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Apr 14, 2017

In her latest article on, Shawn Kent Hayashi shares how to create a culture of... More→

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'Very powerful tools!

“Thank you for an outstanding professional development experience this week…Your expertise is very impressive. I learned a great amount of information to take back to my organization. The Communications Styles and Motivators assessments yield exceptional validated information that allow organizations to make better decisions in helping develop talent within the organization.”

—Director, Leadership and Management Development, sanofi-aventis

"Shawn Kent Hayashi is the consummate professional in her field of communication, emotional intelligence, teams and leadership skills. She not only talks the talk but she walks it too with strength, determination, and expertise! I was surprised and impressed with Shawn’s tenacity and flexibility working in a live virtual environment with over 200 participants. She OWNED the virtual meeting room as she elegantly used the tools of the trade brilliantly engaging Pearson participants throughout our webinar sessions with annotation tools, Chat, Polls, and questions. She invited students to “raise hand” and to continue the conversation in our social networking site as a Community of Practice. All the while, Shawn keeps the presentation pace brisk, delivers with high energy, keeping her voice & tone equally alive and engaging. Working with Shawn is always a pleasure and I am glad to have had several opportunities to do so."  

—Susan Bernardo, Pearson 

Consulting & Workshops


What we do: Whether your team needs help communicating and collaborating, staying engaged, or dealing with organizational change, The Professional Development Group can guide the way. 

We can tailor any workshop topic for your organization and deliver it in a format that suits your needs:

  • Seminars & Workshops
  • Retreats
  • Presentations & Keynotes for conferences and corportate meetings
  • Webinars for national and global organizations

Who we work with: Leaders, managers, teams, and coaches who want to grow to the next level of performance and success.

How we serve: Our tool kit is large - let us inspire and challenge your teams to perform at the highest level beginning with one of these: 

Emotional Intelligence 

Would you like to know the difference between high performers and average performers? You will learn that and more in this presentation! Here are some other key highlights of this powerful workshop or keynote session. More→


If you are responsible for coaching and developing employees, or if you are looking for ways to improve selection and retention of employees, this experience is just right for you. Talent@Work® is for managers, coaches, and leaders who want to add valuable tools to their tool kit. You will learn how to use the four Talent Mastery Assessments in your own management, coaching, selection and development. More→

People Reading

Increase Effective Communication with the People Reading Team Consulting will open your eyes to a new way of viewing yourself and others. Discovering how to communicate more effectively will enable you to achieve the things you want, not only at work but also in life. More→

Conversations for Change® Workshop

Conversations...they build or bust relationships and business! In this highly participative seminar, you will develop the awareness and skills to become more of the person that others want to buy from or work with. You will leave this dynamic learning experience with a better understanding of how to create more meaningful conversations, build stronger teams, and develop relationships. More→

Networking to Build New Relationships

Research shows that successful organizations and executives have continually growing networks. Do you know where and how to connect with people in your industry? Can you walk into a conference and strike up a conversation with a stranger? In this fast-paced, participatory program you will discover the networking strategies of savvy pros. Learn the nuts-and-bolts of meeting new people, establishing and maintaining connections through social media, and developing an action plan for growing your contacts. More→

Navigating Your Business Growth

You don’t need to make all your own mistakes in order to learn from them! Whether you are the leader of a growing enterprise or a growing department within an enterprise, this seminar is designed to help you understand and navigate the challenges associated with your current stage of growth and operational complexity. There are critical challenges that need to be addressed at each of the seven stages of growth. Not addressing the issues at the right stage will stunt your growth, cause re-work or worse - cause business failure. The fastest way to grow successfully is by piggybacking on the experiences of others who have already spent years learning how to succeed. More→


Choosing the best tools for you


When working with executives and teams we select the best surveys and assessment tools for your needs. We have deep expertise in assessment tools - all time tested, proven, and validated including EQ Emotional Intelligence, MBTI, DISC and Values, Behavior and Motivators in the Workplace. More→


Learning Center

Conversations for Creating Star Performers bookCreating Star Performers

Conversations for Creating Star Performers®, an Amazon Best Seller List, offers a roadmap showing how managers can to leverage conversations into game-changing moments. More→

Client quoteS

'Interact with Difficult People in a Different Way'

"I recently saw Shawn present and it was wonderful! The presentation was insightful and I walked away with a better understanding of how to interact with difficult people in a different way. I highly recommend you attend one of Shawn's presentations!"


'Superior Communication Skills'

"I had the honor of being a participant in the 'Networking for Impact' session that Shawn facilitated at The Home Depot and I was highly impressed by her superior communication skills. She kept the audience fully engaged in the highly effective interactive learning session."

Bior Propleh
Home Depot

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