We were very grateful to have Gordon and Jill open our 2019 International DI Society Conference. Their story of overcoming such an unexpected challenge in their lives with determination, teamwork and faith was simply put, inspiring. Gordon infused into his speech humor and a positive attitude that was infectious. His talk reinforced the need for all the 130 advisors, wholesalers and corporate leadership attending our meeting to promote the benefits of a sound income protection plan.
We were especially impressed by the tenacity Gordon and Jill showed to painstakingly build on every day, smaller successes that ultimately led to sustained progress. Their journey is one of triumph from which we can all learn.
Thank you, Gordon and Jill, for joining us in San Diego.
Don Schamay, CFP®
International Disability Insurance Society
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!
VP & National Head of Sales, Life, DI, & Retirement Income Specialists, CAS, RICP®
Dr. Dan Critchett interviewed Jill (with me standing by her side) and talked about how faith got her to where she is today. I even said a couple of words! Check it out!
This was incredible!
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.
Mike Lee #DifferenceMakers, 1pm Fridays & 11am Saturdays PST on True Talk 800…Gordon and Jill Viggiano share about their “new normal” after Gordon’s near fatal stroke dramatically changed their lives. Read Jill’s book, “Painful Blessing: A Story of Loss, Recovery, Hope, and Faith.”