The Formidable Female: Words Create our World – Lyn Christian

lyn_christian_largeLyn Christian, the founder and coach of SoulSalt Inc., gave an excellent presentation about emotional intelligence at the Women and Business Conference in Salt Lake City. “The words we use create our world,” she stated. Then put the word “formidable” in bold letters up on her presentation slide, and asked the audience to think about what that word means to them.

She challenged the audience to strive to be “formidable females,” and to create our own truth using our words and conversations to drive change.

“To get to the next level of greatness depends on the quality of the culture, which depends on the quality of the relationships, which depends on the quality of the conversations. Everything happens through conversations!” – Judith Glaser

Her presentation then went over speaking about the six parts of the brain to give us a better understanding of our thoughts and feelings:

  • The primitive brain: the fight or flight part of our brains
  • The limbic brain: the emotional and historical part of our brain, located toward the back
  • The neocortex: the part of our brain that helps us find problems and solve problems
  • The prefrontal cortex: the eye inside our brain, the part of our brain that is our minds eye, it is transparent, collaborative, empathetic, helps us discover, and is the wisest. It releases oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin.
  • This is the part of our brain that we spend the most time in
  • The gut brain: the back of our brain that is not the smartest, it releases cortisol and is responsible for our feelings of stress

She then explained about how when we think about our heart, and we think about love coming from the heart, we are actually thinking about receptors in the prefrontal cortex and the gut. Getting a better understanding of the brain helps us to be able to evaluate our feelings and thoughts and learn to channel them for good.

At the end of her presentation, she left the audience with one question:

What is driving you? 

Do you want to learn more about conversational intelligence? Check out these books:

  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0 – Travis Bradberry
  • Play – Stuart Brown