Fitmark Ambassador Allison Pease shares a few simple guidelines to help manage nervous tenancies
Nervousness. Anticipation. Excitability. I feel an overwhelming rush of all these emotions as I count down the days to an interview that may determine the fate of a significant opportunity for me. My fingers are getting colder and my palms are starting to sweat just thinking about what “could be” if all goes well. An impressive resume is made of paper and can only get you so far. I truly believe that first impressions can make or break a deal and you should always leave something unique behind to be remembered by.
My game plan consists of three tasks I always prepare for when a big event comes before me. Whether its athletic, business or personal, it doesn’t matter, lists help me to remain calm, collected and to not forget any important details when I’m presenting my best features.
I use visualization techniques to get more comfortable with the situation and allow me to set up a game plan of things I want to focus on. I envision anything from my outfit, hair, nail polish color and makeup choice that will best portray my character to questions that may be asked by the panel of professionals. The different conversation scenarios help me feel more familiar and build confidence before the actual meeting.
I organize any copies or paperwork in a folder, including a pen in the event I have questions or I may need to write down information. The night before, I leave my purse, keys and mints on top of my folder so I cannot forget them. The feeling of being rushed just causes more panic attacks and forgetfulness, which I always try to avoid. You don’t want to embarrass yourself by entering flustered and forgetting any documentation that you may have been asked to bring. Think of yourself as calm and collected.
Breath! Remember that no matter what, you were already chosen based on your past experiences and now they just want to meet you. The pressure of preparation is over and you are well equipped to take on any unforeseen challenges. Always be yourself, after all its what makes you unique. Good luck!
Fitmark Ambassador 2013