During our meeting on Wednesday, the theme was about Emotional Intelligence (EI). EI is the act of recognizing your own emotion and those of others, discerning the differences, and labelling them appropriately in a given situation. Using such knowledge to the advantage of the individual is crucial to success in office and home environments.
Women L.E.A.D. Toastmasters member, Lakshmi Sridhar presented tonight’s leader profile. Dr. Sunlee from Irvine Unified School district has exhibited all the qualities of empathy and understanding kids’ problems in these difficult covid times.
Another Member Su Jin Kim’s speech, “What I Learned by Letting Go of My Plan,” taught us the benefit of embracing the unknown and letting go of your plan. Sujin described using her daughter’s plan of using lego bricks to make something and it changed, when her daughter refused to share her block.
Sashi shared with us the “East to West” story of her career change from being a dentist to an information technology practitioner. Her expressions beautifully captured all the emotions of her story.
We also learned how resilience is a great personality trait that few of us practice in everyday life. Member Myrna illustrated this story in her ice breaker speech where she detailed her mother’s journey from Puerto Rico to the US, surviving with “no money, no English, and no skills.” She displayed a coffee grinder, a spice grinder and an aluminum pot for carrying water which were used by her mom while growing up on her farm. Myrna then shared with us the winsome story of how her mother regained all that she had lost in her second journey to the States.
During our Table Topics portion of the meeting, our guests shared interesting examples of emotional intelligence from their covid and childhood experiences.
Studies done by Daniel Goleman in his book Emotional Intelligence have shown that people with higher EI have shown better mental health, leadership capabilities, and equanimity in stressful situations.
In the book – Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, it is mentioned that the question, “How are you today?” is the basic question that makes people delve into their emotional core and respond to situations. It is a form of expressing empathy in the most intimate form.
How many times have we felt this?
Women LEAD Toastmasters encourages participants to develop a high Emotional Quotient when dealing with stressful situations.
Please join us in the upcoming workshops:
- Wednesday, March 10th 7pm PST “How to overcome self doubt?”
- Friday March 12th, 12-1pm PST, “How to get the most out of mentorship?”
— written by VP of Membership, Priya Shastri