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Emotional IQ

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This article was prepared for the May 3, 2006 issue of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

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On April 19 in this space we pointed to a Biotechnology Industry Organization report claiming that New Jersey’s rate of biotechnology employment is higher than most. Now an Inc. magazine survey offers more optimistic statistics. It lists the Trenton/Ewing area as the 24th most desirable mid-size city for entrepreneurs. Just ahead of Trenton/Ewing was Portland, Maine, which recently built a $25 million highway connecting itself to I-295.

The choices were made by measuring jobs. Trenton/Ewing’s current-year employment growth was 1.3 percent compared to Portland’s 1.7 percent. Its five-year job growth was 8.7 percent, compared to Portland’s 8 percent. Overall, Trenton/Ewing had an index score of 62.3 and rank of 111 among the top 500, compared to Portland’s index score of 64.5 and its rank of 97.

No small New Jersey cities made the list, but among the large cities (employment base of 450,000 or more) Edison ranked 29 (181 overall) and Newark ranked 58 (348 overall).

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Mark That Date

As of this writing, we have 3,200 future events listed on our events database, and we will be printing details of nearly 500 events that are scheduled to happen during the seven-day period after publication.

Now some expectations management: If we are 99 percent accurate, we will be wrong about five events. If the event planners provide bad information, another five events will be wrong. And if one percent of the events are canceled – illness of the speaker and not enough registrations are the most common reasons – there goes another five dates.

So readers beware. We had a call from one reader who went to two events that we listed last week, and both had been canceled. For another event, the telephone number was incorrect. But when we looked it up, the number we printed was the same one on the organization’s website. Neither we nor the website had been updated.

As we have been saying since before the Internet, always call to confirm. If the organization has refused to provide a telephone number (sometimes we relent and print the listing but most often we insist on getting the telephone number), then we will print the website.

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Emotional IQ

Thank you for publishing such a wonderful article about my emotional intelligence workshop at Mercer County Community College (U.S. 1, April 12). Your writer, Jack Florek, must have a very high EI IQ. He took what seemed to me to be disjointed comments and created a coherent whole so people could benefit whether they attended or not.

He was also able to present the information in such a way that people saw the workshop as relevant: 12 extra people signed up, from a state policeman involved in training to someone working in nonprofit marketing. Having such diversity in the group enhanced all our awareness.

Marge Smith

Nonprofit Consultant


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