GET YOUR GORILLA SUIT ON!
Entering any workplace can be akin to entering a zoo, according to writer, presenter and blogger Rosie O’Carroll (misscluttermonkey.com) “When you walk through the office door, you’ll see all kinds of colourful types hollering and squawking and trying to be king of the jungle. Work can be stressful, especially if you see yourself as particularly low down in the food chain.“
Rosie says that visualisation is an ideal way to deal with intimidating or annoying colleagues at work. “If you have a lion-like boss imagine them as a smaller and weaker creature, for example a mouse. Imagine them shrinking down until they are a small speck on the floor. Now change the image you have of yourself, and picture yourself as a giant cat. Now who’s afraid?”
This technique also works for fear of speaking in meetings, or presentations. Try picturing your audience as a bunch of cheeky monkeys, jumping up and down and throwing bananas. “When it’s your turn to speak, imagine yourself as the biggest fattest gorilla in the jungle – think King Kong on a bad day. By seeing yourself as a large powerful presence, the fear of addressing an unruly audience should diminish.”