Mark holds the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association (NSA) and is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame. He was recently honored with the Cavett Award, the highest honor the NSA bestows on its members, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the speaking profession. In 2019, Global Gurus named Mark the #5 Leadership Authority in the world.

Decisive Victory

How many important conquests have ended in a whimper? How often have leaders declared victory too soon? When is it prudent to declare success? These are important considerations for leaders. Cloudy outcomes are more common than decisive victories. Credibility is undermined by prematurely declared success or a fizzled outcome and followers are discouraged or even…

Eloquent but Empty

Those were the words John McCain used to describe Barack Obama’s campaign promises. While I’m not sure I agree, it was a lovely turn of the phrase. Unfortunately I find McCain’s promises to be substantive and boring. That’s a problem for him. Leaders, including politicians, are always challenged to deliver meaningful and substantive messages in…

No Simple Solutions

In the aftermath of the tragic shootings at Northern Illinois University yesterday there are many suggesting simple solutions to a complex problem. Unfortunately, complex problems rarely have simple solutions. We grieve with those who were affected by the senseless act of a cowardly shooter. Close to the event it is impossible to separate emotion from…