How to calm the “yips”
The recent win by golfer Charlie Beljan in a PGA to tour event
which qualified him for the full tour received extra notice because Beljan
spent a night in the hospital between rounds to deal with the extreme anxiety
he was experiencing on the course. The golf press remarked that he came back
from the hospital, overcame his nerves, without using banned performance
calming (or enhancing) medicines and still won the event.
The victory prompted New York Times sports writer Larry Pennington
to discuss the mental side of golf and other sports and how to overcome nerves,
aka, the “yips”
At CommCore we often work with speakers who suffer from everything
from nervousness , to anxiety, to absolute fear of speaking in public.
Depending on what survey
you like public speaking is considered one of the leading fears of humans.
We also have been asked whether a beta blocker drug – which lowers
blood pressure and generally calms down a person with anxiety – is a good idea
for a speaker who is extremely nervous.
We’re not medical doctors, just speech doctors, and don’t usually
recommend prescription drugs for nerves.
The edge that a drug can take off the nerves, might be the edge that’s
necessary to communicate the passion and conviction in a speech or
What we do recommend for those who get nervous are practice, practice,
practice, along with physical and breathing exercises to deal with nerves and
anxiety. The more comfortable you are in the situation, the better the
speech will go.
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Will Tesla Motors keep their customers plugged in?
just named the Tesla-S
"Car of the Year
"...one of the most coveted prizes in the auto industry.
What makes this interesting is that Tesla is the first all-electric car to win
the award and the first unanimous choice for this yearly honor.
For a young company, this is clearly great news. In
looking how social media is following the award, Google Trends
shows that web search interest jumped to the peak level in
the last couple of days. Simplymeasured.com
tells us that Tesla's
130k+ Facebook fans are also growing and engaging at a rapid level as
well. Now it's up to the company to continue to reach out to their new
followers and friends.
The true measure of success is how this activity will
convert into vehicle sales. Its stock price bumped up
only a little from the announcement. At CommCore,
we advise our clients that regardless of the communications avenue used to
engage the customer (social or mainstream media), the key is creating sticky
messages to tell the right story. In this case, the Motor Trend award is
a great headline to talk about the car's unique features and to tell specific
customer stories of Tesla's speed and range.
Labels: CommCore, CommCore Dallas, dale weiss, Facebook, Google Trends, messaging, Motor Trend, Simplymeasured.com, social media, Tesla Motors
Administrative Assistant Position Available - Washington DC Office
CommCore is seeking a permanent
full-time Administrative Assistant to support the executive team and
professional staff members.
The ideal candidate must be:
extremely detail oriented; possess strong time management and organizational
skills, able to multitask in a rapidly moving environment, and team player with
initiative and energy. Office experience, college degree, social media
experience, and proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, PowerPoint, Word and Excel preferred.
Primary responsibilities: phones,
travel, schedule, general administrative support such as mailing, shipping, photocopies,
filing, maintain office supplies, meeting planning, maintaining company
database in salesforce.com and research.
Salary: Negotiable. Excellent
benefit package. Potential for performance bonus.
Please visit our website to
learn about the company.
- Communications Training for Media Interviews,
Presentations & Testimony
- Message Development
- Communications Strategy
- Crisis Planning & Response
- Public Relations
Our office is located in
downtown NW Washington DC. To apply, please email your resume, cover
letter and salary history to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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