Nervous habits tend to me more prevalent when you are under pressure or stressed, particular in business meetings, interviews or giving a presentation. How can you reveal your nervous habits to maintain better control??

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Nervous habits tend to surface when a person is under pressure or stressed; however, being nervous is normal. It is important to control them as much as possible. If you do not control a nervous habit you can risk communicating that you are insecure and might not do well under pressure. Below are some common nervous habits.

  1. Fingernail biting
  2. Touching and playing with hands
  3. Picking up nearby objects to manipulate:  pen, coffee cup, etc.
  4. Playing with hair
  5. Repeat words too often such as okay, hmm, aha, etc.
  6. Swinging your feet
  7. Tapping your feet
  8. Shaking leg(s) while sitting
  9. Nodding head up and down too often
  10. Constantly taps fingers on the table
  11. Licking your lips
  12. Finger pointing
  13. Out of control laughing

To help you see which nervous habits you might not be aware of try the following exercise to help you control them more effectively. Being aware of them is 90% of the controlling them!

Exercise

Have a friend video tape by acting as an interviewer. Have some general questions prepared for them to ask you. Place two chairs about 20 feet apart. You sit in one chair and have your friend sit in the other as they ask you questions. When you play back the video, look for some of the nervous/bad habits listed above. This process should help you reveal your nervous habits for any situation you might find yourself in.

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