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Management expert Daniel McGinn explains how to boost your confidence before a crucial interview, athletic competition, speech or performance. Think back on something you feel proud of having achieved. Turn on music or find somewhere silent so you can reflect. Consider the steps salespeople, performers, athletes or even surgeons take before they hit the spotlight. Some have set routines; others practice rituals or turn to good luck superstitions. Their examples prove that you don’t have to show up nervous and undone; you can be “psyched up” and ready. McGinn summarizes extensive research about preparing for critical events and illustrates his points with numerous anecdotes. He may bury his insights in a welter of details, but the insights are nonetheless worthwhile and helpful. Everyone who makes public presentations will find beneficial ideas in McGinn’s suggestions.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to apply the latest scientific research to “psych yourself up” for an interview, presentation or big event;
  • What works for some athletes and performers before a game or show; and
  • How you can benefit from their examples.
 

About the Author

Harvard Business Review senior editor Daniel McGinn has written for a number of leading publications including Wired, The Boston Globe Magazine and Newsweek.

 

Summary

Getting “Psyched Up”

Many people work for themselves, and their success can depend on the initial impression they make on potential clients. You could work up to 2,000 hours a year, yet find your overall success depends on just one interview, sales pitch, presentation, or meeting with a boss or client.


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