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November 21, 2019 Business News No Comments Email Email

ANXIETY in not just destroying confidence and stalling potential in Australian’s personal lives – it is crippling those in business.

Respected corporate leadership expert, Dr Louise Mahler, PhD, says current US research is misconceived and underestimates the reality in Australia.

“While the real statistics are hidden behind a shield of shame, the reality is that more like four in in five corporate executives experience regular boardroom performance anxiety that stops them from expressing themselves and their opinion, and its worse for women, the noted speaker, author, media commentator and corporate trainer says.

“I see people come to me literally frozen with fear, unable to breath or speak with panic. As a result, they avoid media, delegate stake holder engagements to others and generally sabotage their influence and potential.”

“It professionally, financially and personally debilitating and yet many so-called successful professionals are reluctant to do something about it. This is heartbreaking as there are easy strategies and skills I can teach these people to not only get their confidence back in track but their careers too. The solution is in their grasp. You just have to know how.”

Having some 20 years’ experience working with Australia’s top corporate leaders – not to mention numerous degrees, Masters and a PHD – Dr Mahler – she has noticed a dangerous focus on solutions that are actually adding to the problem.

“Taking a deep breath and relaxing says Dr Mahler is a catastrophe for someone in immediate panic,” she explains. “I help people understand that this is a disaster and that the answer is to breathe out. In this way, you are moving energy from the upper body to the lower body, thus freeing the ability to speak and breathe. This is just one tactic I know absolutely works. I have so many more. Here are just a few.”

1. Move The body freezes if you have performance anxiety. You must move – it is imperative!

2. Breathe out Don’t just puff. Actually blow air out. This acts like a computer reset by kicking the diaphragm back into action

3. Gesture Moving the arms wide off the body releases the diaphragm

4. Adopt a neutral position This is a safe space to regather thought

5. Use a mantra The panicked mind easily moves to negatives. A mantra such as “this is a great opportunity” helps bring it back.

For more Dr Louise Mahler is available for visit

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