Curious Minds: Innovation in Life and Work
About This Show
Learn from inspiring innovators who are rethinking life and work in a changing world. Each week, Gayle Allen discovers how these entrepreneurs, writers, scientists and inventors, achieve their most fascinating and inspiring breakthroughs. Have fun taking a peek into their Curious Minds!
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CM 089: Daniel McGinn on Performing Under Pressure
Maybe performing under pressure is easier than we think.
In those moments before an interview, an exam, or a presentation, we often feel our worst. Yet Daniel McGinn, author of the book, Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed believes we can decrease and even repurpose those anxious feelings to up our performance.
Senior Editor of Harvard Business Review, Dan has written for Wired, Inc., The Boston Globe Magazine, and Newsweek. In this book, he draws on the fields of performance and sports psychology and shares quick and simple techniques we all can use.
In this interview we discuss:
Why we should take a page from pre-performance rituals of top athletes
How we can leverage stress before a high-stakes event and maximize our performance
What it means to fine-tune our emotions before a high-stakes event
The role that centering plays to enhance high-level performance
How pre-performance routines distract us from feeling anxious and prime us for the event
Why that lucky pen, ring, or tie really can make a difference in our performance
How the words we choose and the connections we make to something bigger than ourselves can help us psych up our teams
Why a highly experienced, highly motivated team may not need a pep talk
How listening to certain kinds of music can improve our performance in all kinds of tasks
How a sports DJ is impacting two of the top sports teams in the U.S.
Two factors that make a song motivational – how its musicality — beats, tempo – resonate with us and how emotionally connected we feel to it
How our self talk, our visualizations, and our mental rehearsals before an important event can improve our performance
The important role priming — physical and emotional – plays before a high-stakes event
Why we should reflect back on past successes to increase our confidence in a new performance task
How we can sit there feeling worried or we can develop a set of practices to give us confidence before a high-stakes event