Mark Pollock Speaker

Mark Pollock

Explorer, innovator & collaboration catalyst

Mark helps people to build resilience and collaborate with others so that they achieve more than they thought possible.

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Mark Pollock's 2022 biography

Mark Pollock’s background

Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark became an adventure athlete competing in ultra-endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. He also won silver and bronze medals for rowing at the Commonwealth Games and set up a motivational speaking business.

In 2010, a fall from a second story window nearly killed him. Mark broke his back and the damage to his spinal cord left him paralysed. Now he is on a new expedition, this time to cure paralysis in our lifetime by exploring the intersection where humans and technology collide.

Co-Founder of the global running series called Run in the Dark (www.runinthedark.org), Mark has been selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and is a former member of the Global Futures Council on Human Enhancement. He is a UBS Global Visionary, is on the Board of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (USA) and is a Wings for Life Ambassador (Europe).

Mark is the subject of the acclaimed documentaries ‘Blind Man Walking’ and ‘Unbreakable – The Mark Pollock Story’, and has been awarded honorary doctorates by The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and also from Queens University Belfast. He holds a diploma in Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century from Harvard University, degrees from Trinity College Dublin and UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School.

DELIVERING IMPACT

It is tough to deal with uncertainty and change. Your people won’t do it by chance. With a high-impact catalyst you can help them act with the courage to make it happen. Mark Pollock is that catalyst and that’s why leaders worldwide have asked him to support their teams to remain resilient, adapt to change and collaborate with others for 20 years.

Using his hard-earned expertise, Mark has inspired millions of people to achieve more than they thought possible in hundreds of organisations worldwide as well as at TED, Davos, the World Economic Forum, F.ounders, InnoTown, EG and Wired.

As a speaker, Mark is best known for his 2018 TED Talk focused on resolving the tension between acceptance and hope (go.ted.com/markandsimone) delivered jointly with his fiancee, Simon George. It gathered over 1.5 million views in its first 6 months online and has been subtitled in 12 languages.

Acknowledged as an expert in resilience, innovation and collaboration, Mark says, “The reason to bring in a speaker is to move the audience emotionally. It can never be about the speaker, rather it must be about engaging the audience to help them achieve more than they thought possible – that is what I am to do every time.”

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Mark Pollock's 2022 talks & topics

Turning Challenges into Opportunities - The Challenge Cycle

Sometimes we choose our challenges, sometimes our challenges choose us. What we decide to do about them is what counts. During this online masterclass, Mark helps leaders and their
teams to:

  • Build resilience and maintain motivation
  • Embrace change and unexpected challenges
  • Chart a path through uncertainty

Collaboration & Teamwork — Creating and Motivating Dispersed Teams Across Disciplines and Geographies.

Galvanising a disparate group of people around a common goal is not easy. Yet when it happens, when we collaborate, that is when major breakthroughs happen. Mark Pollock’s keynote oncollaboration and teamwork provides your people with insight into how high-performance teams get
things done when others can’t.

Mindset & Performance – Challenging Expectations to Perform at a Higher Level.

It is tough to deliver world class performance. Your people won’t do it by chance. With a high-impact catalyst you can help them act with the courage to make it happen. Mark Pollock’s keynote on mindset and performance is that catalyst – it challenges your people to examine expectations of themselves and others to perform at a higher level.

Exploring Performance Potential - The Competitor's Mindset

In the midst of a crisis, spectators sit on the side lines holding back. Competitors step into the arena as they pursue success and risk failure. The choice is ours. During this online masterclass, Mark helps leaders and their teams to:

  • Embrace a competitor mindset to pursue success
  • Develop a performance bias
  • Understand the performance – recovery balance

Human Enhancement – Exploring the Intersection Where Humans and Technology Collide During the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Exploring the intersection where humans and technology collide is essential for businesses to maintain their competitive edge. By raising the consciousness of your people to the human dimension of the 4th industrial revolution, you will empower and encourage innovation at the edge. Mark Pollock’s keynote on human enhancement provides your people with insight into the transformative intersection of technology and humankind as he explores a cure for paralysis using robotics, neuro-modulation, AI and VR/AR.

Adversity & Challenges — Maintaining a Resilient Mindset Under Pressure.

Sometimes we choose our challenges, sometimes our challenges choose us. What we decide to do about them is what counts. Deciding to be a competitor, a realist and a collaborator offers your people a chance of maintaining a resilient mindset under pressure. Mark Pollock’s keynote on adversity and challenges uses the power of active decision making to deal with challenges, regardless of where they come from, to help your people become more resilient.

Collaborating to Solve Complex Problems - The Trust Imperative

Human beings have faced seemingly impossible challenges before. So, in times of great uncertainty, it’s worth remembering that history is filled with accounts of the impossible made possible through human endeavour. When that endeavour is combined with others through collaboration, major breakthroughs happen. During this online masterclass, Mark helps leaders
and their teams to:

  • Create shared missions for collaboration
  • Embody and incentivise collaborative leadership
  • Galvanise teams by building trust

Leadership & Motivation — Leading Through a Crisis and Developing Intrinsic Motivation to Move Forward.

Uncertainty and change typify a crisis and it’s difficult to lead in such circumstances. By providing your people with insights into the resilience, attitude and decisions of others facing extreme circumstances you will help them to develop the intrinsic motivation to move forward, Mark Pollock’s keynote on leadership and motivation delivers deep insights for leaders to navigate through the crucible moments they face and lead others to achieve more.

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