The first principle of the encore performer is preparation. If there is a breakfast of champions, preparation is definitely on the menu.
Most think of preparation at work, but what about your personal life? Truth is transferrable. Principles don’t change with time, culture or context but with application.
Having a cookout for family and friends? Prepare by finding a new recipe for marinade rather than using the same recipe you’ve used for years.
Going on vacation? Use Facebook or some other social networking media to get ideas about interesting things to do at your destination.
Attending a party and looking forward to meeting someone you know who will be there? Google them and find out where they went to school and other non-intrusive information that will make for good conversation.
Preparation doesn’t only increase effectiveness, it increases enjoyment too.