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Panic attack in front of client… HELP!


I just walked out of a meeting and had a panic attack during my presentation. This happens to me sometimes when I’m in stressful situations. I’m worried that the client and my team were horrified and they think I’m an incompetent junior. Do you have tips on how to do good presentations?

intro Panic attack in front of client... HELP!Been there, done that. The best way past that is practice, practice, practice. The more meetings you present in, the easier it becomes. Meanwhile there are many training courses in every city that coach people on how to get past their nerves and panic, and find tricks to basically just be themselves in the room. Tell your CD you know you’ll benefit from presentation training, and ask if he or she can arrange for it. If not, it’s worth looking into yourself and paying for yourself. It will help you get back up on the horse. It will give you skills that will last your whole career.

Don’t worry too much about getting flustered. As a junior people cut you a lot of slack. You have the opportunity to take control of the situation and act on it in a positive way. You’ll be fine. And remember most people have been through some version of your experience–you’re not a freak.

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'Jancy' is Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, Co-Founders of Swim, a unique “creative leadership training lab for advertising creatives and marketers.” Prior to Swim, Jancy was globally renowned as the Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto, a position they held for thirteen of the twenty years they were a creative duo at the agency. Over the years they've racked up Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show pencils and CA credits, and have lead their shop to two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and a Grand Clio. They've judged CA, Cannes, D&AD, the One Show, the Clios and other prestigious award shows. Creativity named them two of the top 50 creative people of 2008. Known for their outspoken, no-bullshit style and a passion for mentoring juniors, they're ready to give you advice if you're ready to take it.

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