Breathing for power, energy and relaxation

I am regularly asked how I remain relaxed when I am doing presentations and public speaking. Believe me, it is an act sometimes! But I have learnt to stand and breathe in a way that maintains my energy levels, and prevents me becoming tense. IF, for any reason I do get tense – and of course, there are occasions when this happens: I’m human! I check by reviewing my posture and take a deep breath. In the latest Superstar Communicator podcast, I share some tips on how to breath more deeply, to relax and energise you – and also an old Thesbian favourite – the power breath!

Power Breath Podcast


Listen to the podcast here. As a summary, this is what I share in the podcast:

1. The importance to breathe deeply from the abdomen, rather than shallowly. This helps you to relax and slow down your speech.

2. Be aware of where you hold your tension: the jaw, neck and shoulder areas, if tense could restrict your breathing. If you are tense in these areas there can be a tendency to breathe more shallowly, so not only do you begin to tense up even more, you could hyperventilate and become dizzy and anxious – we don’t want that!

3. Taking a couple of deep breaths before you go on stage, do a Skype call, walk into a room, help calm you down, get into the right mindset and give you some energy.

4. Finally: when you breathe in deeply, make sure you keep your shoulders down. When most people breathe deeply, they raise their shoulders – and this leads to tension. You don’t want that!

Listen to the podcast here.

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About the author

Susan Heaton Wright is a former opera singer who works with successful individuals and teams to make an impact with their voices and physical presence. Using her experience in using the voice and performing on stage, she works with people to improve their performances in a range of business situations; from meeting skills and on the telephone, to public speaking, presentations and appearing on the media.

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