We are going on a field trip!


How exciting!  Jill is speaking at Inspire + Aspire Women’s Leadership Conference this weekend.  She will be giving a presentation on the women in her family who came before her and asks “Do they matter today?  Will I matter tomorrow?”

How will it go?  I am guessing FLAWLESS…but I will tell you more after the weekend. She will be joined with 14 other speakers.

THE GOAL of Inspire+Aspire™ is to focus on personal and professional development while being surrounded by likeminded women who are interested in leadership, inspiration, and meaningful discussion.

Back Where We Started

RotaryA little over two years ago, Gordon gave his presentation, “My Brain Has A Hole In It” for the first time to a group of close friends.  That experience started us on a new path–Inspirational Speaking!  But who, other than friends, would want to listen to us?  Would we be inspirational to people who had never heard of us?

Gordon and I started making phone calls, trying to book an opportunity to speak to an audience of strangers.  It took some time but we were eventually introduced to Dennis, an active member of Rotary.  After a delightful meeting in front of a local coffee shop, Dennis agreed to give us a chance.

Our first speaking engagement was to the Greater Clark County Rotary of Vancouver, Washington.  I was very nervous for Gordon but he was completely confident.  I don’t think he even considered that the presentation might not go well.  Gordon was right–he got a standing ovation.

Two years have gone by and so much has happened.  Gordon has given well over 100 speeches.  I’ve published a book and have launched my own speaking career.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak to that same Rotary Club, back where we started.  This time Gordon was nervous for me!  No need to be nervous, Rotary clubs are filled with wonderful people.  This time, it was my turn to get a standing ovation 😉

Jill Viggiano

Listen to my fans!

 

 

“The story you and Jill shared was inspiring, thought-provoking and a welcome departure from our typical speakers at this event.”

Linda Navarro
President & CEO, Oregon Bankers Association

 

“Working, as we do, in the health care and insurance fields your presentation helped reinforce how important it is for us to always remember that the work we do is ultimately about being there for our members when they need us most.  Your story is a window into what others may be experiencing and how critical is the need for compassionate, competent healthcare.”

Mark Charpentier
VP, Kaiser Permanente

 

“Jill made their experience relevant to our audience by sharing how the disability insurance coverage that their family had purchased made it possible for them to meet their financial obligations.” 

Janet Schober | Manager, IDI Sales Program
The Standard

The nurses liked me!

PAGE: STROKE NURSING SYMPOSIUM 2013 DAY 1 EVALUATION
1. Gordon Viggiano: There is a Hole in My Brain
  answered question 169
  skipped question 0
  1. Strongly Disagree 2. Disagree 3. Neutral 4. Agree 5. Strongly Agree Rating
Count
1. The presentation was clear & to the point. 2.4% (4) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 20.7% (35) 76.9% (130) 169
2. The content was interesting. 2.4% (4) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 14.2% (24) 83.4% (141) 169
3. My learning needs were addressed. 2.4% (4) 0.0% (0) 2.4% (4) 21.9% (37) 73.4% (124) 169
4. The presenter demonstrated mastery of the topic. 2.4% (4) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 17.2% (29) 80.5% (136) 169
5. I gained new insight & information relative to my job. 2.4% (4) 0.0% (0) 2.4% (4) 16.0% (27) 79.3% (134) 169
 COMMENTS:
 
