Emotional Intelligence delivers real business smarts for the future - innovative workshop coming to Geelong
Emotional Intelligence 101
You might know your area of expertise back-to-front and be a leader in your field.
But it's not what you know but how you understand yourself and relate to others that will give you the winning edge at work and in your personal life.
The term Emotional Intelligence refers to how well individuals handle themselves and each other, and the good news is it can be learnt. Specialists in the field two passionate locals, Melanie Kearsey and Jo Surkitt will share their insights at a one-day workshop in Geelong this November.
"With technology changing the way so many industries do business, one thing that won't change is how highly developed emotional intelligence can turn managers into truly effective leaders and, workers into deeply engaged employees," the pair say.
Having worked closely with high profile clients such as Cotton On, BP and Vodafone, they have developed a program that includes their best tips and tricks to help participants develop their own skill set they can use both at work and in their personal life.
Melanie says that she and Jo developed the program based on the strong demand from local businesses, “Our corporate clients kept telling us similar things, they’d say; we want our team to get along better, we want people to communicate more effectively and improve employee engagement, we want people to be able to manage their emotional state and to feel less stressed. Jo and I heard loud and clear what our clients wanted to learn, and that’s why we’ve developed this program.”
Participants will learn how to manage how they think and feel, express themselves more assertively, navigate conflict, manage negative emotions, regulate their emotional state, and create positive personal habits and routines to boost time management and organisational skills.
Melanie and Jo will teach workshop participants how to manage stress, cope with fear & failure, develop meta-cognition strategies that involve noticing and managing your own thinking and developing skills to adopt more resourceful, constructive thinking and behaviours. Practical mindfulness, yoga and movement exercises will also be incorporated.
Managers will benefit from the course by learning how to increase employee engagement within the workplace as well as improving their ability to lead, inspire and influence people. The program aims to boost workplace productivity, improve individual and group behavior and performance, and lower staff stress and absenteeism. Anyone wanting to feel more optimistic, energised and motivated at work and in his or her personal pursuits will find the course valuable.
The Emotional Intelligence workshop will be held at the Novotel on Geelong's picturesque waterfront on 8th November. Participants will enjoy delicious meals from a menu designed by renowned nutritionist Michele Chevalley-Hedge.
They will leave the workshop armed with a wealth of material detailing the tools, techniques and exercises covered during the program.
Early bird bookings (before October 8) are on sale now Emotional Intelligence 101
Melanie has a passion for teaching people how to manage their mindset and helping others grow. She has a Bachelor of Business Management and is a Certified Professional Coach and Workplace Trainer and Assessor.
Melanie has delivered several Emotional Intelligence workplace training and corporate coaching programs for companies across the Geelong & Surf Coast region. Jayden Overall, a participant of the EI program she delivered for the Surf Coast Shire expressed his gratitude for being provided with the training.
“This was the most beneficial thing to improve our performance that we’ve ever been taught.”
Jo has a background in corporate health and has been working in the wellness industry for more than 18 years after working in busy and highly competitive corporate companies. After several serious illnesses and health issues she has fully recovered and is happier and healthier than ever. She runs a large range of professional development, wellness and lifestyle programs in the Geelong region to create a positive mindset and combat Stress and Burnout.
Sarah Jones from Vodafone had Jo run an emotional intelligence and positive psychology session for her team.
"The positive change in our workplace since then has been remarkable. Jo's teaching style is easy to embrace and simple to use in our every day life."
- Go for a walk even when the weather is really cold – your body has to work overtime to get warm and you may burn up to 50% more calories than you would on the same walk in summer! But remember, go a little slower until you get warm and keep up the hydration. Or even more fun and also energizing and a great winter exercise is to DANCE, anywhere, anyhow, with anyone!
- Try a herbal tea instead of choosing a cup of hot chocolate to keep yourself warm, especially ones that are immune boosting. Peppermint, Chai, Lemon balm, Ginger and Chamomile to name a few are all awesome immune boosting herbs.
- The cold air and indoor heaters can dry out your skin. Make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water each day and use moisturisers throughout winter.
- Buy some indoor plants to soften up the dry atmosphere caused through heating. Indoor plants give off moisture and oxygen and the colours will brighten up a dull day outside.
- Eat lovely slowed cooked meals, the food is easier to digest in a slow cooker and it’s warming and nourishing for the body.
- Do regular stretching, yoga postures or pilates to keep your muscles tone, strong and flexible in winter as they tend to shrink and stiffen in the winter months from less movement and the cold. For those that know some Brain Gym, Tai Chi or Qi Gong these are an awesome way to lift your vitality and energy in Winter.
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- Washing hands: Yep it sounds simple but it’s the number one way to stop the spread of germs in winter.
- Rest when possible. Regular sleep is essential to staying healthy. Don’t let yourself get run down. Those who aren’t well rested are more likely to get sick and it can take longer to get over the illness.
- Clean up any house mould. Mould can trigger nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, respiratory infections and worsen asthma and allergic conditions. So move your spring clean forward to autumn.
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This short and simple meditation will help you set a clear intention to create a fantastic 2016.
Today I am looking at Children and their Emotions. Are children more anxious or sensitive these days or are we more aware of how our kids are feeling and experiencing situations?
I have found Brain Gym exercises have been great with children of all ages to help with dealing with stress, learning difficulties, mental health programs, improving brain function, memory and concentration and so much more. I have found talking about the child's day and asking how they felt about certain things that they experienced, also drawing or writing about their feelings helps to release blocked emotions and anxieties. I have also found when children are getting frustrated or anxious a gentle head massage or holding your fingers gently on their forehead will often soothe, calm and refocus the child, they are then able to explain their emotions/feelings in a more productive way. A drink of water is another way to relax and calm a child (or adult) as the brain's electrical and chemical actions are facilitated by water and therefore improves concentration. Water enhances the brain's ability to be more efficient and effective when processing information and therefore will assist in mood fluctuations, anxiety and tantrums.
There is also a great program run by The Macquarie University in Sydney called' Cool Kids' since 1993 through their 'Centre for Emotional Health'. This skill based program includes topics:
* Learning about feelings and anxiety
* Detective thinking, and learning to think more realistically
* Ways that parents can help
* Fighting fear by facing fear (stepladders)
* Learning to solve a problem
* Building assertiveness and dealing with teasing
Image from Cool Kids website.
Another great resource for parents with children that may have anxious tendencies is called 'Don't think about Purple Elephants' written by Susan Whelan. Susan's daughter had suffered from anxiety from a young age but through activities, tools and games she was able to eliminate her fears and anxieties. http://purpleelephants.com.au/ Thanks to ABC All in the Mind for information.