I became close to Tom in the summer of 2011. I just graduated from Syracuse University, and I found myself unprepared for the gauntlet of significant life challenges ahead of me: the start of my career, romantic endeavors, the fear of pursuing long dreamed of goals, the helplesness I felt when faced with workplace conflicts, and finding the courage to start my own company. The challenges I faced were not things that you are not taught in school. I felt grossly ill equipped for what laid before me. I am fortunate and eternally grateful that I had Tom to turn to when each battle arose. He guided me through all of these things. Tom dedicated his time, energy and consistently offered sage advice for each combat I went through and do so gracefully. Time and time again, Tom’s guidance and compassionate support provided me with the sword and shield I needed to see the fight through.
When speaking to a crowd, Tom consistently exhibits his knowledge and expertise in conflict resolution, dealing with difficult conversations, overcoming bullies, negotiations, and achieving goals. However, should you have the privilege to work one on one with Dr. Griggs, you get to see the depth of all his areas of expertise and feel warmed by the size of his heart. After speaking with Tom, you will feel resolve about how to deal with your issue, you will feel better about yourself, and you will feel cared for. Above all else, Tom is deeply devoted to people and wants to see everyone succeed in whatever it is that they choose to pursue.
Tom, I am writing to let you know how much HADOA appreciate you speaking at our Annual Managerial Appreciation Meeting. Your presentation far exceeded our expectations for this event. HADOA had the largest membership attendance in four years & had most managerial participation since HADOA’s creation in the 1980’s. We’ve had numerous comments from our membership about how much they enjoyed your speech. Your willingness to spend time tailoring the presentation and talking to HADOA members at a previous luncheon was most appreciated. Your speech “A Black B.E.L.T. Approach to Difficult People and Situations” was right on target with the problematic people issues faced by Division Order Analysts on a regular basis. Your presentation was entertaining, uplifting, passionate, humorous, & energizing. Thank you so much & we look forward to having you speak to our group in the future.
Every once in a while you have the opportunity to listen or meet someone that has a rare gift. John Maxwell has this ability and Mr. Nguyen Griggs (Sensei Tom) has this gift as well. He has the ability to connect with the audience of all ages, breaking all generation gaps. We recently had the opportunity to have Mr. Nguyen Griggs speak at the May 2013 IEEE Houston Section meeting at the H.E.S.S. hall. The speech was motivational, educational, inspirational, and was delivered straight from Sensei Tom’s heart. If you have issues within your teams or need a great speaker for your school or board room, I highly recommend Mr. Nguyen Griggs. He has a natural ability to deliver a mediating type motivational speech. Mr. Nguyen Griggs is true professional. Thank you again, Sensei Tom.
Nguyen’s program gave students a great reminder to be positive leaders to themselves and to others. Through the various exercises, students practiced an important quality that everyone should have: encouragement. Using martial arts, music, dance, and play, the students cheered each other on and realized that no one likes to feel discouraged or cast out. With bullying in schools developing into a rampant problem across this nation, this program helps provide a few poignant remedies.
I partnered with Tom (Nguyen) to present to my high school students in the East End about options available to them in terms of academics and careers. It was refreshing to have his energetic personality in the room, and it is clear he is passionate about his speaking topics. Tom (Nguyen) was also able to relate to our students on another level and touch on areas of struggle that they might be facing in their own lives, and how they can be overcome in order to transform themselves into successful individuals. His education and journey to becoming who he is today gives him unique perspective that allows others to identify with the content of his presentations. Our students remain grateful for everything Tom has shared in their community thus far, and look forward to future partnerships at Community Family Centers.