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Dr. Ron Shapiro: Education by Entertainment

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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.

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