Testimonials

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“I have known Nobby for 50 years, and I never cease to be amazed how he can motivate people.”
Lou Holtz – Football Coach, Motivational Speaker, Classmate and Friend from Kent State.

Associations

“Well you’ve gone and done it again!… I just wanted to thank you for an outstanding presentation at the 90th annual IMA conference and exposition held in Denver in June 2009. Once again you were the hit of the conference and we had an outstanding array of speakers, so my comment should not be taken lightly. The way in which you brought your leadership presentation to the attendees with the perfect blend of personal experience, humor and song made a lasting impact on everyone.”
C.S. “Bud” Kulesza – Past President, Institute of Management Accountants

“Nobby, what a Blessing you are in my life, in SO many lives and how positively you influence this world… not only by the inspiration you provide through your formal presentations to groups at Kent State and countless other locations…but through your personal contact and the incredible way, through your sense of humor, you put people at ease and help them find the best in others and themselves.”
John T. Petures, Jr. – President and CEO, Akron Community Foundation

“The topic was timely, as over 120 people came out at 7:30 on a Saturday morning to hear you, and they were not disappointed. In our follow-up meetings I get a good sense of the value of the talk, and the comments were all positive. You were ‘right on’ in your presentation, and for that I thank you.”
Mark Hauserman – Director, John Carroll University Entrepreneurs Association

“After listening and watching your interactions with the group of entrepreneurship students at Kent State University it is clear that you are a talented and gifted motivator, educator and speaker. Even in the early hours of the day, you kept the entire audience engaged and amused.”
Julie Messing – Director, Kent State University Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation

“The conference was a real success and having you as a keynote speaker was certainly an integral part of the event’s success. Your speech was sincere, humorous, and heartfelt in addition to being very thought provoking.”
Michael McDuffie – Board Chairman, National Stuttering Association

“I have listened to many speakers at many different events and you are one of very few who were interesting and entertaining…You accomplished exactly what I had in mind, tying in the different segments of the program while helping NOGA make a good evening into a great one.”
Robert Wharton – Executive Director, Northern Ohio Golf Association

Businesses

“I’ve heard a lot of speakers in my career, but I’ve never observed anyone who was able to “connect” with an audience as quickly as you did!…the aspect of your talk that really differentiates you from other speakers is the fact that from our professional staff to our administrative assistants, your message on Leadership, Character, and Integrity resonated with everyone. You truly are a gifted communicator. Thanks again for making our recognition program such a success. You really knocked it out of the ballpark!”
H. Leigh Gerstenberger – Senior Vice President, FirstMerit Corporation

“What a dynamic presentation! The audience was hooked within minutes of your musical start and on their feet clapping with enthusiasm when you ended your presentation.”
Julian M. Earls, Director, NASA

“Well you’ve gone and done it again!… I just wanted to thank you for an outstanding presentation at the 90th annual IMA conference and exposition held in Denver in June 2009. Once again you were the hit of the conference and we had an outstanding array of speakers, so my comment should not be taken lightly. The way in which you brought your leadership presentation to the attendees with the perfect blend of personal experience, humor and song made a lasting impact on everyone.”
C.S. “Bud” Kulesza – Past President, Institute of Management Accountants

“After listening and watching your interactions with the group of entrepreneurship students at Kent State University it is clear that you are a talented and gifted motivator, educator and speaker. Even in the early hours of the day, you kept the entire audience engaged and amused.”
Julie Messing – Director, Kent State University Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation

“The conference was a real success and having you as a keynote speaker was certainly an integral part of the event’s success. Your speech was sincere, humorous, and heartfelt in addition to being very thought provoking.”
Michael McDuffie – Board Chairman, National Stuttering Association

Speech and Language Pathologists

“I have had the opportunity of having Nobby speak to my graduate fluency class the past four years and it has been an incredible experience for everyone involved in the class. Nobby has made a lasting impression on all of my students and I can not say enough about him as a lecturer.”
M. Troy McClowry, CCC-SLP – Kent State University

“The Executive Board and members of the Ohio School Speech Pathologist and Educational Audiologist Coalition thank you for your outstanding performance as the keynote speaker at our annual fall conference of over 700 guests. In reviewing the evaluation forms, your name frequently appeared as the “highlight” of this year’s conference… Witnessing your sincere efforts, by raising awareness and helping students with communication challenges was personally inspiring.”
Amy Miller Sontag – President, Ohio School Speech Pathology Educational Audiologist Coalition

“Your talk is becoming such an important time for the class… First, …to meet not only a person who stutters, but someone who offers a beacon of hope to others… Second, …it shows them that they can approach challenges with energy and positivity. Finallyl, I believe your visit reminds our SLP students of the successes they can achieve after leaving Kent State. Indeed, my students have commented on how influential your talk was in their appproach to their own lives and their clients who stutter.”
Hayley S. Arnold, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, Speech Pathology & Audiology, Kent State University

