Monthly Archives: April 2015

Increasing Social Awareness: A Coach’s Winning Strategy in Sport

Emotional awareness consists of four essential domains. These domains include:

  • ​Self Awareness
  • Self Regulation
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Management
Athletes who are aware of their emotions are more likely to be able to efficiently regulate emotions in a way which increases performance. Therefore, it is important to understand each separate domain, so that athletes may be strategic on how to increase overall emotional intelligence and performance. One specific domain which may be enhanced is that of social awareness.

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Emotional Intelligence: Social Awareness

Each week for 4 weeks, Dr. Kamphoff is discussing the concept of emotional intelligence on 93.1 with TJ and Lisa.  The 1st week, they discussed the first component of emotional intelligence, self-awareness.  The 2nd week, they discussed the component of self-management.  This week they discussed social awareness being the third component of emotional intelligence. To learn more, you can read Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves.

Below is a summary of the interview on 93.1 with TJ and Lisa.

The 3rd component of emotional intelligence: Social Awareness

What is social awareness?  It’s the ability to accurately pick up on the emotions of others and understand what’s going on.

You will know when someone is being socially aware with you when it seems like they can “read your mind”, or they know exactly what you need. Certain things you can begin pick up on to enhance your social awareness are: people’s posture, body language, tone of voice, and facial expressions.  It’s really important in this day and age to enhance social awareness because there are so many distractions.

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4 Tools to increase your Social Awareness

Social awareness can be defined as a tool to effectively handle relationships; if you are socially aware, you are aware of others’ feelings and thoughts.

As people, it is hard enough to be self-aware, understanding our own thoughts and feelings enough to “get out of our own way”, and choose how to react to things, and what we say. But understanding others’ feelings and thoughts? That can be even more difficult.

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Ignite Energy in Your Life!

On April 17th, 2015 staff from The Center for Sport and Performance Psychology attended the Women’s Coaches Symposium at the University of Minnesota. The symposium hosted a variety of keynote speakers, including author, public speaker, and mental and energy coach, Linda LeClaire. Linda LeClaire spoke on how coaches can ignite energy in athletes, as well as how individuals may increase confidence in their daily life.

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Self-Management 101

The previous article we touched on discussed self-awareness. This is essentially being able to recognize your thoughts and emotions in the moment, and understand how they impact your daily life. The first step to self-management really is determined by how aware you are with your emotions. Without awareness no change is possible. Self-management is your ability to respond to a situation in a way that helps you to be more successful. Self-management is all about execution and action. This topic is about how much you have learned through being aware, and how you respond when similar situations arise. Continue reading