EQ-i 2.0

Exciting news for the Momentum team – we are currently upgrading our skills and will soon be offering Emotional Intelligence training using the EQ-i 2.0 method. To learn more about this tool, please click here:  http://www.eitrainingcompany.com/emotional-intelligence/ 

Interested in learning about your own emotional intelligence ratings and how you can further develop your skills in a meaningful way? Contact us today to register for our one-day course on May 6, 2016. Space is limited.

An ENFJ’s Struggles with Myers Briggs

I admit it, the thought of being defined by 4-letters didn’t sit well with me.  I had been co-facilitating a Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment a year ago and hadn’t really come to peace with the results of my personality ‘type’ then.  This past March, I decided to feed my curiosity about this MBTI stuff and enrolled in a practitioners training course.  You can imagine my hesitance sitting in the training session and being given a name tag to wear that had my name printed on it and underneath my name, the four letters that were the result of my online assessment – ENFJ. 

If you’re not familiar with MBTI, the idea behind this theory is that the MBTI instrument was developed by Isabel Myers and Katherine Briggs as an application of Carl Jung’s theory of psychological types.  This theory suggests that we have opposite ways of gaining energy (Extraversion or Introversion), gathering or becoming aware of information (Sensing or Intuition), deciding or coming to a conclusion about that information (Thinking or Feeling), and dealing with the world around us (Judging or Perceiving).  It is assumed that you use each of these eight parts of your personality but prefer one in each area, just as you have a natural preference for using one hand rather than the other.  No preference is better or more desirable than its opposite. 

During the week-long training, the facilitator guided us through the world of type and preference.  I was concerned when after the first day, it appeared that I had yet to jump aboard the MBTI train with this theory in the way that many of my colleagues had with their expressed admiration and enthusiasm for this tool.  I had even approached the instructor to warn him that I was still yet ‘to drink the Kool-Aid’.  I was amazed at his nonchalant response and somewhat put off by his confidence in the tool when he remarked, “you’ll get there”. 

I lost sleep about this tool.  I phoned family members and friends to get their perspectives on ‘type’ and ‘innate preferences’.  I showed up on Day 2 even more confused and skeptical.  And then Day 3 came along and it all sunk in.  Somewhere between the interviews of our results and discussions about who I am and how I approach life, I realized that I am an ENFJ – and that doesn’t define or limit me.  It somehow, liberated me.  It was a week of delving into myself, swimming upside down a bit and then following the bubbles to the surface.  It was a frustrating, sleep-depriving week of self-discovery that I look forward to walking others through should they allow me the honour of helping them identify their MBTI preference to not only become aware of their own particular style but to also better understand and appreciate the helpful ways that people differ from one another.

Public Speaking

In a week from today, I will be facilitating a two-day workshop on public speaking, hosted by Aurora College at the Yellowknife campus.

We will be covering a lot of ground together and peeling away the layers of what makes a speaker captivating and engaging. 

I encourage you to think back to a speaking engagement you have attended that really grabbed you and pulled you into the message.  What was it about that speaker?  Was it their eye contact?  Was it the subject matter?  Was it the tone and cadence of their voice?  Most likely, it was their passion and enthusiasm that hooked you – and all the other skills are the gravy on top.  Passion, enthusiasm and authenticity are the foundational cornerstones to any good presentation.  The challenge is then to consider how to infuse those qualities into your presentation, which we will be building on together in next week’s course.

I look forward to working with next week’s participants and will post a follow up on what key learnings were surfaced from our time together.