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Rand creeps up after slipping to two-month low

Bonds gained, with the yield on the benchmark 2026 bond down 1.5 basis points to 9.320%. 

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WATCH: Stock picks — Shoprite and Auto Trader

WATCH: Stock picks — Shoprite and Auto Trader

Chantal Marx from FNB Wealth & Investments and Jean Pierre Verster from Protea Capital Management talk to Business Day TV

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Tencent in talks to create $10bn streaming giant

Deal would create an online giant with more than 300 million users

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News24.com | Liberty reports R2.2 billion loss as it prepares for more Covid-19 death claims

Financial services firm said death claims related to Covid-19 were low to date but are starting to increase.

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WATCH: Stock pick — Caterpillar

WATCH: Stock pick — Caterpillar

Kwame Antwi from KOA Capital talks to Business Day TV about his stock pick of the day

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WATCH: Oil on a slippery slope as new Covid-19 wave hits

WATCH: Oil on a slippery slope as new Covid-19 wave hits

Oanda senior economist Craig Erlam talks to Business Day TV about the oil market

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Mpact’s profits fall after Covid-19 and electricity shocks

Mpact’s profits fall after Covid-19 and electricity shocks

Much of the packaging group’s operations have continued as an essential service, but there were electricity disruptions during the six months

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AB InBev, Heineken halt South Africa projects over booze ban

Prohibition is having far-reaching – and costly – consequences.

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PODCAST | These are the financial options available for your new small business

PODCAST | These are the financial options available for your new small business

SPONSORED | Part 5: The Essential Business Guide Podcast by Nedbank

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WATCH: Has Covid-19 stubbed out Labat Africa’s growth plans?

WATCH: Has Covid-19 stubbed out Labat Africa’s growth plans?

Labat Africa CEO Brian van Rooyan talks to Business Day TV about the company’s interest in medical cannabis

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Gold climbs to record high as traders turn for safety

Gold climbs to record high as traders turn for safety

The metal extends its run above the $2,000 mark on a weaker dollar and bets for more stimulus measures to revive pandemic-ravaged economy

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Oil slips away from five-month highs

Oil slips away from five-month highs

Brent falls as growing coronavirus cases worldwide shake market confidence

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5 simple ways to boost your emotional intelligence every day

5 simple ways to boost your emotional intelligence every day

By Harvey Deutschendorf

There are easy things you can do daily to improve your ability to manage your emotions, and those of people around you.

The idea of emotional intelligence, or EI, has been around for some time now. But even though EI is more widely accepted—especially in business—misconceptions about how to develop it are common. Much of what has been written makes it appear that increasing our EI requires a large amount of ongoing effort and a lifetime commitment. So it’s no wonder that some people may find this idea overwhelming.

While any type of change can involve commitment over a long period of time, there are simple things we can do that will give us immediate results. These are easy things we can incorporate into our daily routines, and they can have a big impact, helping you feel less overwhelmed and more successful at work. After seeing the results and benefits of doing a few basic concepts differently, you may be inspired to go deeper into developing your emotional intelligence.

Here are five simple ways we can boost our emotional intelligence every day:

BECOME MORE AWARE OF YOUR FEELINGS

For many people, feelings are something that happen in the background. Combat this by actively checking in with yourself about how you’re feeling a few times a day. Take a moment to use words to describe your emotional state. This practice helps increase awareness of your feelings and gives you more control. Since emotional intelligence is about managing our feelings, becoming more aware of them is a crucial first step.

In my book, The Other Kind of Smart, I suggest also making a practice of sharing at least one positive emotion with another person. Share how someone something they did or said lifted you up.

LISTEN MORE

Emotional intelligence is about building stronger connections with others. We can do this by becoming better listeners. Most people are too busy thinking of a response to really listen. Next time you’re talking with a colleague at work, instead of thinking about how you’ll respond, force yourself to focus on what they are saying. Repeat back in your own words and ask questions. People are so used to not being heard that you will gain respect from them just for listening—even if you don’t agree.

AVOID MONOLOGUES

We’ve all been in a situation where someone who goes on talking to us about something that is solely of interest to them, like what they dreamt about last night. They seem to be totally oblivious to the fact that we may not be interested in what they are rambling on about. We are likely trying to get away from them as soon as possible and will avoid them in the future. When talking to someone, ask yourself if the topic you’re excited to discuss would be of any interest to them.

Better yet, take time to ask them about their life. Most people love to talk about themselves. Try to remember things about people that are important to them and bring it up next time you see them. Doing this will create the feeling they are important to you, which will help you forge deeper connections.

TAKE A BRIEF TIME OUT WHEN NEEDED

We all feel powerful emotions at some point. Experiencing the exhilaration of your rec soccer team scoring an important goal by shouting and throwing up your arms is a healthy way to express a positive emotion. However, when we experience extreme anger and rage, expressing it immediately can get us into trouble. Road rage is an example of anger running amuck. These powerful emotions will subside quickly if we don’t act on them and allow ourselves a few seconds to calm down. For me, counting to 10 works well. For some people it is humming a song they have in their head. Find something that works for you and practice when you feel your anger rising. It can save you from doing or saying something you may regret.

REVIEW YOUR DAY

Before you go to sleep, briefly look over your interactions that day. Consider what went well and what could have gone better. If you tried something different and it worked out, take a moment to enjoy the feeling of knowing that you are in charge of your feelings and actions. If something didn’t go well, think of how you might have handled it differently. Resolve to try something else next time. You can also try to pick one thing and work on it. Remember that any progress is a win and will keep you moving in the right direction.

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News24.com | Ackerman lashes out at ‘confusing, contradictory’ explanations for tobacco, alcohol sales ban

Pick n Pay chair Gareth Ackerman has slammed the ban on alcohol and tobacco sales, saying the government owes it to its people to explain the reasoning behind it.

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Liberty Holdings swings into loss amid Covid-19 provisions

Liberty Holdings swings into loss amid Covid-19 provisions

The group has established a pandemic reserve to deal with the fallout from Covid-19, but says death claims to date have been limited

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WATCH: What helped RBPlat get back in the black

WATCH: What helped RBPlat get back in the black

RBPlat CEO Steve Phiri talks to Business Day TV about the company’s performance

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Asian stocks fall as trader fret about burgeoning cost of pandemic

Asian stocks fall as trader fret about burgeoning cost of pandemic

Gold tests new high as weaker dollar and falling bond yields fuels its safe-haven appeal

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