People Impact - IQ or EQ?

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Intelligent Quotient (IQ) or Emotional Quotient (EQ), which is more important?  Have you asked yourselves this question before? I’m sure at some point in our lives, we pondered on this before. 

IQ, which many of us are familiar with, is being defined here, is a total score derived from one of several standardized tests designed to assess human intelligence, whereas EQ refers to a person's ability to perceive, control, evaluate, and express emotions. 

Having bagged life experience as an adult for 20 over years, I sort of come to term which one is more important. And I am sharing my point of view here. Of course, you may have your own. 

I believe IQ is still recognised as an important element of success. People with higher IQ tend to do better in terms of academic achievement. So, when they could do well in academic studies, they tend to get the necessary scholarships to assist them in their academic path in prestigious schools. And they may be able to secure some higher ranking positions in prestigious companies or government-link organisations. They are the scholarly type. But, high IQ is not the only determinate of life success

On the other hand, people with higher EQ tend to do better in managing people and seizing opportunities. These people may become great leaders or businessmen as a result. Because human beings are not isolated people, people with higher EQ are likely to be more sociable, they are more people-oriented, and in general, they are more likeable too!

How about people with both high IQ and high EQ? Oh man! I could only imagine the thousands of opportunities available to them! How fortunate these people are! 

The good news is: while higher IQ maybe enhanced via cumulative intelligence (i.e. constant exposure), higher EQ could be taught or strengthened! How comforting and assuring!

2 weeks ago, AJ had the opportunity to attend a session of such, arranged by People Impact. People Impact’s IQEQ is an award-winning play-based programme to develop a child’s EQ and IQ. 

Programmes of the day 

 The children were playing decoding game

People Impact believes that:

1. Learning is at its deepest when the children are engaged and having fun. They adopt the play-based approach where the curriculum are designed to engage the children in a fun way while they learn. 

Twisters Letters, or Spelling, you may say 

And they had to use all their body parts to stay contact with the letters of that word 

2. Every child is an unique individual. They will observe and assess each child and develop a set of Core development Areas (CDA). Based on the CDAs, the trainers will come up with the strategy to develop the child. The CDAs and its strategy will be shared with the parents through a bi-weekly parenting meetup session and their progress will be tracked through a term-report (12-weeks). 

3. Besides developing the child’s IQ, their curriculum are designed with the focus on nurturing the children social skills, empathy, ability to respect others, work with others, lead a team, understanding own strengths and weaknesses, emotions awareness and management, etc. In a nutshell, People Impact not only nurtures the brain but the heart as well.

4. They understand the challenges our kids will face in this 21st century and thus will equip them with the 21st century life skills they need to build success. 21st century life-skills include “making connections” skills, perseverance, ability to adapt and cope to unforeseen changes, etc.

The children thought this balancing act was easy 

It was that not easy. They needed a lot of determination, perseverance and
teamwork to make the board balance on a round object

6. Parenting is crucial to a child’s development. In People Impact, they seek to establish a strong bonding with the parents through a regular one-to-one parenting debrief session. The session will touch on the child’s progress and their Core Development Area(s) as well as understanding and providing tips for the parents to nurture the child. 

AJ has thoroughly enjoyed the session and has begged me to bring him there the following week. You may click on this link to see more photos we took in that session. 

Interested for a trial? People Impact is giving all my readers a special rate on your first month trial with them at $288 (U.P $558) or you may pay just $5 per child for 1 session of trial (U.P: S$20)! You only need to code 'mylilbookworm blog' to enjoy this offer! To register for the 1 month trial or the single session trial, please send an email to with your name and contact as well as your child’s name and age. Registration will be completed upon payment. Offer is valid till 9 May 2016 (Mon). 

People Impact
Tel: 64514908 / 84681185
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  1. Sounds like an interesting class. We are also working on Ollie's EQ now..(empathy zero man...hahah). At 4yrs, prob still very egocentric but wld be interesting to see how he would perform 6 years down the road! Thanks for sharing abt this class!

  2. Parenting is a challenging journey, while we are trying to develop our children's EQ, we are working on our own EQ as well!

  3. I always feel EQ and social skills is very important in a child's development. Definitely an area to look into apart from academic


  4. We often focus on IQ ignoring EQ which is equally or probably more important for a kid to develop. Thanks for sharing about this program.

  5. I believe having EQ is more important than having a high IQ but there should always be a good balance of both. May I know what is the youngest age to join the program?

    1. It's 3-12, Michelle. Your eldest can join!

  6. wow is there a minimum age for this program? I believe that EQ is more important than IQ, and hope that Joy can develop well in that aspect.

    1. It's 3-12, E. I'm sure Joy will benefit from it.

  7. thanks for sharing. Some great tips on nurturing EQ in young children too.

  8. I firmly believe that EQ is very important in life and need to be instilled in our kids when they are young. Having IQ is good but having EQ at the same time can make a big difference to their survival in society.

  9. I think in SG especially, we tend to neglect EQ. It's so important when you get to the workplace and really makes the difference with how you interact and form relationships with others.

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  10. So, Did your son eventually joined their weekly classes since he seems to be so interested?

    1. They offered us a 6-month package at a very good price but it's a pity we can't take up due to timing and my boy's commitment in other areas.


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