Like you, professional development consultant, business author, and keynote speaker Eric Williamson has seen the word success defined in numerous ways.

Does it take good grades and education, high IQ scores and standardized tests, climbing up the corporate ladder, playing politics, is it about good timing, is it only meant for a select few? Or is there a different story?

With two decades of professional development experience, speaking, and most importantly, real-life, hands on in-the-trenches business experience in both the private and public sectors, his view is inherently different. Eric appreciates, and shares with listeners, that no matter how talented, gifted or experienced, and no matter what role we serve or title we carry, our level of success is not measured based on the work we produce; it is measured based on the relationships we build. To that end, he works with organizations to build successful leaders by building stronger customer and workplace relationships.

He is often referred to as the “Connector” for his ability to make his message resonate with groups, or as “the Change maker” for his ability to inspire change and improve morale. He provides a unique skillset that brings out the best in people. His empathic, engaging, down to earth style, fusion of real-life stories and his conversational techniques connect with his audience at an intimate, intense and individual level.

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How to Work with Jerks by Eric Williamson

Eric is the author of the book, How to Work with Jerks: Getting Stuff Done with People you Can’t Stand. Whatever you do and wherever you work — jerks are all around you. And without a clear strategy for working with these difficult people, we inevitably suffer and risk failure on the job and in our careers, and risk becoming jerks ourselves. This book offers that strategy and a roadmap for you to build relationships with the people you work with, interact with, and serve.

Organizations such as The University of Maryland School of Nursing, Connecticut College, and the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) have partnered with Eric when they want to improve employee engagement, productivity, and morale. The Maryland Department of Labor’s leadership recently described Eric’s program as “Outstanding and Engaging!”

Eric received national attention in NBC, ABC, FOX, and CBS news for his expertise in leadership development stating, “Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the key component of being a successful leader; and is the most important skill that will help you thrive in today’s ever-changing business environment.” He was recently featured in Training Industry, the most trusted source of information on the business of learning, for his insight in helping business leaders leverage EQ by employing a three step process that has helped improve human interaction, workplace relationships, employee engagement and customer satisfaction. As the former president of the public speaking organization, Toastmasters International Club 2884, he served on the board of directors to help successfully transition the new leadership into their new leadership roles.