I’m so glad I had a chance to see you kick off the big end of the year meeting with such a creative and highly customized program. Several members commented to me afterwards that you were downright mesmerizing! Many told me that they couldn’t remember a presentation where they laughed and learned so much all at the same time. Clearly your high energy and combination of content and comedy really hit home. Thank you for a truly unique and wonderfully memorable keynote speech.
The fact that you researched so much about AAHAM ahead of time and worked in so many inside references while using topical humor was very impressive. But your ability to interweave those inside references with your considerable talents as a juggler to create a whole series of moving images—deftly illustrating all the stresses and challenges our members have to balance—well, that was just plain amazing!
In addition to being thoroughly entertaining, the juggling and balancing visuals were a strong complement to your well-crafted message about keeping all the balls in the air (and frankly, a very refreshing change of pace for power point slide presentations). Best of all, your key points on what you call the new R&R-Resiliency & Resourcefulness, along with your catchy acronyms like W.H.O.O.P.S (When Humans Overcome Obstacles, Providence Smiles) left us with a lot of food for thought and gave us a much appreciated uplift to our spirits.
I am delighted that I was able to follow-up with Chris Reagan at Get Ahead Speakers Bureau to secure your services for our ’06 and ’07 national conventions. I am confident his vivid and engaging style would enliven any meeting, and I welcome you to use my name as a reference.
Robert L. DeBiase, Jr.
National AAHAM President