“Nobby Lewandowski presented “Building Self Confidence – Elevating Self Esteem” at our 14th Leadership in Language and Literacy Conference in October 2008 which helped map ideas for setting goals and the keys to building self confidence… Participants left his session empowered to assist educators and families collaborate more effectively, ensuring language and literacy success for all children. Nobby has special gifts of experience, wisdom and humor to share with audiences, large and small, professional or non-professional. We are truly fortunate to have Nobby as a friend of OSSPEAC!”
Nancy Archey – President Elect, Ohio School Speech Pathology Educational Audiologist Coalition

“With the conference now behind you, I hope you recognize what an important role you played…lives were changed because of you.”
Tammy Flores, Executive Director, National Stuttering Association

Business Coaching

“….Nobby’s impact on ICI has been a positive and invaluable one — from systems improvements, to building a corporation, to helping management increase our productivity and sales growth by over 20% per year for the past three years. No matter what the challenge…Nobby’s years as a business owner and consultant, his unique communication style and his ability to gain cooperation from all levels of the organization make him well suited to not only identify necessary organizational changes, but to impart the necessary tools to make those changes a reality.”
Daniel P. Caine, President, ICI Metals, Inc.

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Nobby for over 20 years. He has helped me work through many difficult situations and deal with complicated issues in those years. …Nobby has a real interest in helping people develop and grow rather than just providing ‘the answer’ for a given problem.”
John P. Taylor, President, Torg Corporation

“Nobby’s ability to show the ‘business success needs’ of clients results in our attitude of extremely high concern for our client. Happy clients have translated into growth of our firm revenue… Nobby has GREAT insight for the small business owner.”
Homer Zion, Jr., CPA, Zion, Synek & Associates

Colleges & Universities

“After Nobby’s presentation at the Student Affairs retreat I was approached by a staff member who said he had attended many retreats and workshops during his 30 years of work at the University, and that without question Nobby’s presentation was the most helpful and inspiring he had ever experienced.”
Glenn Nicholls – Vice President, Student Affairs, Case Western Reserve University

“Nobby is truly one of the most engaging, motivating and inspirational speakers that students on our campus have ever experienced. He has the ability to move people with his words, engage people in his activities and captivate them with his message… Students often tell us that Nobby’s motivational speech has had a profound impact on them, their ability to be leaders and that is one of the most wonderful memories of being a Kent State student.”
Ann Gosky – Associate Director, Center for Student Involvement, Kent State University

“Your kenote speech was, by far, the highlight of our Business Week activities. A keynote speech needs to challenge, enlighten, encourage and provide direction to the audience members. Your speech did all that and more.”
Richard H. Kolbe, Dean, Haile/US Bank College of Business, Northern Kentucky University

“Leadership involves critical thinking skills and a central component is the ability to articulate ‘problems’ in a way so they become solvable b the average person. Through your presentation you vividly portray how this can be done for both personal and professional challenges.”
Colin K. Drummond, PhD, MBA, President, Entrepreneurship Education Consortium, 2012-2013, Case Western Reserve University

Student Comments from the ‘Learning to Lead’ program at Kent State University:

“Nobby gave a lot of great advice and was really entertaining. I will take everything I have learned and try to apply it to my everyday life.”

“So energetic and passionate on the topic. A real motivator…I gained a lot of useful information full of knowledge that I can use in real life.”

“The last speaker was Nobby Lewandowski. He gave the most compelling of lectures. The way he overcame adversity and became a motivational speaker is amazing. During the lecture I forgot all about his speech problem I believe what made him such a good speaker is that the audience focused more on his words than his problem. He also made the whole experience fun and light-hearted.”

“I found Nobby’s talk to be very interesting and informative, especially since I’m currently treating an adult fluency client, who is working on desensitization and building self-confidence in social situations! The advice he gave on gaining self-confidence and having a positive outlook on life was particularly interesting and I am excited to integrate this information into my therapy sessions. His speech left me with the feeling that anything can be accomplished, a notion that both myself and my clients could benefit from!”

“I found his speech was awesome. I’m working with a senior high school student who stutters this semester. I was going to find out information about his self-help group to hopefully be able to connect the two and help provide extra support for my student. My student seems to be struggling with bullying and is lacking confidence due to the bullying. I think he was great and hopefully this will help my student. Thanks again for having him come!”

“Nobby — I was very uplifted by your presentation for our fluency class. I will always remember you as an example of someone who found success and happiness through positive thinking and did not let stuttering determine your future. I hope that one day I can make a difference in people’s lives like you have. I even put a post-it note on my mirror last night as you suggested to remind myself of my goals! Thanks for your bringing your words of wisdom to our class.”