I was asked on the spot to do a presentation today in front of 100 people and was overcome with anxiety. However normally I'm pretty good at presentations - but the trick is that I prepare them beforehand. How should I tackle this so that it doesn't happen again? Obviously practice is one way and go on a course doing spontaneous presentations to get used to it. Or should I tackle it through some sort of psychotherapy - for example could I use hypnosis to ensure that the nerves don't strike? Thanks!
Thanks - that's helpful. I will certainly practice doing spontaneous presentations which I'm sure will help. I'm not particularly concerned about ones that I can prepare for as have done plenty in the past which have gone well - actually have one coming up in 2-3 weeks so should be a good opportunity
I'd be interested to know a bit more about hypnotherapy - can a session literally eliminate fears in areas that you identify?
I can feel anxious in other situations - even though I know it's irrational. And when I have a bad experience like the recent presentation I can worry about it after, especially the feeling of losing face - compounding the situation - which is ridiculous as the whole thing was self generated in the first place and it's my problem no one else's!
If there are ways to tackle these sorts of feelings I'd be interested to know about them. I know about the 'chimp paradox' psychology used by the british cycling team, however its one thing knowing about it and another applying it. It must help the professional athletes in that they have the coach relationship to reenforce the way of thinking