In this course I'll share with you the things I've learned about stress and how to handle in during a decade of front line operational work in the emergency services. In this course you'll learn:
This course is for anyone who experiences stress or pressure, whether at home, at work, in sports…
This course draws on years of firefighting, leadership and teaching experience to provide practical techniques for dealing with high pressure situations.
By following the video lectures students will learn…
How to use a proven psychological technique to change their perception of stress
Why stress is seen as negative - and what to do about it!
The background to studies of this subject.
The neuroscience behind brain behavior under pressure.
You will also learn several practical techniques to lift your performance to the next level. and to combat stress and pressure, wherever you experience them.
New lectures are already in the pipeline for this course, and you will get access to them for free if you're already signed up for the course! So go ahead, make a good decision right now, click the button to enroll, and let's get working on putting your performance under pressure where you want it to be!
Ever freeze up under pressure? Decision making under pressure is a challenging task that has unique problems associated with it. However, many people who are required to make decisions under pressure are not familiar with the particular problems it poses, or with the techniques needed to overcome these problems. This course will clarify those problems for you, reassure you that you are a good decision maker, even under pressure, and then give you the tools you need to take your pressured decision making to the next level and achieve effective, efficient results.
And I'll clear up that 'freezing up' for you by the end of the course too.
Serious scientific study has been done into how the brain reacts to pressure, and how we can use that information to achieve the best performance possible, whatever the situation.
Studies have shown that, in crises, 90% of people will be passive and ineffective. By knowing you have the right techniques at your disposal, you can step up as one of the 10% that take command and control, and make sure that you are controlling your situation, not being controlled by it.
Working out what we mean by stress and pressure gives us a clue about how we can see stress differently.
Learning where stress comes from, what exactly it does to your body, and why, can help you redirect it so that you can perform to a higher standard.
Knowing the difference between eustress and distress can make all the difference in how you approach pressurized situations. Your body's reactions to pressure are not the enemy you think they are; your body has been trying to help you all along.
Understanding the structure and evolution of the brain will help you understand your reaction to pressure, and how to control it.
This is an emergency services technique to make sure you don't exceed your brain's built-in limitations when operating under pressure.
An example of how to apply the span of control technique.
We have to accept the things we cannot change. But if you can change the pressure on you, do it! Here, we'll talk about a technique that helps you do just that.
A story about what my dad told me before I took charge of a simulated train wreck for assessment for promotion to Watch Commander... and how you can use his advice every day.
I'm Watch Commander Doctor David Murphy, Dave to my friends! I currently lead an operational fire station team at a busy central location in one of the largest fire brigades in the world. I am a graduate of the first ever firefighter accelerated promotion project.
As well as leading at incidents I am also responsible for the day-to-day training of my team. That work combines with my teaching and academic background to fuel my passion: online instructional design. I work independently to develop online learning projects as well as being a founder member of the School for the Self, and I am also a member of the elearning guild.
In previous roles I have taught political philosophy at undergraduate level, taught teaching methodology to university lecturers, been an associate editor of an academic journal, been Team Leader on a European Union assistance mission to the Republic of Uzbekistan, been an emergency call taker for a UK police force... oh and I've cleaned toilets for a living too!
I hope that this varied life experience gives me some insight not just into the subjects I teach but into how to teach them effectively.
I'm excited to be getting to know new students here, and I look forward to meeting you through my courses and our discussions.