In this video, you’ll learn how to use your senses to build an intuitive picture of the situation and people around you, enabling you to enhance your social awareness.
- [Narrator] Have you ever, intuitively, felt like you were in a dangerous situation? Or have you walked into a new place and immediately felt at home? Like it's your kind of place? How does this happen? The chances are, you're subconsciously processing information you've gathered from your senses to build an intuitive picture. You're subconsciously using your social awareness. How does social awareness fit into the model of emotional intelligence? Well let's just take a step back.
Self-awareness is about understanding your own emotions and character, which is essential if you want to enhance your emotional intelligence. But, equally as important, is building your social awareness, which is the ability to understand others, and to respond to their needs. It's about being aware of what's going on around you, and understanding other people's feelings. Building your social awareness is important.
As this is where you focus on taking what you've learned about how you process emotions, and apply that to the world around you to create collaborative and successful relationships. It's a logical step-by-step process. Step one is thinking about your own self-awareness, with an internal focus. Which means looking inward and considering what's going on within your head. Once you've started to master developing that area, step two is to develop your social awareness.
Shifting the focus from internal reflection to an outward, external observation. Thinking about how you interact with others. There are simple techniques you can adopt and skills you can hone with practice that will help you to develop your social awareness. The first place to start is with your senses. And in particular, using your senses to learn more about the world and people around you. This probably sounds like a very simple suggestion, perhaps even too obvious.
But you'd be surprised at how little notice we pay to our senses and what they tell us about social scenarios. Particularly in pressurized situations, or if we're busy or stressed. Think about you use your senses in situations. Do you notice details about events going on around you and other people? Of course, some of us are naturally more detail-orientated than others. But that actually doesn't make too much difference here. You automatically use your senses all day, every day.
The question really, is how much of this information do you pay attention to? Initially, it's helpful to use your senses to notice what's going on around you. What do you see, feel, hear? At this stage, you're gathering information. Learning to pay attention to the details of your surroundings, whether that be noticing facial expressions and body language, or hearing specific tones in people's voices. Once you become proficient at this, you can start to piece the information together to get an idea of what people are thinking, and the dynamics between people.
Often when we describe people as intuitive, this is the process we're describing. A lot of this technique is about taking notice. Quite often the information is there in front of us, but we're juggling so many demands, priorities, emotions, thoughts, feelings. It can take a bit of practice to step outside of ourselves and our own thoughts and immerse ourselves in our surroundings. How do you use your senses in social situations? Are you good at picking up on social cues and what's going on around you? Would people describe you as intuitive? Take some time to access your social awareness, and think about how you can increase this.
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- What is emotional intelligence?
- Watching for triggers and hijacks
- Finding flow
- Disrupting thinking
- Reclaiming reaction time
- Shifting perspective
- Listening and communicating
- Playing to strengths
- Collecting feedback
- Aligning intention and impact