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Would you like to better connect with others in social settings? Or maybe just better communicate with your kids? What if you knew how to handle that difficult person at work? Or knew how to politely but firmly say 'no thank you' without worrying about hurting the person‘s feelings? And the grand Pooh Bah – what if you had a way to not let anyone push your buttons? If you remained calm and collected in stressful situations and never let your emotions get the best of you?

Each of the situations can be addressed successfully by using emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the art and science of effectively using emotions in your personal and professional lives. There are four major components to emotional intelligence:

Self-awareness - knowing what you’re feeling and why you are feeling it, and how you are showing up to others (for example, realizing you are afraid of rejection instead of just shutting down and avoiding the situation)

Self management - navigating challenging emotions for positive outcomes (talking yourself through that fear of rejection and forging ahead)

Social awareness - recognizing others emotions (reading verbal and nonverbal cues to know if someone is on board with what you are saying or not)

Relationship management - using social awareness to manage interactions effectively (modifying your approach so others remain open to and not triggered by your words or actions)

This group is intended to create a safe space for adults to have meaningful conversations about life. If talking about the E word (emotion) makes you uncomfortable, consider this: neuroscience has proven a direct relationship between emotions and behavior, and it shows that all our decisions all have an emotional root. Since we make about 60,000 decisions every day, would you like to understand how to your emotions are playing a role in your life?

While we have no specific age requirements to join our group, most of our members are in their 40's and 50's. Anyone with a positive outlook and a healthy interest in personal growth is encouraged to join us. Please join us if you are interested in learning how to better connect with yourself and others and navigate your personal and professional lives.

Special Note: To maximize quality group participation, the event size is generally limited to 15. Because there is often a wait list for our events, we request a 48 hour notice if you discover you cannot attend - whether you are on the attending or wait list. This gives those on the wait list a chance to join us. Canceling in less than 48 hours will result in a No Show. Each member gets three No Shows or three opportunities to keep their membership in a twelve month period. And because we usually have people on the wait list, we don't accept drop ins on the day of the meetup, even if there is space. That would be unfair to those who took the time to RSVP and join the wait list. Thank you for understanding and respecting our policy.

We hope you'll join us and look forward to seeing you at an event soon!

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How Will You Show Up in 2019?

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A key emotional intelligence component is self-reflection and a great time to do that is at the beginning of a new year. Join us as we consider how we showed up in 2018 and how we may want to show up differently in 2019, whether in our work relationships or our personal relationships. We will ponder questions like: • What is one thing you will do differently in 2019 than you did last year and why? • Which relationships do you want to strengthen this year and why? • How do you want to get out of your own way this year? • By this time next year, what do you want to have achieved with respect to your relationships? • Who do you really want to be this year? The underlying focus of all the questions will be emotional intelligence and how you can use more of it while modifying your behaviors. Please come prepared to give thoughtful consideration to how you’ve been showing up. As always, please respect the Cancellation/No Show Policy which is to check the site 48 hours before the meetup and make sure your RSVP is accurate. If you are on the attending list and plan to attend, you need not do anything. If you are on the attending or wait list and cannot attend, please update your RSVP to Not Going. Failure to do so will result in a No Show. Three No Shows are you can no longer RSVP. Thank you.

Do You Have the Courage to Be Your Authentic Self?

