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We don’t always need perfection

The Thomas the Tank Engine cake I’d made for my son’s 2nd birthday had collapsed. The brown and blue icing had run into each other leaving a pool of icing around the plate.

But hey! The 2 year olds could see that it was Thomas and we Mums had a laugh.

One Mum came into my kitchen, closed the door and said ‘Please don’t take this the wrong way.’

She described how she would have binned the cake and started again, losing sleep, getting stressed, etc.

She admired me for using it and showing that it wasn’t the disaster she would have mentally created had it been her cake.

The point was that the cake was fit for purpose and the overall cost of starting again was too great.

What have you abandoned at great cost to yourself, when actually it would have been fit for purpose? We don’t always need perfection.


Rachel Maunder is a communication skills and speaker coach and professional speaker. 

She has been in the world of competent communication, in different guises, for more than 30 years so has a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise to pass on to her clients, both through her signature programmes and her own presentations. 

You can find out more about her coaching programmes here and about her speaking topics here. 


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