by Holly Duckworth, CAE, CMP, LSP
Meeting planning is consistently on the list of most stressful jobs. Our world is overwhelmed. Never in human history has so much information been coming our way. We experience less recovery time between events and less rejuvenating sleep. It’s unsustainable and taking a toll in our personal and professional lives.
What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of becoming fully present in the moment. It is often confused with meditation. While meditation is one form of mindfulness practice there are many. In todays 24/7/365 world, where stress is rampant, mindfulness has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, decrease health challenges, and increase focus resulting in a better quality of home and work life.
Mindfulness can be as simple as ABC – Affirmations, Breathing, and Centering.
Affirmations – Our words are the most powerful thing we have in our world. They literally shape the thoughts, feelings, and experiences we have. If you say, “I’m so busy, I’m so busy,” you create, attract, and magnetize ‘busier’ to you. Don’t want busier? Write an affirmation of its opposite. Affirmations are short sentences that create the positive reality you wish to have. For example – “I am centered in my work knowing my work is easy and makes the world a better place.” Say this affirmation multiple times each day and post it in your car or office to remind you.
Breathing – It is the very essence of our life and yet we take for granted the next breath will be there. Breathing returns our focus to life. Do it now; take a second to feel the air coming in your nose and out your mouth. Remember the life that moves through you does it easefully and so should your work be easeful. Even three breaths three times a day can reduce your stress.
Centering – Centering is practicing the process of reconnecting to the still, small voice inside of you. Move your awareness from your brain doing-ness to your heart of being-ness. Centering in partnership with breathing can give you a few moments of necessary calm and recovery we need in the demands of the meeting planning profession today. It’s also the chance to listen to what your heart wants you to know.
As you work with the ABC technique, it can also be applied to your meetings. Look for places where you can have meeting participants create affirmations for the meeting, take a moment to breathe and center before hearing keynote or breakout sessions. These three mindfulness practices will result in your people being more peaceful, present in your sessions, and, over time, more profitable.
Holly Duckworth, CAE, CMP, LSP is a trailblazing keynote speaker and executive coach. She works with stressed-out meeting professionals to create peace, presence, and profits. Our world has become mindless. Through mindfulness training, Holly works with you to know what mindfulness is and what it is not. You takeaway new beliefs, thoughts, and actions that make you and your company the highest and best it can be. For more on her thought leadership visit