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How to Use Stress to Your Advantage

Nervous energy is a performance enhancer if you know how to use it.

Use Stress to: Connect with a Crowd

A 2013 study out of the University of Rochester found that believing your stress is helpful can give you an edge when you’re speaking publicly. In the study, two groups were instructed to give a speech, but one of the groups was told that stress could help them improve their delivery. Members from both groups then spoke for five minutes before a panel of critical judges. The “helpful stress” group demonstrated more effective cardiovascular performance during their presentations, while the control group’s tickers indicated they saw the judges as threats. Not surprisingly, the group that was prepped positively scored significantly better under pressure.

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