The five components of emotional intelligence are self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills. These characteristics are just as important as intelligence quotient (IQ) when it comes to communications says author and teacher Shiny Burcu Unsal. For writers, especially, being able to communicate your message and platform can greatly impact your level of success. Whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, pay attention to how these components affect your ability to write effectively, build relationships, and reach your audience. Having the skill of empathy, for example, allows you to understand and share the feelings of others. Emotional intelligence can impact not only your own behaviors, but how you influence or affect others. Unsal recommends that writers take ownership of their emotional intelligence in order to be as effective as possible.
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