I learnt long ago never to say ‘I feel’ when presenting my opinion in a meeting. ‘I feel” is seen as an unsubstantiated point of view and makes your argument seem insubstantial.
EQ, aka Emotional Intelligence, is not only easy to say but it sounds scientific. And you’ll find it’s the choice of the boardroom bound. Unlike ‘intuition’ or ‘I feel’ or even ‘gut feel’
it has a sound psychological ancestry that gives weight to your argument. It’s now a
‘smart feeling’ that even men can have without the embarrassment of sounding like
you feel anything at all.