This post is a continuation of the virtual training resource on Social Awareness for Emotional Intelligence which can be used as part of a management development session on emotional intelligence for first-line managers. You can read about the previous part of the session here.

In this part of the session, you will explore what social awareness looks like (and what it does not look like). To do this the participants will do an activity where they think about a person whom they believe has social skills and what that person does.

Then they will read some information about two people with a good level of social awareness.

Tell them that:

  • We’ve just reviewed what social awareness is, but we also want to discuss what social awareness looks like in practice.
  • I’m sure you all know people who have good social skills. People that make you feel comfortable in their presence and at the same time understand and connect to you.
  • I’m going to put you into small groups to think about such people and write down what they do that shows they have great social skills.
  • There is some information in your workbooks for this activity. It’s the part of your workbook titled – WHAT DOES THAT “SOCIALLY AWARE” PERSON DO?


Use the ‘breakout rooms’ feature to put them into small groups. No group should have more than four people. Give them 7-minutes for the activity.

When their time is up, stop them and bring everyone back to the main room.

Allow each group’s spokesperson to give their feedback and you should note down what they say.

When they finish presenting their feedback from the activity, type out a concise summary of what they said in the chat window and allow them to quickly read it in about 90-seconds.

After that thank them for doing the activity and let them know that before you start looking at some actions they can all take to develop their social awareness, you want to show them what some team members said about their manager who has a good level of social awareness.

Direct them to the section in their workbooks titled – WHAT DOES SOCIAL AWARENESS LOOK LIKE?


Give them 3-minutes to read the information there.

After they finish reading the information, ask them for any comments or questions regarding what they just read

Listen to any they have and respond appropriately.

After that let them know that you now want to share with them actions they can all take to improve their social awareness.

Move on to the next part of the session titled, Actions for social awareness.

The next post will deal with the part of the session which focuses on actions the participants can take to develop their social awareness.

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