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Overcoming Nervous Nelly - Exploring the Harmful Effects of Anxiety on Performance

Overcoming Nervous Nelly - Exploring the Harmful Effects of Anxiety on Performance | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it

A colleague is out sick, and suddenly it's fallen on you to deliver a crucial client presentation. The saliva dries up in your mouth, your heart races. You briefly consider heading home sick yourself, before moving into the conference room to discover your boss has decided to sit in. If you were in danger of failing before, now your anxiety has made failure a foregone conclusion.

 

We've all experienced the crippling effects of job performance anxiety. But far from being uniquely relegated to nightmare scenarios like the one outlined above, anxiety is a pervasive aspect of office life, says Harvard Business School Assistant Professor Alison Wood Brooks.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 28, 2013 2:12 AM

In situations from business negotiations to karaoke, Alison Wood Brooks explores the harmful effects of anxiety on performance—and how to combat them.

Richard Lock's curator insight, October 29, 2013 5:13 AM

Interesting to see the performance difference from a simple reframe. What we say to ourselves before we are about to present, or indeed perform in some other way, has a real impact on our results. Anxiety is normal (http://www.speakingandpresenting.com/public-speaking-anxiety.html) and so is self talk. Make sure you are repeatedly telling yourself how exciting the situation is and how much you are looking forward to it. Lose the typical doomsday inner voice.

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, October 29, 2013 9:55 PM

Wow, this is something that many of us have experienced at some time or the others in our professional lives. In many cases it is about salvaging the situation and making the best out of it. Performance anxiety sure hit you hard! It drives away the ability to think rationally and in a cool manner. In many cases, the boss expects the goods to be delivered and he or she may not be bothered about what you are going through! I guess you can pray to God for some inspiration or just trust that you are going to do your best!

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Reframing stress: Stage fright can be your friend

Reframing stress: Stage fright can be your friend | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it


Fear of public speaking tops death and spiders as the nation's number one phobia. But new research shows that learning to rethink the way we view our shaky hands, pounding heart, and sweaty palms can help people perform better both mentally and physically.


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Suzanne Izzard's curator insight, April 21, 2013 11:17 AM

Would you believe my son in this photo suffers from stage fright? Well he has for many years and yet with the right help and mindset he has overcome it and is now back in the driving seat...this article explains that before speaking in public and presenting we should try to reframe any stress, this can then help us to perform better.