Mark Pollock

Inspirational Speaker, Explorer, Innovator, & Collaboration Catalyst

Mark Pollock is a top inspirational speaker, explorer, innovator, and collaboration catalyst. Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark became an adventure athlete competing in ultra-endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. He also won silver and bronze medals for rowing at the Commonwealth Games and set up a motivational speaking business (www.markpollock.com).

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  • Languages Spoken

    English

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  • Mark Pollock`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Mark Pollock`s U.S. Speaking Fee

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  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Europe

Suggested Keynote Speaker Programs

Virtual Talks: Challenge is the Opportunity

Sometimes we choose our challenges, sometimes our challenges choose us. What we decide to do about them is what counts. During this webinar, Mark will help your people to: o Build resilience and maintain motivation o Embrace change and unexpected challenges...

Sometimes we choose our challenges, sometimes our challenges choose us. What we decide to do about them is what counts.

During this webinar, Mark will help your people to:

o Build resilience and maintain motivation
o Embrace change and unexpected challenges
o Chart a path through uncertainty

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Virtual Talks: Expecting Problems as we Explore Possibilities

In the midst of a crisis, spectators sit on the side lines holding back. Competitors step into the arena as they pursue success and risk failure. The choice is ours. During this talk and webinar, Mark will help your people to: o Embrace a competitor mindset to ...

In the midst of a crisis, spectators sit on the side lines holding back. Competitors step into the arena as they pursue success and risk failure. The choice is ours.

During this talk and webinar, Mark will help your people to:

o Embrace a competitor mindset to pursue success
o Deal with fear and anxiety
o Develop a performance bias

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Virtual Talks: Optimist, Realist or Something Else?

The tyranny of uncertainty typifies a crisis. It demands us to adapt our behaviour as we seek to create stability where there is none. During this talk and webinar, Mark will help your people to: o Maintain a positive attitude o Balance conflicting emotions...

The tyranny of uncertainty typifies a crisis. It demands us to adapt our behaviour as we seek to create stability where there is none.

During this talk and webinar, Mark will help your people to:

o Maintain a positive attitude
o Balance conflicting emotions in times of uncertainty
o Navigate a path through a crisis

 

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Virtual Talks: Bringing People Together to Solve Complex Problems

Human beings have faced seemingly impossible challenges before. So, in times of great uncertainty, it’s worth remembering that history is filled with accounts of the impossible made possible through human endeavour. And, when that endeavour is combined with others through ...

Human beings have faced seemingly impossible challenges before. So, in times of great uncertainty, it’s worth remembering that history is filled with accounts of the impossible made possible through human endeavour. And, when that endeavour is combined with others through collaboration, that is when major breakthroughs happen.

During this talk and webinar, Mark will help your people to:

o Understand the value of collaboration in delivering results
o Adapt and sustain teamwork
o Lead teams by galvanising around a common goal

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Adversity & Challenges — Maintaining A Resilient Mindset Under Pressure

Sometimes we choose our challenges, sometimes our challenges choose us. What we decide to do about them is what counts. Deciding to be a competitor, a realist and a collaborator offers your people a chance of maintaining a resilient mindset under pressure. Mark Pollock’s ...

Sometimes we choose our challenges, sometimes our challenges choose us. What we decide to do about them is what counts. Deciding to be a competitor, a realist and a collaborator offers your people a chance of maintaining a resilient mindset under pressure. Mark Pollock’s keynote on adversity and challenges uses the power of active decision making to deal with challenges, regardless of where they come from, to help your people become more resilient.

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Leadership & Motivation — Leading Through A Crisis And Developing Intrinsic Motivation To Move Forward

Uncertainty and change typify a crisis and it’s difficult to lead in such circumstances. By providing your people with insights into the resilience, attitude and decisions of others facing extreme circumstances you will help them to develop the intrinsic motivation to move ...

Uncertainty and change typify a crisis and it’s difficult to lead in such circumstances. By providing your people with insights into the resilience, attitude and decisions of others facing extreme circumstances you will help them to develop the intrinsic motivation to move forward, Mark Pollock’s keynote on leadership and motivation delivers deep insights for leaders to navigate through the crucible moments they face and lead others to achieve more.

