Chamber Connections BLOG
Chamber Connections BLOG
By Beth Carter
PR Team Member
When you first meet Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro, he will tell you that he has two missions in life - making an impact on the next generation and having fun.
What may not be as clear at first glance is that he has an impressive background having earned a PhD from Ohio State University, having taught at several colleges, being recognized as a Fellow in several professional organizations and having served 23 years working for IBM in various capacities.
Through his Education by Entertainment programs Ron creates content that makes learning fun for a wide variety of groups including businesses, schools, and academic institutions. He designs programs that emphasize one's strengths but also discusses how one compensates for weaknesses. Surprisingly a 75-90 minute program can have thirty different activities, even using game show formats. This successful model incorporating lots of things to do has kept all his audiences engaged - at any age! The activities are so much fun that Ron is also pleased to offer them as part of a social event such as a birthday celebration!!!
Ron is a careful observer of people as well. He is always working on ways to improve his programs or tweak them for different audiences. He feels that in general most people react too quickly and it is important to see the value of slowing down and really learning. Ron encourages people to think differently by asking interesting questions like "what do you do at a green light?" immediately after asking them spell SPOT fast five times (many people think "red light" because they are not given the time to process the question correctly). Check out Ron's monthly articles in the Rhode Island Small Business Journal (RISBJ) for more examples of his learning activities.
Ron's meets new clients mostly through professional organizations and word of mouth. He enjoys interacting with students, parents, teachers, psychology professionals, engineers, as well as corporate leaders to make learning more enriching and memorable which in turn makes for a more positive environment for all.
5/22/2017 02:13:26 pm
Thank you, Beth!!!
5/22/2017 03:36:16 pm
Great summary! I had the pleasure of working with Ron during several of his 23 years at IBM. His attention to detail, audience focus, and achieving meaningful results are among his admirable trademarks.
5/22/2017 04:08:36 pm
Thank you so much Jody. I learned a great deal working with you. It was always a pleasure to do so. Ron
5/22/2017 04:04:37 pm
I, too, have had the great pleasure to work with Ron numerous times at IBM. Ron's engaging presentation style and unique topics keep an audience captivated. He is also a consummate communicator and builds fun and energy into his programs. We hope to work with Ron again in the future! Great article!
5/22/2017 05:23:14 pm
It has always been a pleasure to work with you, Barbara. Really appreciate all of the encouragement and support you have offered through the years. It is a privilege to consider you a friend.
5/22/2017 04:27:57 pm
Spot on! Ron is very perceptive and is a great presenter. He is very engaging with the audience and does a wonderful job of sharing his knowledge and expertise with others. I am fortunate to call Ron a mentor, colleague, co-presenter, and friend.
5/22/2017 05:20:21 pm
Thank you so much, Margarita. It is always privilege to work with you.
5/23/2017 08:53:37 pm
Thank you, Sarah!!! I appreciate your comments and hope to work with you in the future!!!
5/25/2017 12:42:24 pm
Thank you so much, Danyel!!!
6/5/2017 03:12:43 pm
How awesome! Is there particular content that is your favorite to create in this platform? I loved learning something new about a fellow creative!
6/5/2017 03:42:57 pm
Thank you, Tiffany!!! I really enjoy doing programs which focus on learning more about how people think so they can be safer, more productive and better communicators. My greatest satisfaction is working with people who enjoy learning while having fun! Ron
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