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Viral Videos

My last post was about a phrase I feel is vague and overused.  This one is about a word that is growing exponentially because of the speed of the Internet’s mass transmissions.  The word is “viral” — You’ve probably heard it and know what it means.  It’s anything that spreads and multiplies really, really fast, like a computer virus or an Internet email hoax or an epidemic.  Speaking of epidemics, Malcolm Gladwell has penned a timely book about the science of social epidemics — fads, trends, and ideas that start out relatively insignificant, but when a few small changes are factored in, become outrageously popular.  Those little changes, often surprisingly, are what cause the trend to reach a tipping point, where it then quickly becomes an epidemic.  In The Tipping Point, Gladwell gives lots of examples from history.  Anyone involved in the marketing of ideas and products should check this book out.

But “viral” is a word that is also a little vague.  On a website that features the top 10 viral videos and photos, I found a video with 7 views and one with over 2,500 views.  It seems they’re all humorous too.  Obviously, the selections are made by the author of that site.  But truly viral videos are Continue reading

What’s your Emotional Intelligence Quotient?

Someone commented on my advice page, “Why is EQ on your list?”  I didn’t know what EQ was initially, but I suspected it was a reference to Emotional Intelligence, which if you reduce to just its initials, is EI.  Now, I’ve heard the term Intelligence Quotient (IQ) mentioned more than a few times, but this is not the same thing at all.  As it turns out, EQ stands for Emotional Quotient, which I guess you could say is your score on the emotional intelligence scale.  But to answer the questioner’s query, Emotional Intelligence is on my list because I think it’s worth talking about, and obviously, not enough people know enough about it — yet.

I’ve read some books though.  Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ  is an excellent introduction to the topic.  Goleman explains how our emotions and our intellect, operating both simultaneously, but independently of each other, can get us into trouble.  Mastering the aptitudes that comprise emotional intelligence (e.g., self-awareness, impulse control, empathy, etc.) can help us to live successfully — who wouldn’t want that?  Goleman describes how these aptitudes impact our lives, especially in terms of our relationships, our careers, and our health.  Just as your IQ can be increased through specific activities, your EQ can be raised by focused study and practice.