Real Simple, on what professionals with stressful jobs do to keep it together and get the job done.
Every one of these tips can be applied, not surprisingly, to public speaking!
1. Before a Stressful Event, Stage a Mental Dress Rehearsal
In surgery, you don’t have the luxury of wondering, What if this doesn’t work? It has to work. That’s why, the night before a big procedure, I run through the entire thing like a movie in my head. I also visualize what I’ll do in the event of major complications — which can make a huge difference. During a recent operation, my team encountered a problem when a hole opened in the vena cava, the largest vein in the body, during the removal of an attached tumor. It’s a terrifying situation: The person could bleed to death in minutes. But I had considered this possibility beforehand. So when the vein ruptured, I knew exactly what to do and quickly restored control. And I’m happy to report, the patient is doing fine.
Written by Thomas Heffernan, a cancer surgeon in Dallas.
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