AMHERST, MA - On Sunday, March 3, the Futures cohorts engaged in a meaningful workshop centered around emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions. A major component of this type of intelligence is the ability to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.
Speaking on this vast and impactful topic was Hilary Beard. After progressing through a series of increasingly responsible sales, marketing, and general management positions at Procter and Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, and Pepsi, Hilary Beard took a leap of faith to follow her dream of becoming a writer. She’s been a health writer for the past 21 years. For the past 18, she has run her own training and development business, where she educates people through writing, speaking, training and personal-development coaching of people who want to follow their dreams, as she did. Ms. Beard has written 15 books, three of which were New York Times best sellers. In addition, she has won two NAACP Image Awards for books she’s authored on parenting and health.
Ms. Beard presented the student-athletes with various methods of self-soothing skills included, but not limited to: essential oils, EFT Tapping, journaling, meditation, and breathing techniques. Each of these skills decreases stress, anxiety, and promotes better relationship with one’s emotions; which is necessary for high emotional intelligence. As Ms. Beard emphasized, when one’s arousal is low, they have a better ability to handle their own emotions and the emotions of others creating a higher level of emotional intelligence. Ms. Beard specifically highlighted the breathing techniques as skills which can be used in athletic and academic situations.
We were honored to have Ms. Beard join the Futures cohorts!
What’s next for Amherst LEADS?!
- Monday, March 4th - Amherst LEADS Community Event, “Space Now and Beyond”