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Work Makes Me Nervous: Overcome Anxiety and Build the Confidence to Succeed Hardcover – September 22, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470588055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470588055
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #696,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many people briefly get butterflies in their stomach in high-pressure work situations such as public speaking or job interviews. But if you’ve experienced crippling anxiety in your professional life, you know it’s not something you can just shrug off. The feeling and symptoms—obsessive worry, fear of being noticeably nerovus, clammy hands, racing heart, trouble breathing, and so on—aren’t merely unpleasant and discouraging. They also hide your true professional talents and abilities and block tour career progress and job satisfaction.

The good news is that you don’t have to suffer this unwelcome anxiety anymore. Work Makes Me Nervous empowers you to transform your stress into positive energy to fuel success using an evidence-based, step-by-step method. This friendly, down-to-earth resource combines practical psychological techniques and exercises with real-life stories shwoing how everyone from entry-level workers to seasoned exectives and famous sports and media figures have encountered and successfully dealt with workplace anxiety—and how you can too.

Focusing on proven tools rather than gimmicky quick fixes or slogans, Work Makes Me Nervous lays out a straighforward system you can learn and put into practice in twenty-one days. You’ll discover how to:

  • Diagnose your particular symptoms and use them to create your map for change
  • Understand and balance your five mind states
  • Achieve and maintain a High Performance Mind
  • Master the five-step Adrenaline Control Technique
  • Use the power of adrenaline to your advantage
  • Keep your brain healthy and build on your success

In today’s competitive market, the world of work is especially stressful, and that likely won’t change soon. What can change are your negative reactions to that stress. Work Makes Me Nervous shows you the way to generate positive responses that boost your performance and improve your overall life and health.

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“My fear of public speaking literally made me sick to my stomach. I was so afraid everyone could tell I was nervous. I even considered changing careers. Now that I’ve learned techniques to ‘Make Adrenaline My Friend,’ I feel in control. I understand the Higg Performance Mind. In fact, I think I’ve achieved it.”—Hedge Fund Associate, New York City

“I was obsessed about losing my job. Every time I made a mistake, my thoughts would race and my heart would beat faster. After learning Mind States Balance, I can see my productivity objectively and determine ways to do things better without beating myself up over what I failed to accomplish. I no longer obsess.”—Business Manager, Lewiston, Maine

“I do fine when I have a structured environment—a sales meeting or presentation. But I used to avoid business networking events at all costs. I just couldn’t handle that kind of spontaneous environment. I worried I had nothing to say. I’ve learned to prepare myself mentally so that I feel relaxed yet energized going into theses events. Now I look forward to them–and have increased business through the connections I’ve made.”—Media Sales Representative, Atlanta

Turn your workplace anxiety into powerful, confident performance

Millions of people are afraid to work. The situations they fear may be different–presentations, speeches, meetings, conference calls, new assignments, performance reviews, promotions and praise, client consultations, or team projects. But the feeling is often the same: some combination of obsessive worry, fear of being noticeably nervous, and symptoms such as clammy hands, racing thoughts, sweating, blushing, heart palpitations, trouble breathing, and more.

That feeling is called “workplace anxiety.” And Work Makes Me Nervous is the cure. Filled with real stories of real people and a twenty-one-day developmental program of practical exercises and effective stress-management techniques, Work Makes Me Nervous will enable you to:

  • Channel workplace anxiety into powerful performance
  • Identify anxiety symptoms and pinpoint where fears orginate
  • Achieve a High Performance Mind through a technique called Mind States Balance
  • Abandon fear and ride the wave of adrenaline through every work situation.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ken Schultz on February 27, 2012
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After reading the book, I realized what it was that made me uncomfortable on the job and I quit. I didn't need that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Emily Baldwin on November 24, 2013
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This was the type of book you write to promote yourself - nothing more than a marketing tool so Jonathan Berent can say he released a book. The author's attempts to promote himself was most apparent when it came to the topic of prescription medication, which is of course outside his profitability purview. Whether we like it or not, we live in a synthetically constructed society that forces some of us to have to chemically alter ourselves to deal with the pressures, demands, and crippling anxiety of our highly uncertain times. Some of us simply have no other options but prescriptions, myself included, and no simple shift in thinking is going to solve this problem. Some of the content was helpful, but overall, its your stock-standard, run-of-the-mill life advice that could easily have been ripped off from any New Age hippy who's into all the the Law of Attraction psychobabble. Also, I would just like to say that public speaking is NOT the epitome of success for many of us and personally, I'm tired of being told it is.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sooze Winter on August 18, 2011
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I used the techniques in this book to deal with some issues I was having with one of my colleagues. Once I understood how to work with my adrenalin instead of trying to ignore it, things started going much, much better. I am so glad I found this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cathy J. on March 28, 2013
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The book is gimmicky and condescending, I looked up the author's name and found out he's been involves in extremely abusive and unethical behavior: [...]
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By barb on August 22, 2011
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Reading this book was the first experience that I have had in understanding my blushing problem. No therpist or author has ever explained it so exactly. I now understand what the authors describe as the "physiology of performance".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay Marchand on April 28, 2013
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Jonathan prepares you for five chapters for his five step technique only to provide you with a half page diagram of the actual technique. This book does little to actual explain his theory and seems to fulfill the authors narsicistic explanation of his own success. It really was a disappointment.
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