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EQ Level Up: Improve Your Emotional Intelligence

Kayla Belmore (Producer, Gearbox Software)

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core+Summits Pass, Core Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Production & Team Management

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

Great games come from extremely creative and passionate developers. While essential, that same passion can lead to conflict, even toxicity. Improving emotional intelligence (EQ) skills can help developers of all disciplines and skill levels navigate intense emotional situations. Kayla Belmore, Producer at Gearbox software, will talk about some of the science behind these emotional reactions, and sources of stress in the workplace. She'll also illustrate helpful tips and tools for de-escalating high stress situation (using FBI Crisis management technique), mediation strategies, and controlling your own stress reactions. All of these suggestions have been battle tested and refined during the development of Borderlands 3.


Attendees will gain a better understanding of what happens to our bodies and minds during the Fight, Flight, Freeze stress response. Learn how to spot stress in the workplace (body language queues), methods of deescalating emotional situations (crisis negotiation), and how to better manage their own emotional responses (bottom-up grounding).

Intended Audience

Anyone who would like to learn emotional intelligence skills to help reduce stress and conflict in the workplace, managers/aspiring managers, or anyone interested in the science behind stress.