Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best when it Matters Most

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Crown Publishing Group, 2015 - Performance anxiety - 310 pages
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"Nobody performs better under pressure. Regardless of the task, pressure ruthlessly diminishes our judgment, decision-making, attention, dexterity, and performance in every professional and personal arena. In Performing Under Pressure, Drs. Hendrie Weisinger and J.P. Pawliw-Fry introduce us to the concept of pressure management, offering empirically tested short term and long term solutions to help us overcome the debilitating effects of pressure. Performing Under Pressure tackles the greatest obstacle to personal success, whether in a sales presentation, at home, on the golf course, interviewing for a job, or performing onstage at Carnegie Hall. Despite sports mythology, no one "rises to the occasion" under pressure and does better than they do in practice. The reality is pressure makes us do worse, and sometimes leads us to fail utterly. But there are things we can do to diminish its effects on our performance. Performing Under Pressure draws on research from over 12,000 people, and features the latest research from neuroscience and from the frontline experiences of Fortune 500 employees and managers, Navy SEALS, Olympic and other elite athletes, and others. It offers 22 specific strategies each of us can use to reduce pressure in our personal and professional lives and allow us to better excel in whatever we do. Whether you're a corporate manager, a basketball player, or a student preparing for the SAT, Performing Under Pressure will help you to do your best when it matters most"--"Nobody performs better under pressure. Regardless of the task, pressure ruthlessly diminishes our judgment, decision-making, attention, dexterity, and performance in every professional and personal arena. In Performing Under Pressure, we are introduced to the concept of pressure management, offering a score of empirically tested strategies to help us overcome the sabotaging effects of pressure. Performing Under Pressure addresses the greatest obstacle to our success, whether in a sales presentation, on the golf course, interviewing for a job, or performing onstage at Carnegie Hall. The fact is, no one "rises to the occasion" under pressure and does their best. The perception that some people perform better onstage than in practice is a myth. The reality is pressure makes us do worse, and sometimes leads us to fail utterly. Performing Under Pressure draws on research from over 100,000 people, and features the latest research from neuroscience and from the frontline experiences of Fortune 500 employees and managers, Navy SEALS, Olympic and other elite athletes, and others. It offers 22 specific strategies each of us can use to reduce pressure in our personal and professional lives and allow us to better excel in whatever we do"--

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Anyone who presents or performs in public should read this book. It is a scholarly yet very accessible book divided into three sections: part 1 helps you to successfully cope with pressure once you ... Read full review

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Hendrie Weisinger, Ph.D.(Westport, CT) is a licensed psychologist, the originator of criticism training, and a leading authority in the areas of emotional intelligence and anger management. He has made more than 200 appearances on television and news programs, including Oprah, Donahue, and The Today show. He has led hundreds of criticism seminars for Fortune 500 companies, and he teaches in MBA York University, and University of Pennsylvania.

J. P. Pawliw-Fry is a psychologist and international performance coach to Olympic athletes and coaches, senior business leaders at Fortune 500 companies, and the CIA. He is the co-author of Performing under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most.

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