You are good at what you do—you would not be in your position if you weren’t. But when your position requires you to deliver material in a high-stakes setting, you are not always confident that you can pull it off with polish.
Maybe you are in a client-facing role, representing the company in business development settings. Maybe you occasionally need to present your findings at a conference. Maybe you never need to address the public, but the pressure to deliver your A-game within your company feels enormous.
Sometimes you deliver just fine, but the toll it takes on your mind and body is wrenching—and besides, sometimes “just fine” doesn’t cut it. Other times, you plain old under-deliver. That doesn’t cut it, either.
If you have struggled with confidence issues or inconsistent performance in your career, you have probably already pondered a great deal about why sometimes you fail yourself. Why sometimes you sweat and shake and panic and practically forget your own name, and why sometimes you just wish the trap door would open up and whisk you away from the embarrassment of it all.
You feel frustrated and puzzled, because deep inside, you know that you know this stuff.
If so far any of the colloquial “just relax and you’ll be fine” (you won’t) and “just picture them in their underwear” (you shouldn’t) advice is falling you short, then you’re in good company. It never worked for me, either. If any of this feels familiar, then please read on. I’d like to help you.