1. I thought it was great that both he, and his wife spoke on this topic from their individual viewpoints. Thu, Nov 14, 2013 3:33 PM  
2. This cupple helped with the personal side of stoke Wed, Nov 13, 2013 1:28 AM  
3. Amazing speaker, great to see the patient side of stroke Tue, Nov 12, 2013 4:05 PM  
4. great speakers and very captivating Tue, Nov 12, 2013 12:07 AM  
5. What an inspiration! I so enjoyed his presentation and gained insight listening to his personal experiences. I also appreciated his wife speaking to her experience with his stroke. Thu, Nov 7, 2013 5:22 PM  
6. excellent! a wonderful way to kick off the sympsium. made everything after so much more meaningful Thu, Nov 7, 2013 3:27 PM  
7. Very informative first hand experience from a patients perspective and point of view Thu, Nov 7, 2013 6:40 AM  
8. thank you for letting us be a part of pts lives after stroke. amazing. Wed, Nov 6, 2013 12:08 PM  
9. VERY good way to start the symposium. Enjoyed getting the perspective of both the patient & spouse/family. Tue, Nov 5, 2013 3:36 PM .
10. LOVE IT, very inspirational Tue, Nov 5, 2013 1:10 PM  
11. Inspiring and helpful Mon, Nov 4, 2013 2:28 PM .
12. Great to have a stroke survivor and his wife speak about how this has affected their life. Sun, Nov 3, 2013 8:39 AM  
13. His story is amazing. He is amazing. He reminded me why I do what I do! Really, really great to hear him speak!!!! Sun, Nov 3, 2013 12:45 AM  
14. always good to get the patients perspective Sat, Nov 2, 2013 3:42 PM  
15. It was very interesting to hear a stroke survivior’s personal experience since we do not see them once they are discharged from hospital. Sat, Nov 2, 2013 11:25 AM  
16. Excellent presentation Fri, Nov 1, 2013 11:11 PM  
17. He is amazing. Great story and good application! Enjoyed his story very much. Fri, Nov 1, 2013 7:17 PM  
18. Awesome man! A very interesting life story. I am very impressed. Thought about Gordon for days and told my family about his story and about his wife who is such a strong person. I think people should hear and know stories like this one. It helps to stop and think about your life, and maybe appreciate more things we have. Fri, Nov 1, 2013 6:15 PM  
19. most touching and inspirational story! thank you for sharing. Fri, Nov 1, 2013 2:30 PM  
20. Patient prospective and experience is so important, especially when he was not able to verbalize his feelings. Also, the patients needs and viewpoint, during rehab, and how it impacts the family, is not discussed enough. Fri, Nov 1, 2013 12:16 PM  
21. Great presentation from Gordon and Jill..really profound and appreciated all their insights. Fri, Nov 1, 2013 10:21 AM  
22. My favorite presentation! Great way to start with a bang 🙂 Fri, Nov 1, 2013 10:01 AM  
23. This was by far the best presentation of the entire symposium. Gordon and Jill both brought such good insight into strokes that we as inpatient providers are unaware of. Thu, Oct 31, 2013 9:12 PM  
24. Great couple Thu, Oct 31, 2013 4:53 PM  
25. very interesting and inspiring talk. a perspective we don’t often hear. Thu, Oct 31, 2013 3:05 PM  
26. Patient perspective is very valuable. I appreciated his willingness to share openly with all of us. Thu, Oct 31, 2013 10:06 AM  
27. He and his wife are a wonderful example of love and triumph. It is always nice to hear the story of people after hospitalization and on the road to recovery. In the hospital we get such a small example of progress for the patient. Thu, Oct 31, 2013 7:40 AM  
28. very well done and inspirational Thu, Oct 31, 2013 6:05 AM  
29. He took time to send me a copy of the slide left brain and right brain. very greatful Thu, Oct 31, 2013 5:37 AM  
30. Excellent. The man is truly inspirational. Thu, Oct 31, 2013 5:08 AM  
31. outstanding presentation Thu, Oct 31, 2013 1:52 AM  
32. Gordon is excellent! Every nurse should hear his story! Wed, Oct 30, 2013 4:44 PM  
33. Thank you so much for starting us all off on the right foot – the patient’s experience…which should be all that matters but is often lost to the technological stuff. Wed, Oct 30, 2013 3:48 PM  
34. Exellent Presentation! Thank you so much! This was the best part of the whole day. Wed, Oct 30, 2013 3:00 PM  
35. very inspiring! Wed, Oct 30, 2013 1:49 PM  
36. Gordon and his wife were amazing. Hearing all the information from a patient andor families perspective was very valuable. Wed, Oct 30, 2013 12:39 PM  
37. Such a wonderful and inspiring story. This provides very good insight into our practice when teaching and coaching our stroke patients. Wed, Oct 30, 2013 12:12 PM  
