Q+A with Roshini Rajkumar

Roshini Rajkumar, a "presence engineer" and professional speaker with a career in TV and radio, will be the keynote speaker at the October 13 Minnesota Business Executive Breakfast forum

By Emily Gasperlin
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

MN BIZ: What led you to becoming an expert in leadership presence and the power of communication?
ROSHINI: This actually was quite unintentional. I've always loved language and spent what turned out to be my first career in TV as a reporter and anchor. That's when I fell in love with talk radio. So as I developed the idea to launch my own business, I knew it needed to have a combo of teaching and performing. My current status as a presence engineer, radio host, business columnist and media commentator really came out of my development as a broadcaster and emcee.

MN BIZ: Why should professionals (at all stages in their careers) care about their presence?
ROSHINI: Presence is your calling card. It is how you show up and how you leave a space. When you don't care about it, no one else will. That in turn leads to loss of business. Worse yet, you may never take off in the first place.

MN BIZ: You are going to the be keynote speaker for the October 13 Executive Breakfast event called "Own your WOW!" Why should people attend the breakfast? What can they expect to take away from the event?

ROSHINI: People should attend the Executive Breakfast because it's sponsored by two great local brands [Minnesota Business and Sunrise Banks] who care beyond their own presence to strengthen the personal and business brands of others. Attendees will identify whether they are actually showcasing their key differentiators and then how to put themselves in the marketplace as WOW!s rather than just an "option."

MN BIZ: Any favorite words of advice or encouragement?
ROSHINI: Less is more. There are no coincidences.

MN BIZ: Is there anything else you'd like our audience to know about you?
ROSHINI: My happy place is a chai tea latte. It's important for every person to have what I call his/her green space. This is space in every day that's used to recharge. From taking a bike ride or ten minutes on your motorcycle to sitting and reading the Wall Street Journal from beginning to end with a chai latte in your hand. If you don't prioritize green space, you can't be the best you.


Learn more about how to Own Your WOW!™ at Minnesota Business's October Executive Breakfast forum. Click here to sign up!