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Guest Speaker Inspires Audience

posted Sep 29, 2017, 10:15 PM by Nissa Elsey
Last night, Powertalk Nelson-Waimea was honoured to host guest speaker, Firooz Zadeh, an American Kiwi born in Iran.  Firooz entertained members with his humorous stories of mastering the English language – down under:  the use of “oxymorons” was a hurdle in itself.  How does a person who is learning English understand something that was “found missing” or a “minor catastrophe” or something that is “pretty ugly?!’  His relaxed manner of presentation was warm and inviting as he shared his many experiences as an immigrant from Iran to America to New Zealand.

Firooz spoke about his life as a poor child, lost from his parents, in Iran to his rise as firstly a professional football coach, then to an internationally acclaimed author and educator around the world.  His award winning books, some with a cheeky look at understanding English and others about the education and understanding of Islam and the Culture of the Middle East, are informative, interesting and entertaining.  His dream is to return to Iran and open an orphanage to educate and help children.

The audience was inspired and moved by his amazing life – a truly remarkable man with a truly remarkable life.  Website:

Powertalk Nelson-Waimea invites visitors to attend club nights at 7pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 360, Annesbrooke Drive, Stoke, Nelson.