Magazine article Management Today

Your Route to the Top: Thinking on Your Feet

Magazine article Management Today

Your Route to the Top: Thinking on Your Feet

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Know your stuff. Prepare for tricky questions with a pre-emptive strike. Grab a pen and paper and write a counter-argument to every problem that you come across. When you're put on the spot, you'll have all the answers.

Be decisive. Taking action will give you a sense of progress, stop you from worrying and help you stay in control. When it comes to the crunch, weigh up your options and pick one. Whatever route you take, it's your decision, so stick to it.

Trust yourself. You're the expert. You were asked because you're the one in the know. Have faith in the answer you give.

Switch off the inner critic. Keep your focus on what you're doing, not what the negative voices say. Absorb yourself in the moment by concentrating on the pitch you're giving, not whether you've won it or not.

Use criticism constructively. When you're in the line of fire, see it as a way of igniting your ideas, not putting them out. Follow their point with 'yes and ... ' and see where it takes you. …

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