Episode 413: Boost Your EQ

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Your EQ, or emotional quotient is very different from your IQ. It’s a way to measure your level emotional intelligence. Think about all of the characteristics of a phenomenal friend, leader, or confidant, then think about the traits of a horrible one. What you’ll probably realize is none of their characteristics has anything to do with the person’s intelligence, but rather their emotional intelligence. Your IQ is important because it’s the reason we get into school, finish school, get a job, etc. But it’s your emotional intelligence that is more likely to dictate your success than any other factor. Your EQ is your ability to understand your strengths, weaknesses, triggers, and blind spots, and be able to empathize with others and understand their emotional state. More importantly, it’s the ability to use that information to guide the way you act and behave.

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Take an EQ assessment test to find out what your EQ is. And a simple strategy to raise your EQ is to breathe. The next time you are in a conversation, and you feel yourself getting defensive, take a couple of deep breaths and pause before you respond. Take time to regulate your emotions, so you are clear headed and focused on getting it right, rather than being right.

Mentioned In Episode

Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman Emotional Intelligence Test (Google Search Results)

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry

Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here’s How To Know For Sure (Inc.com article by Travis Bradberry)

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