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Have you ever wondered what people would think if they saw the real you? The unabashed, unfiltered, unconcerned about appearances you? I’m not talking about ramming that person in front of you who just cut you off in traffic (although it would feel so good!) Nor am I talking about telling your ex just what a pain in the butt they really were. And I’m not insinuating we go out in public looking like we do first thing in the morning before a shower. I’m talking about giving yourself permission to be the real you….all of you. Authenticity is an emotional intelligence competency that most of us seek in our relationships. We want someone to be genuine and real, but are we daring enough to be authentic ourselves? My guess is, as you read this you are thinking, “of course I am authentic.” But is there a part of you that isn’t being fully expressed? I’ve recently discovered there is a little part of me that has gone unexpressed, which means I have not been truly authentic even to myself. (I will share the details at the meetup.) Perhaps I have been afraid of what people will think if they see the real me, or maybe I’ll be judged or not accepted….or heaven forbid…seen as not enough! I had to face those fears and be willing to let my complete self shine through. This discussion will not be for the faint of heart. You will be challenged to search yourself, to be vulnerable, and to be honest about who you are being. Please do NOT RSVP to attend this event if you plan to come and just observe or learn from others or enjoy the social time. You can certainly do all those things – in addition to participating fully. And if you think you are already fully expressing yourself, please skip this event and sign up for the next topic. There is a ‘price of admission’ for this meetup. You must bring a photo of yourself that reveals the real essence of who you are in your heart. It can be a photo of you at any age but it must capture who you are and/or who you want to be again. Join us for this discussion and learn how to wrestle those little fears to the ground and give yourself permission to be your whole and authentic self. If you RSVP, please respect the 48-hour cancellation policy by updating your RSVP to Not Going if you can't attend - regardless of whether you are on the attending or the wait list.

Do You Have the Courage to Be Your Authentic Self?

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Have you ever wondered what people would think if they saw the real you? The unabashed, unfiltered, unconcerned about appearances you? I’m not talking about ramming that person in front of you who just cut you off in traffic (although it would feel so good!) Nor am I talking about telling your ex just what a pain in the butt they really were. And I’m not insinuating we go out in public looking like we do first thing in the morning before a shower. I’m talking about giving yourself permission to be the real you….all of you. Authenticity is an emotional intelligence competency that most of us seek in our relationships. We want someone to be genuine and real, but are we daring enough to be authentic ourselves? My guess is, as you read this you are thinking, “of course I am authentic.” But is there a part of you that isn’t being fully expressed? I’ve recently discovered there is a little part of me that has gone unexpressed, which means I have not been truly authentic even to myself. (I will share the details at the meetup.) Perhaps I have been afraid of what people will think if they see the real me, or maybe I’ll be judged or not accepted….or heaven forbid…seen as not enough! I had to face those fears and be willing to let my complete self shine through. This discussion will not be for the faint of heart. You will be challenged to search yourself, to be vulnerable, and to be honest about who you are being. Please do NOT RSVP to attend this event if you plan to come and just observe or learn from others or enjoy the social time. You can certainly do all those things – in addition to participating fully. And if you think you are already fully expressing yourself, please skip this event and sign up for the next topic. There is a ‘price of admission’ for this meetup. You must bring a photo of yourself that reveals the real essence of who you are in your heart. It can be a photo of you at any age but it must capture who you are and/or who you want to be again. Join us for this discussion and learn how to wrestle those little fears to the ground and give yourself permission to be your whole and authentic self. If you RSVP, please respect the 48-hour cancellation policy by updating your RSVP to Not Going if you can't attend - regardless of whether you are on the attending or the wait list.

Learn to Recognize an Introvert vs an Extrovert

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Did you know that information travels a different path in an introvert’s brain than in an extrovert’s? The physiological differences in how their brains work results in major differences in how they process information, respond to stimulation, re-energize, etc. How does this relate to emotional intelligence? Knowing your own tendencies is self-awareness and recognizing others’ tendencies relates to social awareness. Being able to navigate social interactions using that information is self and relationship management. And empathizing with where someone is coming from has tremendous benefits in relationship building. But how does that relate to me? (you ask) We take our natural behaviors for granted, often forgetting that others may find them odd or confusing. For example, the introvert may go quiet in a conversation, taking time to think and process. This silence can be quite unnerving for an extrovert who likes to keep the conversation flowing. Or the extrovert may keep talking to the point that the introvert gets drained by all the stimulation and retreats by getting quiet or even walking away – leaving the extrovert wondering what the heck happened. Which of these resonates most with you? Join us as we discuss the surprising signals you may be unknowingly sending and how it's affecting your interactions. Plus, learn how to recognize someone is an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert (a little of both) and how to modify your behaviors to make the most of your interactions. It could be the difference in getting the date, the appointment or the job. If you RSVP to attend, please respect the 48-hour cancellation policy and update your RSVP to Not Going if you cannot attend, whether you are on the attending or wait list.

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