Professionals Podcasts - Emotional intelligence

Listen to an extract from a lecture on emotional intelligence given by a professor at a business school.

Listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the transcript at any time.


Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


hello team
in the following :
so that employers will be fighting over us! [laughter]
what is the meaning (fighting over us)?
thank you very much

Hello nicky62,

When two or more people want the same thing and only one of them can have it, we say that they are fighting over it. Of course, the meaning is usually metaphorical rather than literal.



The LearnEnglish Team

Emotional intelligence is great theme beacause all the human needs to socialize with other people and we must know how to manage our own emotions, this can affect in different areas for example in an environmental work if I can't to manage that, It could be fatal in the diferent relationships, also in our families, and others kind of situation. Finally, I guess that this is depending about the age, and experiences of the persons.

Hi team,
The last sentence 'this will rub off on those around you' confuses me. Can it be written 'this will rub off on you' instead? Why does 'those' appear here?

Hi Kenny,

'those' is sometimes used to mean 'the people', so 'those around you' means 'the people around you'. What you suggest is grammatically correct, but has a different meaning since the idea here is that this practice can spread from you to other people, then from them to yet other people and so on.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Oh, I got it. Thanks, Kirk.

I repeated the podcast for many times and couldn,t hear ( at)
Now let's take a look
some ways...

Hello Khaled v,

Yes, it's not easy to hear, but I hear it. If you think of the word 'look' as being the word 'lookit', that might help -- it's as if 'at' is pronounced as an ending on the word 'look' here.

It's great that you noticed this, because it really shows how lightly unstressed syllables can be pronounced in English!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I learned more than language from this audio.
It helps me control my emotion and directs my interpersonal relationship with people arround me in a general way.
Actually, things I learned from this audio bettered my relation with my wife. When I stopped acusing and blaming, and looked to problem with myself, she started talking nicely to me. /Smile/.
B.C. English Team, Thank you very much! /Applause/../Flowers/

Hello Peterkuo,

Thanks again -- you've made us smile!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team