Some of us love it and others dread it. Whichever applies to you, the fact is that change occurs whether we like it or not. When it’s a professional change, that can hit us hard but how we manage that change and communicate about it makes a significant difference in how we feel impacted.
On a personal note, I have undergone multiple professional changes so I feel well-prepared to assist clients when this is part of their work life. Over the years that I’ve had the privilege of coaching clients, a good number of them have been seeking job changes, anticipating promotions or working through the uncertainty of restructuring. I came across an article authored by Travis Bradberry, Ph. D. that I thought had some salient advice. The author is also the cofounder of Talent Smart, a company specializing in emotional intelligence. In his article, Dr. Bradberry references 11 tips that each offer valuable guidance. My personal favorite was his last tip which said when all else fails, breathe.
The reason this resonated with me is that I often teach individuals and groups the proper technique for effective breathing. Although it sounds simple, many of us breathe ineffectively and as a result don’t receive the full value of this behavior. Not only will you feel more in control of your communication but the additional benefit of managing your thought process is extremely worthwhile.
Let me know if you’d like to discuss this further; I’m always happy to assist you.