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Quotes from Event Organizers
Robert J. Sawyer has spoken at countless conventions, conferences, club meetings, museums, libraries, schools, universities, bookstores, and more. He's also led nine professional-development seminars about SF for librarians, judged many writing contests, and run several writing workshops.
"Robert J. Sawyer is a dynamic and animated speaker; we were spellbound."
"Just a short note to express my thanks to you for your superb presentation at Hockley Valley. You focused precisely on those areas that were of most interest to the audience. Your delivery was exciting and challenging. A number of our insurance-broker guests spoke to me later about your presentation and there were several discussion later at dinner and the next day."
"Your well-researched speech was perfect for the occasion. It was informative, entertaining, uplifting and thoroughly enjoyed by all. You made us all proud to be engineers, and to be Canadians."
"Thanks again for coming to our meeting. I don't have to tell you the talk hit the spot, as you personally saw how the audience engaged in a lively Q&A at the end of your presentation. This continued into the coffee break, which really shows how much your words provoked the reaction I was hoping for, namely a thought-provoking break from our organizational/technical discussions. Informal feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive. I am glad you could come on short notice. Your participation certainly contributed to the success of our event."
"Engaging, intelligent, entertaining, stimulating. Although these are powerful adjectives that I don't use lightly, they still fall short of conveying the audience response to Rob's keynote address at our conference. We were absolutely delighted!"
"Your keynote address was the perfect kickoff for our conference Facing Technology Together. You obviously did your research on us and the message hit the nail on the head. I was very impressed with how you even worked in the breakfast table conversation about our promotion of 4-H. Fantastic job! Thanks again."
"Your popularity and acclaim have been crucial to our publicity and programming; as our country's articulate SF ambassador, you've been a perfect guest for this `hybrid' academic/populist symposium."
"Your three presentations were engaging, professionally executed and very informative. The response of the visitors that attended your talks was very positive. Speaking not only for myself but on behalf of the Ontario Science Centre, you were, as always, a pleasure to work with, and we look forward to working with you again."
"Eloquent, inspiring and hilarious! Rob Sawyer is quite simply the best speaker on writing I have ever heard."
"Thank you for the memorable event. The kids were duly impressed, enlightened, inspired ... I think you caught them all off guard as they expected someone as `bright and successful' (their words) as you to be inaccessible. Instead, they came back relating to other students the degree of warmth, charisma, passion, and downright good ol' `Canadian Politeness' you displayed."
"A million thanks for the great seminar this afternoon. We rarely see presenters respond with the passion you brought to the discussion, and you can be sure the subscribers from all over your country are going to remember what you said for a long, long time. You addressed so many core issues, and you addressed them with such passion (that word again) and intellect our subscribers very rarely, if ever, get a chance to hear such free-flowing, knowledgeable discussion."
"Once again, thank you so much for visiting our class. The kids wrote a news report for the school newspaper describing what they learned that day, and let's just say, they were completely blown away with your words of wisdom and your sense of humour. It was truly an exceptional experience for all of us and we are very grateful to you."
"It was obvious from the easy rapport you had with the people in your audience that they thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to hear you and to meet with you. We appreciated very much the candor with which you fielded questions from the audience."
"I can attest to Rob Sawyer's poise and zeal in teaching, having invited him into my own classroom to speak on many occasions. Always, he has proven to be the consummate professional: knowledgeable, engaging, prepared, flexible. I recommend him with complete confidence, in the highest way possible, without reservation or qualification."
"The feedback on your seminar has been 100% excellent. As the organizer, it was a pleasure to work with you. You were always thoroughly attentive and well organized."
"What a dynamic speaker you are! It was very gracious of you to stay and chat with the young people after your talk, and it was abundantly obvious they were inspired by you, since they kept you talking for ages!"
"Thank you so much for taking time out of your very busy schedule to come and talk to my class. You were terrific! You brought so many insights and suggestions that you left everyone spellbound. I know I learned a lot."
"To me falls the very great privilege to convey to you our expressions of sincerest gratitude for your generous participation in our annual conference. Your early acceptance permitted us to circulate publicity with your prominent name right from the start. Your excellent, right-on keynote address set the upbeat tone for the whole conference. Your presence and active participation all through the conference was very much appreciated by everybody. Thank you very, very much."
"It was so generous of you to give your time and huge creativity and enthusiasm to this venture for us. We are very grateful. You are indeed a unique and wonderful creation, with imagination, superior writing ability and oral communication par excellence, including a lively sense of humour and sensitivity to all types. Thank you!"
"I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for coming into Mrs. Manchester's writers craft classes the other day. I found the experience very informative, and it has given me that extra motivation I needed to get myself back into writing. Also, not only myself, but many of the people in my class (and friends from the other class) have all said that your Q & A session gave them a fresh look at their own writing. And so I thank you on behalf of myself, the class, and our multitude of fans we are sure to get when each of us become successful writers such as yourself."
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