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Quotes from Conference Organizers
Futurist and bestselling science-fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer speaks at many professional conferences each year. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org about arranging a booking to meet your specific needs, or read more about Rob as a speaker.
"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!"
"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. 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."
"As a loyal fan, and on behalf of Google Waterloo and Google as a whole, let me extend my very sincere thank you for your time, your insightful talk, and your very interesting and entertaining perspectives on the future. We all eagerly anticipate more enjoyable work and interactions with you."
"All of us at the Science Media Centre of Canada (SMCC) would like to thank you very much for participating in our AGM event on Monday, October 17, 2011.
"Your presentation was very well received all evaluations ticked excellent or outstanding!"
"Your presentation was the highlight of our event. You presented compelling scenarios regarding what we could expect to see for healthcare in the future with an engaging and humourous style. It was a fascinating topic, well researched and presented by a gifted speaker, and it captivated the audience throughout."
"Robert delivered a provocative and dynamic address to our conference. Our goal was to choose a keynote who spoke outside the box and Robert delivered. He spoke to the wonders / marvels / complexities of modern technology ... how it's shaped our human history ... and how it's continually shaping us. Robert went out of his way to weave our conference theme and industry into his remarks which only added to his impact on the audience. It's often difficult to inspire an audience who has been to many conferences and sat through many keynote sessions. Robert, however, did just that. I'd definitely recommend him."
"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!"
"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."
"Several years ago, I was at the ACSE [Association for Computer Studies Educators] conference in London, Ontario, where you spoke about artificial intelligence. Your talk absolutely blew my mind. It was without a doubt the most fascinating talk I have ever attended."
"Thank you for your witty, insightful, thought-provoking look at the future. Your talk was perfectly focused for our organization, and was, according to the glowing feedback we received from attendees, a highlight of our conference."
"What a fantastic job! You are a captivating, stimulating provocateur who got us outside our comfort zone and challenged us to contemplate the exciting and scary forces of change as we work to prepare our profession for an exciting and challenging future."
"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."
"Robert J. Sawyer is the most engaging speaker we have ever hosted. His address was intelligent, funny, and challenging. Our students especially enjoyed the extra time he spent with them encouraging their writing and intellectual pursuits."
"It was such a treat to meet you and work with you on the conference. I've been reading through the evaluation forms, and thought that you might like to hear some of the feedback from conference-goers:
"On the evaluations, a large number of respondents listed that Robert's presentation was the best part of the retreat; the presentation was incredibly enlightening. Robert is very knowledgeable and passionate, and a natural at speaking. We learned much from him and are now in the process of coming up with strategies to prepare us for the future that he envisions."
"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."
"Robert was an excellent addition to our conference! He tailored the content of his presentation specifically to our audience of science teachers. He weaved fascinating stories and perspectives in and around his material. He was entertaining as well as informative. In addition, for anyone who is familiar with his writing, it was a real thrill to have him at our conference."
"Thank you again for making the trip to Penn! It was wonderful to finally meet you, after enjoying so many of your books. Your talk exceeded my fondest hopes it was so clear and interesting and provocative! and the group adored it."
"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."
"In a conference already packed with treats and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, Rob's talk on the craft of science writing from a science fiction writers' perspective stood out as a celebration of compelling science communication. His keynote at our meeting charged members with enthusiasm for new ways of showing-off science to the general public and his reading from his novel was perfectly tailored to our event."
"Our thanks to you for such a wonderful talk. On behalf of the Saskatchewan Library Association, I would like to add that you deserve your spot with these other fine lecturers that we have had over the years. Your lecture was a high point for the conference. Thanks again."
"Last night, Rob gave a talk at the Canadian Light Source Users' Meeting. The people who were in attendance (mostly scientist) are still buzzing about it. Thanks, Rob, for the thought provoking-talk on the role of science fiction in the scientific process."
"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."
"I saw you speak at the IRIS/Precarn conference nine years ago. I used to attend their annual conferences every year and over the years I think you and Ray Kurzweil gave the two most stimulating and provocative talks in the lifetime of the organization."
"As conference chair for Gartner's annual Information Security Summit, I contacted Robert J. Sawyer based on a co-worker's recommendation. I asked Robert to assist in producing, and to moderate, a session called Science Fiction Writers Panel: Information Security and the Sci-Fi Future.
"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!"
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