I’ve been pondering this issue of being able to think and communicate under pressure. It comes up on lists of things leaders need to be able to do to be effective leaders. If we’re naturally no good at processes such as these when we’re under pressure, then what will improving them do. We’ll just suck a little less.
So instead of learning to think under pressure, perhaps what we need to do is remove the pressure. Obfuscate, delay, prevaricate, walk away. Anything that enables us to slow down and think through the logic and emotions of the situation, instead of having to try to think and communicate more clearly in the heat of the battle.
You might not be able to do that in public speaking or other fixed events but all other interactions that are pressure filled leave room for procrastination as a way to deal with choking.