Preparing for a new business pitch, job interview, first meeting, class presentation, wedding toast or dinner out with someone new – and feeling a little nervous? It happens to most of us, and it can be difficult to slow down or squash your racing heart, shaking hands, dry throat or other feelings of angst. What if I stumble, talk too fast, forget my lines, draw a blank on their name?
The most important thing you can do is practice, practice, practice – on your own, with your team or group, in front of your family or friends. Also:
And then there’s the 4/4/4…for four seconds each: breathe in through your nose, hold your breath, breathe out through your mouth. Did you find yourself doing this just now? The 4/4/4 can help to:
Be mindful of, and rely on, the 4/4/4 as often as you need to: it can be calming and advantageous in a wide variety of professional and personal settings.