“Poise” refers to a sense of graceful composure and self-assuredness in various situations. It involves maintaining an elegant, balanced and confident demeanor regardless of the circumstances. 

What is Poise?

how to teach poise

Poise is often associated with a calm and collected presence that exudes confidence and control.

Poise is a very popular topic when teaching manners and social skills to children.

Teaching poise within a manners program involves a combination of developing self-awareness, practicing mindfulness, improving physical posture and body language, and building emotional resilience. Here are some steps to help teach and cultivate poise:

How to Teach Poise in a Manners and Etiquette Class

  • Self-awareness: Help individuals become more aware of their emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations. This awareness is crucial in understanding how they react to different situations and learning to manage their responses.
  • Mindfulness: Encourage mindfulness practices such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, and progressive muscle relaxation. These techniques help individuals stay present, manage stress, and respond to situations in a composed manner.
  • Confidence-building: Work on building self-confidence by acknowledging and celebrating personal achievements and strengths. Set achievable goals and help individuals recognize their progress.
  • Positive self-talk: Teach the importance of positive self-talk and help individuals replace self-doubt with affirmations and constructive thoughts. This can significantly impact their overall self-image and poise.
  • Physical posture: Proper posture contributes to a sense of poise. Teach individuals how to stand and sit up straight, aligning their body to project confidence and grace. Good posture also has positive effects on mental and emotional well-being.
  • Body language: Educate individuals about the significance of body language in conveying poise. Encourage open and relaxed gestures, steady eye contact, and a friendly smile. Practicing these behaviors can enhance their overall presence.
  • Breathing techniques: Teach deep breathing techniques that help in calming the nervous system and reducing stress. Controlled breathing can be used in challenging situations to maintain composure.
  • Stress management: Guide individuals on effective stress management strategies such as time management, prioritization, and setting boundaries. When they feel in control of their responsibilities, it becomes easier to maintain poise.
  • Practice composure: Role-playing and simulated scenarios can help individuals practice maintaining poise in challenging situations. This can build their ability to respond calmly and thoughtfully even when faced with unexpected challenges.
  • Emotional resilience: Teach individuals to manage their emotions and respond rationally rather than react impulsively. Encourage problem-solving and a focus on solutions rather than dwelling on problems.
  • Social skills: Help individuals improve their communication and social skills. The ability to engage in meaningful conversations and connect with others in various situations enhances their overall poise.
  • Modeling: Be a role model by demonstrating poise in your own behavior. Share personal stories of how you’ve overcome challenges and maintained composure.

Remember that developing poise is an ongoing process that requires patience and practice. 

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