It doesn’t matter how you got here, what matters is what you’re going to do now you’re here. Ok, it does matter because you’ve have learned lessons and built experience, and that’s good. But, and it’s a big but, not everyone needs to agree with everything about your experience, not everyone has to appreciate every how of every step. What they care about is what happens now and what part they have to play and what that all means for the future.
Which means, don’t waste the meeting or the good will with a step by step history lesson. Start with context, include anything that’s critical (critical – isn’t the same thing as interesting, or hobby horse, or funny story, or all the things you wished you’d done differently along the way) to understanding, and focus attention and analysis on next steps.
Skippy strategy: In this meeting, what happens next?
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