How to Survive Being Emotional in a Room Full of "Tough Guys"

Recently, I had the pleasure of working with a group of eighty managers and senior leadership. I was in a room full of “tough guys”, men who were physically and mentally hardened by the long hours, long-distance commutes, and hard labor. Like nails, diamonds, and honors calculus, these guys were tough.

Typically “tough guys” aren't all about smiling for no reason. Usually, being flamboyant in energy and passionate in enthusiasm do not serve them as they weather difficult circumstances that require endurance and mental fortitude. These guys had a quiet strength, a calm energy, and a love for what they do for a living. Like many people pursuing the coveted “American Dream”, these guys had a healthy interest in creating and pursuing opportunities.

These tough guys had straight faces, folded arms and were relaxed back in their chairs. However, as we progressed and they started talking with each other and sharing experiences, advice, and knowledge, the...

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Forget Beta Blockers! Just Learn How to Breathe

Several months ago, I was speaking with a client about success habits within the leadership of her company. I was beyond shocked when she told me that most of the C-suite in her office take beta blockers right before they speak, to control their nerves. I thought to myself, 'WOW, there must be a better way to work with your nerves before you speak in front of your team, investors, clients, or anyone!' In fact, I’m certain there is a much better way. Here’s why.

According to the Mayo Clinic "Beta blockers, also known as beta-adrenergic blocking agents, are medications that reduce your blood pressure. Beta blockers work by blocking the effects of the hormone epinephrine, also known as adrenaline. When you take beta blockers, your heart beats more slowly and with less force, thereby reducing blood pressure. Beta blockers also help blood vessels open up to improve blood flow."

When someone takes a beta blocker, s/he is counteracting the natural gift we were given by nature....

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