Techniques for Quicker Thinking

  • Sudden events or problems that require immediate responses,
  • Unexpected objections or demands from important people, or
  • Surprise questions it’s your job to answer.

Relaxation

  • Concentrate on your breathing.
  • Relax your muscles.
  • Visualize your favorite “calm scene.”

Play the “What If” Game

Pay Attention to Details

  • What’s gone wrong,
  • What’s important here and now,
  • What resources and options are available,
  • What suggestions are people making,
  • What consequences may follow from each possible course of action,

Buy Needed Time

  • Saying something like: “Give me a minute to think this through.”
  • Staring thoughtfully at something tangible involved in the difficult situation, without saying or doing anything.
  • Checking relevant reference materials or conversing with a knowledgeable person.
  • Jotting some notes or making some mathematical calculations.

Keep It Simple

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