If your strategy for calming down before a job interview or big presentation is to pace up and down, muttering, “You got this!” until you almost, sort of believe it, then we’ve got good news.
There’s a simpler and more effective way to beat anxiety. The trick? Remind yourself of what you value most.
In her new book “Presence,” Amy Cuddy, the Harvard psychologist who popularized the idea of “power posing” to increase confidence, offers a simple exercise to get over your nerves. Take a few moments to write about a core value that’s meaningful to you — e.g., family, creativity, career success — and a time when that value was important.