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.
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.