Do you spend a lot of time making sure something is just right before you present it to anyone?
“Something” - idea, product, report, budget, website
“Anyone” - team, clients, board members, PTA
I can relate.
This is a great example from my wanna-be Martha Stewart heydays: I planned spaghetti for dinner one night but got home late (probably because I was perfecting a presentation). At the time, my process for making great sauce required at least an hour on the stove. Around 8:45 my then husband came into to the kitchen and asked when dinner was going to be ready. I said the sauce will be perfect in about 30 minutes. He said. “Damn it Betsy, I don’t care if the sauce is perfect. I just want to eat!”
It’s so easy to get stuck in that perfection process. Of course you want to deliver your best stuff. However, who’s idea of “just right” are you using? Is it what’s good for you Goldilocks, or truly what will work for your audience? Here’s a little trick to clear that up.
Ask this question – What would they like to receive?
Does it deliver the information/action/nutrition my client/boss/husband asked for in a way that is good for them? Seriously put yourself in their shoes and give them what is required, for them.
Frankly, most of the people you are serving won’t know and don’t care if your offering is perfect. They are just ready to eat.
Take it easy,