Build Your Emotional Intelligence Muscle!

Build Your Emotional Intelligence Muscles!

Emotional Intelligence skills–understanding and managing your own emotions, recognizing others’ emotions, interacting successfully with other people, and building resilience–can all be improved.

Like any skill–developing a great golf swing, sketching a decent portrait, adding a killer serve to your tennis game, or learning to read Mandarin Chinese–learning Emotional Intelligence skills takes time, practice, and motivation.

Now you can learn and practice the Emotional Intelligence skills that will result in your greater success, satisfaction, and well-being.  The self-directed, online course, EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE 101, available anytime, anywhere at your convenience, helps you build your “Emotional Intelligence muscles” through engaging text, photos, videos, reflections, and exercises including more than 40 practical suggestions for building Emotional Intelligence skills.

You CAN build your Emotional Intelligence skills.  Learn more at http://emotionalintelligenceinsights.com/courses/  Discounts available for teams/groups of 8 or more.

What Can I Do About Low Emotional Intelligence?

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After a recent presentation to introduce the crucial importance of Emotional Intelligence skills in the workplace, Leslie, an audience member, came up to thank me and to express her excitement about the concepts of Emotional Intelligence.  “This all helps explain what is going on in our department!  As a manager, I now have a better understanding  of  the situation and how my own behaviors may be making it worse.  But now I need to know—what do I do about it!”

Unlike IQ, which probably can’t be improved much (especially as an adult), the skills of Emotional Intelligence (EQ or EI) can be improved for greater satisfaction, success, and well-being.  A healthy level of Emotional Intelligence among leaders and managers can positively affect a team, a department, and an entire organization.  Even better is providing opportunities for all employees to evaluate and improve their own EI skills.

How Can I Provide Emotional Intelligence Training to My Team?

It may seem the ideal situation to have plentiful time and resources to provide face-to-face, facilitated workshops to train leaders, managers, and employees.  And I have given many such workshops—of varying lengths–to a wide variety of teams and organizations.  But almost invariably I hear from participants that although the workshop or presentation was right on and provided great information:  “it would have been better if it could have been longer.”  People recognize how significant the skills of EI are in the workplace, and they understand that it can take some time to gain those skills.

So here at Emotional Intelligence Insights, we took on the challenge to create an interactive, engaging, informative, and useful course that is also affordable in terms of both time and capital.  The result is the online, on-demand course, Emotional Intelligence 101.  The course includes 7 online lessons (about 60 to 90 minutes each), that can be taken anywhere, anytime as long as you have access to the internet.  Emotional Intelligence 101 includes a brief self-assessment, an understandable introduction to the concepts of EI including the recent research in the neurosciences, provocative photos and videos, downloadable exercises, opportunities for interacting (with the facilitator and other course participants), and guided reflections for choosing among over 50 suggested ideas for improving Emotional Intelligence skills.

Leslie, the audience member who was excited about these ideas, decided to sign up her management team to take the course.  As they interact and learn together, they are expanding their own Emotional Intelligence, which will allow them to create a workplace environment that supports the success, the satisfaction, and the well-being of all employees.

Want to Learn More about Emotional Intelligence 101?

Is this a good fit for your organization?  The course is an amazing way to increase EI skills at your own pace and at your convenience.  Discounts are available for teams/groups of 8 or more, and you can choose the start date.  For a complete course outline and more information about Emotional Intelligence 101, see our website:  www.emotionalintelligenceinsights.com or contact us at kerr@bainbridge.net.  We’d love to help you and your team get started on a journey to greater Emotional Intelligence for greater success, satisfaction, and well-being.

Can we manage our emotions?


kidsCan you imagine yourself in this picture?  Use your imagination to enter this situation—hold this snake and feel its scales against your skin.  How would YOU feel in this moment? It’s pretty clear here that each of these snake handlers feels differently about the experience. 

Not everyone feels the same in a given situation.  Same situation, different feelings. You might try out a list of various situations (examples:  the car breaks down on the freeway, dear friends announce a divorce, you inherit a considerable sum from a distant relative)  with family or colleagues.  You may be surprised to find how differently people react to the same situation.
How can you increase this skill to honestly identify your feelings?  Remember, the reason for identifying your feelings is so that you can learn to manage  them.
There are over 4,000 words in the English language to describe feelings, but it takes practice to be honest with yourself and accurately identify how you feel. 
Being able to identify and describe feelings and emotions in the moment is a first step in achieving healthy sense of self-awareness—a foundational building block of strong emotional intelligence.  We refer to this as “emotional literacy.”   
Interested in learning more? 
If you liked this sample activity, you may be interested in enrolling in the online (anywhere, anytime) course:  Emotional Intelligence 101.   You can enroll as an individual, or you can bring a team or any group to the course so that you can learn together.  
To learn more about how to get started in Emotional Intelligence 101for greater success, satisfaction and well-being– go to our website:  www.emotionalintelligenceinsights.com