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EQual to the challenge: Emotional intelligence in business

Event overview

The theory? EQ = success + productivity²            

Are you of the view that emotions don’t belong in the workplace? Like it or not, emotions play a principal role in our workplace satisfaction, (the primary reason employees leave a company is because of a negative relationship with their supervisor…) success and productivity.

The truth is that regular old IQ, technical know-how and subject expertise only get you so far in business today. Emotional Intelligence, or EQ, is the ability to manage your emotions and connect with others. This ability is critical in our culturally diverse, dispersed, fast-paced, global workplaces — and will make all the difference to your career.

And now you can get to grips with your EQ at our FREE evening event.

Facilitated by speech and communications expert, Dr Rebecca Johannsen, this is a masterclass in managing emotions in the workplace for a more successful and productive environment. Utilising performance skills, Dr Johannsen has helped transform workplaces in diverse fields from science and engineering to government and the military, and on both sides of the Atlantic, by means of leveraging EQ.

In an exciting session that will combine theory and practice, you will be empowered to take the skills learned in the course and apply them immediately to the real world.  

You will learn all about:

  • Identifying emotions in self and others and labelling them. Interpreting emotion in faces, posture, gesture, voice, and physiology
  • Understanding emotions, their causes and consequences, and how they influence attention; thinking; decisions and behaviour 
  • Using emotions to facilitate the task at hand — knowing how and when to express emotions appropriately with different people and in multiple contexts 
  • Managing emotions: using effective cognitive and behavioural strategies to prevent, reduce, initiate, maintain, and enhance emotions

Reasons to attend

  • All Leading Edge events are free to attend
  • Attending after-work training shows dedication to improving your own skills and progressing your career
  • There is a 30 minute networking session (with refreshments) at the start of the evening, giving you a unique opportunity to meet like-minded industry peers

Who is it for?

Our Leading Edge training is free and open to everyone working in the food and consumer goods industry - from graduates to senior managers! 

Our masterclasses are designed so that everyone has something to take away - they can be a great opportunity to refresh a subject that you are familiar with, but are also accessible to those new to a topic. 

To find out more about what to expect on the evening, see the full programme, here.

Meet the speaker

Rebecca Johannsen

Rebecca Johannsen

Dr. Rebecca Johannsen has taught Speech and Communication at Mercy College in New York, as well as teaching Theatre at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Dr. Johannsen holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the joint doctoral program at UC Irvine and UC San Diego. She also holds a Master's degree in Theatre from SDSU.

Dr. Johannsen has focused on connecting acting skills with coaching public speaking for the last nine years, working with a variety of clients to improve public speaking skills, emotional intelligence, and creative problem solving. She trains with managers, engineers, research scientists, human resources managers, military, and government professionals in a wide variety of fields in San Diego, Los Angeles, New York, and London. She also actively works in the professional theatre, producing and directing works in New York City and London. For more information about the programs Dr. Johannsen offers, visit


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