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Motivational Exercise: Turning a Bad Experience to a Good One

Motivational Exercise: Turning a Bad Experience to a Good One
Exercises, Motivation, Emotional Intelligence, Giving Feedback, Listening Skills

Article Rating:::: 27 Ratings :::: Monday, December 2, 2013

Use this exercise to motivate people and help them to view an experience differently. This exercise is fairly simple to execute and yet quite effective. The essence of the exercise is to show that even the most negative experiences can be quite educational and useful in the long run and that if one does not see the benefits, others might be able to see it and bring it to their attention. This exercise is also useful to practice improving emotional intelligence and empathising with others.

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Self-esteem Exercise: Accepting your Emotions

Self-esteem Exercise: Accepting your Emotions
Exercises, Assertiveness, Coaching, Emotional Intelligence, Self-esteem

Article Rating:::: 20 Ratings :::: Monday, August 6, 2012

All of us go through some experiences in life where we feel victimised or wronged. The negative emotions and feelings generated by these experiences can stay with us for a long time afterwards and make us feel overtly emotional, weak, stupid or even unworthy. One way to deal with this emotional baggage is to acknowledge it and take responsibility for it. The idea here is that sharing difficult experiences and the feelings generated by them will allow delegates to acknowledge them to another person and therefore more easily come into terms with them.

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Body Language Exercise: Guess the Initial Mood

Body Language Exercise: Guess the Initial Mood
Exercises, Body Language, Acting, Personal Impact, Emotional Intelligence

Article Rating:::: 61 Ratings :::: Monday, July 9, 2012

This exercise helps illustrate an important point on body language. As soon as we see a person, we read their body language quickly to establish their mood and we can be fairly good at this. The problem is that the mood of the interaction is then set from that point onwards and this can be contagious. This emotional contagion can then work against us as we may react with the same negative emotions even when there is no cause for it. The exercise helps people see this non-verbal phenomenon and increases their awareness. For example, this can help people at workplace to control their body language when interacting with colleagues and also helps them not to get affected by other people’s moods and emotions, thereby improving their relationships.

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Giving Feedback Exercise: Improve Your Self-Awareness

Giving Feedback Exercise: Improve Your Self-Awareness
Leadership, Exercises, Personal Impact, Emotional Intelligence, Giving Feedback

Article Rating:::: 21 Ratings :::: Monday, December 13, 2010

This is a simple exercise that anyone can use to measure his self-awareness. Simply think about answering a series of questions and through that become more aware of how you feel and how others feel about you.

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Emotional Intelligence Exercise: Increase Your Self-Awareness

Emotional Intelligence Exercise: Increase Your Self-Awareness
Exercises, Motivation, Goal Setting, Emotional Intelligence, Self-esteem

Article Rating:::: 139 Ratings :::: Monday, October 11, 2010

Knowing how we feel is part of our self-awareness. The more we are aware of our feelings, the better we can control our behaviours and understand those of others. This exercise helps delegates to become more aware of their emotions and learn to describe them. It also encourages them to think of ways to get to a target emotion, such as happiness.

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Emotional Intelligence Exercise: How to Control Crowd Contagion

Emotional Intelligence Exercise: How to Control Crowd Contagion
Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Emotional Intelligence, Brainstorming

Article Rating:::: 29 Ratings :::: Friday, September 10, 2010

The purpose of this exercise is to help delegates understand the concept of crowd contagion. This is particularly applicable to business meetings where emotional comments can easily lead to a suboptimal meeting. Crowd contagion captures the idea that emotions are contagious and if not controlled come to dominate a group meeting. If one person becomes angry, others are likely to become angry soon as the emotion is passed from one person to the next.

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Leadership Skills Exercise: How Controlling Are You?

Leadership Skills Exercise: How Controlling Are You?
Leadership, Exercises, Personal Impact, Emotional Intelligence, Appraisal

Article Rating:::: 30 Ratings :::: Monday, September 6, 2010

Some leaders seem to be too controlling. They want to exert their power and position on others to get them do what they want. On the other hand, some leaders seem to understand others and are much friendlier and open to new ideas. They seem to be much more logical and are viewed much more positively than those who are too controlling.

Research shows that those who are too controlling of others and their environment are usually insecure. Their insecurity is expressed by forcing others to comply and they see this as the only way to bring balance to their world.

This exercise helps delegates to become more aware of this concept and learn how to ask questions from themselves on how they treat others.

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Team Building Exercise: If You Knew...

Team Building Exercise: If You Knew...
Exercises, Team Building, Emotional Intelligence

Article Rating:::: 8 Ratings :::: Monday, August 30, 2010

This simple exercise allows team members to share important information about their life with each other. The aim is to gain a better understanding of why people behave in a certain way and to help putting team members' actions into perspective.

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Acting Exercise: Boost Performance Using Sensory Acting

Acting Exercise: Boost Performance Using Sensory Acting
Public Speaking, Exercises, Acting, Emotional Intelligence

Article Rating:::: 13 Ratings :::: Monday, August 23, 2010

The ability to act allows you to adopt different roles as you see fit. To be good at emotional intelligence, it is very important to understand emotions and be able to express appropriate emotions when needed, perhaps to sympathise with others or establish rapport.

We always recognise actors as those who are capable in presenting a range of emotions in their roles from sadness to happiness to anger. They seem to be able to switch from one emotion to the next at ease, while their facial expression shows every tiny detail for that emotion. How do they do it?

This exercise is based on classic acting exercises used in acting schools to increase students’ sensory awareness. Rather than asking students to cry, or to show some strong emotion, they are encouraged to think of all the sensory information present in any typical everyday activity. By becoming more aware of these sensory data, they can learn to improvise and imitate down to the tiniest detail.

For best results, you may need to give a pre-course assignment to delegates so they can prepare and rehearse for their acting which takes place during the course.

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Acting Exercise: Act Like an Actor

Acting Exercise: Act Like an Actor
Leadership, Public Speaking, Body Language, Acting, Emotional Intelligence

Article Rating:::: 67 Ratings :::: Monday, July 26, 2010

 

This is a useful exercise in acting. Use this exercise to help people adopt certain roles or learn how to imitate target behaviours. Acting and understanding how an ideal role feels like can help delegates to get to those targets. For example, being able to act like a manager can significantly help people to eventually become a manager. Not only acting like a manager helps the person to see what it takes to be a manager, others will start to respond appropriately and will be more receptive when that person is elevated to the managerial level. For example, what is the typical body language of a manager? What do they say and how do they say it? What signals show that they are confident in their role? What gestures do they use to reassure? How do they show their feelings indirectly to allow saving face?

This exercise helps with various useful roles provided as mission cards. You can use the exercise as a template for other useful roles or choose based on the content of your course.

 

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