What Are Biodots and How Do You Use Them with Clients to Enhance Training, Coaching, Meetings or Classes?
Biodots are a low-cost, easy way to help your clients become more self-aware. In this article, we’ll break down how they work and how you can use them to achieve 3 training objectives.
By Michael Miller – February 19th, 2020
Emotional self-awareness is a super power… but sometimes it’s hard to know what you’re feeling. Since emotions are connected to our physical responses, our bodies can give us clues. When we’re stressed, for example, our bodies automatically change the way blood flows, keeping more blood in our core areas and less on the surface… which reduces our skin temperature. This is an example of what some people call the “mind-body” connection — emotions and thoughts change our physical reactions! While these changes can be subtle, Biodots measure those temperature changes and give us real-time feedback.
In short, why use Biodots? They are a low-cost, easy way to help your clients become more self-aware. In this article, we’ll break down what Biodots are, how they work, and how you can use them to engage clients.
What Are Biodots?
Biodots are small dots that stick to your hand and reflect your body temperature as a spectrum of colors. Similar to the idea of a mood ring, except Biodots are scientifically calibrated.
How Do Biodots Work?
Skin temperature changes based on stress level. Biodots measure skin temperature. They change colors as your temperature changes – providing real time data to your stress level and how that is reflected in your physical body. The dots come with scale cards to interpret the different colors.
How to Use Biodots with Your Clients
At Six Seconds, we use Biodots in many of our courses to teach about emotional intelligence. Here are three examples:
Biodots to simplify neuroscience. Often when we present the physiological role of emotions, we explain why we’re called Six Seconds. Sometimes we share this quote from neuroscientist Antonio Damasio: “Emotions are embodied,” and then explain emotions affect every living cell in the human body to help us navigate life’s challenges and opportunities. Then we hand out Biodots to demonstrate this principle. Be careful though! Once you hand them out, people become very curious and want to play with their dots!
Biodots for emotional check-in. During a meeting or workshop, hand out Biodots and use them as a way for participants to gauge their present stress level, and keep tabs of their stress levels throughout the session or day. This works for both children and adults to increase self-awareness. For example, multiple times during your session, ask: “How many people have a dark blue Biodot?” “How many have a green dot?” etc. You can keep a scorecard on the whiteboard. Since green represents an optimal learning state, this is particularly useful if you want people engaged in content.
Use Biodots as a tool to practice relaxation and stress reduction. Biodots can help illustrate choice and control with emotional states. In a workshop or training, for example, pass out Biodots, then ask everyone to write or discuss a challenging or stressful topic, and then note down the color of their dots. Next, switch to taking deep breaths, increasing feelings of appreciation, and calming down (eg a mindfulness stress reduction exercise). Then ask them to note their dot-color. Discuss what changed and why.
How are you using Biodots in your training, coaching or teaching? Please share additional ideas in the comments!
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