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Ben encouraged a warm, supportive atmosphere for us to investigate our own temperament types and compare them with others. The collaborative workshop has given me a whole new way of looking at things and understanding why some people approach things in such different ways to me. Everyday occurrences keep making me stop and go "Oh! That's what's going on!"

Jen P.

( TCUK Workshop Attendee )

Ben delivered a keynote speech at a recent UK tech comm conference and it was a revelation. Not only to find a self-confessed introvert happily talking to a huge room of people, but also to learn more about the differences between introvert and extrovert natures. I feel I have a better understanding of my own place on the scale and of how I can more usefully interpret specific behaviours that I previously saw as character flaws. It has also made me more tolerant of others’ behaviour when it differs from my own. Thanks Ben!

Helen H.

( TCUK Keynote Attendee )

The Introverted Leadership mentoring program has helped me articulate who I am through the use of personality testing and what I want through discussion and exploration. Ben and I have studied methods of creativity and new thinking styles for me to use in my work as a designer. As an introvert, I tend to show my skills rather than talk about them. Because I don’t generally discuss my work, I manage to undervalue myself regularly. Ben sensed that about me and his honest, valuable feedback has increased my confidence. His intuition has helped me learn more about myself, and we have consistently turned those insights into actions.

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Kelsey L.

( mentee )

I basked in being part of an introvert majority for once while attending Ben's Temperament-based Strategies for Excelling in the Workplace workshop at a recent technical communication conference. His approach was humorous, informative, and engaging and I appreciated his incorporation of group discussion and creative assignments.

Mary S.

( Summit Workshop Attendee )

Ben's perspective and advice have encouraged me to think outside the box and try new things. I have gained a greater sense of self awareness and understanding, which has empowered me to embrace my introversion, identify my strengths, and actively work to improve my skills! My mentorship with Ben has benefited me immensely, both in my professional and personal life.

Christine C.

( mentee )


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Episode 031: Eeshita Grover–Getting Out of Your Bubble

Episode 031 Show Notes: Eeshita Grover Introduction Eeshita Grover and Ben Woelk discuss the need to get out of your bubble to achieve your aspirations, the best placement of techcomm teams, and working in an open office setting. LinkedIn Email Key concepts Open workspace environments can be challenging for introverts Technical writers and engineers work

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Episode 030: Andrea Childress–Women in IT and Information Security Leadership

Episode 030 Show Notes: Andrea Childress Introduction Andrea Childress and Ben Woelk discuss women in IT and Information Security leadership in Higher Education, her Women in Security panel presentation at the EDUCAUSE Security Professionals Conference, and strategies for overcoming the leadership gender gap. Note: Andrea is now UNK Chief Information Officer and University of Nebraska

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Episode 029: Andrea Childress–Building Social Skills and Networking

Episode 029 Show Notes: Andrea Childress Introduction Andrea Childress and Ben Woelk discuss building social skills as an introvert, networking, and the importance of mentoring. Note: Andrea is now UNK Chief Information Officer and University of Nebraska Assistant Vice President for Information Technology Services . LinkedIn Email Twitter Key concepts You can improve social skills

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Episode 28: Megan Mack–Introverts and Improvisation

Episode 028 Show Notes: Megan Mack Introduction Megan Mack and Ben Woelk discuss the importance of improvisation exercises for introverts and building communication skills. Twitter Email Key concepts Improvisation skills help introverts Improv is about listening and reacting Introverts can be amazing improv facilitators Ben’s Introverts and Leadership class includes an improvisation workshop Mirroring helps

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Episode 027: Megan Mack–Empathy and Meaningful Discourse

Episode 027 Show Notes: Megan Mack Introduction Megan Mack and Ben Woelk talk about empathy, meaningful discourse and countering hate speech, not being the loudest voice in the room, and trusting your instincts. Twitter Email Key concepts Producing a WXXI radio program Advantages of not being the loudest voice in the room Turned your internal

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Episode 026: Ben Woelk–Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Episode 026 Show Notes: Ben Woelk Introduction Ben Woelk shares his article, “Follow the Yellow Brick Road: A Leadership Journey to the Emerald City.” Ben discusses the leadership lessons from the journey for the Scarecrow, a Rational leader, the Tin Woodman, an Idealist leader, and the Lion, an Artisan leader.   Key concepts The Wizard of

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