The New York Times bestseller that draws on research from over 12,000 individuals to explain what makes people ‘choke’ under pressure and show you how to develop nerves of steel
‘An unusually sharp account of work and performing under pressure’ Financial Times
Nobody performs better under pressure. The reality is that pressure only makes you do worse. But there are things you can do to diminish its effects on your performance. In How to Perform Under Pressure, Hendrie Weisinger and J. P. Pawliw-Fry explore the science and psychology behind pressure and give empirically tested short-term and long-term solutions to help you overcome its debilitating effects.
The book draws on research from more than 12,000 people and features the latest studies from neuroscience and from the frontline experiences of Fortune 500 employees and managers. It explains what makes people ‘choke’ under pressure and includes 22 strategies you can use to excel in whatever you do.
Whether you have an important presentation to make or an Olympic record to beat, How to Perform Under Pressure will help you to do your best when it matters most.
‘A wonderful mix of empirical studies and first hand accounts that show how pressure impacts our personal and professional lives’ Forbes
‘All too often, we choke or crumble under pressure. This book reveals how we can develop nerves of steel’ Adam Grant, professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take
“Insightful, thoughtful, and altogether wonderful.” DANIEL COYLE, New York Times bestselling author of THE TALENT CODE
“This book is a must read.” EDDIE JONES, Head Coach, England Rugby
“An engrossing guidebook for youth athletes, parents, coaches and perhaps even fantasy-league fans looking for a little insight.” The Washington Post
THE SECRETS OF SUPERHUMAN PERFORMANCE
THE BEST reveals how the most incredible sportspeople in the world get to the top and stay there. It is a unique look at the path to sporting greatness; a story of origins, serendipity, practice, genetics and the psychology of excellence, as well as of sports science and cutting edge technology.
Packed with gripping personal stories and exclusive interviews with top athletes including Siya Kolisi, Marcus Rashford, Pete Sampras, Steph Curry, Jamie Carragher, Ian Poulter, Helen Glover, Ada Hegerberg, Elena Delle Donne, Joey Votto and Mike Hussey, it explains how the best athletes develop the extraordinary skills that allow them to perform remarkable feats under extreme pressure.
Get inside the minds of champions and understand first-hand what makes them perform during high-octane competition, what they think about in the heat of the moment and what drives them to do what they do.
By combining examples from numerous original interviews with top athletes and leading sports science research, THE BEST deconstructs superhuman performance and answers the question on every sports fan’s mind: “How did they do that?”
“Fascinating and insightful… The Best isn’t a one size fits all, it’s a highly thought out, well-researched and accessible book that gives recommendations based on context and sport.” JOANNE O’RIORDAN, The Irish Times
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
A. Mark Williams is an academic and one of the world’s leading authorities on expertise and its acquisition in sport. He has published 18 books and written over 500 scientific articles on how people become skilled and achieve success in sport and across other professional domains. He has worked across the globe as a consultant with numerous Olympic and professional sports and has vast experience as a scientist, author and educator, and as an applied sports scientist.
Tim Wigmore is the author of Cricket 2.0: Inside the T20 Revolution, the winner of the Wisden Book of the Year award for 2020. He is a sports writer for The Daily Telegraph, and has also written regularly for The New York Times, The Economist, the New Statesman and ESPNCricinfo. He is a former winner of the Young Cricket Journalist of the Year award and has been shortlisted for the Cricket Writer of the Year award.