Presentation Anxiety & the Monkey Mind

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This week, the Year 3’s in the Skagit Valley College Applied Bachelor in Management degree (BASAM) will be wrapping up the second quarter of the program. We have spent the quarter exploring exploring Marketing, Project Management and Accounting with all three courses leading to final team marketing plan presentations.

The presentations will demand that each team demonstrates its Marketing Magic, its Project Management Prowess and its Accounting Acumen (I could not resist the alliteration). I have every confidence that each team will come through with flying colors. And at the same time, I also know that the build up to any presentation can be a nerve-wracking experience because of Monkey Mind. So, to all the Year 3’s, I offer this piece from Project Monkey Mind that may help with conquering the inevitable public speaking fears through “three methods for lasting calm”. And while I’m at it check out this piece from the Harvard Business Review on the importance of practice.

All the best BASAM Class of 2022 – you’ve got this!

A Year Later – Zoom Fatigue

March 1 marks my personal one year anniversary of my entry into this crazy “new normal” world we are in. A year ago, I was in Seattle mask free, presenting the Skagit Valley College BASAM program at a national conference to a live audience. I don’t need to describe what today looks like, as I think we know it only too well.

A year of the “new normal” has us all grappling with new experiences, emotions and stressors. The word zoom has entered our lexicon as a verb and a noun. It has also entered our lives as a perhaps unknowing cause of fatigue. Check out this article from Stanford University that talks about what leads to Zoom fatigue and how we can bring Zoom hygiene (my word, not the article’s) into our lives …

Happy Zooming and be well.