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.

Experiencing the Pandemic and Acknowledging our Uniqueness – the BASAM Way

Here’s an insightful blog from Medium, which discusses how each of us are experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic in our own ways. I appreciated how the author acknowledges that many of us just don’t have the bandwidth, the interest, the capability, the resources, the whatever to learn a new skill, bake daily, train for a marathon etc.

I also appreciated that the author acknowledges that for so many, survival is the main accomplishment.

Whichever way they are experiencing the pandemic, I am filled with immense pride when I think of every BASAM program member. 23 of them are weeks away from graduating with their bachelor degree, 20 of them are weeks away from finishing the third year of the degree. Another 27 are months away from starting this journey! To all, the heartiest of bravos – you’ve got this!

Marketing Adventures

The year three participants in the Skagit Valley Bachelor in Management program have just completed a Marketing course, where they created a marketing plan for the program. 

Check out this four minute podcast made by one group that tells the story of the program through the experiences of a Year 4, Shailene Gronemyer. https://youtu.be/pYKCTZ90u_s

Thank you BASAM people for all you bring to the program.