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by on February 6, 2018 at 12:09 pm

So the key to emotional intelligence is to develop your awareness of your emotions, then understand them, then how to manage them. Once you master this then you can better recognize and understand other’s emotions. We can then use this information to better manage ourselves, more effectively handle social situations, and improve the quality of our decisions.

EQ or emotional quotient is defined as a measure of a person’s adequacy in such areas as self-awareness, empathy, and dealing sensitively with other people. It is a factor in almost everything you say and do each day. It is now recognized as the most accurate determinate in performance (work and personal) as well as leadership excellence.

The good news is the EQ can be improved which will ultimately improve your performance and results. It is very difficult to excel in performance without EQ.  There is a high correlation between high EQ and Pay (performance.)

Here are ten ways you can quickly boost your EQ:

  1. Keep a Diary. A great way to get an accurate gauge of yourself is to keep a diary. Start by writing down what happened to you during the day, how it made you feel, and how you dealt with it. This will make you more aware of what you’re doing and will highlight where problems might be coming from.
  2. Analyze Your Decisions Before You Make Them. Before you make a decision, seek clarity. Determine the difference between your emotional responses and well thought out decisions with sound reasoning. By putting emotional and strategic thinking side by side you will slow down and devise a less emotional response to a situation.
  3. Improve Your Listening Skills. Practice by listening to what someone says then ask a question to confirm you understood what they said. Validate
  4. Greet People by His or Her First Name. Greeting someone by name is one of the most basic and effective social awareness strategies you can adopt. You are on a more personal basis. Learn a new person’s name each week and practice it until it’s in your memory.
  5. Resist the temptation to say or do the first thing that pops into your head. Pause when agitated. Self-management is all about managing your emotional reaction to people and events. Perceived as cool in crisis situations.
  6. Get rid of negative talk. Talk positively about yourself.
  7. Improve your empathy be becoming more aware of the needs and feelings of others. Use questions to find out more about other people and what they are feeling, and feedback to clarify that you have correctly understood their feelings.
  8. Work on building a relationship with different types of people (even those you don’t particularly like.) The stronger the bond or connection the easier it is to influence that person or convey your key points.
  9. Do an Honest Self-Evaluation. What are your weaknesses? What areas could you work on to make yourself a better person?
  10. Seek to Discover the Source of an Emotion. Emotions have reasons. In today’s fast-paced environment we often aren’t aware of our emotions or more especially their root causes. Take the time to notice an emotion and then try to discover its root cause. The more you understand your emotional responses the easier it will be to control or manage them.

Try these and let me know what your experience was and if they were helpful. Start today!

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