“You are in the profession that not only acknowledges and nurtures the inherent dignity in every human being that you encounter – but you are uniquely in the profession where you are humbled by the invitation to be present at the sacred intersection of your patient’s and their family’s exposed vulnerabilities.
What a tender, precious, beautiful gift to be given – and what an immeasurable gift you give in return in this loving, compassionate, and mutually respectful dance …” John Perricone
“Thank you, John, for the inspiring presentation to the Hospice volunteers last week at Sky Lake Retreat Center. You reaffirmed their commitment to our patients and their families and validated their work. Your humor and wit made the morning fly by! I will forever be grateful to the person who heard your presentation and suggested you for the morning. You have a gift of reaching people where they are and touching their hearts. I have received countless emails from my volunteers since the retreat recounting what a meaningful day if was for them. Thank you, John.”
Bettye Canestaro, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org (607) 584-9159
As the conference’s organizer, I had the extreme honor and pleasure of having had Mr. John Perricone present the Keynote Address at the United Health Services, 23rd Annual Oncology Teaching Day on March 26, 2015.
Mr. Perricone was outstanding in every imaginable way. The humanity he manifests in his speaking style, and his ability to capture the hearts and minds of those in attendance was unprecedented in my experience. He demonstrated keen interest in our particular needs as professionals, and prior to his speaking, he immersed himself into the world of oncology nursing (by conducting interviews with nurses, hospice care workers, visiting oncology wards etc.) His attention to detail was inspiring. Having planned twenty-two prior programs, this was more than a pleasant surprise. Through his keynote address, he invited all in attendance to reflect upon our “philosophical identities” — the sense of mission and purpose in which we envelop ourselves as we enter our respective work settings. He was uplifting and bestowed great honor on the nurses in attendance, with each of them leaving in the knowledge that they had, in their career choice, embarked upon the most noble of professional sojourns and were thereby living the most meaningful of lives. I believe unequivocally that his genuineness, caring and sincere nature, and profound insights deeply affected every person present. I highly recommend him as a speaker for your conference.
“John Perricone masterfully combines wit, friendliness, authenticity and expertise in the delivery of his compelling presentation. Through his sage storytelling talent, the listener clearly understands that he knows what it means to be human and the significance of others in teaching us life lessons that shape who we are or who we want to be in this world. I found his presentation a “renewal” of my commitment to nursing even as I approach retirement. His stories and delivery are inspiring and engaging while easily relatable to nurses from diverse education and work backgrounds. During his presentation, I thought what a “gift” his willingness to share his “philosophical identity” is to all members of the nursing audience. John’s candid presentation serves as an impetus to motivate student nurses to know they made the correct career choice, new graduates to be ever vigilant of the need to do good work as they are immersed in learning the significance of their nursing role, and experienced nurses to remind themselves that every day is an opportunity to make a difference, and that compassion is the greatest gift that we impart to our patients. “Sho-Shin” is now my daily mantra!”
Dolores M. Huffman, PhD, RN – Associate Professor of Nursing
Purdue University Calumet Hammond, Indiana 219-989-2826
Dear Mr. Perricone,
I attended your inspiring presentation during a work sponsored Oncology Teaching Day for healthcare workers. In my entire career, I cannot remember a more memorable speaker that so impacted me as you have. Your heartfelt words re-energized and refocused me as a nurse. Though we all know that life is precious, you profoundly reminded us of the importance of recapturing our beginner’s mind (Sho-shin!) with eagerness and a lack of preconceptions. Thank you so much for planting the seed that sparked a rebirth of my nursing career!
I recently attended John Perricone’s Keynote Address at a conference for Oncology Nurses in upstate N.Y. Mr. Perricone’s focus was not on the ill dreaded disease, but rather on the people who do this noble work. He is a profoundly inspirational speaker who guides his audience to new ways of seeing themselves, their personal and professional missions, and the ways to enhance the quality of the care they provide.
With the wisdom passed down through generations of Zen masters, John invites his listeners to step back to become an observer of self and society and to move from the world of fractured multitasking to the quiet, uncorrupted place of the ‘beginner’s mind’ where everything is new and possibilities are endless.
His ninety minute presentation is like the first sip of an exquisitely aged wine or the first taste of a gourmet meal. The senses are brought to full awareness; the physical, mental, and spiritual selves are united and synchronized to absorb the full impact of this creative offering. He so naturally and effortlessly engages his audience, with a mélange of personal anecdotes, ancestral wisdom and humor that is poignant and meaningful
We left with new ideas, a new (or renewed) sense of awareness, and a lightness of being. We were all better people for having heard his message.
I am a former student of Mr. Perricone and jumped at the opportunity of seeing him present as keynote speaker at the UHS Oncology Teaching Day in March. I tried to recruit as many colleagues as possible to join me to listen to his message, as I knew it would be a rare experience.
Mr. Perricone’s class was one you simply did not miss in high school. Even the most truant of students seemed to suddenly appear for his class and it was not simply for the subject matter of Health Science Education; it was for how they felt as they sat in his class. Mr. Perricone was able to speak directly to the human behind all the walls we put up as adolescents. At Oncology Teaching Day, it was as if I was back in his classroom.
As nurses we meet challenge after challenge, day after day. There are days when we often need to drag ourselves into work, at the edge of burnout. Mr. Perricone’s bright, beautiful message to nurses manifests as a burst of energy, renewing our drive and passion for the profession. The spirit in the room was collectively renewed after sharing his philosophy with us. What a gift it is for one to choose to spend their day with a positive attitude and fresh mind. Mr. Perricone has given us that and I am thankful to have been a student of his once again.
Kate Wilczewski BS, RN- Registered nurse at Broome Oncology and Binghamton University Grad Student, email@example.com