Like many managers, you experience performance anxiety at work. Whether you’re meeting with bigwigs or delivering a presentation, you tend to get the jitters.
There’s nothing wrong with feeling jumpy when you’re put to the test. Just make sure to respond appropriately.
If you tell people that you’re anxious or you signal it by clearing your throat constantly or resorting to nervous tics, you undermine your stature. Observers, especially senior executives, will conclude that you’re unable to withstand the heat.
A better strategy is to let the anxiety wash over you. Don’t fight it; surrender to it. Breathe evenly and tell yourself, “I’m going to maintain my composure even while I’m panicking inside.”
If you sense that others might detect your symptoms (such as a dry mouth or sweaty palms), keep plowing forward. Don’t overdramatize the situation. If you blow it out of proportion, you will make things worse.