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2007 Testimonials -- General

4th Infantry Division
Office of the Commanding General
Fort Hood, Texas  76544

[Stress & Team Building Program for Senior Leadership and 100+ Spouses]

July 23, 2007

Dear Mr. Gorkin

I want to take this opportunity to extend my deepest gratitude for your spending time and speaking to us at the 4th Infantry Division Offsite in San Antonio.  Your words were well-timed, poignant and inspiring.  Your attendance meant the world and we thank you for taking time from your busy schedule.  We hope the time was well spent for you, as it most assuredly was for us.

We look forward to a long lasting relationship with you and the "Steadfast and Loyal" Division.  If ever I can be of any assistance to you, please don't hesitate to call.

Major General, U.S. Army
International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)
Annual Convention
[150 attendees]

September 21, 2007

Cheri Ditsch CPS
Education and Professional Development Assistant
CEU Registrar
International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)
10502 NW Ambassador Drive
PO Box 20404
Kansas City MO 64195-0404
Ph: 816.891.6600 ext. 2245

Mark Gorkin LICSW
Stress Doc® Enterprises

Thank you so much for joining us in Tampa FL for the July 2007 IAAP Convention and Education Forum. The overall convention evaluations were all glowing and members left Tampa on an emotional and educational high! What a perfect way to begin the 2007-2008 IAAP year! 

The final registration was 1,874 attendees! Based on a 10-point scale with 10 being the highest score, the average rating for all convention educational sessions was 8.76.

#502 - Rebuilding Your Fire and Focus: Healing and Laughing In a "Do More With Less" World - 9.39 (Wow!)

Selected attendee comments:
· "The information explains to me how I feel…it's written to be understood easily."
· "Great, practical coping solutions."
· "Best one so far in my sessions. Thank you!"
· "The information was very helpful. He presented the information clearly and precisely. He is a great speaker. I really enjoyed this workshop. It was great!"
· "Most useful? Information giving. Handouts were great -- exercises were excellent -- presenter was interesting, informative and engaging. Have the guy back!!!!"
· "Mark gave us plenty of ideas on how to reduce or balance stress. I liked the small (group) exercises."
· "Mark was fabulous!! I thoroughly enjoyed this seminar the most. He was terrific and so were the exercises, even though I don't normally enjoy the interactive exercises. I could have sat through an entire day with him."
· "Most useful? Creative ways to deal with everyday work issues. Speaker was high energy, enthusiastic and knowledgeable."
· "Very interesting, interactive and energetic. Very applicable to my job; useful tools that I can apply to all aspects of my life. Thank you. Mark is a great presenter."
· "I learned to turn negativity and other issues into a more passionate and playful productive work atmosphere."
· "This session was so 'OFF THE CHART' in fun and learning about the issues of others. It was so creative. The most awesome seminar! This type of interactive
learning session is so much fun -- it sure didn't seem like three hours!! Bring the Stress Doc back, please!


International Training & Communication (ITC)
(2-hour program on "Making Programs Interactive and Fun")

Subject:  RE: Greetings
Date:  7/18/2007
To:  StressDoc@aol.com


Here are three testimonials.  From our ITC evaluation forms, the workshop was rated “excellent.”  Take care.

This was a terrific workshop!  The group interaction was fun and interesting and it allowed us to test our creative skills. 

I felt that the presentation was one of the best I have ever experienced.  The most important aspect is that he actively involved ITC members in the learning process.  In addition, he was animated and funny which made the "medicine go down" easily.  His finishing act was hilarious.  A GOOD LEARNING EXPERIENCE!!!

I enjoyed Mr. Gorkin's workshop on "Making Programs Interactive and Fun."  He stimulated my creative side and I will remember to apply the four "P's" -- purposeful, provocative, passionate and playful -- to my future presentations.

Odessa White
President, Council 8

Deborah Peebles Hodge

Director, Division of Financial Services
Consumer Product Safety Commission
301-504-7130 voice
301-713-1535 fax


Northern Virginia Community College

College Parking Services

["Stress and Team Building" workshop for 45 staff across six campuses]

June 13, 2007

Mark Gorkin
"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 it."

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 presentations.


Barbara Evans

College Parking Services
Northern Virginia Community College
7630 Little River Turnpike, suite 306
Annandale, VA 22003-3796

Fax 703-813-1339

Federal Deposit 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 environment.

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


DeLeon & Stang, CPAs and Advisors
Jan 17, 2007
Thank you again for your fabulous workshop!  Everyone I have spoken with today thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was a good start to our busy season and a good way for us to further bond with our co-workers in a fun, nonthreatening way, especially with the "big bosses" in the room.  It showed them where some of the stress points really are during this time of year for us.  The drawing exercise was especially fun to see some of the  creativity in the room and the sharing of ideas and even that we all share some of the same issues and problems across all departments in the firm.  
Again, Thanks!
Jeanie Price
Director of Administration
DeLeon & Stang, CPAs and Advisors
100 Lakeforest Boulevard, Suite 650
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
ph 301-948-9825
fx 301-948-3220jeanie@deleonandstang.com
... improving the financial lives of our clients, our staff and our  community with integrity, trust and innovation.


2006 Maryland ASTD Conference

[Closing Keynote for 100]

December 18, 2006

Dear Mark -

Thank you so much for helping make the 2006 Maryland ASTD Conference a success.  Many of the attendees commented that it was the best conference they had attended. 

I could see how much the participants enjoyed your presentation.  The room brimmed with great energy and enthusiasm.  Each group's team drawing was quite original and it appears a great time was had by all.

I would be pleased to provide a recommendation if needed.  It has been pleasure working with you and I hope we have an opportunity to collaborate in the future.


Ginny Goble
2006 Maryland ASTD Conference


Baker Botts, L.L.P. (Houston, TX HQ)

Nov. 21, 2006

During my first year as Paralegal Manager in a large, world-renowned law firm, I was very nervous about who I would hire to speak at our Annual Paralegal Professional Development Seminar.  My predecessor had been with the firm over 15 years, and all eyes would be judging me on this all important event. 

I have to say that I am so grateful to one of my peers for recommending Mark Gorkin.  I had never met Mark, nor had I seen his presentations or read any of his material. He came with glowing recommendations, but my expectations were quite high and I felt that my reputation was on the line.  Fortunately for me, Mark was a hit.  The audience warmed to him quickly and I was so shocked at the end the session to see the group on the floor drawing some incredible storyboards of a day in the life of a paralegal.  Mark created a relaxed environment where everyone was laughing and comfortable sharing a creative side of the stresses they face on a daily basis.

After the event, I received several compliments from many of the paralegals.  They said that they enjoyed the speaker and had a great time with the exercises.  I would highly recommend Mark for any group who needs the opportunity to laugh and share in a fun, creative atmosphere.

Sherrie T. Rogers
Paralegal Manager
Baker Botts L.L.P.
One Shell Plaza
Houston, Texas  77002
Direct: 713.229.1421