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« 2. Develop emotional intelligence: Set your clock »

Written by Rachel Green, Director, The Emotional Intelligence Institute.

There are many different activities adults can engage in to develop their emotional intelligence and EQ.

Most of us have not grown up in emotionally intelligent societies, schools or families and thus our potential emotional intelligence has seldom developed to its fullest.

Therefore, we will present a series of emotional intelligence activities for adults that can make a difference.

If you are designing an EQ program for yourself or your team at work these are activities you can add.

Various articles will cover a small selection of the hundreds of activities available. This one will help you develop the first emotional intelligence competency on the Genos emotional intelligence model: Emotional self-awareness. 

What is your EQ? How aware are you of your own emotions? 

A high level of emotional intelligence in this area would mean that you would consistently know how you were feeling, not just at the end of the day when you fell into bed exhausted, but throughout each day. This activity will therefore help you to know how you are feeling. 

Emotional intelligence activity: Set your clock

Stop and ask yourself "How am I feeling?" Make this a regular activity so you get used to stopping and finding out how you are feeling.

It may help you at first to set an alarm on your phone or computer, to remind you to do this every hour. At first, setting up reminders will help you do it frequently and regularly, even in a busy day, and not just when you remember.

After a time, this may become more automatic for you.

Make it a habit to ask yourself "How am I feeling?".

By increasing your awareness of your feelings and emotions you increase your ability to self-reflect, and to understand the emotional drivers of your behaviour. Self-reflection is a typical activity of people with high emotional intelligence.

What is your EQ? How sophisticated is your emotional self-awareness?

Develop your emotional intelligence skills, now

There is so much that you can do to develop your emotional intelligence. If you'd like yourself or your team to enhance your emotional intelligence skills, the E.I. Institute has a number of options to help you:
  1. There are top quality CDs, books and DVDs, including the very practical 2 DVD program: "How to develop emotional resilience and manage your emotions".
  2. There is a series of advanced emotional intelligence master-classes.
  3. There are high energy, interactive and practical emotional intelligence workshops. An excellent one to begin with is "Mastering emotional intelligence".
  4. There is a dynamic keynote speech "High on emotional intelligence" which enables you to present the key concepts of emotional intelligence to your whole workforce in one go, at your annual conference or PD day.
  5. There is superior, skills-based, 1-1 emotional intelligence coaching.

For more details or to make a booking e-mail us now or pick up the phone and call us.