it — People who master it make you believe that they are following its definition

What does “winging it” mean? We all have done it, but do we master it?

To wing it is an idiom that means to improvise, to do something without proper preparation or time to rehearse. People often talk about winging it when they have to do something difficult that they didn’t have time to prepare — like a make speech or give a presentation.
Those who are regularly successful in it are actually memorizing their speeches and the facts from the speech. They practice and practice. Then when the actual meeting or speech or presentation comes, they have the confidence because in the worst case, you memorized everything and you can go by the script. With that confidence, you find opportunities during your presentation to be more natural and that natural behavior keeps your audience engaged; some may say that you are winging it and that you are very good in it but I call it “being very prepared”.
Don’t think that this only applies to your senior management team. This applies to everybody in your organization whether you are in a meeting with 3, 5, 10 or more people.
Try it in your next meeting. Carefully read the agenda for the meeting and come very prepared. Then when you are in this meeting, keep your laptop, notebook and your smartphone away and pay attention to all the discussions. You will be very natural and your points will come across much stronger.
Those who are great in winging it, they actually rehearse and go against the definition of “winging it”. 

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