#Nextchat: The Power of Personality in Professional Development


Professional development is an essential part of any successful talent management strategy—and no one understands that better than human resources professionals. While developing employees within the organization is a must to ensure a competitive edge, HR professionals must also take care to nurture their own career growth and advancement.

Two key components of career development are building relationships—both inside and outside the workplace—and developing an executive presence.

In order to build meaningful professional relationships, it’s necessary to appreciate the many different types of personalities that exist in the world of work, and to understand how best to communicate with each. The ability to understand your own personality, strengths and weaknesses is also an important factor when making connections.

Additionally, having the self-awareness necessary to build relationships is a key component to building an executive presence. What’s an executive presence? According to the Forbes article “Do You Have ‘Executive Presence’?,” it’s not only your appearance, but also “gravitas—confidence, poise under pressure … decisiveness … communication—including speaking skills, assertiveness and the ability to read an audience or situation.”

Brad Karsh, founder and CEO of JB Training Solutions, will present two sessions at the SHRM 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition, one of which is titled The New Golden Rule: Relationship Management at Work. The session will explore inside secrets for fostering successful interpersonal relationships at work.   

Jennifer Lee, director of learning and development JB Training Solutions, will present a session at the SHRM 2016 Annual Conference titled The Art of Executive Presence: A Professional Woman’s Guide to Commanding the Room, which will focus on business etiquette, navigating networking events, report-building and enhancing your professional image.

Brad Karsh (@BradKarsh) and Jennifer Lee (@JenniferLeeJB) will join us for an information-packed hour at 3 p.m. ET on May 11 for a special #SHRM16 #Nextchat: The Power of Personality in Professional Development. We’ll chat about relationship-building and executive presence and how HR can become masters of both.


Q1. What are the keys to relationship management at work?

Q2. What are the best ways to increase networking opportunities and relationship-building inside your workplace?

Q3. Which “workplace personalities” are the most difficult to build relationships with and what are some tips for success?

Q4. How can you build rapport and trust in professional relationships with other professionals after the initial connection? 

Q5. What are the keys to building executive presence using dress and appearance?

Q6. What are some tips for navigating routine business situations such as networking events, presentations and meetings?

Q7. How can HR professionals work to develop executive rapport and trust with other internal teams and departments?

Q8. How can HR professionals enhance their executive presence through both in-person and online interactions? 

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