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Mindset & Performance – Challenging Expectations to Perform at a Higher Level

It is tough to deliver world class performance. Your people won’t do it by chance. With a high-impact catalyst you can help them act with the courage to make it happen. Mark Pollock’s keynote on mindset and performance is that catalyst – it challenges your people to ...

It is tough to deliver world class performance. Your people won’t do it by chance. With a high-impact catalyst you can help them act with the courage to make it happen. Mark Pollock’s keynote on mindset and performance is that catalyst – it challenges your people to examine expectations of themselves and others to perform at a higher level.

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Collaboration & Teamwork — Creating And Motivating Dispersed Teams Across Disciplines And Geographies

Galvanising a disparate group of people around a common goal is not easy. Yet when it happens, when we collaborate, that is when major breakthroughs happen. Mark Pollock’s keynote on collaboration and teamwork provides your people with insight into how high-performance teams...

Galvanising a disparate group of people around a common goal is not easy. Yet when it happens, when we collaborate, that is when major breakthroughs happen. Mark Pollock’s keynote on collaboration and teamwork provides your people with insight into how high-performance teams get things done when others can’t.

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Human Enhancement –Exploring The Intersection Where Humans And Technology Collide During The 4th Industrial Revolution

Exploring the intersection where humans and technology collide is essential for businesses to maintain their competitive edge. By raising the consciousness of your people to the human dimension of the 4th industrial revolution, you will empower and encourage ...

Exploring the intersection where humans and technology collide is essential for businesses to maintain their competitive edge. By raising the consciousness of your people to the human dimension of the 4th industrial revolution, you will empower and encourage innovation at the edge. Mark Pollock’s keynote on human enhancement provides your people with insight into the transformative intersection of technology and humankind as he explores a cure for paralysis using robotics, neuro-modulation, AI and VR/AR.

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About Keynote Speaker Mark Pollock

About Speaker Mark Pollock…

Mark helps people to build resilience and collaborate with others so that they achieve more than they thought possible.

Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark became an adventure athlete competing in ultra-endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. He also won silver and bronze medals for rowing at the Commonwealth Games and set up a motivational speaking business (www.markpollock.com).

In 2010 a fall from a third story window nearly killed him. Mark broke his back and the damage to his spinal cord left him paralysed. Now he is on a new expedition, this time to cure paralysis in our lifetime by exploring the intersection where humans and technology collide.

As a speaker, Mark is best known for his 2018 TED Talk focused on resolving the tension between acceptance and hope (go.ted.com/markandsimone) delivered jointly with his fiancée, Simone George. It gathered over 1.5 million views in its first 6 months online and has been translated into 12 languages. He has inspired millions of people in hundreds of organisations and is a Davos, World Economic Forum, InnoTown, F.ounders, EG and Wired speaker.

Co-Founder of the global running series called Run in the Dark (www.runinthedark.org), Mark has been selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and is a former member of the Global Futures Council on Human Enhancement. He is a UBS Global Visionary, is on the Board of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (USA) and is a Wings for Life Ambassador (Europe).

In addition, Mark is the subject of the acclaimed documentaries ‘Blind Man Walking’ and‘Unbreakable – The Mark Pollock Story’, he has been awarded honorary doctorates by The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and also from Queens University Belfast. And, he holds a diploma in Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century from Harvard University, degrees from Trinity College Dublin and The Smurfit Business School.

 

Testimonials

“Uncertainty and change has swept through the airline industry and we are facing that challenge head on at Avolon, as Mark says “Dealing with the Facts”. To support our employees to remain resilient and adaptive to the evolving situation, we engaged Mark to work with us through his ‘Challenge is the Opportunity’ webinars co-hosted with Paula Cunniffe. Everything from the opening presentation to the interview and interactive Q&A worked excellently. The learning and mental diversion for all was hugely impactful, insightful and worthwhile.”

Head of North America, Avolon

 

“In our work to provide entrepreneurs, families and trusts with investment services that protect and grow their assets our team are constantly navigating periods of uncertainty. Yet the changes to how we work together have created challenges that we have not faced before. As part of his ‘Challenge is the Opportunity’ webinar series Mark and  his co-host, Paula Cunniffe, provided us with an insight into how to adapt to the circumstances that we are now operating in – an excellent, impactful intervention at this time.”

