The Power of Pause

Episode #025 Host: Tammy J. Bond

Navigate team meetings, bold conversations, and tense moments with ease through well-timed pauses! In today’s episode of Playing in the Sandbox, I want to share the Power of Pause with you. When you have the emotional awareness to know how to apply it, you can avoid having your thinking hijacked by tension or frustration.

  1. Even though “hitting the pause button” might seem simple, simple actions can be the most powerful.
  2. When emotions are high, taking a pause gives you an opportunity to ask questions that helps you unlock why you are triggered and how to move toward a solution.
  3. Taking a pause can give you time to reevaluate your perspective – you might realize you agree on more than you thought.
  4. A pause gives you a moment to take a breath to help regulate your brain. When you’re dysregulated because of frustration or irritation, you might be more reactive than usual.
  5. You are responsible for your behavior – even when you’re triggered! Slow things down or the people you connect with might leave that interaction feeling confused, bruised, and misused.

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