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We worked with TJ Sweeney as an officiant for our wedding in Hartford CT in March 2017. TJ was absolutely wonderful throughout the process and he exceeded our expectations for any officiant. The ceremony he created with us was beautifully customized (we requested a fairly traditional but secular ceremony), his tone for the level of (medium) seriousness we wanted was perfect, and he was able to add such warmth to the ceremony that it prompted some guests to ask whether we knew him personally. Generally, he is the kind of guy you would be happy to have a beer with :) TJ patiently provided us with a lengthy phone consultation AND a detailed in-person meeting a few months prior to the ceremony during which time he interviewed us to get to know us and helped us customize our ceremony with plenty of new ideas. A few weeks before the ceremony, TJ provided a draft script of the ceremony and was responsive to our emails about any alterations or additions. TJ helped us incorporate our dogs’ participation into the wedding with the right level of humor and introduced us to some passages and rituals that made it all the more meaningful to us. He looked all the part during the ceremony with his judicial/ministerial black robe and commanding speaking voice. My husband and I recommend him without hesitation.
Kids enjoyed the show. Malik was on time, professional and did a wonderful job. I would hire him again and recommend him for others. -Private City Club Manager
Excellent speaker. She had the audience rolling in laughter from some of her humorous stories.
I came to Bren because I wanted to work on some new monologues and prepare for graduate school auditions. Bren was so generous with her resources, helping me find the right pieces for me, and helping shape them into pieces that showed my skill and personal style. After I chose the right monologues, I continued working with Bren for a few months to prepare for grad school. She was such a source of support, helping me believe in myself and my artistry, and giving me valuable insight into the world of professional acting and graduate programs. If you're looking to prepare for the next stage of your acting career, or are looking for help with any public speaking or presentation skills, I highly recommend Bren for her experience, her insight, and her generosity of spirit.
Rob's energy and passion for what he does are clear right away. He always has a positive outlook and will help you find the silver lining in every situation. When I first spoke with him, I was having some trouble being underappreciated at work. Rob offered sound advice and was always there for me when I needed him. Highly recommend Rob as a life and business coach, motivational speaker and all of the above!
Just started meeting with him. I found him to be attentive, positive and knowledgeable.
To whom it my concern: I had the great fortune of a serendipitous introduction to Ms. Iafrate during a marketing program to develop an outreach campaign. We had a simple phone call exchange. I hung up I said to myself “either that woman is a direct descendant of PT Barnum or I just got off the phone with one of the most authentic, sincere and dynamic women that ever came across the bow of Grab The Torch” I was so impressed, and to a certain degree intrigued and curious to meet her, I scheduled a lunch. I was delighted that it was the latter. After lunch, I knew she would be invited to speak at our 2016 Boston Institute. As the founder of a Leadership, Ethics, Empathy and Philanthropy Institute every speaker and panelist that I select must fit perfectly with our mission, so you can imagine how careful I am in the process. This was a very good decision. Ms. Iafrate was the final speaker of the day. She followed The John Hancock/Boston Marathon and WGBH/William Lowell of the Lowell Institute. The pervious speakers delivered great content, but it had been a very long day for the girls. She had been sitting in the audience surveying and getting a pulse of the day, along with the ‘temperature’ of the girls. Even the most seasoned and professional speakers find that time of day, combined with being a first-time presenter a tough and intimidating time slot. She walked on stage and in an almost unimaginable way, immediately flipped a switch unleashing excitement and engagement in a thoughtful and meaningful way. She was prepared and ready to provide a launching pad for the girls. The presentation moved along at a pace that stimulated reflection and participation, without losing them for a second. She drew them in, opened their minds to new ideas and processes. She gave them a clearer lens to view themselves and others around them. She then turned the tables and unleased them. The room was abuzz with laughter and excitement, accompanied by a purposeful call to action. The execution was flawless. I, without any reservation or hesitation wholeheartedly recommend and endorse Ms. Iafrate. I think the following statements directly from the girls are more powerful than anything I could ever say. “The way Ms. Iafrate connected with us and spoke to us like equals made me truly want to absorb everything she said. Her ability to successfully communicate her tips in a succinct and sometimes humorous manner is what makes her unforgettable. Forever leaning in” “I never thought two words (lean in) would ever have such a profound impact on me. It wasn’t the phrase, but how it was delivered to me. Ms. Iafrate open the door to a new and enlighten way to lead my life. My favorite speaker of the week at GTT” Dave Aldrich Founder and CEO Grab The Torch firstname.lastname@example.org
Aaron is a dynamic and energetic speaker who within minutes had our students hooked on his positive message and thought-provoking questions. He spoke to the students about believing in themselves and challenges them all to visualize their great qualities. He has also done performances and sang at our graduation ceremonies for the past two years. Not only is his motivational speaking great, but he is just a real, compassionate and caring person. His dedication to supporting youth is inspiring.
