Jill Diamond: Breath is the fuel of life, and ideas are made up of life. When we make the connection between our ideas and breathing and communication, we set ourselves up to be very effective when we speak.
How does breathing help our speech?
A recent study by neuroscientist shows that when we take concentrated breaths, we actually can change the activity in our brain. They say that we can create more calm, more focus, more concentration. Wouldn’t you want to be focused in your communication? Wouldn’t you want to be able to think well and speak well when you’re public speaking? Well, breathing is the foundation, and that’s the first principle this year that I want to introduce to you to help you with your effective communications.
How can I practice controlling my breathing?
We’re going to need a chair for this exercise, and I’m going to go ahead and grab my chair and you grab yours. Now that you have your chair, I’m going to ask you to sit down, and sit with both feet on the floor and go ahead and lean back, and just take a couple of breaths and just notice your breathing. Notice if you feel your breath high in your chest, or do you feel it lower in your ribs. As you sit here, I want you to close your eyes, and I want you to take five long deep breaths. Each breath, I want you to be more and more concentrated on how deeply you can go, and feel your ribs expanding against the back of the chair, that’s the idea. You need to feel your ribs expand, and contract.
Take two more long breaths. You’re breathing in through your mouth, maybe even making a noise, and on your last breath, really focus on the exhalation. Now you can sit forward and you can just breathe naturally.
I hope you feel more calm in the beginning of being relaxed. Deep breathing is not just for Yogis.
I hope you enjoyed that breathing exercise. To learn more about how to use your breath in your communication, get in touch with me about executive coaching, and let me help you to really reach your personal best and reach your effective communication skills. I’m here for you.
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