What if you winged it? If you turned up without the benefit of preparation, assuming that this one was close enough to that other one that you could rely on muscle memory and an ability to tap dance whilst showing them your game face.
It might work out. Probably will most times. Often enough to convince yourself that it was ok to let yourself be sucked into that meeting, and even if you did spend too long on that unrelated detail, it didn’t affect the outcome of this bigger thing. At all. Really.
What if you nailed it? If you turned up fully prepared, in command of the facts and the arguments. If you’d thought things through. If the things you say aren’t off the cuff, but considered, evolved, connected, compelling.
What if the game maker was for you to be present?
Skippy strategy: Extra prep, for extra credit.
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