By: Rick Boxx
聖經對於處理這樣的狀況，提供了很好的建議。箴言3章13-14節教導我們「得智慧，得聰明的，這人便為有福。 因為得智慧勝過得銀子， 其利益強如精金」。一個聰明的生意人在開始新的事業前，會諮詢有經驗和見識的前輩，了解他該做什麼以及他該如何做?並且在報告自己重要的計劃之前，詢問他們要如何準備這個報告。
一開始就強調最重要的事 。有時候，我們太過一頭熱，跑得太快，忘了根基要打穩。「你要在外頭預備工料， 在田間辦理整齊， 然後建造房屋」。 (箴言24章27節)
為重要的報告禱告 。在準備報告的時候要做功課、詢問別人的意見，更聰明的是要禱告，求神一路引導你。「你所做的，要交託耶和華， 你所謀的，就必成立」。 (箴言16章3節)
把結果交給神 。如果我們已經好好地準備，我們就要相信神並且把最終的結果交給祂。「王的心在耶和華手中， 好像隴溝的水隨意流轉」。(箴言21章1節 )
本文版權為正直資源中心（Integrity Resource Center, Inc.）所有。本文獲得授權改編自瑞克．博克思的正直時刻Integrity Moments with Rich Boxx」。這系列的文章是以一個基督徒的觀點評論職場的正直議題。
你是否曾經沒有好好地充分準備一個重要的報告？如果你有這樣的經驗，當時你的感覺如何？結果又是如何？ 如果有人在台上報告，但是很顯然的他沒有好好地準備，你心裡做何感想？ 無論是什麼樣的報告，你覺得在準備報告時，智慧扮演什麼角色？ 箴言告訴我們：「王的心在耶和華手中， 好像隴溝的水隨意流轉」。(箴言21章1節 )這句話是什麼意思？「王」是誰？如果你手上有聖經想知道更多關於這個主題的經文，請參考：詩篇37篇4-5節；箴言12章15節、15章22節、16章1節、9、33節、19章20節、20章24節、27章1節
DO YOUR HOMEWORK FIRST
By Rick Boxx
Watching a TV “reality” show called "Shark Tank," in which five accomplished investors consider funding a number of innovative ventures, a young entrepreneur made a major strategic error. He failed to properly prepare for his presentation to gain their interest and support.
This prospective businessman boldly asked the five investors, who are called "Sharks" because that is a term sometimes used to describe aggressive and very perceptive business leaders, to invest $1 million in his innovative enterprise. This young man, however, had not done his homework. With a little research he would have realized that his request for funding was ridiculously high, especially since he had not yet made any sales and his product, although interesting in theory, was untested.
The aspiring entrepreneur also was clearly unprepared to answer basic questions from the “sharks,” which were typical of the show, not extremely complicated or tricky. In fact, these business people could have provided the resources to launch his business, but he failed to give them the information they asked of him. His lack of understanding of the entire process of developing and presenting a credible business plan caused him to leave the show empty-handed and disappointed.
The Bible offers good advice for how to properly approach such a situation. Proverbs 3:13-14 teaches, "Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold." A wiser aspiring businessperson would have consulted with someone he or she knew that had experience and insight into the how”s and what”s and why”s of starting a new venture. The person then could have taken that information, formulated a business plan, and asked the “mentor” to review it before making such a critical public presentation.
Perhaps you are not starting a new business. This principle still applies whether you are seeking to persuade a potential customer to buy your products or services; trying to influence a client about a strategy you believe they should employ, or presenting a new concept or procedure to employees who are accustomed to doing things “the old way.” Before pitching your ideas to others, you should do your homework so that you understand what will be expected. Your results will be much better. Here are other biblical principles that relate to this process, regardless of who your audience might be:
Address first things first. Sometimes our enthusiasm for a project causes us to get ahead of ourselves, failing to complete preliminary work that is essential for lasting success. “Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that build your house” (Proverbs 24:27).
Anchor preparations in prayer. While doing the necessary “homework” and seeking wise counsel on how to proceed, it is also wise to pray, asking God to direct each step along the way. “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed” Proverbs 16:3).
Trust in God for the outcome. If we are properly prepared, then we rightfully can trust God for the decision that is ultimately made. “The king”s heart is in the hand of the Lord; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases” (Proverbs 21:1).
Copyright 2016, Integrity Resource Center, Inc. Adapted with permission from "Integrity Moments with Rick Boxx," a commentary on issues of integrity in the workplace from a Christian perspective. His new book, Unconventional Business, provides “Five Keys to Growing a Business God”s Way.”
Have you ever failed to prepare sufficiently for an important presentation? If so, how did you feel – and what was the outcome? How would you respond if someone were making a presentation of some kind to you, and it became obvious that he or she had arrived unprepared? What do you think is the role of wisdom in preparing to make presentations, regardless of the setting or circumstances? The proverb states, “The king”s heart is in the hand of the Lord; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases” What do you think that means? Who is the “king”?NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages: Psalm 37:4-5; Proverbs 12:15, 15:22,16:1,9,33, 19:20, 20:24, 27:1