TCUK18 Keynote Speaker Ben Woelk – Temperament-based Strategies for Excelling in the Workplace (workshop)


In addition to his keynote talk, Ben Woelk will also be giving a TCUK18 workshop on “Temperament-based Strategies for Excelling in the Workplace”.

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Temperament types have big impacts on work relationships. Today’s workplace presents challenges for both introverted and extraverted team members. Many workplaces are adopting open space layouts that foster teamwork but provide little opportunities for introverts to contribute as individuals. Extraverts may struggle with working with Introverts. Because of Western society’s emphasis on extraversion, many introverts feel unsuited or ill-equipped to thrive in today’s workplace and are not sure how to take that next step to increase influence and improve visibility. All personality types may have issues working with coworkers or management. Is your manager a Guardian, an Idealist, a Rational, or an Artisan? How does that change how you approach them? Suitable for all attendees, you’ll benefit from understanding your temperament and how you interact best with others.

Attendees will

  • learn general and specific insights gained from personality and temperament typing
  • identify their strengths and weaknesses
  • discuss workplace challenges
  • learn strategies to mitigate these challenges
  • create an action plan to revive and thrive

Attendees will benefit most from the workshop if they know their Myers-Briggs/temperament profile in advance. I recommend taking the tests at and before attending.

Ben is also holding a keynote–Lessons Learned on an Introvert’s Journey to Leadership–and a presentation–Digital Self Defense—Tips, Tools, and Best Practices to Stay Safe Online–at TCUK18.

About Ben Woelk

Ben Woelk, CISSP, CPTC, is Vice President and Associate Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication (STC). A frequent conference presenter, Ben has received numerous Society and local awards, including the 2017 STC President’s Award.

Ben’s 20+ years techcomm experience includes management, SW and HW documentation, ISO 9001 documentation, instructor-led and web-based training, end user communications, and policies and procedures.

As Information Security Program Manager at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), he’s created a leading security awareness program, and teaches Computing Security and Technical Communication courses at RIT. In the EDUCAUSE Higher Education Information Security Council Awareness and Training Working Group, Ben works to develop cyber security awareness programs.

Ben guest edited STC’s February 2017 Intercom, “Personality, Temperament, and Technical Communication,” and authored Shock Proofing Your Use of Social Media (Kindle). Ben manages a virtual Introverted Leadership community, and mentors and advocates for aspiring introverted leaders.

Ben holds degrees from the University of Florida (BA), Trinity International University (MA), University of Rochester (MA, PhD Candidate), and RIT (Advanced Certificate in Technical Information Design).

Find Ben on his website,, or on Twitter as @benwoelk.