Are you still looking for the perfect New Year’s Resolution? Try raising your EQ! No gym membership or exercise required. Just 3 easy steps to improve your emotional intelligence and up your Emotional Quotient. And if you’re wondering “what the heck is EQ?”, here’s a quick primer. According to Harvard theorist Howard Gardner, “Your EQ is the level of your ability to understand other people, what motivates them and how to work cooperatively with them.” These abilities can be enhanced through improv training and by applying these 3 tips to your daily life and work.
1) Listening & Observing – The next time you have a conversation with someone, listen closely to what they are saying and watch their nonverbal body language. The more you do this, the better you’ll get at understanding other people’s emotions.
2) Know Your Triggers – Pay attention to situations that cause you to have a certain stress emotion. Just being self-aware of these triggers will help you manage your own emotions at work or home.
3) Watch Your Self-Talk – How many negative words do you say to yourself each day? Replace those with positive words and you’ll see a big shift in your attitude and emotional state.
Did you know that people with high EQs make better managers? Give this Fast Company article a quick read to find out how emotionally intelligent your boss is. And pick up a few tips on how you can improve your own management skills.
Improv your EQ with DuMore Improv! Allison is heading to California this week to teach Improv & Emotional Intelligence at UC Berkeley. If you think your team could use an EQ boost, contact us to book a session for your group. It’s a great way to get in the right frame of mind for 2014.
P.S. The Muppets are pros at Emotional Intelligence.