January Meeting – Jackie Wilson, Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence was the topic at Bingham Business Club’s January meeting.

Speaker Jackie Wilson runs emotional well-being programmes and workshops in schools and universities for children, young people and staff.

She said the aim of her work was to help people become emotionally intelligent – in other words, able to understand and manage their own emotions and be empathetic towards those of other people.

Jackie Wilson quoted American hospitality entrepreneur Chip Conley, who said: “The most successful business leaders are often experts in emotion.”

“Emotional intelligence is key to success,” Jackie Wilson said. “But we are not taught this in schools, and it is a subject that should be taught when we are young. If we are not learning about ourselves and our emotions, how are we going to deal with it?”

She said that her own childhood shyness and lack of self-belief had hampered her early life, but she had now learned how to deal with her emotions. Jackie Wilson asked club members to try a series of techniques to help manage emotions, involving slow breathing, posture and mindfulness.

The January meeting was the first to take place in the club’s new meeting venue, the Yeung Sing in Bingham.

During the meeting, chairman Jonathan Hammond presented a cheque for £200 to Jonathan Cunliffe, head teacher of Carnarvon School in Bingham, which was one of five successful applicants for a share of £1,000 surplus raised by the business club, which is a not-for- profit organisation.

Jonathan Hammond also told members he had handed a cheque for more £2,232 to the founder of ChildLine, Dame Esther Rantzen, when she visited the charity’s Nottingham call centre in January to celebrate ChildLine’s 30th anniversary. She also drew the winning entries.

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