Welcome to Business Innovators Magazine…Please introduce yourself and a brief thumbnail sketch of your background.
EW: Hi, my name Eric Williamson, and like you, I have seen the word “success” defined in numerous ways. Does it take good grades and education, high IQ scores and standardized tests, climbing 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 almost two decades of leadership training, speaking, and most importantly, real-life, hands-on in-the-trenches leadership experience, my view is inherently different. I appreciate, and share with listeners, that success is about stepping outside of your comfort zone and not about privilege, circumstance, or upbringing. Success is deliberate, does not discriminate, is not accidental, and cannot be measured based on someone else.
My unique coaching style not only brings out the best in people, but I also bring an authentic, engaging, street-savvy style; blending real-life stories with conversational techniques to connect with my audience at an intimate, intense and individual level.
BI: What would you say is the area in business that you are most passionate about and why?
EW: I am most passionate about training and developing business leaders, employees, and entrepreneurs to not only survive in today’s ever-changing business environment but thrive in it! You know how business leaders and entrepreneurs are frustrated with finding solutions to improve their productivity and retain their most talented employees? I solve this. I do this by teaching, coaching, and motivating employees and business leaders through world-class training, workshops, and keynote speeches.
BI: How are you different than your competitors?
EW: Unlike my competitors who often use a cookie cutter approach to their training, as the president and CEO of Tailored Training Solutions, I tailor my training to meet the needs of the ever-evolving business environment and culture. We provide you with a free consultation and comprehensive analysis to have a thorough understanding of the issues at hand. My extensive supervisory and management experience in the public and private sectors gives me guaranteed credibility when consulting with you. My bilingual proficiency allows me to work with Spanish-speaking businesses in the U.S. and foreign locations. Lastly, I conduct a follow-up assessment and training within 3-6 months after the initial training to ensure participants apply the techniques, address questions or concerns, and provide additional training based on specific issues that the participants identify.
BI: Please tell me about any recent business accomplishments that you are most proud of and why?
EW: I received national attention in NBC, ABC, FOX, and CBS news for my expertise in Leadership Development stating, “Emotional Intelligence 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.” During the same month, I received recognition from TopRecommendedProfessional.com, a website that accepts nominees for top professionals as a top performer, worldwide, in Leadership Development.
I am featured in Suzy Carr’s “Writers Insights, Tips for Ultimate Success” and featured in the Avenue News for helping young entrepreneurs in Baltimore develop public speaking skills to market their product to investors.
BI: What Leadership qualities in Leaders do you most admire and why?
EW: I admire Leaders’ ability to apply Emotional Intelligence. As I was quoted in NBC, ABC, FOX, and CBS news, “Emotional Intelligence 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”. Emotional Intelligence is the ability to identify, evaluate, and control your emotions and the emotions of others. This quality is paramount to having strong business relationships. It does not matter how smart, talented, and gifted you are, if you cannot work productively with others, you will limit your success.
BI: What has been a key element of your success?
EW: A key element of my success has been my innate desire to help others improve through emotional intelligence. Emotional Intelligence has helped me throughout my career by improving my workplace relationships, allowing me to work productively with others. If I did not utilize it, I would have either quit or be fired from my first place of employment. Now that I understand its value, it is incumbent upon me to help others leverage it for their success.
BI: What are some of the business projects that you are currently working on that you are excited about and why?
EW: I am excited about publishing my upcoming book about how to apply emotional intelligence in today’s ever-changing business environment. Now that Millennials are in the workforce, it is paramount that they understand how to use it. Nowadays, technology and social media make it easier than ever for people to express themselves. This also makes us more vulnerable to saying things we end up regretting, hurting our personal lives and professional careers. Millennials and other generations will benefit from this book because it will help them manage their behavior and emotions and that of others allowing them to work more productively with others and have stronger relationships.
I am also excited about a unique opportunity I have to work with Second Chance, Inc.–a non-profit agency that gives people who were incarcerated, another opportunity to contribute to society. I am providing emotional intelligence, public speaking and conflict resolution training to help them thrive in their job.
In May, I will be hosting a workshop in Eldersburg, MD. Called Speaking Like a Pro. It is a very popular workshop where I help entrepreneurs, business leaders, and students build their confidence and improve their public speaking.
In June, I will be hosting a workshop in Eldersburg, MD. Called The Calm Before the Storm. It is a provocative and highly anticipated workshop where I help entrepreneurs, business leaders, and students build their emotional intelligence.
BI: What are 1 or 2 things you would like to say to a prospective client who stumbles across this interview?
EW: If improving your company’s bottom line, retaining your talented employees, and creating a productive and positive business environment is important to you, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.