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5 August 2015

 

Total speaking arrangements is now 115 speaking to 4772 audience members.

 

I have spoken 14 times since moving to Tweed Heads with audience of 613.

 

I feel like my Presentation, “Living With Parkinson’s Disease” has gone up a level. Don’t know how to explain my feelings but I seem to be more relaxed and comfortable and really in touch with the audience. Really buzzing and I need to chase up some more audiences.

In August 2007 Shakydennis decided that he would like to speak about Parkinson’s Disease (PD) to make the general public more aware of the Disease, its symptoms and the impact it has on people.

As at 29 Aug 2009 he has been a Guest Speaker on 31 occasions speaking to a total of over 1800 people. He has spoken to a variety of clubs including Rotary, Apex, Lions, View, Probus, 4WD Club. The largest audience has been 100 with the smallest being only 13.

The presentation is called “Living with Parkinson’s Disease” and includes a broad description of the Disease, symptoms, treatment, etc., with a number of humourous incidents that have happened to him since being diagnosed.

Then if there is time he reads bit of poetry. Interestingly, until January 2005 Shaky had no interest in poetry and had not read one since leaving school, but since that time has written over 300 poems and self-published two books, “Out of My Mind” and “Further Out of My Mind’. The poems are all of the rhyming type and the majority of them are humourous. Dennis believes that while PD has had a negative effect on his health it has benefitted him by giving him access to his creative and artistic side which may otherwise remained closed to him.

Dennis have also invented “Parkinson’s Photography – what you get when you can’t keep your camera steady” which he talks about if time permits, and shows some samples of his work.

As he lives in Canberra, Shaky’s most interested in giving his presentations there but is open to invitations from clubs in other towns. Apart from clubs in the ACT he has spoken in Moruya, Pambula, Merimbula, Yass, Moss Vale, Crookwell, Forbes and Orange.

As at 04 November 2012 I have spoken to 89 different clubs/health organisations. 

Giving these presentations is really a highlight of day and can often pick me up if I am feeling down. 

If you would like to hear him speak, please email details to irdjsmit@gmail.com and he will contact you to see if something can be arranged at a suitable time for both parties.

Feedback from his presentations includes:

…it was one of the best talks we have had, outstanding amongst a long list of fine speakers…

You were an inspiration to us all. Everyone commented on your wonderful sense of humour and the brightness and wit plus the black humour in your poems…

… the area of your photography touched me greatly…

we have learnt in a most meaningful way about Parkinson’s Disease and your journey with it, you are a great educator…

the fact that you were able to relate the various difficult situations you’ve encountered yet still be able to laugh at yourself is great and helps tremendously in giving others an insight into Parkinson’s…

… thank you again for coming this morning, and congratulations on your talk. You are a real pro…

… our members were delighted to hear you, and very impressed by your attitude. We learnt a lot about Parkinson’s. The poems were great…

… thank you for an excellent talk. Since the meeting I have had further feedback, all of which was positive about the quality and content of your presentation…

… Well done!!! One of the most entertaining guests I have had the pleasure of listening to…

… Peter was in tears laughing at your stories…

… I have a better understanding about Parkinson’s Disease now and the effect it can have on the individual as well as the family…

… I attended a Rotary Club Meeting last night where the address was given by Dennis Smith who is a sufferer of Parkinson’s Disease. His presentation was informative, animated, entertaining and amusing while communicating the difficulties of those affected by PD and their families. Dennis is retired and has now published 2 books of poetry and is a photographer with a special gift. I certainly commend him to clubs as a guest speaker…