Am I on a roll? It is kind of cool getting one more testimonial in a month:
Wow! Overcoming adversity, commitment, love, Faith, communication, passion, are just some of the things I felt during Gordon and Jill’s presentation. But the biggest thing that pulled at my emotion was a desire to act! Get my life and protection based assets in order and fast.
Also, I was inspired to go and help more people get their financial life in order ASAP. I will not take ‘NO’ for an answer!
Jim Lake VP & National Head of Sales, Life, DI, & Retirement Income Specialists, CAS, RICP®
That was the site of my second talk. My first talk was at 8:30am and the site there was the best I have ever seen. Did we get pictures? No! Jill and I were in awe…and we forgot to get any pictures. You will just have to take our word for it: AMAZING!
After I was done with my talk, they had a break and I was able to give each attendee a book. The sales people who came up to talk to me were so thankful for my message of hope, faith and empathy.
Afterwards, I rested up for my second talk of the day. I am scheduled to call this week and review the pluses/negatives of my talk; I will let you know how it goes.
I heard of some photos taken by the Deloitte photographers that are incredible; I can wait to see them! I will also share with you once I receive them.
So why did they like my talk?
Tom Lutz, Director of Sales said:
“I invited Gordon and his wife Jill to be the keynote speakers for Deloitte’s National Sales Meeting and they knocked the cover off the ball! I’ve hired sports heroes, navy seals, and other terrific motivational speakers in the past but Gordon’s story was the most powerful. The hundreds in attendance unanimously agreed that Gordon’s inspirational story of loss, recovery, hope and faith was a real eye opener and provided all of us with a reminder of what’s really important in life.”
My stroke was 7 years ago this month. We have worked on recovery every day since I woke up, unable to move the right side of my body. This video of me at therapy shows how far I have come! Yeah, my movement is not perfect but I can lift my arm over my head, open and close my hand, and roughly engage my fine-motor skills. WOW!
My physical trainer, Ryan Rockwood, filmed me. My thanks go out to Ryan and the great people at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing for their consistent support and encouragement throughout my recovery.
Mike Lee heard so many great things about me, that he want to interview Jill and me. Unfortunately, I did not communicate with him that my verbals skills were EXTREMELY weak. He found that out after a few minutes. Luckily, Jill was able to help. I rephrase that: Jill carried the entire interview… I said maybe a couple of words. I must say, Jill was fantastic…then again, she always is! Mike said he would send me the audio file so you can listen and I hope to have next week.
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.