The Power of Competition

Mark ReaganConfidence, Performance, Public Speaking4 Comments

The Power of competition

I pace the hall. My mouth has gone dry and my hands are sweating in the gaps between my fingers. The audience applauds the current speaker. A minute later my name is announced and I stride to the front of the room before a group of 60 people. The title of my speech is announced. Taking the place I’ve planned out on the stage, I begin speaking. Last weekend, I competed in my area’s division level contest for the International Speech Competition put on yearly by Toastmasters. The third round of the competition, I was up against seven others, each … Read More

When Your Standards Are Too High (and When They’re Not High Enough)

Mark ReaganHappiness, Performance, Stress Management0 Comments

How to tell your standards are too high

Each week I have a call with my accountability partner. We give updates on our current projects and goals, and talk about any obstacles we run into. This past call, we ended up talking about standards. In this case, we talked about standards being too high to the point they can hold us back, cause unnecessary stress, and even stop us from trying at all. The Curse of Too High Standards Standards can be a great thing as I’ll write about below. But sometimes they keep us completely stuck or run us ragged. Here’s one of the “too high” standards … Read More

The Magic of Deadlines

Mark ReaganMotivation, Performance, Stress Management0 Comments

how to use deadlines

For the past few weeks, I’ve been rather… lazy. Sure, I’ve still been getting out a weekly blog post and keeping up on my other work, but I haven’t been putting much into my public speaking. This isn’t good when I have a competition coming up to prepare for in May, a 30 minute speech to work on to pitch to service clubs and other groups that need speakers, and more. What happened in March that I fell off the wagon for my speaking? An easy excuse would be to say “I didn’t have the time,” or “life happened.” Sometimes … Read More

3 Things Athletes Can Teach Us About Stress and Performance

Mark ReaganPerformance, Stress Management1 Comment

athletes stress and performance

“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” – Paul “Bear” Bryant Famous athletes can dominate headlines (and your Facebook feed). Here in Denver, there was lots of excitement around football quarterback Peyton Manning coming to play for the Broncos. I didn’t know who Peyton Manning was, and if I didn’t live here, I probably wouldn’t know who the Denver Broncos were, either. Although I played sports as a kid, I stopped enjoying it and don’t pay any attention to what goes on at the games (The Broncos won … Read More

The Secret of How to Overcome Performance Anxiety

Mark ReaganPerformance, Stress Management4 Comments

How to Overcome Performance Anxiety

Last night I competed in a speech contest. I’m part of Toastmasters. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s an organization that helps people develop their public speaking and leadership skills. This month kicks off Toastmasters’ contest season, and I competed last night in the first round at my local club. It’s my first time competing, and I was stressed to say the least. So were all the other contestants. One of them said to me, “I have never been this nervous.” Whether you call it nerves, say you’ve got “butterflies” in our stomach or are tense, it’s all stress … Read More