Here is the full transcript and summary of Ramona Hacker’s TEDx Talk titled “6 Steps to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence” at TEDxTUM conference. This event occurred on December 2, 2017.
Listen to the audio version here:
I want to start with doing a small survey with you. For that, please put your hands into your laps and close your eyes. I will now pose a couple of questions to which I would love to have a very honest answer, just by a show of hands. No worries; no one will judge you for it.
The first question is: who of you has thought within the past week about whether or not you are an emotionally intelligent person?
Now that you think of it, would you consider yourself emotionally intelligent? Please raise your hand if you do so.
And who of you has ever worked consciously on your emotional skill?
Thank you for sharing. You can now open your eyes again. And thank you also for being so very honest with me.
Now I also want to be honest with you. Emotional intelligence is not necessarily my main strength. When I make decisions, I base them solely on my rationale. If friends from school hear me do this talk right now, they will be very surprised because back then I didn’t even consider emotions as something crucial. They weren’t logical. I couldn’t explain them very well. So why would I care?
I never even actively thought about the topic until five years ago when I dropped out of a job, because of a burnout. It was then that my very emotional side was revealed. And while I rarely cry before especially not in front of people, I just couldn’t stop the tears from streaming down my face at the most inconvenient of times anymore.