Silicon Valley is populated with exceptional people. But, even among these stars, Joanie Bigwood shines brighter and embodies an entirely new level of creative storytelling, cerebral hilarity, and audience engagement. Last summer, I hosted an event for over 100 Toastmasters and their families and friends. Toastmasters is an organization that helps people master public speaking and most of the attendees at our event were long-time members who have seen a lot of speeches. For entertainment we had a monk in full orange monk regalia who taught us a series of collaborative exercises and games, a nuclear engineer/ecstatic dancer who showed us how to do Contact Improv, Miss Ethiopia who gave an inspirational speech and led us through a Zumba session, and Joanie Bigwood who won our hearts with the most unique talk/performance of the night! Joanie wowed the crowd as she simultaneously juggled a series of balls, representing different stages of parenthood, while she gave an introspective and enlightening talk that included one of the most honest and funniest rap songs about raising kids that I have ever heard. She danced, she sang, she juggled, and she gave a speech that made me laugh and cry. No one could take their eyes off of her and at the end of the performance she got a standing ovation (from a really discerning crowd). People were still talking about her at the end of the night, wanting to know more about her and where they could go to see her perform again! Joanie Bigwood was the star of our event and I would recommend her to infinity and beyond!
When I read "I Call Myself Earth Girl" I was fascinated with the story of how a husband and wife were trying to comprehend a crazy life experience. The descriptive words hooked me and the plot reeled me in so quickly that I couldn't put it down. I just had to figure out the mystery! I must say, I didn't see what was coming, so when it did I was deeply affected. Jan Krause Greene is an amazing author, a very articulate activist for the well-being of earth and expresses her concerns about Mother Earth in such a way that you see them as your concerns too.
Dale, Karen, and Sharon are amazing motivational speakers - funny, engaging, and smart. They weave stories into the topic that engages the audience and makes it easier to understand the information they are communicating. Ive heard them speak many times about small business development, marketing, work life balance and they are always on point and great.
Michelle, was an excellent and engaging speaker. She took the time in advance to understand the challenges of the leadership team she spoke too and really engaged them in a non-threatening way. She discussed change management, in an environment going through difficult change and took the "fear" out of the discussion. I would highly recommend Michelle, as she is engaging, professional and energetic!
What do you want to do RIGHT NOW...so that you don't regret NOT doing it 5 years from now? Do you have a plan to make that happen? The best way to make certain that you are satisfied and productive in your personal and professional lives is to check in with yourself from time-to-time to discover what you are most passionate about. Our innovative "Mental Massage" seminar is designed to guide you to clarify and set your goals, reduce stress, enhance your mind/body balance, and use the power you already have within to achieve your goals--in a transformational group workshop. You will leave a "Mental Massage" program equipped with a road map to get you from where you are to where you truly want to be...with vision, courage, determination and passion. Our award-winning book, "One Door Closes: Overcoming Adversity By Following Your Dreams," captures the inspirational, highly emotional stories of 16 people from all walks of life who have triumphed over seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve their goals. Also included are 10 self-assessment tools you can use to design your own blueprint for success. Our clients include educational institutions, financial services companies, chambers of commerce, business networking groups, real estate companies, health and wellness centers, and more. We Motivate to Activate YOUR True Potential(tm)! Our clients include educational
Jim Bouchard presented at the PMI Mass Bay Chapter Professional Development Day - He was our keynote speaker and conducted one of the 4 hour workshops. Feedback from participants was very positive! His presentation was relevant to project managers and they walked away feeling motivated. Jim is an engaging speaker. He connects with the audience right from the start and captures and maintains their attention through a variety of stories, statistics and by sharing his knowledge.
Dr. Slaughter is a dynamic presenter, teacher, and motivational speaker. His trademark is facilitating sessions that drive results and change around issues involving unconscious bias, organizational development, and diversity. He has successfully delivered coaching, consulting, training, and communication solutions to increase the performance and effectiveness of executives, teachers, entrepreneurs and teams.
March of 2013 I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Jacqui Senn at the Repowering Women: Knowledge IS Power conference event with South Central Alliance of Churches. Jacqui joined me and other motivational speakers as a Keynote Speaker who's topic of address was Identifying & Surviving Abuse. Though often times this subject is challenging to tackle Jacqui did it with such grace, strength, passion, and pose until there was barely a dry eye in the house. Jacqui is a professional speaker with an empowering courageous story to share with others who have walked a mile in her shoes. I was impressed with Jacqui, her testimony, and her professionalism. If you are looking for an awe-inspiring speaker I would recommend Jacqui Senn every time.
I make it my business to acknowledge people, to make them comfortable, engage them. I address their wants and needs and work with them until they perform with confidence and knowledge.
Experienced Minister, Proffessional, Coach, Counselor
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I provide motivational and inspirational talks to groups using music and stories. My stories are based on my personal experience and overcoming life's challenges.