Tactical Composure


TACTICAL COMPOSURE is a strengths-based program of practical exercises to create a stress buffer & build up resilience. It's 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 COMPOSURE is about deliberately applying easily-actioned composure tactics and exercises, for longer-term benefits in resilience, productivity and wellbeing. 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) tension-triggers 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.


We think better, feel better, communicate better and perform better when we're in a state of calm, composure and clear thinking.

Benefits to the workplace

  • A tangible way to boost 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
  • attention regulation
  • 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 (courage)

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 activate 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

Designed by experienced, registered Psychologists, formally trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness Meditation, Group-based Mental Health Interventions and Training & Facilitation.

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