Being fully present when you are interacting with someone is considered to be crucial. The question remains how to best do that.
A simple technique to stay and be present is also useful in instilling calmness is breathing. Yes breathing. Take a breath to focus yourself on the person in front of you. Keep breathing and you are likely to fell a calmness settle in over you as well. Breathing and paying attention to the person you are interacting with is often referred to a s mindfulness.
Having achieved a state of calmness you may be surprised to note that creativity is also present. A solution to that problem or puzzle at work that has been on the back burner may suddenly come to you. Or that creative idea for a new project or program suddenly comes into pace.
Breathing regularly and staying present may actually allow you to conduct your day-to-day business and life in a stress free. Rather than reacting from a flight or fight place. Working stress free now that would be a game changer. It is certainly worth considering and even trying consciously breathing during interactions with co-workers, colleagues, and competitors. After all what is there to loose expect stress.
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