Mark Gorkin

"The Stress Doc"

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    NOAA/National Weather Service
    [1.5 hour "Creatively Managing Stress and Conflict through Interactive Humor" Program for 120 Diversity Managers, Counselors and Team Reps]

    May 8, 2009

    Dear Mark:

    On behalf of the National Weather Service's Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management, I want to thank you once again for your participation at the National Weather Service's Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Training Summit in Atlanta. GA on April 28, 2009.  The Summit was a success.  The presentation you provided was well-received.  It lifted their spirits and gave them an opportunity to laugh and learn how to release any tension they may have been feeling.  Your training style is very engaging.  On behalf of the National Weather Service's Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management, thank you.


    Charly Wells, Director
    NWS Office of Equal Opportunity
    & Diversity Management

    Dept. Of Homeland Security/Federal Women Employees Month
    ["Creatively Dealing with Change and Conflict" -- 1.5 hour Keynote for 150 attendees]

    May 4, 2009

    "Mark Gorkin did a fantastic job of keeping the audience energized in an afternoon presentation entitled "Creatively Dealing with Change and Conflict"!  The group exercises were rousing and well-received.  Mark was a refreshing change from the usual lecturers and talking heads.  One participant stated that he was "quirky but very knowledgeable and interesting".  Numerous laudatory comments were received regarding Mark's delivery methods.  He was definitely the right choice to revitalize the participants right after lunch.  Mark is lively, energizing, and informative.  He definitely knows his stuff!"

    Linda Fresh
    Federal Women's Program Manager
    Department of Homeland Security
    Headquarters Equal Employment Opportunity Office

    13th Expeditionary (HQ) Support Command, Ft. Hood, TX
    ("Communications and Team Building" Predeployment/Offsite program and after dinner speech on "Motivational Humor" for 70 senior officers, senior sergeants and spouses)


    Mark, Sorry it has taken me a week to get back to of those weeks...we will definitely look into seeing how we can get you into theater to experience the "combat" side of definitely were instrumental in setting the stage for our conference and achieved more than I could have ever expected with respect to building our you saw, we are a unique organization consisting of Soldiers in the Active, Reserve and National Guard who generally don't have the opportunity to get together until we meet in theater.......the exercises you provided during the seminar and the excellent dinner session really hit the mark, and provided us with some very useful concepts/tools as we continue to do the spade work in building an effective an organization like this, that is a never ending task...thanks again for making time for provided a wonderful service and laid the foundation---definitely consider you a valued member of the 13th..will definitely stay in touch and yell if--when:) we need some more from the Stress Doc!!!


    Wentz, Paul BG (Brigadier General) MIL USA FORSCOM
    13th Expeditionary (HQ) Support Command, Ft. Hood, TX

    Hampton Roads Society for Human Resources Management
    ["Jolt of CPR -- Being Creative, Passionate & Risk-Taking" Program for 40 SHRM attendees; program was CEU approved by HR Certification Institute]

    February 3, 2009

    Dear Mark:

    What a way to jump start 2009.  Our chapter members thoroughly enjoyed your presentation titled "Does Your Team, Department or Organization Need a Jolt of CPR?"  Following the presentation, various compliments came in which I would like to share with you and those interested in knowing our perspective:

    "Very provocative, well done, creative; he took risks and was nice (compassionate) toward all."
    "Interaction was very enjoyable."
    "Great rap!  The Besty Boys are in Trouble!!"
    "Fun, engaging program."

    Your presentation brought encouragement and inspiration and gave everyone the tools they needed to overcome obstacles and develop allegiances within their workplaces.  In applying the principles taught...workers would evolve and become motivated -- synchronized, imaginative and more productive.

    Thank you for taking the time to share with us your knowledge.

    Very respectfully,

    Kris M. Manwaren, PHR
    Director of Programs

    Howard Community College
    Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development

    Subject: Testimonial
    Date: 1/13/2009

    Mark Gorkin, the “Stress Doc”, did a presentation on “Practicing Safe Stress” for 50 staff members of the Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Howard Community College in December of 2008.  Given the fact that budgets have been cut, everyone is being asked to do more with less, and the overall economic climate is bleak, this could have been a very depressing and stressful session.  Instead, Mark found a way to energize the group and helped them focus on positive strategies.  This is a group of professional trainers who can be critical but their evaluations were extremely favorable.  Not only did we learn ways to lessen our stress, we had fun doing it.  It was an excellent, interactive, productive staff development.

    JoAnn D. Hawkins
    Associate Vice President
    Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development
    Howard Community College

    Louisiana CPA Society/Government Accounting and
    Auditing Annual Conference
    [Keynote/Luncheon Speaker for 200]

    Dec 20, 2008

    Hi Mark:
    I am writing to tell you how much everyone appreciated and enjoyed your Keynote Presentation during the luncheon at the Louisiana Government Accounting and Auditing Conference.
    CPAs can be a tough audience.  However, your message was beneficial and a hit on several levels.  Not only did you impart to the 200 CPAs in attendance valuable tips on how to practice "safe stress," but you also provided useful pointers on improving interpersonal relationships at home and work.
    Your talk produced pendulum type swings in the audience mood ranging from -- listening intently for your valuable information to rollicking laughter at your clever witticisms that drove home your point.    
    Anthony J. Stoltz, CPA
    [CPA Society Board Member]


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