38. Recommend to decreae time for patient stories to 30 min. Wed, Oct 30, 2013 9:31 AM  
39. Want to thank this couple for sharing their open, honest and very touching story. I have gained insite into how to interact with family members in various stages of the patient recovery process. This was VERY valuable informaiton. Wed, Oct 30, 2013 9:09 AM  
40. Excellent speaker Wed, Oct 30, 2013 8:29 AM  
41. Best part of the whole symposium! Wed, Oct 30, 2013 7:20 AM  
42. Gordon was a great speaker and very inspirational. I am so glad that he spoke at the conference, I think neuro nurses need to see and hear about what happens after the pt discharges. All too often we never hear about the recovery, which is very exciting. Wed, Oct 30, 2013 2:44 AM  
43. Really liked their story. Both sides. Tue, Oct 29, 2013 11:49 PM  
44. Amazing way to start the seminar! Tue, Oct 29, 2013 9:49 PM  
45. It was really great hearing his inspiring and informative story. Always good to hear the perspective from the patient and family. We can learn from them. Tue, Oct 29, 2013 8:24 PM  
46. I attended the first day last year and I must say this was a great addition!! Found it insightful, heartbreaking and helpful!! Tue, Oct 29, 2013 6:23 PM  
47. Wonderful presentation – recommend for all neuro staff (doctors, nurses, nurse’s aids, social workers, etc.) Was an interesting, insightful, and refreshing way to begin the symposium. Tue, Oct 29, 2013 4:32 PM  
48. Great way to start a conference Tue, Oct 29, 2013 3:47 PM  
49. It was very moving. I thank you Tue, Oct 29, 2013 9:47 AM  
50. excellent Tue, Oct 29, 2013 9:33 AM  
51. Very good presentation, I am glad he included the information about his faith, that was the best part of the presentation. Tue, Oct 29, 2013 6:40 AM
52. Gordon and Jill were so honest and transparent with their feelings and perceptions. I felt like I was walking in their shoes. Thank you for having them share their experience with us. I feel so honored to have been their audience. Mon, Oct 28, 2013 10:08 PM  
53. This was a fantastic way to start the conference! Mon, Oct 28, 2013 8:49 PM  
54. Stroke Symposium presented by the speakers was very informative to some of us who doesn’t really deal with Stroke patients but could possibly be one while in our unit, very grateful to be informed with the signs and symptoms/alerts for Stroke assessments. Speaker was very inspiring and made me think twice with what and how important life is. Appreciated including God which is a big part why we’re all here! Mon, Oct 28, 2013 8:10 PM  
55. Very compelling speaker ! Invaluable insight – especially from his wife’s view.
Thank you and many kudos!
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 7:35 PM  
56. Gordon and his wife gave a very informative and personal overview of the stroke process. It’s great to have a valuable insight and dimension of this event. I am moved by his courage and fortitude of his wife on his ongoing success. Mon, Oct 28, 2013 
57. It was so refreshing to hear a patient’s experience of a stroke and his recovery. Excellent and inspiring. Mon, Oct 28, 2013 
58. totally awesome. great value w first hand experience speaker and so very touching. Mon, Oct 28, 2013 7:10 PM  
59. Loved hearing Gordon and Jill’s story. One of the best symposiums I’ve ever attended. Mon, Oct 28, 2013 
60. very moving Mon, Oct 28, 2013 5:53 PM  
61. Really appreciated this presentation, and was inspired by Gordon (and Jill’s) tenacity and courage. As an RN who spends most of my time with patient’s in the ICU, it is always amazing to get to see people months to years out from their injury, living their lives, overcoming obstacles and also sharing about their hardships and their accomplishments. Thank-you for having them speak, and thank-you to both of them for having the courage and willingness to share their story. Mon, Oct 28, 2013 4:42 PM  
62. He and his wife were fabulous! Thank you so much for including their presentation. I especially appreciated their thoughts on how their faith sustained and helped them. Faith and trust in God is a topic generally overlooked but their experience demonstrates how important it is/was for a good outcome. Mon, Oct 28, 2013 4:37 PM  
63. Very touching and wonderful presentation Mon, Oct 28, 2013 4:12 PM  
64. Great to have it from the perscpective of someone who has gone through it and tell their tale! Mon, Oct 28, 2013 3:30 PM  
65. He was inspiring , very interesting . Mon, Oct 28, 2013 3:06 PM

