Facing an important presentation?
Try to manage your stress through effective INTRApersonal communication.
Because, think about it – which of the following statements do you think is most effective in reducing the stress associated with public speaking?
If we say:
A. I am calm
B. I am nervous
C. I am excited
Behavioral science expert Dr. Alison Wood Brooks from Harvard Business School conducted experiments on karaoke singers.
It turned out that the singing performance ratings of those who uttered specific words before the performance were as follows:
I am calm - performances rated on average at 53%
I am nervous - performances rated on average at 69%
I am excited - performances rated on average at 81%
Experiments with people speaking in front of an audience yielded the same results.
Individuals who told themselves they were excited were rated higher in terms of persuasive effectiveness and self-assuredness.
So, instead of admitting that you are nervous or denying your true emotions and convincing yourself that you are calm, simply tell yourself that an exciting challenge lies ahead!
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