My wife and I were extremely excited to see the production of Hamilton when it came to Portland Oregon earlier this year. One thing that enhanced our enjoyment of the production was the preparation we did prior to seeing the show.
About a year before Hamilton came to town, we began listening to the soundtrack and getting familiar with the story. We also did some additional research like reading books about Alexander Hamilton and early American history, as well as watching documentaries about his life. By the time the show arrived, we were eagerly expecting it and had learned a tremendous deal. The effort we put into learning about the Alexander Hamilton greatly enhanced our enjoyment of the performance.
I think there are a lot of ways we can prepare for experiences that will enhance our enjoyment of them. For instance, we can:
- Learn about the history and attractions of a new location prior to traveling or moving there.
- Research an employer and its employees before a job interview.
- Read about how to effectively communicate with others in social settings.
- Maintain good physical health so we can enjoy physical opportunities that come our way.
- Spend time practicing before a public performance, whether it’s playing an instrument, giving a speech or a presentation.
- Find out what is of interest to people you spend time with and be aware of that the next time you see them.
I’ve found that a little preparation enhances most experiences. To put it another way: I’ve never been disappointed that I spent time preparing for an experience.
Are there any upcoming experiences you have that you’d like to potentially enhance? If so, invest some time preparing yourself to get the most out of that experience. A little preparation will make the difference between a good experience and a great one.