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May 2, 2023

In business, we’re taught that IQ matters. In relationship-based businesses, we’re taught the EQ matters, but there’s one area whose importance we don’t consider - experiential intelligence. Experiential intelligence doesn’t just elevate our EQ and IQ, it can allow us to leverage our own unique insights.


How do we elevate our experiential intelligence? How do we uncover the things that contribute to our experiential intelligence?


In this episode, I’m joined by award-winning author of “Experiential Intelligence: Harness the Power of Experience for Personal and Business Breakthroughs”, Soren Kaplan. He shares how we can tap into our experiential intelligence.


If you ask questions that are meaningful to people, you create connection and insight and opportunities for development. -Soren Kaplan


Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode  


- Trial, experience, iteration

How do our experiences shape how we show up in the world?

- The power of having multi-dimensional intelligence

How does ExQ compliment IQ and EQ?

- How to find out what’s driving your train

What are the things that shaped us, what insights have we gained because of them?


Guest Bio

Soren Kaplan, PhD, is an award-winning author, a former corporate executive, founder of three Silicon Valley startups, a columnist for Inc. magazine, and an affiliate at the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California. He is the author of “Experiential Intelligence: Harness the Power of Experience for Personal and Business Breakthroughs”. He is an international keynote speaker and has led professional development programs for thousands of executives around the world, including Disney, NBCUniversal, Visa, PayPal, Colgate-Palmolive, Kimberly-Clark, Medtronic, Roche, Hershey’s, Red Bull, and many others. His work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, Psychology Today, Forbes, Fast Company, CNBC, NPR, and many other academic and popular business media. For more information and to get the first chapter of the book free, go to You can also buy the book here.


Episode: 291

Title: You've Heard of IQ and EQ, But What About ExQ: Here's Why It Matters w/Soren Kaplan

Host: Michael J. Maher