7 Strategies For Building EQ Through Laughter

Do you ever find yourself stuck, unable to accomplish that goal, or unable to overcome a fear of something or someone? Early on in my corporate career, colleagues advised me to learn golf, which they claimed as a great way to network, bond with clients, and create deals. I learned the sport, but I didn’t enjoy the game as much as other people did. At one of our corporate retreats, my boss and colleagues couldn’t wait to get out on the course with some of the top executive staff. I was a bit confused by this because I knew my boss didn’t really like or get along with this group of people. I asked him about it and he said that on the golf course, unless you are a pro, there is no pretense; all are on equal footing and all are hitting poorly. The golf experience allowed them to bring down their guards and share the misery of their poor shots. Like golf, laughter allows us to connect with one another, letting our guards down…without the misery of poor golf shots.Laughter enhances communication by letting our shields down and showing that we’re human. The model of professionalism for too long has instructed us to be super-human. We learned how to work beyond what is humanly possible, denying our natural rhythm for balance. We also learned to check our emotions at the door. While I ascribe to the concepts of emotional intelligence (EI), we are still human; we still have emotions. To deny that fact is insanity. This is certainly a healthy approach to emotions, which is very different from the professional corporate model we learned.Once more, there are seven strategies for infusing laughter and lightness in your leadership and life:I love adding value, which is why I want to encourage you if you know your emotional intelligence needs some coaching (or if you are not sure what your EQ levels are) to check out executive coaching at http://corporateleadershipsolutions.com/solutions/executive-leadership-coaching/In the meantime, I would love to hear from you. What do you do to infuse laughter into your life?With love,Maria