Those who know me well know that exercise is an important part of my life. It helps me stay focused, refreshed and healthy. Every once in a while, I try to pick up new ways to work out, and a few years back, I decided that I wanted to train to run a marathon. The process was everything you’d think it would be: difficult, tiring, but oh, so worth it! Since running my first marathon back in 2009, the Seattle Rock-n-Roll Marathon, I’ve also run in the Marine Corps Marathon, the L.A. Marathon and the New York Marathon.
When I think back on these four marathons, I also remember all the lessons I learned as I prepared and eventually ran each race. Coincidentally, my biggest takeaways are very similar to the takeaways many of Elite’s clients have had when it comes to attending a virtual deposition. You’ll be surprised how much virtual depositions and marathon training have in common! Here are just a few of their similarities:
1. Expect the unexpected.
When it comes to marathons, race day rarely goes according to plan. I remember when I ran the L.A. Marathon, there were gale force winds, making it feel like hurricane conditions – something I did not expect to happen in sunny California. I’ve also had friends who have unfortunately been injured either while training or while running the big race. So many things can happen that are out of your control, so bottom line, expect the unexpected and enjoy the process!
The same can be said for virtual depositions. Whether it’s spotty WiFi, audio issues or something more, there is always the possibility that virtual depositions don’t go exactly as planned. Yet, like one would do for a marathon, with the proper training done ahead of time, you can at least limit unexpected interruptions. That’s why we created a masterclass on facilitating your virtual deposition with ease. Click here to access and watch the masterclass for free.
2. Preparation is everything.
Before a big race, it’s always important to check in with yourself mentally and fuel your body with healthy nutrients. Doing this type of prep work can make a big impact on how you run. The same can be said for virtual depositions; make sure your laptop has a charger nearby and that you’re located in a quiet space where distractions are limited. Doing so will help you set up for a successful deposition.
3. Invest in the right tools.
Any runner can tell you that having the proper equipment and resources can make all the difference. When I prepared for my first marathon, I started out by reading Marathon – You Can Do It, by Jeff Galloway, which helped me mentally prepare for what I was about to do, and I also hired a coach. An additional item that I couldn’t do without was a Garmin watch to track miles, time, distance, etc., and I also purchased running shoes that were designed for me to ensure I had the proper support during the 26.2-mile run.
Having all of these things while I prepped for the marathon was a major asset – and the same can be said about prepping for your virtual deposition. Doing things like making sure you have quality headphones so you eliminate potential audio issues, checking to make sure your WiFi connection is strong before the call, and watching the masterclass we’ve created are all things you can do to make sure your virtual deposition goes as smoothly as possible.
These are just some of the similarities I’ve found between running a marathon and preparing for your next virtual deposition. I hope you found these tips helpful. If you’d like to gain more insights on how to successfully prepare for your next virtual deposition, click here to watch our masterclass today.