When the stakes are high, it’s easy to let your nerves get to you. Isn’t it strange that, out of nowhere, it seems like the pitch you’ve rehearsed for days is suddenly wiped from your memory? Or for some reason you just can't spit out that killer line you prepared mid-negotiation?

No matter how much practice you put in, performing in nerve-wracking situations can be unpredictable—after all, the rarity of these events tends to make them more intimidating than they should be.

But you don’t have to let the seriousness of high-pressure moments get the best of you. We’ve rounded up some great tips to help you remain calm, stay poised, and perform your best, even with that extra dose of nervous excitement.


Still feeling anxious? Read about other ways to perform your best below.


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