Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most

by Hendrie Weisinger and J.P. Pawliw-Fry


Performing Under Pressure tackles the greatest obstacle to personal success, whether in a sales presentation, at home, on the golf course, interviewing for a job, or performing onstage at Carnegie Hall. Despite sports mythology, no one “rises to the occasion” under pressure and does better than they do in practice. The reality is pressure makes us do worse, and sometimes leads us to fail utterly. But there are things we can do to diminish its effects on our performance.

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  • Tackle one of the greatest obstacles of personal success: performing under pressure.
  • Explore the difference between stress and pressure and how each impacts our efforts differently.
  • Understand what makes people “choke” under pressure and learn 22 specific strategies to reduce pressure.
  • Adopt four attributes that can help immunize you over the long-term from pressure that diminishes your success.


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About the Author

Hendrie Weisinger, PhD., is a world-renowned psychologist and pioneer in the field of pressure management, as well as the author of a number of bestselling books on topics such as anger, emotional intelligence and positive criticism. He has consulted with and developed programs for dozens of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies, and he has taught in executive education and executive MBA programs at Wharton, UCLA, NYU, Cornell, Penn State and MIT.

J.P. Pawliw-Fry is an international performance coach and adviser to Olympic athletes and senior business executives. Among his clients are Marriott, Unilever, Allstate and the Orlando Magic. Formerly, he taught executive education at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He is president of the Institute for Health and Human Potential, a research firm that trains and coaches leaders and organizations to perform more effectively under pressure. See more at

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