Think Fast! 5 Ways to Perform Under Pressure
Do you freeze up under pressure? Experts share their best tips for staying composed when the floor is all yours.
Assume the Posture
"Body language can translate directly to the mind's willingness to engage in conversation. People who are nervous tend to step back, fold their arms, avert their eyes. They are actually putting up physical barriers. You can't be fully present or think spontaneously if you're trying not to be seen. So stand tall with your legs apart, on the balls of your feet, make eye contact—and smile."
—Matt Hovde, artistic director of the Second City Chicago Training Center, a sketch comedy and improvisation school