Testimonials

Paul Iarrobino’s keynote on Navigating the Complexities for LGBT Elders: Creating Visibility and Inclusion at the OSU Gerontology Conference had the 400 attendees mesmerized with information on the challenges faced by Older LGBT communities.  He is an immensely inspiring, motivating, humorous and engaging speaker.  The attendees loved his storytelling and educational talk so much that they have asked him to speak again at this year’s conference.  Paul makes a positive impact on the lives of Older LGBT communities by educating in a kind, informative and connected manner.

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Paul is an amazing mentor! He knows how to connect with people and know just the right questions to ask. His mentoring has brought my travel business back to life. He listened and helped me strategize a plan for my business re-branding.  I now have the confidence to take my business to the next level all because Paul took the time to give me the guidance and support. Thank you, Paul! You are one in a million!

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Anyone who spends a few minutes talking with Paul about Storytelling would be inspired by his passion and drive! Paul’s Storytelling session with our board members helped them to hone in on the value of their own personal stories about the organization, uncover their motivations for involvement and articulate them with confidence. Paul’s session empowered our board to share their personal impact stories on behalf of Store to Door and to feel more comfortable doing it! Paul helped to show them just how valuable their experience with our organization is and to realize how they can further Store to Door’s mission.

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I found Paul Iarrobino to be a great resource for help with contemplating what I might do for my next venture into using my skills within a work experience. Paul listened carefully while asking good questions of me with respect to my desires and my skill sets. Since I have worked alongside Paul in the social services environment he knew some, but not all of those skills, and was not aware of the additional ones I possessed. Through his ability to ask the right questions, he pulled out things that would help me with my search for meaningful work as I go forward toward my next job. I feel more confident now that I will be successful in my search for just the right work for me because I have a better awareness of what I can do to get there.

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Paul’s ability to personalize each story and give even experienced speakers confidence in their ability to do well,  is a strong component of his mentoring. His enthusiasm is contagious and I loved working with him.

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At first, I was hesitant to participate in a storytelling group. After meeting and talking with Paul Iarrobino, I knew that the actual event and the work leading to it would have substance. His knowledge and confidence in the process encouraged me to write my story, and his keen sense of hearing helped me to take out what didn't work and leave in what did. Paul's direction enabled me to feel good about my story and to look forward to the performance. I had fun and wouldn't hesitate to follow his direction again.

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Before I met Paul, I had attended a couple of storytelling programs, but never envisioned being involved in one.  Through Paul's guidance, humor, and focus I was able to develop my story and build the confidence needed to tell it.  The experience was extremely rewarding and fulfilling as well as great fun, and I highly recommend working with Paul to anyone who has a story to tell.  Paul is a fabulous person to work with and you too will find the experience personally rewarding and fulfilling.

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As a an elder person terrified of public speaking, Paul's training in storytelling techniques allowed me to stand before a younger audience and share a very personal story.  Thanks to Paul's coaching, my talk was engaging and well received. The best part for me was my presentation was done without my usual stress and anxiety.

My experience in Paul's storytelling class was enriched by the fascinating stories being shared by my fellow classmates and I made a few new friends in the process.

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The process of creating my portion of the gay seniors event was quite challenging. Paul’s patience, sensitivity and encouragement made the process an extremely positive one. Thanks Paul!