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I was a student in Ben's Fall 2021 cohort for the Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC) course. The course is meant to prepare someone to take the CPTC exam, and it certainly did! I am confident I would not have done half as well, or even have passed, if I hadn't taken Ben's class. Every class in the 8-week course had material that directly transferred to the exam's content, plus Ben was humorous, friendly and more than willing to make sure each class member had individualized help. I felt he stayed on topic and was respectful of everyone's time, while allowing discussion and encouraging participation. If you get the opportunity, I highly recommend Ben Woelk's CPTC instruction.

Gen G.

( CPTC Foundations Exam Prep Class Member )

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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Why CPTC Certification?

What value does a CPTC certification have for you? Listen to my interview with Estelle Hicks-Bennett for an in-depth discussion.   Are you a seasoned technical communicator? Are you changing careers into technical communication? Are you a university student? Career Changers Let’s talk about what certification can mean for people transitioning from another career into

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RIT CPTC Exam Preparation Class Beginning June 2021

CPTC Exam Prep Class Please join me for an eight-session weekly virtual training course for the STC Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC) Foundation exam offered through the Rochester Institute of Technology. 7-8:30 PM Thursday evenings from 3 June to 22 July, 2021. Register today for the June 2021 prep class on Zoom through RIT In

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Episode 34: Victoria Lioznyansky–Public Speaking for Introverts

Episode 034 Show Notes: Victoria Lioznyansky Introduction Victoria Lioznyansky and Ben Woelk discuss public speaking for introverts and the secret to being a great presenter. LinkedIn Email Key concepts Public speaking for introverts Secrets to being a good presenter Introvert strengths and presentations Brilliant Speakers Academy Quotable As introverts, we have a lot of strengths,

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Episode 033: Victoria Lioznyansky–Introverts and Starting a Business

Episode 033 Show Notes: Victoria Lioznyansky Introduction Victoria Lioznyansky and Ben Woelk discuss starting a small business as an introvert, discussing her experiences with Nutty Scientists of Houston and the Brilliant Speakers Academy. LinkedIn Email Key concepts Building a business takes passion, skill, and discipline Introverts can be good at consultative sales STEAM or STEM-A

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Episode 032: Eeshita Grover–Leveraging Introvert Strengths

Episode 032 Show Notes: Eeshita Grover Introduction Eeshita Grover and Ben Woelk discuss leveraging your introvert strengths in the workplace as a manager and to advance in your career. LinkedIn Email Key concepts Introverts have a heightened sense of empathy Introverts are analytical and process information internally, and often longer Introverts can appear to be

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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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