 

The nurses liked me!

PAGE: STROKE NURSING SYMPOSIUM 2013 DAY 1 EVALUATION
1. Gordon Viggiano: There is a Hole in My Brain
  answered question 169
  skipped question 0
  1. Strongly Disagree 2. Disagree 3. Neutral 4. Agree 5. Strongly Agree Rating
Count
1. The presentation was clear & to the point. 2.4% (4) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 20.7% (35) 76.9% (130) 169
2. The content was interesting. 2.4% (4) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 14.2% (24) 83.4% (141) 169
3. My learning needs were addressed. 2.4% (4) 0.0% (0) 2.4% (4) 21.9% (37) 73.4% (124) 169
4. The presenter demonstrated mastery of the topic. 2.4% (4) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 17.2% (29) 80.5% (136) 169
5. I gained new insight & information relative to my job. 2.4% (4) 0.0% (0) 2.4% (4) 16.0% (27) 79.3% (134) 169
 COMMENTS:
 
1. I thought it was great that both he, and his wife spoke on this topic from their individual viewpoints. Thu, Nov 14, 2013 3:33 PM  
2. This cupple helped with the personal side of stoke Wed, Nov 13, 2013 1:28 AM  
3. Amazing speaker, great to see the patient side of stroke Tue, Nov 12, 2013 4:05 PM  
4. great speakers and very captivating Tue, Nov 12, 2013 12:07 AM  
5. What an inspiration! I so enjoyed his presentation and gained insight listening to his personal experiences. I also appreciated his wife speaking to her experience with his stroke. Thu, Nov 7, 2013 5:22 PM  
6. excellent! a wonderful way to kick off the sympsium. made everything after so much more meaningful Thu, Nov 7, 2013 3:27 PM  
7. Very informative first hand experience from a patients perspective and point of view Thu, Nov 7, 2013 6:40 AM  
8. thank you for letting us be a part of pts lives after stroke. amazing. Wed, Nov 6, 2013 12:08 PM  
9. VERY good way to start the symposium. Enjoyed getting the perspective of both the patient & spouse/family. Tue, Nov 5, 2013 3:36 PM .
10. LOVE IT, very inspirational Tue, Nov 5, 2013 1:10 PM  
11. Inspiring and helpful Mon, Nov 4, 2013 2:28 PM .
12. Great to have a stroke survivor and his wife speak about how this has affected their life. Sun, Nov 3, 2013 8:39 AM  
13. His story is amazing. He is amazing. He reminded me why I do what I do! Really, really great to hear him speak!!!! Sun, Nov 3, 2013 12:45 AM  
14. always good to get the patients perspective Sat, Nov 2, 2013 3:42 PM  
15. It was very interesting to hear a stroke survivior’s personal experience since we do not see them once they are discharged from hospital. Sat, Nov 2, 2013 11:25 AM  
16. Excellent presentation Fri, Nov 1, 2013 11:11 PM  
17. He is amazing. Great story and good application! Enjoyed his story very much. Fri, Nov 1, 2013 7:17 PM  
18. Awesome man! A very interesting life story. I am very impressed. Thought about Gordon for days and told my family about his story and about his wife who is such a strong person. I think people should hear and know stories like this one. It helps to stop and think about your life, and maybe appreciate more things we have. Fri, Nov 1, 2013 6:15 PM  
19. most touching and inspirational story! thank you for sharing. Fri, Nov 1, 2013 2:30 PM  
20. Patient prospective and experience is so important, especially when he was not able to verbalize his feelings. Also, the patients needs and viewpoint, during rehab, and how it impacts the family, is not discussed enough. Fri, Nov 1, 2013 12:16 PM  
21. Great presentation from Gordon and Jill..really profound and appreciated all their insights. Fri, Nov 1, 2013 10:21 AM  
22. My favorite presentation! Great way to start with a bang 🙂 Fri, Nov 1, 2013 10:01 AM  
23. This was by far the best presentation of the entire symposium. Gordon and Jill both brought such good insight into strokes that we as inpatient providers are unaware of. Thu, Oct 31, 2013 9:12 PM  
24. Great couple Thu, Oct 31, 2013 4:53 PM  
25. very interesting and inspiring talk. a perspective we don’t often hear. Thu, Oct 31, 2013 3:05 PM  
26. Patient perspective is very valuable. I appreciated his willingness to share openly with all of us. Thu, Oct 31, 2013 10:06 AM  
27. He and his wife are a wonderful example of love and triumph. It is always nice to hear the story of people after hospitalization and on the road to recovery. In the hospital we get such a small example of progress for the patient. Thu, Oct 31, 2013 7:40 AM  
28. very well done and inspirational Thu, Oct 31, 2013 6:05 AM  
29. He took time to send me a copy of the slide left brain and right brain. very greatful Thu, Oct 31, 2013 5:37 AM  
30. Excellent. The man is truly inspirational. Thu, Oct 31, 2013 5:08 AM  
31. outstanding presentation Thu, Oct 31, 2013 1:52 AM  
32. Gordon is excellent! Every nurse should hear his story! Wed, Oct 30, 2013 4:44 PM  
33. Thank you so much for starting us all off on the right foot – the patient’s experience…which should be all that matters but is often lost to the technological stuff. Wed, Oct 30, 2013 3:48 PM  
