How do I say this kindly? Don’t be lazy! I know, I know. We don’t call it laziness, we call it procrastination or we make excuses, blaming it on busyness. Games are just like anything else, if you are up there “winging it” every week, people will be able to tell.
If you want to hit it big with a game, then know what you are going to do and execute. Being flexible with a game is not an excuse for poor preparation. If you need help, ask someone. If you need materials, have them ready to go. No one wants to watch you set up a game for three minutes while they wait to play. And while there will be times you find yourself short on prep time, don’t let it become a habit.
Part of being great at preparation is communication. If you have help with a game, make sure they know the game beforehand (a dry run with them can be a tremendous help). This cuts down on set up time and helps move the game from beginning to end without you having to be caught up with something if it goes wrong.
Bottom line, put the work in and it will pay dividends. The great theologian, Denzel Washington said, “Luck is where opportunity and preparation meet.” Some people hope and others prepare, be the latter and you’ll come out on top more often than not.
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