Making Use of Pre-Race Jitters

If you’re like most of us, you approach the giving of a presentation with fear. Internal chatter keeps you from thinking clearly. You’re worried about what might happen. Your heart rate is elevated. You probably feel drained and exhausted before you even start, and you have a stomach full of butterflies, perhaps even nausea.  …

New Type of Sport: Public Speaking

My theory is that public speaking is an athletic performance, it’s really a sport. Why? Because it relies on skills that are just as physical as those used in sports.   Gestures. Gesture frequently to emphasize and “illustrate” points. Gestures make you the center of the action and continually refocus the audience’s attention on youz.…

Meditations on Mood

If you woke up in a good mood today, your performance on the job is likely to be better than it would have been if you hadn’t. You perhaps already knew that, but recent research shows that a good mood broadens the focus of your attention and increases your creativity. A good mood makes you…