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Nothing can Stop You
Going beyond Limits
Attitude to Achieve
Mark Pollock gives inspiring and effective motivational presentations based on his unique life experiences.
In 1998, Mark was a student and international rower with a fantastic job offer in London when he suddenly lost his sight. He had been on the crest of a wave as he prepared for his final exams in Trinity College Dublin, but came crashing back to earth with the news that he would never see again.
Since then Mark has rebuilt his life and, indeed, has exceeded his achievements of before. Within six months of going blind he was working again and, two years later, he completed a Masters Degree in Business Studies. He has won medals while rowing for Northern Ireland at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, completed six marathons in one week in China's Gobi Desert, raced in the world's most extreme marathon at the North Pole, developed an international speaking business and co-authored a book focused on the motivation and life choices of successful people.
Despite his life-changing difficulties, Mark Pollock has motivated himself to make the most of his opportunities. His incredible presentations have inspired individuals, teams and organisations all over the world to develop intrinsic motivation to stop making excuses and, instead, “make it happen”.
In his talks Mark concentrates on what we are in a position to control: taking personal responsibility for our actions, facing facts, focusing on making it happen, making committed decisions and asking for help.
“Your account of how you have overcome the loss of sight and continued to live your life and "make it happen" was humbling.
But more than that, it was truly inspiring and invigorating as you challenged each one of us to reflect on and recognise how we choose to live our lives. You illustrated by personal example how we make decisions and that, by deciding what we want to change and what we want to see persist, we can find a powerful way through obstacles that originally might have seemed insurmountable.
You also recounted your experiences with great style, honesty and humour. I can tell you that everyone who heard you has since spoken of you and been energised.” Teresa Elder, CEO, Vodafone Ireland
“Many thanks for making it to our Leadership Conference in London last week at such short notice. Your contribution to the day was truly impactful. Feedback from everyone I've spoken to underlines how motivating and stimulating your contribution was. I hope to get you back when we review the next stage of our journey.” David McGowan, Managing Director, BOI Business Banking UK
“The feedback from your talk "make it happen" has been fantastic. I know a number of sceptics that attended the talk have been raving about it ever since. People have asked me when your book is coming out as they would love to both read it themselves and also pass it onto the many others they have spoken to about you. Since your session many people are beginning to get up and make it happen in terms of their work and career goals in Canon - there really is a different atmosphere around the place.” Neil Carty, Marketing Manager, Canon Ireland
“I've just had the opportunity to listen to the "Making it Happen" talk that you gave at CSFB in Singapore . As a rule I tend to shy away from reading motivational type books. Most of these books are written by people who second guess tough issues, rather than actually having lived through it themselves which makes your delivery that much more powerful. You also have a very comfortable, relaxed way of speaking which makes it enjoyable listening to you. You stood up there, spoke without pause for 40 minutes, with no aids or cues and yet you kept the audience engaged the entire time.” Credit Suisse First Boston
“When facing uncertain times, Mark displays an attitude and perspective that reminds us that we really are in charge of our own destiny. And, in hearing how he has overcome his own difficulties, he demonstrates the power that resides within all of us to 'make things happen'. Mark truly lives up to the title of "inspirational speaker", and we look forward to his return to Asia.” Tom Royds, Head of Asian Equity Sales, ABN AMRO
“Thanks again for your talk at our Sales Conference yesterday - it was a major talking point for the evening afterwards and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Best of luck at the North Pole!” Daragh Wall,Marketing Manager, Smurfit Corrugated Ireland
"I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation as well as our chat after dinner. Your story will serve as an inspiration to many people for a long time to come. Your passion for adventure and energy for life are remarkable." Francis O'Connor, managing director, International Equity Sales trading, Merrill Lynch ( New York )
"Mark's talk was the highlight of Irish Shell Health and Safety Week. His strength of character, determination and great sense of humour are an inspiration." Linda O'Hanlon, PA Chairman, Irish Shell Ltd
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