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A song, a dance and inspiring personal stories! Stories of turning weaknesses into strengths, getting empowered, setting audacious goals, and overcoming barriers to reach those goals. This was my experience when I recently attended PowHERtalks in Vancouver, a well-attended event that featured women who spoke on a wide range of topics including leadership, business, sports, arts, community building, physical and emotional wellness.

Interpersonal is the third area that contributes to emotional intelligence. This is about how we interact with others. Here, we examine our social graces.

These competencies make up the interpersonal area of the EQ model:

  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Empathy
  • Social responsibility

Let’s begin with the first competency under the Interpersonal Composite and discuss Interpersonal Relationships.

Interpersonal relationships can pertain to every relationship in your life; it can be a more personal relationship, like marriage, or a less intimate relationship, like co-workers. It is based on the amount of connection you have with another person.

If you have been thinking about growing your business in the US, now could be your time!

With a strong US dollar, a new export development grant and a number of valuable matchmaking events and conferences coming up, 2016 could be your year to access new markets in the US.

Here are 3 ways you can grow your business this year:

1. Cover Your Export Development Expenses with the CanExport Grant

The Government of Canada has announced CanExport, a program that provides direct financial assistance to businesses wanting to export to new markets.

It can be daunting to stare at a lens since it can seem like an emotionless eyeball, unblinking, waiting for you. Perhaps it conjures an image that you fear - an ambivalent audience. After all, how can we perform without connection? I think this fear and the lack of connection is what can trip people up when doing video. As with everything else, we need to turn fear to love. The camera - and the waiting audience - loves you. The lens is your most patient ally; it will wait until you get it right.

Often many businesses leave the task of organizing their  paperwork for year-end. Businesses need to have proper paperwork to complete compliance reporting and filing.

Keeping your business documents in order is not a difficult task if you follow a process.

Here are a few tips to make this a little easier:

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If you’re like many creative types, you have a ton of ideas sprouting like seeds inside your head and new ones burst out on a daily basis.

One of the first steps to creating a business is to get those ideas out of your head and down on paper. Writing ideas down makes them more concrete and doable.

Don’t be afraid to do this! There’s a flip side – just because you wrote it down, doesn’t mean you can’t change it later.