What Is EQ, and Why Does It Matter?
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) can be defined as a set of social and emotional skills that help us function effectively.
Skills such as empathy, flexibility, and optimism were once belittled in the business world. Today, however, we know that these EQ skills, and others, play a major role in the success of individuals, organizations, and teams.
We also know that these skills can be developed.
It Starts with an EQ Assessment
There are many EQ instruments on the market, but my favorite — the one I’m certified to administer and coach on — is EQ-i 2.0.
I love that EQ-i 2.0 is:
- A common-sense approach that quantifies how you relate to yourself and others, but also measures daily survival skills like decision-making and stress management.
- A practical approach that includes actions you can take to develop a skill (if you’d like more of it), or balance a skill, if you want more… balance!
It’s All About What Works for You
Another thing I love about EQ-i 2.0 coaching is that it’s not one-size fits all.
Instead of assuming that more, more, more of a skill is always better, this approach recognizes that you can take a skill too far — like when self-awareness becomes naval-gazing, or social responsibility becomes martyrdom — or rely too much on one skill to the detriment of others.
Who decides how well these skills are working for you, and whether to build up a particular skill or balance it?
That’s how I approach public speaking coaching, too — not by trying to turn you into Oprah, Tony Robbins, or the latest TED talk celebrity, but by helping you build the skills you want to build… balance the skills you want to smooth out… and understand yourself and your audience… so that you can become the version of YOU that you want to be.