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TRAINING SESSION – SELF-AWARENESS FOR EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE – REVIEW, REFLECT AND CLOSE
REVIEW, REFLECT, AND CLOSE
Display the slide titled – REVIEW.
Tell them that:
- During this session, we reviewed what self-awareness is.
- We also identified and explored six actions you can take to develop your own self-awareness.
- You had the opportunity to discuss some scenarios relating to self-awareness and even did a reflective activity that allowed you to think about how to apply the six actions
- Before we close the session, you will do one final reflective activity to help you think about what you are taking away from this session to apply in real life.
Display the slide titled – START – STOP – CONTINUE.
Direct them to the part of their workbooks titled – START – STOP – CONTINUE. Give them 6-minutes to read the information there and do the reflective activity.
WORKBOOK: START – STOP – CONTINUE
When the time is up, stop them and get everyone’s attention. Thank them for taking the time to do the reflective activity. Ask each participant to share at least one thing from their reflection
Listen to them without commenting or asking any questions.
After that, thank them for their participation and close the session.
This is the end of the session.
TRAINING SESSION – SELF-AWARENESS FOR EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE – LEROY AND THE SIX ACTIONS
Next, let them know that you want to go back to Leroy who you saw earlier. Ask them this question – how do you think Leroy may have used any of the six actions?
Tell them to put their answers in the chat window.
Give them 3-minutes to write down their answers. As they write their answers, read through them quietly, so you don’t distract them. After 3-minutes stop them and read out their answers so they can all hear. When you read out their answers make sure you acknowledge each person by name who wrote down an answer.
Tell them that you have one final case study activity for them to do which is about Abigail whom they would have met in a session on, understanding emotional intelligence.
Direct each participant to the section in their workbooks titled – ABIGAIL HAS CHANGED.
Let them know that they are going to have a group activity based on the information in that section of their workbook but first, you want each person to read the information.
Give them 5-minutes to read the information.
WORKBOOK – ABIGAIL HAS CHANGED
When they finish reading, split them into small groups (no group should have more than four people).
Tell them to do the activity in the section of their workbooks titled – HOW DID ABIGAIL DEMONSTRATE SELF-AWARENESS?
WORKBOOK – HOW DID ABIGAIL DEMONSTRATE SELF-AWARENESS?
Give them 7-minutes for the activity.
After 7-minutes stop them and bring everyone back to the main room. Thank them for doing the activity.
Let the spokesperson for each group present their answers. Listen to them without commenting or asking questions.
After that, thank them for doing the activity and ask for any comments or questions that they have.
Respond appropriately to any comments and/or questions.
Then move on to the final part of the session.
In the next part of the session, what was discussed will be reviewed and the participants will reflect on their learning and how they want to apply it.
TRAINING SESSION – SELF-AWARENESS FOR EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE – SIX ACTIONS FOR DEVELOPING OUR SELF-AWARENESS
In this part of the session, the participants will explore six actions they can take to develop their self-awareness. You will first share the actions with them briefly and then allow them to read about the actions. After that, you will do some activities to see how the actions may be used in practice.
Display the slide titled – ACTIONS FOR SELF-AWARENESS.
Tell them that they will have the opportunity to read about the six actions in more detail, but you want to share them first briefly.
Click on the slide once to display some information.
- The first action is that we should stop labeling our emotions as good or bad.
Click on the slide again to display the second action and let them know that:
- The second action is that we should not ignore uncomfortable feelings.
Click on the slide for the third time and tell them that:
- The next action is for us to keep a journal of our emotions.
Click on the slide again to display information. Say that:
- The fourth action is to be aware of our physical reactions to our emotions.
Click on the slide again and say that:
- The fifth action is for us to know our “people triggers”.
Click on the slide for a final time and tell them that:
- The last action is to ask people for feedback.
Now, direct each of them to the section in their workbooks titled – SIX ACTIONS FOR SELF-AWARENESS.
WORKBOOK – SIX ACTIONS FOR SELF-AWARENESS
Give them 5-minutes to read the information.
Afterward, let them know that you are going to do a reflective activity with them to help them think about how to use the six actions for their own self-awareness.
Direct each of them to the section in their workbooks titled – REFLECTING FOR SELF-AWARENESS.
WORKBOOK – REFLECTING FOR SELF-AWARENESS
Let them know that they will need a pen and somewhere to write or they can use the space in the workbook. You will be asking them a number of questions that will require them to reflect and write down their answers.
Make sure that they are ready and let them know that you are now going to start the reflective conversation with them. Read the following information to them slowly so they can hear and think about what you are saying.
- Think about an experience that made you feel uncomfortable and generated in you strong emotions.
- It could be a work situation or a personal one that involved somebody else.
- Write down that experience.
- Next, think about the experience again. What emotions and feelings did you experience. Write down the emotions?
- When you think about the feelings you had, the emotions you experienced. Were they good or bad emotions?
- Write down whether you saw them as good or bad?
- Now, let’s think about those emotions or feelings for a minute. Are they really bad or good? Or is it the experience or situation that you really think of as good or bad?
