CL149: How Better Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed – Interview with Daniel McGinn

Daniel McGinn

Daniel McGinn is a senior editor at Harvard Business Review, where he edits the IdeaWatch and How I Did It sections, manages the magazine’s annual Best Performing CEOs in the World ranking, and edits feature articles on topics including negotiation, sales, and entrepreneurship. He has appeared as a guest on NBC’s Today Show, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR as well as writing for magazines including Wired, Inc. and Fast Company. His latest book is called ‘PSYCHED UP: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed’ and it’s received wide praise including from Katie Couric, Arianna Huffington, Charles Duhigg and Brad Feld among others.

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In this episode, we cover:

  • How the best athletes, speakers and entertainers get themselves in the zone
  • Why trying to calm backstage nerves is not the best strategy
  • Reviewing your greatest hits
  • Malcolm Gladwell’s keyboard
  • Visual Priming
  • The role of visualization in mental preparation
  • Managing your energy levels
  • Defensive pessimism – Seneca
  • Making lots of small bets
  • Pre-game rituals for creatives
  • Motivational music

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