MTNA President Gail Berenson, NCTM speaks on dealing with performance anxiety.

Lecture Description: Since any performance, even a lesson, can promote feelings of stage fright, it is conceivable that some individuals may not achieve their potential because of the intrusion of excessive performance anxiety. This brief lecture will address the issue of performance anxiety, presenting several coping strategies. You will need to decide which combination of approaches might be most helpful to you. The techniques to be discussed will include: 1. Breathing strategies; 2. Cognitive thinking and imagery strategies; and 3. Desensitization strategies. The goals - to view performance anxiety as a positive element, not the enemy, and to enjoy the performance experience!