Tactical Composure


TACTICAL COMPOSURE is a training program that provides a set of proven composure skills (tactics), that are demonstrated in-session, learned quickly and immediately transferrable into one's work and home life. Practice exercises, resources, self-monitoring and follow up check-ins are part of the program, in order to help establish habits and assess outcomes.

TACTICAL: Relating to small-scale actions serving a larger purpose. COMPOSURE: The state of being calm and in control of oneself.

The composure tactics we teach aim to help individuals self-regulate towards a state of cool, calm alertness and clear thinking, regardless of the existing (and often repeating) triggers points that surround us in daily life.

The TACTICAL COMPOSURE experience allows participants to choose from a set of evidence-based, easy-to-action composure skills (tactics) that:

  • Help increase productivity and wellbeing
  • Are collated into a tactical composure exercise plan
  • Foster constructive conversations, improved mental performance and strengthen relationships; and
  • Can be applied in the heat-of-the-moment: Recognising Tactics, Regulating Tactics and Refocusing Tactics
  • Draw from established and reputable psychological practices, theory and research in the areas Cognitive Therapy, Stress Management, Self-awareness, Resilience, Mindfulness and Health Sciences.
Likely return on investment. In their "Investing to Save" paper, KPMG reports that there is a $1.7 ROI for each dollar spent on CBT-based resilience programs.


Benefits to the workplace

  • A tangible way to boosts productivity and wellbeing.
  • A sensible and ready component of your workplace wellbeing program.
  • People walk away feeling calmer and more confident, with specific tactics.
  • An engaging, practical way to develop composure skills, backed by science.
  • Reduce the risk of stress and conflict, increase mental wellbeing and resilience.
Tactical Composure can help increase people's
  • mental responsiveness
  • emotional resilience
  • physical readiness
The benefits of Tactical Composure when exercised over time

  • Improved self-insight
  • Awareness of personal triggers
  • Awareness of effective composure tactics that work for you
  • Awareness of personal strengths, values, connections to your bigger picture
  • Improved sense of wellbeing and positive emotions
  • Increasing health and immune function
  • Feeling more relaxed and calm
  • Reduced feelings of stress, frustration and/or anxiety
  • Feeling less rushed
  • Feeling more patient
  • Enhanced sense of empathy and compassion for oneself
  • Improved ability to fall asleep and return to sleep once woken
  • Improved ability to listen
  • Composed conversations, through a more responsive approach
  • Becoming more approachable, through composed body language
  • Improved patience with others
  • Enhanced sense of empathy and compassion for others
Performance (Longer-Term Benefits)
  • Boosts working memory and concentration
  • Increased focus and information processing speed
  • More cognitive flexibility
  • Less emotional reactivity, more frustration tolerance
  • Improved ability to maintain composure in the face of challenging situations

The usefulness of Tactical Composure

  • Free of side effects
  • Free to use anywhere, anytime
  • Don't require any equipment or ongoing subscriptions
  • The tactics can work in all settings: work, home, study, relationships
  • Can be practiced in different postures sitting, standing, lying down, walking etc
  • Can be practiced in different environments: such as quiet or noisy, alone or with people around
  • You get to choose the tactics that suit you, from a range of demonstrations
  • You get to choose how and when to practice
  • You can quietly build self-insight and self-awareness along the way
  • A number of purposes, beyond just feeling good
  • To proactively build stress resilience and wellbeing
  • To active the cool, clear and constructive thinking centres of the brain
  • To help manage feelings of discomfort and pain
  • For preparing for difficult situations and conversations
  • Used before, during and after potentially stressful situations
  • More men and women of varying ages and backgrounds are using the types of exercises that are embedded in Tactical Composure
  • Everyday people can make sense of the need for composure in the face of challenging situations in life
  • The language of composure is already used in our home and work life; including deep breathing; being mindful; time-out; re-focusing; handling triggers; managing stress and frustration, and so forth