Today, I return to one of my favorite hobby-horses. Practice, Practice, Practice which is one of the reasons Phil Mickelson won the Masters yesterday with some truly brilliant golf.
Mickelson is recognized as one of the best putters in the game, but he does not rest on his laurels. Just a few weeks ago, when he was interviewed for The Golf Channel, he touched on the level of practice he was putting in with his putting coach Dave Stockton to improve what is already a phenomenal skill set.
Interviewed during the Arnold Palmer Invitational this past March, the new champ said, "I spent more time this past week putting and trying to get my putter going. I spent four days with Dave Stockton, a couple hours each day.”
So there you have it. One of the world’s great players practices something that he is renowned for, for about 8 hours in this particular week.
Purely on the law of averages, you are not one of the world’s great interviewees, but, again based on “average,” you probably have done no more than one practice interview.
Whether practice makes perfect is a debatable point, but practice sure makes you better if you do it in a structured, disciplined manner.
Almost certainly, you can arrange practice interviews (at no cost) in your locality. Book one today, before the next person who reads this does.
And when you’ve booked that first one, book another and then book another.
And when you get totally contradictory advice from each coach, now you will start appreciating just how difficult it is to do a good interview.
In case you need any further motivation this link shows what a winner looks like. A winner who practices something he is already brilliant at for 8 hours in one week with an expert.
What are you waiting for? Book that practice interview today.