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My daughter runs a singing class for babies every week at the local library. It’s fun and the babies don’t exactly join in the singalong, but their mums do.

Saying she has a cavalier attitude to planning is an understatement. She really is quite dismissive of the planning process. She likes the excitement and fear of spontaneity... much better than safe, secure planning.

“I wing it,” she announces brightly... “I always have. And somehow I always seem to get away with it!” And she does.

Reflecting on her assertion, I realise where her ‘winging it’ gene comes from...

Poor girl!

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    Drew Martyn 7 days ago

    In my experience, people who wing it fall into two categories. A small proportion fall into the too thick-too lazy to foresee events ie failures. Most though are intelligent and self-confident and (probably without even realising it) they account for dangers and pitfalls and have the ability to deal with anything unforeseen. Reckon your daughter falls into that second category. Probably like Mum and Dad.

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    Drew Martyn 7 days ago

    I was so tempted to comment simply "Probably gets her genes from her Mother" but I restrained myself ;)

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    Neville Hunt 7 days ago

    Thanks Drew. No, her mum and older brother are planners. Me, my daughter and older son are wingers. It generally serves us well. However, today she got a shock when she was told it wasn’t the last class before Christmas, There would be two more. Thus today’s Christmassy songs were premature... but I reckon that at this time of year there’s nothing wrong with repeating things twice. Things go in threes... think about the Wise Men. She wrote many of the songs herself and hitched a ride on various seasonal melodies... so she can write some more!

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    Drew Martyn 7 days ago

    She sounds a very talented lady, I bet the mums have a great time too!

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    Neville Hunt 7 days ago

    She certainly is and the mums do seem to have a great time. I know from first hand having once stood in for Mrs H as her chauffeur and stooge.

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    Christopher 7 days ago

    I'm a planner most of the time, but I'm a musician also so I'm quite familiar with winging it too. At least in the musical realm. Great story, Neville.

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    Peter Henderson 6 days ago

    I'm more fiendish. I first used to write notes and plan a talk to people. Then I found it easier to use what I learned and think for a minute what I'm doing and go and give a talk, speech or whatever. My kids picked up what I did and thought they were spontaneous speeches with little planning. Two of my daughters have awards for debating and all the kids can hold their own in simple speeches.

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    Ginette Kiff 6 days ago

    In all my years of teaching I have never once towed the line by sticking to the scheme of work. Although I do plan most of my lessons there have been times when I've had to wing-it. Once, it was with a massive hangover and I planned the lesson in my head on the way into work. It was one of the best lessons I've ever taught! Spontaneity is great if you've got the confidence to go for it... it sounds like your daughter has, Neville.

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    Neville Hunt 6 days ago

    Your ‘’planover’ sounds challenging Ginette. But I’ve found that the most effective classes are those bursting with spontaneity. I was going to give my own example, but have decided to ‘drabble it’ instead. My daughter is indeed confident, although she denies that strenuously!

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