SIV #058: Mark Brown – World Champion of Public Speaking


Today’s guest is the world champion of public speaking. Did you even know that was a thing?

Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Mark Brown migrated to the United States at 18 years old with only $40 in his pocket and a dream for a better life. Today, he has become one of the most popular inspirational speakers in the world.

In 1995, Mark defeated more than 20,000 contestants from 14 countries to win the illustrious Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. Since then, he has delivered more than 3,500 presentations, to more than 1.7 million people on 5 continents.

I’m guessing that if giving presentations is an important part of your job, and I know it is, then who better to learn from than the world champ?

So get out your blue crayon, or whatever you use to take notes, and let’s learn together!

Things Mark And I Talked About

  • His journey to America at age 18 with $40 in his pocket.
  • “My life is a testament to what America has to offer.”
  • Whenever we see an opportunity we must take the first step even if it’s scary at first.
  • You must connect with your audience:
    • Your audience is you.
    • Share your life story, your experiences, your mistakes, your struggles, and your successes.
    • The common connects.
  • You can be successful at work but what is going on at home?
  • Excellence in Leadership – Practical Leadership:
    • What are you like day-to-day, hands-on with the people?
    • Adaptability to build and form teams quickly.
    • Braveheart vs. Glory
    • Lead from the front!
    • Give people the chance to fail.
    • Getting discretionary effort.
    • You must lead yourself first.
    • Lead your own leader.
    • You must see people as people, not as positions that are filled.
    • Building relationships and leading with love.
    • What does ASAP even mean?
    • How we communicate and how well we communicate are both critical.
  • It is our job to develop new leaders:
    • Must push, prod an poke people to become uncomfortable.
    • Letting people know that they have untapped potential.
    • Seeing more in people than they see in themselves.
    • Show them how leading benefits them and their family/community.
    • Everything is difficult until it becomes easy. It becomes easy with time and experience.
    • The lessons of Rocky 3. – Apollo Creed taught Rocky ALMOST EVERYTHING he knew. ALMOST.
    • Don’t stifle new leaders growth.
  • How to boost morale:
    • Appreciate people based upon their love language.
    • Don’t show people appreciation based upon how you like to be shown appreciation. Focus on how THEY want to be appreciated.
  • Don’t chase the shiny object.
    • We often try to learn from our mistakes but often fail to look at what worked well and try to repeat it.
    • Layer new ideas onto the old ideas instead of starting from scratch.
    • Why the world-class flutist James Galway stopped recording and giving concerts at age 50 and what he did instead.
    • It worked so good we stopped doing it.
    • The basic design of paperclips hasn’t changed since 1867. Where’s your paperclip?

Books We Talked About

The 5 Love Languages – Gary Chapman

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R Covey

The Book of Proverbs in The Holy Bible – The Message Version – God

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Tim Martin

Author: Tim Martin

Tim has spent the last 22 years in the VB sales world. During that time he has recruited and trained over 2,000 agents to get people to do what they should, but wouldn't do if we didn't come along. In addition to his leadership rolls at the two largest VB carriers on the planet, Tim has worked with outside organizations through consulting and sales coaching. His energetic and humorous key note addresses have also inspired and electrified audiences throughout the United States. Currently Tim is also working on his first book "Success Is Voluntary." Tim and the lovely Dizzy D reside in Peoria, Arizona. They have been married for 29 years and are the proud parent of two gorgeous grown young women, Brittny 27 and Victoria 25.

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