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Posted: 1/26/2006 8:05:40 AM EDT




www.theregister.co.uk/2006/01/26/public_speaking_advice/

Dread public speaking? Have a shag first
Sex calms nerves, psychologist shows

By Lester Haines
Published Thursday 26th January 2006 10:32 GMT


Well, here's a bit of agreeable news for those readers who dread getting up in front of the board to deliver that mission-critical Powerpoint presentation: indulging in full-on rumpy-pumpy beforehand will help you face the ordeal in a state of hormone-induced calmness.

That's according to Stuart Brody, a psychologist at Scotland's University of Paisley, who "studied nearly 50 men and women who recorded their sexual activities for two weeks and analysed its impact on their blood pressure levels when under acute stress, such as when giving a speech", as Reuters explains.

Brody found that volunteers who had sexual intercourse (a dirty job, but someone's got to do it) were the "least stressed and had blood pressure levels that returned to normal more quickly than people who engaged in other types of sex".

That's right - it has to be the Full Monty, so it's no use relying on a Lewinsky or executive relief before hitting the podium. Why? Well, Brody believes release of the "pair bonding" hormone oxytocin might have something to do with it, provoking as it does a sense of calm wellbeing.

Those who did not indulge in sex at all "the highest blood pressure response to stress", the research also found. The moral? For payrise-provoking, flipchart-assisted oratory, engage in 100 per cent beast with two backs action as close as possible to the main event. Just make sure to lock the stationery cupboard door first.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 8:49:06 AM EDT
How did he present his findings?
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 8:51:42 AM EDT
Damn we should have hired a cute secretary.


Jenna can you come into my office I need to get ready from my presentation
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 8:56:59 AM EDT
sounds like an experiment someone from ARFCOM would come up with
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:04:18 AM EDT
"Rumpy-pumpy"....freakin Limeys
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:17:47 AM EDT
jack daniels works just fine. but what the hell, any excuse is better than none...................
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:19:58 AM EDT
mission-critical Powerpoint presentation

pffftt...
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 2:26:08 PM EDT
I wonder if I can talk the church board into installing a bed for my wife and I in my office for Sunday mornings before my sermons?
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 2:43:26 PM EDT
Gives a new meaning to the term "Power-Point Presentation"
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