Seven Skills for Performing Your Best Under Pressure–At Work, In Sports, On Stage

–Liane Thomas –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Greene found that by applying methods such as the centering technique, these same people could work through their fear and perform better than ever before. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. The eight appendices outline his three-week prescription for mastering each skill, plus the key for scoring the skills survey. Greene was the sports psychologist for the U.S.

Don Greene, Ph.D., was a nationally ranked high school diver who graduated from West Point. Forgivably cocky at times (“Nobody in the world has done as much as I have to bring out people’s best”), Greene simply knows his stuff and–to the reader’s benefit–presents it beautifully. Untrained, these individuals’ reactions were allowing fear to take over and affect decision-making, poise, and display of skill. Greene discovered that there were certain commonalities in people’s responses to high-pressure situations. While his occasional military references and sports analogies offer glimpses into his commando training and sports psychology background, Greene never comes off as a stony General nor as a hyped cheerleader. To that end, he urges readers to assess their current skills (by taking a relatively simple survey provided in the book), pinpoint their weaker performance tendencies, then “embark on a training regimen” to flex seven specific fear-conquering muscles: determination, energy, perspective, courage, focus, poise, and resilience. Rather, his graceful writing style is rich with humor, candor, and valuable information. A former Airborne Ranger and Green Beret (among a long list of other impressive credentials), Greene believes fear is only conquered by action–not by lying on a therapist’s couch. Olympic Diving Team, the World Championship Swimming Team, Golf Digest Schools, and the Vail Ski School.

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. Army?s Special Forces as a Green Beret and went on to train the San Diego Police S.W.A.T. But Dr. He served in the U.S. He now lives in New York City, where he specializes in mentoring people in a wide variety of professions through everyday and extraordinary stress: financial traders, attorneys, professional athletes, performing artists, salespeople, and more. His previous book, Audition Success, was the all-time #1 bestseller at the Juilliard School bookstore.

We’ve all been there: that make-it-or-break-it moment of our careers–on the brink of a deal, poised at the starting gate, under the spotlight waiting to speak or perform in front of our peers. He then quite eloquently describes how fear attempts to thwart each particular skill, and offers clear methods for retaliating (“centering down” to counteract ineffective nervous energy, or using anger constructively to develop resilience).

In his years of working with Olympic and professional athletes, network news anchors, classical musicians, actors, dancers, trial attorneys, brokers, and CEOs, Dr. At this point, where everything seems to be on the line, most of us experience one overriding reaction-fear-and this fear can have negative physical, mental, and emotional consequences on how well we do our job.

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By Don Greene, Ph.D. Review

Renowned performance coach Don Greene, Ph.D., leads readers on a strategic, goal-reaching mission in this compact, powerful, and often fascinating handbook.

Don Greene, Ph.D., a renowned sports psychologist, teacher at the Juilliard School, and “stress” coach to top executives and entertainers, has spent decades studying fear and its effect on performance. Dr. Team in counterterrorism. Greene shares the proven techniques he has used with Olympic athletes, Grand Prix drivers, the Vail Ski School, Golf Digest Schools, the New World Symphony, and Merrill Lynch traders to help them perform their best under pressure.

Greene uses each chapter to tell a story or two about a client–ranging from Olympic athletes to professional musicians to SWAT teams–whose fear scenarios provide a steppingstone for analyzing the seven skills mentioned above (determination, etc)