There is something very applicable from a recent
book, Amanda Ripley’s “The Unthinkable Who survives
when disaster strikes.”
She helps us understand when we face a disaster what
phases our mind goes through–
the survival arc
denial/ delay/ deliberation/ decisive moment
Survival mode gets triggered. The brain works differently
under stress. Panic is rare. Negative panic, or shutdown,
occurs more frequently. Some, however, do what is
practical to survive and know what actions to take.
Studying what we should do when a highly improbable
high consequence event occurs and practicing preparation
steps lead to resilience.
Performing appropriate practice, or walk-throughs,
the amydala of our brains gets wired to do what we should do.
This training is what we should all be thinking about
for all situations which can be stressful. Breathing
and level of preparation stands out. Military training,
where we learn that formal simulation of how we
should behave in situations, teaches veterans that
it is a worthwhile exercise to practice for readiness.
This a poignant reminder that
mock interviews of all types of interview structures
will hardwire desired actions, behaviors, thought
processes and words.
simulating introductions and handshakes with important
people at meetings to present yourself well
practicing both being interviewed and interviewing will
prepare you to be effective in both roles and thus in
practicing your presentation and what you would do
if something fails informs your brain some escape
routes when the unexpected occurs.