New Zealand Community Education Centres

Performing Under Pressure – Doing Your Best When It Matters Most

We all face pressure in our personal and professional lives. This one-day workshop explores what pressure is and how we can use it to enhance our performance. You’ll learn practical skills to assist you in performing at your best under pressure whether at work, home or play.


In today’s fast-paced demanding world, we’re continually being asked to do more with less, increasing the pressure on us to perform. To meet the growing demands we face and to avoid the adverse consequences of excessive pressure (such as stress, anxiety, and burnout), we need to be able to perform under pressure. In this workshop we’ll explore what pressure is, how it enhances our performance and what the optimal level is.

You’ll learn some simple and effective strategies, like anchoring, breathing and visualisation, that will help you stay in the optimal performance zone and avoid excessive pressure.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to:
• Define a pressure moment
• Recognise the difference between pressure and stress
• Demonstrate awareness of the Human Function Curve and the Optimum Performance Zone
• Identify the warning signs that you are experiencing excessive pressure
• Discuss how men and women behave differently under pressure
• Apply practical tools and techniques to help you remain in the optimal performance zone and avoid excessive pressure

Bring pen and paper. 

Note:  Courses need a minimum number to go ahead so if we don't have enough enrolments a few days before the start date, we have to cancel. We'll let you know by email so please check yours regularly. If you need to cancel your registration, here are our terms and conditions: "What You Need to Know".

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