The Benefits Of Self-Awareness

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This is is part of my live-learning series! I will be updating this post as I continue through my journey. I apologize for any grammatical errors or incoherent thoughts. This is a practice to help me share things that are valuable without falling apart from the pressure of perfection. 

What is self-awareness? And what are the benefits of it? How does being more self-aware bring value to you and others? 

These are some of the questions I am exploring in my own life and also for Speak. I’m wondering if, put crudely, there is a way to automate self-awareness through analysis of communication, note-taking, content, and journaling throughout the day.

Even if we look at just one day in the life of a normal working professional, we see how much data is generated. What insights are in that data? And, how could we surface those insights to help people become more aware?

Currently, I’m thinking about this in the paradigm of daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly emails connected to a dashboard with deeper insights.

The idea is that if you go about your normal day, responding to emails, creating content to share, writing notes from meetings, and journaling to reflect on and integrate your experience, there is value in getting a summary of that. 

What did you write about? How did you communicate? Are there any patterns? When were you most positive? When were you most negative? What questions did you ask? Did you mention anything about money? Were there moments you came off angry and frustrated?

What would you like to know? I’d love to hear!

So, how can we do this? I’ve been building the front-end of Speak with an amazing team for quite a while. But, I realize that is only half the battle. It’s hard to get someone to switch platforms and change their behaviour. What needs to happen instead is that we fit into the workflow that someone already has and frictionlessly generate insights for them. 

I believe Grammarly is a fantastic example of this. It’s a Chrome Extension that sits on your browser, analyzes the text you write, and only provides insights when it is valuable. Grammarly will also send a weekly email with some statistics on your writing. That includes how much was analyzed, the kind of unique words you used, your tone and more.

While I love Grammarly and have it installed on my Chrome browser, I do believe they are missing out on some amazing opportunities to provide even more value to their users.

In a way, that is where I see Speak sitting. Instead of using that position and analysis just to give insights on grammar and tone, Speak can generate insights to help people become more aware. To connect dots that hadn’t been connected before. To sift through the vast amount of data generated every day to surface moments of interest that can help us become more aware.

So, that is my preamble. With that out of the way, I want to explore:

The Benefits of Self-Awareness

Some Good Resources:

How to Be More Self Aware: 8 Tips to Boost Self-Awareness
benefits of self-awareness in the workplace – Google Search
Top 11 Benefits of Self-Awareness According to Science
Know Thyself: Examining the Benefits of Self-Reflection | Institute for Public Relations
Examples Of Why Self-Awareness Is Important (Real Examples And Tips)
How To Start Journaling in 2020? [How People Like You Started Theirs]
Learn the 3 Essential Tips to Garner Self-Awareness at Work | Caliper
Why self-awareness is essential to workplace success
The Value of Self-Awareness at Work | Talent Insights

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