How to Perform Under Pressure - Think On Your Feet
Do you freeze up under pressure? Experts share their best tips for staying composed when the floor is all yours.
By Marie Proeller Hueston
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the August 2012 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
"If your mind goes blank, laugh at yourself—it'll dissipate the tension in the room. When people are expecting me to be funny but I'm bombing, I'll pray to the comedy gods—out loud—to give me just one joke. Your audience can relate to the pressure you feel; they root for you. Plus, talking about being nervous takes your mind off being nervous, and then you can get on about your business."
—Sheryl Underwood, comedian and cohost of CBS's The Talk
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