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Nervous Shaking

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posted on Aug, 25 2008 @ 10:25 PM
Today I had one of the most embarrassing mornings that I can remember for a long, long time.

As I've mentioned on here before, I'm a bartender, and not to blow my own horn but I consider myself to be a pretty good one too. I work best when it's really busy and I love making cocktails and lot's of drinks all at once, it's just fun.

Today I did a short bar course to learn more about spirits and how they're made, the difference etc., but the first part of the course was just going through basic bar stuff. The bartender putting on the course asked me to come up and he was going to order some drinks and I was to make them. Simple for a bartender who has been in the job for around 2 years, no?

Apparently not! With everyone watching me I just couldn't think and my hands started shaking so. very. bad. They were practically vibrating. I just couldn't concentrate on what I was doing, I was getting flustered and even my voice was shaking, and you could tell that *everyone* watching was just like, "ooh boy...".

If this had been a normal bar situation and normal customers watching me I would have been fine! Those drinks would have been made great, zero shaking, zero time wasted and zero humiliation.

I was making multiple cocktails at once just this friday gone with many, many customers watching and I was LOVING it. I felt professional and happy and I was having such a great time (I love my job), yet as soon as I was put in a FAKE bar setting I just fell to bits.

What's the deal?? And most importantly, do any of you know any techniques to STOP the shaking? Because once I start, I'm gone. And it is so terribly embarrassing.

It only happens when I'm really put on the spot. Like public speaking, or like what happened today, and it never, ever happened before a few years ago. I'm actually a confident, happy guy, until I'm put on the spot.

RAR! I feel like punching some pillows or something

Any advice about how to put an end to the shaking would be greatly, greatly appreciated.

posted on Aug, 31 2008 @ 03:03 PM
Try meditation, or even just a few minutes of relaxed, deep breathing every day. It will help relax you a little bit.
I have quite a funny story related to this actually.
I few years back when I was in school, we had a sex education day. As part of the education, we had to each put a condon on a dildo in front of the whole class, while being timed. I sometimes get a bit nervous when everyone is watching me or I have to speak in public and even when I'm a little nervous my hands shake.
Anyway my hands were shaking and I had to put a condom on this rubber penis in front of everyone.
A very strange situation indeed.

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