College Parking Services
["Stress and Team Building" workshop for 45 staff across six campuses]
June 13, 2007
"The Stress Doc"
Just want to drop you a note to let you know just how well received your
presentation was at our annual Auxiliary Enterprises event last Thursday. You
came to me highly recommended by others from within the College, however you far
exceeded my expectations.
Our diverse group of forty-five attendees was completely enthralled with you for
the entire two hours and I was totally surprised at their willingness without
the slightest of hesitations to participate in the fun but educational
"learning" exercises that you presented. Every one of them was totally "into
Thanks for making what most people think is going to be just one of those dry
presentations when one is told to do this and that and the world will turn rosy
to a realistic portrayal of what one can do for themselves on a day to day basis
to make their own existence more positive and productive.
I look forward to the possibility of our meeting again at another of your
College Parking Services
Northern Virginia Community College
7630 Little River Turnpike, suite 306
Annandale, VA 22003-3796
Administrative Professionals Day
[Half day program for 25 attendees]
May 25, 2007
Comments below (made via email) by our Administrative Professionals Day training
attendees. Thanks for the great work you did with our employees.
Director EEO Diversity
"I thought the Administrative Professionals Day was very interesting. I learned
that there is definitely a better way to say something without causing an
argumentative response from the person to whom you are speaking. This
definitely reduces stress in the work place."
"It was very informative and enjoyable. I learned new ways to diffuse difficult
situations at work"
"The training I received was fun and informative. The group exercises helped me
learn more about the people I work with every day."
Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
April 9, 2007
Dear Mr. Gorkin:
Thank you for speaking at the FDIC's Supervision and Application Branch Training
on March 28, 2007. Your program on "Practice Safe Stress" was extremely
valuable and pertinent to the issues within our branch. As evidenced by the
level of audience participation, our staff enjoyed the enthusiastic manner in
which you communicated the poignant stress management strategies. It was also
enlightening for each employee to discuss the sources of stress in the workplace
and the commonalities among us in that regard. We will strive to revisit the
primary issues that were identified by the group, as well as the list of
potential solutions, in an effort to alleviate some of the stressors. We
believe that your session was beneficial and are hopeful that we as individuals,
as well as a work unit, can achieve a healthy, fun-filled, productive
Thank you again for your participation in this important event, particularly for
your willingness to work with us on short notice. We look forward to the
opportunity to work with you on future training sessions.
Gale A Simons-Poole
Acting Associate Director
Spring 2007 Montana
Public Health Conference
[Closing keynote for 200 attendees]
May 26, 2007
Stress is everywhere, even in Montana. We recently had Mr. Mark Gorkin come to
Montana (and speak to) about 200 state and local public health professionals.
Mark was engaging, uplifting, and positive. He helped our meeting participants
to leave the meeting feeling empowered, positive, and encouraged about not only
the work they do, but their ability to do it. Thanks, Mark!
Jo Ann Dotson, R.N., M.S.N.
Chief, Family and Community Health Bureau
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
1216 E. 6th Ave.
Helena, MT 59620
Department of Health
and Human Services Nurse Advisory Council
(Half-day "Safe Stress, Team Building and Humor" program for 120 nurses)
May 16, 2007
On behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services Nurse Advisory Council,
I want to thank you for being the keynote speaker at the annual Nurse Day
celebration held on May 9, 2007. The presentation "Practicing Safe Stress" was
enjoyable, dynamic, and germane to the fast-pace, demanding balancing act we all
live with each day.
Your humorous, non-threatening approach and expertise in the health and human
service field enabled the participants to identify areas of stress and conflict
in their personal and professional lives. Although the participants work in
different areas and were both managers and direct service providers, it was
apparent that wearing many hats, multi-tasking, and stressing about lack of time
and resources on the job, were commonalities that everyone shared.
Your presentation provided positive and constructive strategies for managing
along with creative and fun ways to express oneself. At the same time, it
encouraged team building and networking.
Generally, a serious, no nonsense group, the nurses were actively engaged in the
interactive presentation and they were rewarded with a morning of respite from
the demands and pressure of the workplace. The group seemed to be energized,
buzzing, smiling, and best of all, left the celebration feeling better about
themselves. (I know this because I have been receiving "thank you" calls and
emails all week.)
Thanks again for a wonderful morning. It's not often that one can be laughing
and learning at the same time.
Public Health Services
Department of Health and Human Services
Montgomery County, Maryland
Cc: Judy Covich
Feb 8, 2007
If you recall we spoke at the FEW Workshop a few weeks back that took place here
at our Silver Spring headquarters. We were very inspired by your presentation
like to invite you to be a workshop presenter at our annual NOAA Women's History
Month Conference, on Tuesday April 10th. If you are available we can go into
more details about topics for the workshops, times of the workshops and your
Looking forward to your response. My contact information is below.
1335 East West Highway (Room 8229)
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301 713-9210 x145 (ph.)
301 713-9219 (fax)