For some people, pressure pushes them to succeed, helping them to thrive in potentially stressful situations (for example, delivering a presentation at work). For others, this pressure sets off a chain reaction of panic and anxiety, leading to nervousness and embarrassment. In some cases this leads to ‘choking’, or messing up, which can feel heartbreaking at the time.
Most of the time, it is the fear of choking itself that leads to the stress and panic that ultimately leads to the mistake – but how do you overcome this fear and perform well under pressure?
Whatever the situation is, practicing how you will approach it is key. This applies to a variety of high-pressured situations including work presentations, public speaking, talking to strangers – even cooking a large meal for a dinner party. By getting to know the material like the back of your hand, you will feel calmer and more prepared.
2. Have a back-up plan
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