The reservation was made weeks ago in this popular dining establishment.
You are both seated enjoying the ambiance. Your server is now present and begins to describe the freshly prepared appetizer specials today and to answer other questions about the menu. We dine out and we warm up with an appetizer.
You have a standing appointment with your personal trainer. She asks you to arrive ten to fifteen minutes beforehand each time to warm up on your own. A few ideas of what to do to warm up are given to you, however, the point is you are asked to warm up.
Professional athletes and in fact any team sport or athlete prepares for their game, match, practice or training with a warm up routine.
The main draw at the Comedy Club is always preceded by two or three other comedians who are there to warm up the audience.
During concert tours the main act will typically have one or two groups begin the show to warm up the crowd. This is clearly a pattern.
When a couple is going to enjoy each other’s company to the ultimate pleasure for each other a warm up is highly suggested. This is often called – foreplay!
Wouldn’t you agree that the concept of a warm up is clearly an essential part of everything we do in life?
Consider for a moment the meetings you attend or are in charge of running. Do you have a prepared warm up for the meeting?
Prior to a presentation have you built in a warm up for your audience?
My premise is you do not give the warm up much thought.
My premise is this is a huge oversight and lost opportunity to warm up people who are ready to be warmed up! The few examples discussed earlier reflect how essential the warm up is to every aspect of our lives. Why not take advantage of this essential habit and utilize the warm up in all of your communication and human interactions?
The bottom line is if we are to be successful in connecting with one person or a group of people we need them to connect with us, to trust us and to like us in that moment and hopefully longer than that one moment. The more thought and consideration we give to the warm up we will dramatically increase our odds of being successful in this endeavor.
Are you finding this concept uncomfortable? Try out the method in your personal life.
The next time before jumping right into your agenda or your point, try instead to first warm up the conversation, then move into your agenda or point. Conduct this action step enough times where you are finding the step of the warm up to be more natural and not forced. What are the results being achieved now?
Now move this newly formed skill into the business world. Utilize the warm up before having a conversation, conducting a meeting, giving a presentation. Continue along this path and record your results. What are the results being achieved now?
Never again start out your communication without a planned and practiced warm up.
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Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive coach, speaker and trainer based in Stamford, CT.