34. Exellent Presentation! Thank you so much! This was the best part of the whole day. Wed, Oct 30, 2013 3:00 PM  
35. very inspiring! Wed, Oct 30, 2013 1:49 PM  
36. Gordon and his wife were amazing. Hearing all the information from a patient andor families perspective was very valuable. Wed, Oct 30, 2013 12:39 PM  
37. Such a wonderful and inspiring story. This provides very good insight into our practice when teaching and coaching our stroke patients. Wed, Oct 30, 2013 12:12 PM  
38. Recommend to decreae time for patient stories to 30 min. Wed, Oct 30, 2013 9:31 AM  
39. Want to thank this couple for sharing their open, honest and very touching story. I have gained insite into how to interact with family members in various stages of the patient recovery process. This was VERY valuable informaiton. Wed, Oct 30, 2013 9:09 AM  
40. Excellent speaker Wed, Oct 30, 2013 8:29 AM  
41. Best part of the whole symposium! Wed, Oct 30, 2013 7:20 AM  
42. Gordon was a great speaker and very inspirational. I am so glad that he spoke at the conference, I think neuro nurses need to see and hear about what happens after the pt discharges. All too often we never hear about the recovery, which is very exciting. Wed, Oct 30, 2013 2:44 AM  
43. Really liked their story. Both sides. Tue, Oct 29, 2013 11:49 PM  
44. Amazing way to start the seminar! Tue, Oct 29, 2013 9:49 PM  
45. It was really great hearing his inspiring and informative story. Always good to hear the perspective from the patient and family. We can learn from them. Tue, Oct 29, 2013 8:24 PM  
46. I attended the first day last year and I must say this was a great addition!! Found it insightful, heartbreaking and helpful!! Tue, Oct 29, 2013 6:23 PM  
47. Wonderful presentation – recommend for all neuro staff (doctors, nurses, nurse’s aids, social workers, etc.) Was an interesting, insightful, and refreshing way to begin the symposium. Tue, Oct 29, 2013 4:32 PM  
48. Great way to start a conference Tue, Oct 29, 2013 3:47 PM  
49. It was very moving. I thank you Tue, Oct 29, 2013 9:47 AM  
50. excellent Tue, Oct 29, 2013 9:33 AM  
51. Very good presentation, I am glad he included the information about his faith, that was the best part of the presentation. Tue, Oct 29, 2013 6:40 AM
52. Gordon and Jill were so honest and transparent with their feelings and perceptions. I felt like I was walking in their shoes. Thank you for having them share their experience with us. I feel so honored to have been their audience. Mon, Oct 28, 2013 10:08 PM  
53. This was a fantastic way to start the conference! Mon, Oct 28, 2013 8:49 PM  
54. Stroke Symposium presented by the speakers was very informative to some of us who doesn’t really deal with Stroke patients but could possibly be one while in our unit, very grateful to be informed with the signs and symptoms/alerts for Stroke assessments. Speaker was very inspiring and made me think twice with what and how important life is. Appreciated including God which is a big part why we’re all here! Mon, Oct 28, 2013 8:10 PM  
55. Very compelling speaker ! Invaluable insight – especially from his wife’s view.
Thank you and many kudos!
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 7:35 PM  
56. Gordon and his wife gave a very informative and personal overview of the stroke process. It’s great to have a valuable insight and dimension of this event. I am moved by his courage and fortitude of his wife on his ongoing success. Mon, Oct 28, 2013 
57. It was so refreshing to hear a patient’s experience of a stroke and his recovery. Excellent and inspiring. Mon, Oct 28, 2013 
58. totally awesome. great value w first hand experience speaker and so very touching. Mon, Oct 28, 2013 7:10 PM  
59. Loved hearing Gordon and Jill’s story. One of the best symposiums I’ve ever attended. Mon, Oct 28, 2013 
60. very moving Mon, Oct 28, 2013 5:53 PM  
61. Really appreciated this presentation, and was inspired by Gordon (and Jill’s) tenacity and courage. As an RN who spends most of my time with patient’s in the ICU, it is always amazing to get to see people months to years out from their injury, living their lives, overcoming obstacles and also sharing about their hardships and their accomplishments. Thank-you for having them speak, and thank-you to both of them for having the courage and willingness to share their story. Mon, Oct 28, 2013 4:42 PM  
62. He and his wife were fabulous! Thank you so much for including their presentation. I especially appreciated their thoughts on how their faith sustained and helped them. Faith and trust in God is a topic generally overlooked but their experience demonstrates how important it is/was for a good outcome. Mon, Oct 28, 2013 4:37 PM  
63. Very touching and wonderful presentation Mon, Oct 28, 2013 4:12 PM  
64. Great to have it from the perscpective of someone who has gone through it and tell their tale! Mon, Oct 28, 2013 3:30 PM  
65. He was inspiring , very interesting . Mon, Oct 28, 2013 3:06 PM