“Isaiah Mākar connected with our audience like no speaker I have ever seen before. He had almost 200 HR professionals of every experience level riveted and engaged, and within moments they were calling out answers, snapping their fingers, brainstorming, tossing questions at him (literally tossing them on balled up paper), and writing poetry – yes, poetry!
His use of poetry concepts in the workplace puts a whole new set of tools in our toolbox for building confidence and rapport among team members, generating new ideas, and problem-solving in groups. His fresh take on emotional intelligence at work gave us an entirely new way to think about how we conduct ourselves and support each other as professionals. Isaiah Mākar is an inspiring thought-leader and a supremely talented spoken word artist with a gift for helping people think creatively, tell compelling stories, and take risks, all essential elements in becoming more innovative in our work.”
Human Resources Senior Director, University of Illinois
“The range of our participants’ ages ran the full gamut – from millennial college students to Gen X/Y professionals and elder citizens – yet Isaiah was able to effectively command full attention from everyone in the room and successfully guide them through the exercises with ease. Some participants admitted they had never composed a poem, but Isaiah was able to immerse each person in exercises that allowed them reflect upon their personal narrative and compose poetry to share with the group.
The Mākarshop was a deeply meaningful team building exercise that helped us learn more about ourselves and each other. When Isaiah is in front of the room, his passion is palpable and contagious, rendering him a dynamic leader.”
Senior Program Director, Point Foundation
“Big Shout Out to Isaiah Mākar and Impact Mākars for inspiring me to pen a spoken word piece for my firm’s spring Town Hall. After Impact Mākars opening at the SHRM March 14th Full Day Conference, “Your Emotions Are Your Employees” Mākarshop, I used poetry to convey a few key messages I want to share with the staff. Isaiah Mākar even edited my poem and provided excellent feedback.
My performance was a huge success! I got calls from the California offices saying they see another career for me. ‘Get started on the next one for the next Town Hall.’ ‘I didn’t know you were a poet.’ ‘I’m sorry you are going to miss the California BBQ/Happy Hour.’ ‘That was really good.’ ‘Excellent Job!’ *High 5’s* ‘I really liked it.’
Thanks again, Impact Mākars.”
Leticia Ransom, SHRM-CP, PHR, MBA
Human Resources Professional, Valerio Dewalt Train
“I’d also love to do the Atelophobia Mākarshop with my work team! His spoken word poetry left me feeling inspired. A bit of vulnerability does wonders for connecting people and improving mindsets. Isaiah’s Mākarshop did just that.”
Senior Business Systems Analyst
“Isaiah led his session the way all presenters should, by modeling. He had participants smiling and hanging on every word – especially when he launched into an improvised rap! Then the room when silent as these educators diligently completed the task of writing their own stories, not knowing that soon they would be the ones performing at the front of the room.
These performances were the perfect way to close out the session.”
Member Success Coach, Uncharted Learning
“Honestly, I wasn’t looking forward to this session, but within minutes I was captivated and engaged and loved the session. Expectations were far exceeded. It was interesting how creativity can open individuals up more and really enjoy a team building experience.
Would love to use this in department meetings. Honored to experience this.”
Benefits Coordinator, Parkland College
“Our audience said he was one of the best presenters they’ve heard. Isaiah has the ability to command an audience, tell a story and motivate all at the same time.”
Co-Founder, Disrupt-HR Chicago
“First of all, anyone that can rap in front of a room full of people has my vote but there were some great takeaways that he spoke about that we all should give thought to.
Including ‘candidate auditions’ for interviews for companies to hire.”
“Isaiah inspired a full house of sustainability-minded attendees with a powerful spoken word piece about environmental justice he’d written just for our event. His piece was moving, clever, and had hints of humor; his delivery was incredibly powerful. Attendees have already asked for a copy of his piece to share with others.
Not only was the product of Isaiah’s work inspiring and beautiful — but he was great to work with. He was professional, dependable, responsive, and conscientious, and we hope to work with him again in the future.”
Ana Garcia Doyle
Executive Director, One Earth Film Festival
“Isaiah’s Mākarshops were tailored to the needs and experiences of our teachers. His strategies and ongoing guidance helped our teachers to practice effective communication in a supportive environment.”
Erin Mackinney, Ph.D
Professor, Roosevelt University
“I expected a rapper with a limited message. Because that’s what most rap music is these days. I forgot about the beauty of poetry.
The exercise is great for new hire orientation. I hope to make new hire orientation more fun like today!”
Benefits Manager, Governors State University