Don’t sweat the small stuff
One of the worst things you can do when you’re anxious is to sweat the small stuff. This is when you focus so much on the small details that you lose sight of the big picture.
This is especially dangerous when you’re sitting in front of a large group of people or when you’re speaking in front of an audience. You need to remember that people are watching you and listening to you. Be mindful of the words you choose and the way you present them.
Whether you’re in front of a large audience or just one person, you need to keep your head on straight. You may notice that people aren’t even paying attention to the lecture or presentation; they’re just watching your body language and how you’re reacting to the situation. You need to remember that you’re there to serve the other person and not vice versa.
Ask a mentor for feedback
One of the best ways to identify your triggers and calm your nerves is to ask a mentor or coach for feedback. When you’re at a high-pressure event, it’s easy to forget that you’re human. You may be so focused on the event, on how you’re doing, that you forget to check in with yourself. That’s when you need to identify your triggers, so you can remind yourself of your limits.
By asking for feedback, you can identify what your limits are and what you need to do to stay calm and perform your best. By checking in with yourself, you’re less likely to get flustered or stressed out when the pressure is on.
High-stakes situations are nerve-wracking for even the most confident people from time to time. But if you these steps will give you a little help with staying calm during high-pressure moments in order to keep pushing forward.