- The emotions are neither good nor bad. They are just a reflection of how you saw the situation. A good mindset at this point is not to see your emotions and feelings as good or bad. See them as just emotions and feelings giving you information and signals about the situation you are experiencing.
- When we label emotions and feelings as bad, we tend to avoid them and we won’t be able to recognise or understand them.
- Let’s think about something else? Did you have any feelings or emotions that made you feel uncomfortable in the situation?
- Think about those feelings and emotions for a minute.
- What made them uncomfortable? Write that down.
- Would you rather avoid feelings and emotions that make you uncomfortable?
- If you avoid them, you will not be able to recognise them. Sitting with uncomfortable feelings and trying to understand them helps your self-awareness and gives you the foundation to manage them appropriately.
- Think about those feelings again and think about other times you’ve had strong feelings. Can you recall how your body felt physically when you were experiencing those feelings and emotions?
- How was your body reacting when you felt angry, sad, happy, excited, successful, upset, disappointed, and anxious.
- Think about that and write down those physical sensations. Recognising how your body reacts when you have certain feelings means you can become aware of how you are feeling at certain points in time and in certain situations much easier.
- Think back to this situation or other situations in which your engagement with someone resulted in strong feelings like anger, defensiveness, anxiety, frustration, and so on.
- What precisely did the person do that made you feel that way? Was it their body language, was it their facial expression, was it the way they talked, or was it the specific words they used?
- What were the specific trigger points that generated those emotions in you? Think about them and write them down?
- Next, imagine you had the opportunity to reflect on your feelings and write them in a journal. What would that look like? Would your journal be a phone app or a book? When would you do it? Daily or at the end of the week or end of the month.
- Keeping a journal of your emotions helps you see yourself more clearly and understand your tendencies in certain situations and with specific people. It also serves as a reference for you to understand more about yourself.
- Finally, getting perspective from others about yourself is very important because our own view of ourselves is often tainted by our experiences, beliefs, and moods.
- Others can help you see what you can’t see about yourself in a more objective.
- Think about your circle of relationships, in and out of work. Who are you comfortable asking for honest feedback? Write that down.
- Whoever you ask should be someone you can trust to give you honest feedback in a respectable way that does not put you down.
- Take another 2-minutes to think about this reflection activity and how it will increase your self-awareness.
After 2-minutes thank them for doing the reflective activity and ask them for any comments and or questions. It’s not necessary for them to respond.
In the next part of the session, the participants will revisit the case of Leroy to discuss how he might have used some of the six actions.
TRAINING SESSION – SELF-AWARENESS FOR EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE – INTRODUCTION
Self-awareness is about understanding our emotions and their impact on ourselves and others. It is the first and foundational component that is necessary for developing emotional intelligence. In this session, participants will explore some actions they can take to develop their self-awareness so they can become more emotionally intelligent.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
- describe six actions they can take to develop their self-awareness, and
- demonstrate two of the actions immediately.
- Read through all the resources (facilitation guide, workbook, and presentation) to understand how they all work together to deliver the session.
Participants should know what emotional intelligence is. They should also know what the four components of emotional intelligence are.
PARTICIPANTS GROUP SIZE
Up to 16 people
INTRODUCE THE SESSION
Introduce the session by sharing the learning objectives with them. Display the slide titled – LEARNING OBJECTIVES.
After displaying the slide, tell them that:
- We know that self-awareness is one of the four core behaviours of emotional intelligence.
- In this session, we are going to look at self-awareness in more detail.
- Specifically, we will identify six actions we can take to develop our self-awareness to help us improve our emotional intelligence.
Ask them for any questions and/or comments about what you just said. Listen to any they have and respond appropriately.
Then move on to the first part of the session which is, ‘Reviewing Self-Awareness.’
The next part of the training session will review what self-awareness is.
SIX ACTIONS FOR DEVELOPING YOUR SELF-AWARENESS
Self-Awareness (read about it here) is a core component of emotional intelligence. You cannot improve your level of emotional intelligence without improving and developing your self-awareness. Here are six actions you can take to start developing your own self-awareness.
WHAT IS SELF-AWARENESS?
Self-awareness is the first building block of emotional intelligence (EI) considered to be the foundational component which all the other components of EI rely on. Without developing a good level of self-awareness we cannot be emotionally intelligent. Today’s leadabyte describes what self-awareness is.
VIRTUAL TRAINING ACTIVITY – WHAT IS SELF-AWARENESS?
Self-awareness is about understanding our emotions and their impact on ourselves and others. It is the first and foundational component that is necessary for developing emotional intelligence. This session will focus on exploring what self-awareness is and what self-awareness behaviour looks like.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
- describe what self-awareness is
- recognize what self-awareness behaviour looks like
THIS WEEK’S LEADABYTES
Leadabytes are bite-sized lessons on personal leadership and management development. This week’s leadabytes will focus on emotional intelligence, particularly the four necessary behaviours for developing emotional intelligence listed below:
- Social awareness
- Relational management
The first leadabyte on the topic that will be shared tomorrow is titled, ‘What is self-awareness?’ Look out for it.