Mark is a journalist, speaker, and adventurer. He is the founder of the South China Morning Post's Outdoor & Extreme sports section, known as the largest of its kind in any newspaper under the sun. Since its foundation, the section has proved to be an excellent platform where Mark shares his lessons and joys derived from adventuring. His lessons revolve around setting big goals for yourself and finding satisfaction in the effort rather than the results. Mark's motivational speeches help his audiences to develop resilience and live happier, healthier life in everything they do.
Why you should book Mark Agnew for your next event
- Mark focuses his talks on specific messages to suit every corporate event’s theme and can adjust the length of his speeches depending on the needs of the event owner.
- He is blessed with the ability to tailor talks in order to resonate with the audience. He has given talks to multinational companies’ senior staff, including HPE and AXA. Mark has also delivered speeches to small groups in schools and on construction sites.
- Mark combines failure, success, humor, and honesty to deliver talks. This makes him an instant selection as a keynote speaker.
Mark’s life has been defined by ocean rowing, with two attempts to row the Atlantic having failed. After the first failure, he thought his dream had ended. At that point, he did not have a bank balance, and the story of failure had spread across the British tabloids. However, little did many people know that the saga would only open up new adventure sports opportunities for Mark; the South China Morning Post offered him a dream job.
The second failure to row across the ocean resulted from powers beyond Mark’s control. But this time around, he developed an understanding of the nature of luck, attitude, and positive action, which he packaged into what he called a ”mental pyramid” as a route to success. As he shares his failure stories and how he bounced back, his audiences realize that they need to build resilience as they work their way to success.
According to Mark, epic adventure seekers don’t need to go to distant lands to satisfy their desire. Instead, ”stayventures” in their home country can be very rewarding. This may range from connecting long trails by foot to long expeditions such as kayaking to one night in the hills. Some of Mark’s expeditions include running ultra-marathons in Asia’s uninhabited areas and rowing through the Indonesian Archipelago.
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