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.

    Topics 
  1. The Resilience Roadmap™
    • What if life and work are supposed to be hard?
    • What if living a meaningful life was never meant to be easy? AND
    • What if, whether you realize it or not, that’s actually a good thing?

    If your people are struggling to cope with the fast page of change, the Resilience RoadMap is the program you need.

    In this presentation Mark provides the strategic framework your organization needs to develop Radical Resilience in your people. This program will help you:

    • Decrease employee absenteeism
    • Eliminate excuses and whining
    • Increase productivity
    • Improve morale
    • Enhance company culture

    The Resilience RoadMap provides your company with the strategic framework your organization needs to help your employees develop Radical Resilience.

  2. LIVE TODAY!

    Do people in your organization struggle with stress, worry or anxiety? Are you losing productivity and are people wasting time and energy because they are focused on the great “unknown”? Live Today will fix that!

    Live Today is simple but powerful formula for helping your people to accept their current situation and focus on their most precious resources – time and energy – on the things that move the needle.

    • Get your people focused on what moves the needle
    • Develop productive intensity
    • Increase productivity
    • Deliver the catalyst to creativity and initiative
  3. 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
Testimonials: 
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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