Another Endorsement!!!

I love how these come when I am having an “off” day. The flu is happening in MY house and we ALL are sick!!!  But this latest praise really said it all:

Gordon’s presentation was not only inspirational, it was entertaining. His story alone is captivating and he tells it in a way that is both somber and humorous. His use of technology was fun and engaging, and he employs strong audience participation. At the end of the presentation we all came away with the foundation of a personal plan to move forward in our own lives whether professionally, personally or both. Gordon was funny, entertaining, serious, engaging – one of the best speakers we’ve had. I highly recommend him.

Laura Cleland
Communications & Operations Director
Association of Oregon Counties

We were featured in AphasiaToolBox!

 

Gordon and Jill Viggiano is a couple who were on the fast track in life. Gordon was a successful sales executive, consultant and entrepreneur; Jill spent 19 years working in commercial real estate before retiring to become a full time mom.   All that changed when Gordon turned 51. On his 51st birthday, Gordon suffered a massive stroke with aphasia.

Gordon is now 7 years post-stroke and he is happy to report that he is getting better all the time. He is certainly not fully recovered from his stroke so this isn’t an “I did it and you can too” speech. Says Gordon: I am in the middle of my recovery and so my perspective is from “the trenches.”

In his presentation “My Brain Has A Hole In It,”he discusses this life changing experience and the lessons that have come along with it. his goal is to inspire people and help them see that good things can happen, even when one doesn’t think it is possible.

Despite his aphasia, Gordon is an inspirational and motivational speaker;  You can book Gordon for speaking engagements; visit his website: www.mybrainllc.com

Gordon’s wife, Jill, focused her skills and energy on his recovery and is now assisting him in his day-to-day needs as well as in his speaking career.  Jill’s book – Painful Blessing: A Story of Loss, Recovery, Hope and Faith, is about her spouse and caregiver experience, shedding light on the real life impact of acquired brain injury, and providing hope and encouragement to those facing significant challenges.

Additional articles on Gordon and Jill are available.

If you have questions about how Aphasiatoolbox.com can help you and your aphasia , please contact us or call us at 724-494-2534. 

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And Jill came in….

IMG_0376SECOND in the writing competition!

It sounds cliche but it was an honor to be nominated =)

We were at the Oregon Christian Writers Conference last week. I was going to write about the experience sooner, but my site revisions took longer than normal.

We began at the conference on Monday night and had dinner with the fellow writers. The following 3 mornings, we had a workshop with Dr. Randy Ingermanson on passive marketing–fascinating!

The take-aways from the conference:

  • Writers write because they like to write, not because they think they will get rich and famous.
  • Jill is an inspirational speaker who wrote a great book, not a writer who also speaks.  It turns out that is an important distinction.

Jill Viggiano