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Do you Perform Breathing Exercises Before Important Events?

Before I go into a meeting or an important event and definitely before I begin a coaching session I like to sit down, close my eyes, clear my head, and take several deep breaths to relax and focus. Often, I have received strange looks as I take time before a meeting with a:

“Can we hold on, I need a moment first”

Followed by a few seconds of closed eyes and deep breathing. For me, it helps. In fact, there is a measurable physiological response. On a good day I can drop my heart-rate down 10bpm and enter a completely open state. For me it is crucial to be open and available for any conversation. When my mind is lost on other matters, thinking of bills to pay, or traffic to avoid, or work that is due I cannot dedicate my attention to the active speaker.

Before your next meeting or important event try the following:

  1. Write everything you have to do for the rest of the day on your note pad
  2. Forget everything you have to do now that it is written down
  3. Close your eyes
  4. Clear your mind
  5. Take four or five deep breaths


Ennis Lynch

Ennis Lynch

Ennis Lynch is a Professional Coach Based in South Florida. His primary area of coaching focuses on coaching Software Engineering Leadership. On occasion he does Agile Transformation work as well but prefers coaching at the Team and Individual level vs. the organizational level.

If you have ever wondered: is professional coaching right for me and you are a Software Engineering Manager, Director of Engineering, Director of Software Engineering, VP of Engineering, or CTO reach out for a free initial coaching session. See if coaching is right for you. Initial coaching sessions are the real deal, no hard-sells, no "here is what you would get if you paid". Individuals that receive a free coaching session will get a normal private professional coaching session of 90 minutes (30 minute onboarding + 60 minute coaching) and it will be up to you to follow-up if you want to continue with help on your journey.

Ennis is always gathering research through a team building exercise called the Ball Point Game. If you are interested in a team-level exercise and want to participate in a research project to further the field reach out. The exercise is free in South Florida (and really fun)

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