So far in this series we have looked at how you breathe in response to the stress of public speaking together with techniques to help you be more confident when speaking. Also how controlling your breathing helps build your audience’s confidence in you.

How about using your breathing to also help you control the conversation, control the room?

Firstly, a recap of your journey so far:

Thanks to simply taking a good breath, you are now delivering that good, firm, warm, confident handshake. A strong first impression that sets the scene for the rest of your presentation.

Now go a step further.

Here’s the scenario.

You are in your meeting. The conversation is getting a little heated, a little fractious. You are asked a question / asked to respond to a point.

You are on the ‘phone. Similarly the temperature is beginning to rise, the voices with it.

You have two choices at this point:

  1. Go with the flow. Keep it moving. Fan the flames OR
  2. Take control

Remember that moment of control when you took a breath before speaking? How it helped capture your audience’s attention? How it helped you control the pace of your delivery?

Do the same at this point in the conversation. It is your moment to speak, so take advantage of that moment to take a moment. Take a breath to ease off the pace of the conversation, ease the tone of your voice down by a few notches.

Take control of the conversation; take control of the room.

Yet all you did was take a breath.

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