Anxiety can range from a full-blown psychiatric disorder to a temporary loss of confidence or centering. No matter what form it takes, its impacts on careers can be fatal. No, angst just doesn't handicap a public speaker.
In her breakthrough book "Confidence," Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Kanter fingered panic as the major factor preventing us from manuevering our way out of the downward trajectory. We are too much in the force field of angst to strategically manage the fix.
Meanwhile we tend to blab incessantly about how bad things are - actually it's how they seem to us. That makes the whatever worse. To begin with, in this era of overwhelm, no one wants to hear the sounds of angst. It's difficult enough to stay centered ourselves. Secondly, those kinds of conversations position us as a professional who can't problem-solve. No one wants to hear about the mess. Everyone wants to learn from how others are exiting it.
Of course, climbing into the panic zone is a normal human response to a shift, both negative and positive. Regarding the latter, we get a contract to manage a media outlet. Then we panic about recruiting and overseeing the right writers and editors. The trick is to recognize that build-up of angst and figure out how to keep it under wraps. That includes our body language and facial expressions. No matter how many hits his reputation took, Bill Clinton always presented himself as on top of things. He remains a global leader.