Chief Investment Officer, Islandbridge Capital

 

Mark joined us at our DJO Global sales conference to kick off the year. The feedback from the team after his speech was incredible and unanimously positive. Mark’s inspirational words had a huge impact on the team and helped them to put their own challenges into perspective. His message resonated throughout the remainder of the conference. We have had many guest speakers at our annual conference over the years but no one made a lasting impact quite like Mark.

President

DJO Global

Thank you for your presentation at our 2018 Partners’ Conference. The story, your response and the manner in which you have turned such adversity into a positive is awe-inspiring enough. But the real message for me lies in your delivery which is laced with humour, warmth and humility. As you may have detected, building our community is very important in the business we’re building and the characteristics you displayed, coupled with your inspiring messages, will serve as model behaviours for everyone who heard you.

Head of PFP Change & Controls

Prudential Financial Planning

It was a privilege to have Mark address both our customers and our Management Team at Google. He delivers that rare combination of inspiration, perspective and practical insight that forces his audience to really reflect on how they rise to their personal challenges and set goals that seem unachievable. He delivers his message in a deeply personal, humorous and memorable way that lands with his audience. It was a pleasure for all of us to spend time in his company. Inspiring.

Regional Director, Northern Europe

Google

Mark presented at our Global Sales Partners Conference in Twitter and was exceptional. His ability to link his personal story to people’s everyday life and work challenges was excellent. The session was not just about listening to an incredible story, it was a chance for everyone to really think about themselves. There is something in this talk for everyone.

Senior Director EMEA

Twitter

The rule of seven is one of the oldest concepts in marketing, the rule states that you must hear something seven times before you act. Mark is a rule breaker in so many ways, but most importantly his message to be a competitor or spectator, realist or optimist, collaborator or soloist was a onetime hit with our team at LinkedIn. I have heard Mark speak many times and each time I come away with a renewed sense of purpose and willingness to act. Mark’s drive to build radical collaboration hubs is one of the most important efforts in his drive to find a cure for paralysis however it’s also the biggest lesson he has for those he interacts with.

Head of Solutions SMB, EMEA & Growth Markets

LinkedIn

I was honored to meet with Mark Pollock in Ireland this year, where we engaged with teachers and students at St. Patrick’s College to discuss the ways technology is changing how students learn. Mark is an extreme adventurer and athlete who has raced to the South Pole — and even more incredibly, he was the first blind man to ever do so. Mark is a brilliant example of the fact that we can always achieve more than what we think is possible.

Satya Nadella

CEO, Microsoft

Mark provided a powerful perspective to the assembled media at Davos. Mark doesn’t just talk about the transformative intersection of technology and humankind – he lives it. As he explores a cure for paralysis, he helped people understand the human dimension of the fourth industrial revolution at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting

Head of Public Engagement & Foundations, World Economic Forum

 

Mark was a speaker at National Geographic’s Extreme Explorers dinner in Davos in January 2016. His personal story and insights were incredibly powerful, and clearly had a profound impact on everyone in the room. He embodies the spirit, resilience and determination that are the hallmarks of what it means to be an explorer.”

Editor in Chief, National Geographic Magazine

 

Mark brought a hugely authentic and moving story to our conference. He challenged us all to think about the mind-sets we bring to work and life, and to change those for the better.

Global HR Manager Crude & SEE, Shell UK

 

In the weeks following Mark’s talk I have seen managers’ at LinkedIn reference Mark’s approach to solving
complex problems. His talk was inspirational and can be applied in our daily business lives.

Director, Northern Europe & Growth Markets, LinkedIn

 

Mark has presented to our EY tax department and to the finalists of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year
programme. By using his experiences as a backdrop, he presented the decisions that we all face in times of
uncertainty and change. And, as the story unfolded, both audiences were prompted to examine their decision
making when challenges appear. The relevance to entrepreneurs and corporate employees alike was
excellent.

Head of Tax and EY Entrepreneur of the Year Programme, EY Ireland

 

Mark joined us at our National Conference to share his insights into individual decision making in tough circumstances, and the importance of collaborative working. Using his own field of endeavour to bring the session to life, he prompted us to focus on the decisions we make when we face challenges, rather than the challenges themselves. It is this kind of thinking that led us to invite Mark to speak at our conference, where he delivered a very powerful speech that left a lasting impression.

Pfizer, UK Managing Director

 

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Apr 27, 2018

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