Witness Protection For The Situation

When you do something scary or stressful — bungee jumping, public speaking, etc. — do you prefer to be surrounded by friends or by strangers? Why?

It kinda depend on the situation and the crowd. For public speaking I may not really want or need my friends near me as long as I am well prepared about the topic at hand and the speech is rehearsed and clear in my mind. Friends could be an added bonus for any speaker, you know a quick glance at smiling and encouraging faces can take the edge of your nerves. Also a well timed signal of looks to those friends in the audience can set off a round of applause that will reverberate around the crowd and get you lots of encouragement and enthusiasm. In some cases it might be helpful but it’s not needed all the time.

Say you are going bungee jumping and you’re new at this and are nervous yet eager to try it out – you can use those friends to offer your support and bravery. Seeing them go through the same fears and anxiety might help you along and give you that impetus to just go with it and complete it. Plus afterwards you can sit with them over a couple of pints and laugh and relive the moments. So depending on the situation take a friend or two.

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