Pattern noticed

I have volunteered to give a speech. I’ve done it before. (N.B. The first time I wrote that sentence, I wrote “I have to give a speech”. Wrong. I don’t have to. I chose to say yes. Watch the language. Don’t be a voluntary victim thinker.)

I am completely redoing the speech and the slides from scratch. Partly because I can improve the presentation. That’s good.

But partly because I didn’t leave adequate preparation notes for myself the first time. Why do I assert certain things to be true? Why are they true?

Slow down. Think of your future self. Leave a legacy to yourself the next time — a cache of research materials and an outline showing your logic and why you reached the conclusions you reached.

And don’t leave it too late to do good work. You have a couple of big events coming up in November!