Preparation Is A Key To Business Success by Howard Lewinter

By: Howard Lewinter Tuesday March 17, 2015 comments Tags: Howard Lewinter, business tips

Did you watch the 2015 Oscar Awards show? Lady Gaga gave the performance of her career during the tribute to the 50th anniversary of the classic film, The Sound Of Music – which is probably a favorite movie of many who are reading this. Lady Gaga’s performance was breathtaking and potentially career changing. It certainly brought highly favorable attention to the talent that she is.

When Lady Gaga was asked to perform songs from The Sound Of Music at the Oscar Awards, she recognized how important this performance would be. According to press reports, she spent six months working with a voice coach every single day so that she was prepared for this very special moment when the world would be focused on her and the talents she is gifted with. The preparation paid off for Lady Gaga on many professional levels. It will be interesting to see what this particular Oscar performance will ultimately lead to as she continues to transition her career and expand her fan base.

Lady Gaga’s Oscar performance leads me to today’s business topic:

Preparation Is A Key To Business Success.

Ask yourself:

  • How much time do you spend to showcase your business talent?
  • How prepared are you?
  • How prepared are you when you go to work each day?
  • Do you know what you want to accomplish each day?
  • Do you know who you want to talk to or meet with each day?
  • Do you take time to think through your day before it even starts?
  • Do you give any thought as to what will make this day a success for you?


Preparation is the way to business success.

It doesn’t matter how good you are at what you do. It doesn’t matter what you still need to learn in your position and industry. You will only get better at what you do each work day by being open to new ideas, new thoughts and learning new things. You can only get better at something through adequate, sometimes more than adequate, preparation. If you are considered the best at what you do but are not fully prepared, then it has the potential to fall flat. If it does fall flat you may not get another chance. Business and life can sometimes be cruel when it comes to second chances. So you need to always be prepared as much as possible. Can you imagine how it might have been for Lady Gaga to take the stage and to not be prepared as she was on Oscar night?

As business people and leaders, we are here to help people – co-workers, customers, vendors and anyone else we may meet up with in our business day. But to help others you need to be prepared. You need to know what’s going on and what you want to talk about.

If you’re not prepared the competition will be breathing right down your neck – and that’s because they are prepared and they want your business.

The person who is most prepared is the one who will win and keep the business. The person who is most prepared will excel at what they do. Others will enjoy working with them for this very reason as it supports what they do and the company. The person who is most prepared will enjoy coming to work each day. And… have a more stress-free business life.


  • Be on top of your business game.
  • Understand your business role and what you contribute to the company.
  • Understand how successful you are.
  • Understand how successful you can be.
  • Don’t use the excuse that you’ve been doing this for a long time.
  • Know that there is always more to learn.
  • Know what you want to communicate to others.
  • Choose your words and actions carefully.

If you do and you are always prepared (as much as any business person can be), success will be yours. You and your company will be getting rave reviews just as Lady Gaga did at the Oscars.

Howard Lewinter

About the Author: Howard Lewinter

Howard Lewinter guides – focuses – advises CEOs, presidents and business owners to more success – more profit – less stress. Visit Howard’s website and blog at Connect with Howard on LinkedIn or follow Howard on Twitter at @HowardLewinter.

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