Welcome to the PFP Newsletter! Each month we provide our members with updates on the latest news in EQ, highlight a piece of EQ thought leadership and inform about upcoming PFP events.
PFP’s SantaCause1 Update
The PFP team is excited to announce sponsorship and further details about the SantaCause1 Fundraiser benefitting Make-a-Wish of Eastern NC:
Beer (Brewery Bhavana), Wine (The Wine Shop) and multi-course food spread (Cafe Luna) is included in the ticket cost.
We have also gathered awesome silent auction and raffle items thanks to our sponsors, which will only be accessible to those in attendance.
Some examples include NCSU FB and MBB athletic experiences, a private golf outing with Chesson Hadley, beach house rentals, The Umstead hotel and spa experience, Washington Duke Inn stay and golf package, guided fly fishing excursion with gear fitting included and salon/spa packages for the ladies in your life.
PFP has committed to granting one full wish for a local child along with additional proceeds going to Make-a-Wish. This is a chance to have a great time and support a wish for a local child in need.
Be sure to tune into Adam & Joe on 99.9FM the Fan on Wed. Nov 14th, Fri. Nov 30th and Fri. Dec 7th for your chance to win 2 free tickets to the event!
PFP Dallas Kick-Off Highlights
PFP’s President, Devin Williams and new Regional Chair for TOLA, Chris Amaefule, recently spent a fast paced day meeting with like-minded professionals in the Dallas area.
From morning coffee meetings, an eye opening lunch and learn, to a fantastic turn out of impressive individuals at PFP’s first-ever Dallas networking event, it was an incredible day for PFP.
The leadership team would like to collectively thank everyone in the Dallas area who spent their personal time meeting with us and collaborating on ways to introduce a high EQ professional network to the area.
Chris and team are excited to get started and the momentum coming out of the kick-off day is phenomenal.
EQ Article of the Month
Do you have what it takes to be a leader?
Leading with Emotional Intelligence, Agility And Emotional Bonding by
Melinda Fouts, Ph.D. CommunityVoice
Original Article on Forbes:
Exploring the world of Emotional Intelligence is without a doubt, incredibly rewarding. And yes, you can make huge leaps in your own EQ with guided and focused practice; no PhD’s required.
However, where many people quit or fall short on their EQ journey is around self reflection and awareness. You see, to explore the development of your Emotional Intelligence is also to explore one’s self and how the world sees and responds to you.
This can be terrifying and excruciating for many.
Dr. Melinda Fouts, Ph.D. released a great article with Forbes.com on “Leading with Emotional Intelligence, Agility and Emotional Bonding” in which she asks her readers to consider some tough internal questions about their desire and ability to lead.
One of PFP’s core missions is to influence our communities by helping to develop and place high EQ leaders in regions we are chaptered. But, to be a true EQ leader you must first take a hard look at yourself.
Some of the questions Dr. Fouts poses for those wanting to be a high EQ leader:
• Why do you want to be a leader?
• What are your ideals?
• What is your purpose in life?
• What are your strengths and contributions?
• What are your best qualities?
• What are your great leadership qualities?
• What is your overall mission in your life?
• What is the mission behind what motivates you to do what you do?
Wow, “What is your purpose in life?” Some of these questions are a punch-in-the-gut for many of us BUT SO WORTH THE REFLECTION.
PFP’s President, Devin Williams, frequently coaches sales teams on methodologies, best practices, skills, etc. He talks regularly about the single-biggest challenge his partners and client’s face in unlocking their true potential; the willingness to take a long hard look in the mirror. How can we grow if we don’t understand where we are starting from?
INSERT SHAMELESS SELF-ADVERT: At PFP, we have created a community of individuals, although all at different mile-markers on their EQ journey, who share in the goal to better themselves and their communities around them through Emotional Intelligence, among other things. Community is a powerful thing and it helps to cultivate truth, objectivity and the will to overcome.
We agree with Dr. Fouts in her position on where to start your EQ journey; understand where you are today, so you can map your path to your goals. Begin with an EQ assessment. Here are a few places to start.
If you want to take the next step on your EQ self-assessment and network with other’s on the same journey, reach out to our Head of Member Services, Jon Sousa @ Jon@peoplefirstprofessionals.org or at https://www.peoplefirstprofessionals.org/volunteer/
PFP Raleigh Lunch and Learn
EQ Exercise of the Month
“Music and Media”
Looking to take some small EQ steps on your own or just need help on good starting exercises for improved EQ?
Use Music and Media to help recognize emotions in yourself
Many of us struggle to accurately, especially in the moment, recognize our own emotions. If you agree, try looking outside yourself at music, movies, books, podcasts, etc for guidance.
What do we mean? Next time a certain song lyric moves you more than normal or a situation/character in a movie strikes you, or the emotions pouring forth in a book tug at your heart, take notice. Pause and use this emotional muse like a mirror into your own mind and start exploring how you are feeling and why you might be feeling that way.
Whether by mental note, or even better, journal entry; think hard about why you are being drawn to that specific music/media moment. Its probably because you are empathizing with the character or artist and their thoughts and feelings parallel your own.
Deep diving into these moments can be quite powerful and help expose both deep-routed and surface emotions.
Now that you have identified your emotions, you are improving your Self-Awareness, a huge component of EQ.
If you want to go a step further and start to explore what to do with this knowledge, PFP always recommends starting with "Emotional Intelligence 2.0" by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves.
“Emotional Intelligence 2.0” is a complete guide to assess where your EQ is today and provides easy to consume exercises you can employ to advance in the areas of EQ with the greatest impact to you personally.
Each book comes with the world's "most popular EQ test" to uncover the areas where you need the most improvement. The book then matches specific exercises you can employ based on the test scores. Your purchase also includes a 2nd license for the EQ test, so you can measure your progress after employing some of the exercises.
If you really want to improve your EQ, we at PFP have found "Emotional Intelligence 2.0" to be the most comprehensive and easiest to use self-learning guide for EQ improvement.
You can buy a copy here: http://www.talentsmart.com/products/emotional-intelligence-2.0/
The Emotional Intelligence 2.0 Book is a core component of any new member’s education and on-boarding into the organization.