Sketchnote from Russ Thomas – Stress Inoculation: Maintaining Performance Under Pressure

Session details and video: 24 Hours of PASS: Summit 2015 Preview > Sessions > Details

Russ’ website: Russ Thomas – SQL Judo

Sktchnote - Russ Thomas on Stress

Some notes:
The key bits from this really good talk for me were:

  • the ideas around colour-coded stress level – from white (oblivious), through yellow (relaxed), orange (hyper-aware), red (fully-engaged) to black (passed out)
  • how you can’t stay ‘in the red’ for very long
  • the importance of practicing and planning for those times when you are ‘in the red’

Update: Russ emphasized the value of a good script library. I asked whether he had any recommendations on how to manage the library, because this is something I struggle with. Russ said he’d investigate and write a blog post. The blog post is very good – it’s here: