Steve was the luncheon speaker for our annual chapter conference of the Western Pension and Benefits Conference. His insights were very valuable because they focused equally on both work and life issues. Steve’s presentation caused me to think carefully about personal values and career choices that face all of us. He speaks with conviction regarding topics that he has obviously deeply contemplated.
I heard Steve Vernon speak at a dinner sponsored by Watson Wyatt. Steve’s approach is particularly sensitive, honest, needed, and upbeat. He does not simply dwell on “growing money for a comfortable retirement,” as most gurus tend to do. Instead he offers a realistic blueprint that links living a fulfilled and healthy life to planning sensibly for whatever the future may bring. I, for one, want to pursue retirement Steve’s way!
What’s different about Steve is that he understands people — not just plans and financial issues and numbers. He knows human nature and is empathetic to people. So when he talks to you, he really talks to you. You get the message. It’s his understanding that makes him such a great communicator.
Our employees who attended Steve’s workshop felt this was a total picture on how to prepare for retirement. One employee doubled her 403(b) contribution after the seminar. Others said it was the best seminar they had attended on the subject of preparing for retirement.
This is one of the best explanations that I’ve seen about making your money last for life. You are an excellent communicator.
The feedback from our employees has been outstanding. They are making changes in their lives and seeing their life in new ways, that is resulting in a greater sense of life satisfaction.
Our employee evaluations indicate that your retirement planning workshop was a great success and extremely well received. My boss not only enjoyed the workshop but gave you the highest rating in every category, and she rarely rates that high across the board. As a result of the workshop, several employees have already adjusted their retirement plans. Many expressed appreciation for integrating health and lifestyle with the financial aspects of retirement planning – a new concept to some.
Julie Wandell, Specialist, Benefits Administration, Portland General Electric
Steve Vernon is a people person who gives generously of his time, experience, and talent. His remarks should give anyone contemplating the future a different, upbeat slant on the rest-of-life. Steve inspires taking ownership of one’s future, rather than surrendering to it. Definitely a message for anyone on the cusp of retirement.
Steve Vernon is clearly one of the nation’s leading authorities on the subject of retirement. He has successfully published several books, an instructional DVD, and is a frequent speaker on this evolving subject. Steve has the ability, whether it is in his books or in his presentations, to comprehensively approach this life-altering topic with clarity, logic and laced with sound advice. He has had a remarkable career as a consultant, and sage advisor to a wide array of organizations and individuals. I know of no one more effective or knowlegeable, when it comes to this incredibly important subject matter. After all, virtually every one of us will wind up pondering how to approach this stage of our life. We are all most fortunate to have the expertise of Steve Vernon to lean on.
I think that everyone should read your newsletters and stop reading the newspapers. That would bring about a wonderful change!