Their stress makes sense. Some of the executives feel an unrelenting pressure to perform at work, others are responsible for thousands of peoples’ jobs, and a few haven’t seen their family or slept well for weeks.
So it’s no wonder that these executives aren’t in a great frame of mind when it’s time to put together an important presentation. And according to a new article published in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, their stress may be making things worse.
“Trying to make a big decision while you’re also preparing for a scary presentation? You might want to hold off on that. Feeling stressed changes how people weigh risk and reward…under stress, people pay more attention to the upside of a possible outcome.