Mark Black

Heart and Double-Lung Transplant Recipient, Motivational Speaker.

Mark Black

Mark Black is a Heart and Double-Lung Transplant Recipient – turned – 4-Time Marathon Runner, Author, Coach and Speaker.

Born with a life-threatening heart defect, Mark underwent two open-heart surgeries before the age of one. His parents were told to expect more surgeries before he started school. Mark was not expected to live a long life.

He battled his condition and it’s limitations successfully for twenty-two years before having to face the biggest challenge of his life.  Mark’s doctor informed him that his heart was failing badly and that without a rare and dangerous heart and double-lung transplant, he would not likely see his 25th birthday.

In October 2001, Mark moved thousands of kilometres from home and was put on the transplant waiting list. After just four months on the list, Mark’s condition grew worse and he was placed in the hospital where he lived on the precipice of life and death, for 6 months.

Finally, by the grace of God, on September 7th, 2002, after almost a year on the list, Mark received a second chance at life: a life-saving Heart & Double-Lung Transplant.

The average lifespan of someone with his transplant is 5-10 years. It’s been 16 years since Mark’s transplant. He is in his 40s. It is very unlikely Mark will live to see his 50’s. This is what makes his message so powerful. He lives the strategies and principles he teaches and he is filled with passion and purpose for his work precisely because he doesn’t know how much more time he’ll be afforded to do it.

Since receiving his second chance at life Mark hasn’t wasted a moment. After meeting the love of his life, Marise, the two married, and they have 3 healthy children. Mark has travelled the globe speaking to more than 150,000 people.

Mark lives in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada where he spends as much time as possible with the most important people in his life; his wife Marise and their three children Emma, Matteo, and Caleb.

  1. Break through Adversity with the Resilience Roadmap™

    You deal with adversity on a daily basis. In addition to the typical challenges you have always had to face, now there is covid-19 and all it brings. When faced with any adversity, people generally have two reactions: fight or flight. They either summon their resources and resolve, they retreat or sink into despair. Which will you be? To succeed in the face of adversity, one tool is essential to have in your toolbox; resilience. In the Resilience Roadmap Mark provides a framework for success despite the odds and provides a powerful dose of inspiration and excuse-eliminating motivation, in the process. Using his life story of battling a life-threatening disease, surviving a Heart & Double-Lung Transplant, and recovering to run 4 marathons Mark will show you that you are limited more by perceptions than circumstances. But it goes far beyond emotions or attitude.

    In this powerful and practical program, you will acquire skills you can implement immediately to improve your bottom line.

    Learning Objectives/Outcomes:

    • Re-frame challenges to create powerful opportunities for innovation and growth
    • Eliminate distractions and excuses that impede your success
    • Where to put your time and energy to impact the metrics that matter
    • Create milestones and goals that actually drive results
    • Develop an implementable action plan

    This program will not only provide your conference with a powerful experience ideal for beginning or ending your event with impact, attendees will leave with practical takeaways they can implement in their business the following day.

  2. Break Through your Limitations and Live Today™

    Do your people struggle with stress, frustration, or worry? Have they lost some of the joy and passion for what they do amid all of the challenges and stresses they face? If so, Live Today is the perfect program to remind them how much their work matters and re-ignite their passion for doing it.

    Live Today is an inspiring and powerful way to open or close your conference with a message that will leave people inspired and rejuvenated. Through his powerful personal story, Mark will show your audience how to accept the things they cannot change, and focus their most precious resources – time and energy – on the things that matter.

    • Accept the things they cannot change, in order to focus on what they can control
    • Re-discover the pride and passion they have for their work
    • Be inspired and motivated to be their best for themselves and their patients

    Live Today provides your people with a fresh perspective on challenges and perceived problems and leaves them inspired and empowered to be their best.

  3. Break through for Healthcare: Through Your Patients' Eyes

    You care about your patients. You want to give them the best care possible. You can’t be expected to do that unless you know what really matters to them. In this engaging presentation, Mark will describe the incredible impact made on him by the medical professionals who he lived with and who cared for him as he faced the prospect of death. You’ll be inspired and affirmed in the value of your work. More than that, you’ll learn practical strategies to help you be a better professional, like:

    • The Do’s and Don’ts to ensure your patients feel cared for
    • The 3 things you can do to connect with your patients immediately
    • How to turn a patient into your ally
    • How to turn your workday into an energizing, rewarding and fulfilling experience

    This program is perfect for the opening or closing keynote for your healthcare conference. It is also available as a 90 min breakout.

  4. GO BIG!

    Your organization has a vision for where you are headed, but the future has many unknowns and the stakes are high.

    To realize your goals, you need to have everyone on board but how do you get everyone from the front line to the head office to truly believe it can happen? Book Mark Black.

    In “Go Big” Mark will use his life story of battling life-threatening disease, surviving a Heart & Double-Lung Transplant, to become a 4-time marathon runner, to your people see that they are limited more by their own beliefs than external circumstances. This program is perfect for you if you want to:

    • Learn how to stretch individual and organizational vision
    • Re-frame perceived obstacles and challenges
    • Map out a defined plan for your success
    • Learn how to handle doubters and naysayers
The passion and energy with which Mark speaks about the challenges he’s faced and how he can touch an audience when doing so, are remarkable. Mark’s message is profound. I’d recommend any organization who want to remind their people the importance of attitude and thinking in meeting goals and conquering challenges, to have Mark in to speak to their people.
The Cooperators
You often hear of people who have stories to tell and can deliver a message however I must say Mark had the package. Mark’s message is profound and I’d recommend every organization to have Mark in to speak to their people.
Royal Bank of Canada
On behalf of the Mergers and Monopolistic Practices Directorate of the Competition Bureau, we would like to extend our thanks to Mark. His presentation was very powerful, and the initial feedback from our colleagues has been overwhelmingly positive.
Louise Margaret Montesano
Competition Bureau

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