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What can Mark Jennings-Bates do for you?

Keynote Speaking

As a prominent Adventurer and Keynote Speaker in Canada, Mark shares with audiences around the continent drawing on his many adventures to drive home points in his keynotes. He has an ability to get an audience to lean in to the conversation.

Consulting

As an entrepreneur for his whole life, Mark has been involved with small enterprises and large. Together with his business partner and global business talent, Andre Voskuil he consults to companies on global roll out opportunities.

Blog

So all you want to do is read? That is fine by me. Check out my blog. It is probably one of the most diverse blogs you could come across. You will find out all about our latest business ventures, wilderness adventures and charity travel programs…

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Living the dream

Living the dream | Leadership Training Many people say to me “You are living the dream”, do you provide leadership training?. For sure, I get to participate in a lot of different activities and businesses and because of that, I am always on the go. Part of the reason people perceive I am living the

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Well Known Canadian Adventurer gets busy on the speaking circuit | Motivational speaker inspires people to tackle their biggest project

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Well Known Canadian Adventurer gets busy on the speaking circuit | Motivational speaker inspires people to tackle their biggest project Motivational Speaker and well known Canadian Adventurer, Mark Jennings-Bates has never been afraid of big projects. Since a young age, he has lived a life of adventure and at fifty-three years old he still enjoys

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Innovation Management – 5 ways to energise your organisation

Innovation Management Tips When I was a student, I remember working for a year in industry during my tertiary education. At one point I received a lesson in Innovation Management. I was working with a gentleman called Eric Stonebank, a VP with Cherverton & Laidler in the printing and packaging industry in the UK. Eric

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Ethics in business – would Artificial Intelligence score higher?

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Are we challenged with ethics in business today? When it comes to ethics in business I always remember a talk I was at with John Maxwell, famed leadership guru. John was teaching a group of us in the Portland, Oregon area. It was shortly after some scandals where piles of garbage were found under the corner of

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Distractions to success – My five tips to stay on task

How to simply avoid Distractions to Success Distractions to Success are something that at one time or another we all fall foul of. They are like little white lies. No such thing exists. We try and rationalise our bad habits like texting or abundant amounts of time on social media as if they were acceptably non-productive

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Motivational Speaking – My five tips to giving a great talk

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When it comes to Motivational Speaking, for most people it ranks up there with falling from a great height. But rest assured that when it comes to motivational speaking, we all started in the same place. Sure, we either have a solid background in a process or technology and we have become an expert or

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Motivational Speaker | How to get your start

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So you want to be a motivational speaker but you are not sure how to get started? Like any business, developing a keynote speaking income is hard work. The good thing is that a plan combined with tenacity will pay off. What are the steps to become a Motivational Speaker Let me share with you

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SOME DAYS I FEEL LIKE MY TRUCK!

I had a young friend message me the other day. He knows me from the rally driving community, so he see’s me driving a shiny well cared for rally car (at least until the end of an event)! So he asked me what my daily driver was. He might have been expecting my reply to

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SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO RE-BOOT

I guess it is genetic! Lack of hair in my family I mean. In fact half of the family is blessed with flocks of thick heavy hair and the other side, well, they just don’t have much. Nothing  you can do about it really. As I think about it, it may not be entirely true.

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A LIFE OF IMPERFECTION

When I was at school I never had the time to do exams. I would show up, run through the questions and leave early… I hated sitting and staring at the paper trying to figure out if I had answered correctly, much less perfectly! I remember taking home report cards that almost without exception said

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DECEMBER 26TH, 2013

Recently I have had a series of meetings with a really good friend, Rolf Issler. Rolf was a big encourager during the recent Guinness World Record trip to Australia and is an uplifting person by nature. He is also very busy in his business, where he helps plan and prepare brighter financial futures for his

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THE COURT OF POPULAR OPINION

My grandfather was a tremendous judge of character. It appeared as though he would be able to weigh someone up in the first five minutes. My wife, to a certain extent has the same innate sense of being able to read the unreadable during a meeting. It is one reason why I try and have

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WHAT DO I HAVE IN COMMON WITH AN OLYMPIC ATHLETE?…

Yesterday on my 50km training run, an observer would assume nothing at all. I ran at a very steady plod, consumed 3 litres of water, endured my first trial with eating salted boiled potatoes (Yes I am proud not be a doper and only use salted boiled potatoes and some Ibuprofen occasionally! I am a

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I AM LOST AND I NEED HELP

I took a deep breath as the car groaned and clunked to a final stop. The metallic screeching of the rocks jammed in the brake pads always left me wondering how much it was going to cost to put the car back together again, but in reality the odd cacophony of sounds was normal. The

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MY FIRST ULTRAMARATHON! – PART 1

In this 4 part series, I want to share with you what it was like to attempt to run my first 100km ultramarathon in Guatemala this past November…. Rivers of sweat poured down the channel in the small of my back, straight into my running shorts, which made them clammy and uncomfortable. As I ran

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PART 2 – THE TRAINING AND PREPARATION

I started training and telling the press and friends what I was going to do… slowly and surprisingly, people started asking if they could join me and then asking if they could run too, so we ended up with two complete 4 x 25km teams, John, Kim, Jackie, Matt, Janet, Brady, Kristen and Petra…most of

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PART 3 – THE RUN

The following day, the day of the race, we took things easy, packed our personal supplies into marked bags or boxes and by noon we were on the road to the start line. Originally, we were supposed to be starting in Guatemala City and running to the coast, but a few days before the start

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THE RUN4LIFE PART II

The Accidental Run Part II I had a crazy thought a few years ago. I was in the lobby of a Church talking to Matt Blacklock. Matt is a friend and ultramarathon runner who has tackled some of Canada’s toughest long distance runs. An ultramarathon is defined as anything over 50kms. Matt was telling me

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WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE?

What a crazy summer it has been so far. I am not just referring to the weather either. This year I decided to do some training, in fact a ten week course that has taken me away from my home and my family and keeps me away until my wedding anniversary! It is a chance

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READY FOR THE NEXT ADVENTURE

As I come to a close on the army training project for the summer, my mind drifts to the next adventure. My body is tired. It has not been a physically stressful 10 weeks, but the work that we have done every day has been very different to what I normally do and that has

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JUST GETTING IT DONE

This morning, I opened up my Facebook profile and was immediately impressed by the feat of British rower, Sarah Outen. She has just finished a mammoth row from Japan to Alaska. A tremendous success, but not without adversity. Here is a quote from her most recent blog “The final 48 hours to land was huge

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STRESS IS NOTHING NEW

From time to time, we can all be accused of having a small (or sometimes slightly larger than small) pity party. The “woe is me” conversations that seem to permeate many dinner table conversations at the moment. The man’s version of the discussion is often a little different to the woman’s version. The man is

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WHAT TYPE OF LEADER ARE YOU?

Do you use Push or Pull leadership Studying leadership is fascinating. Whether you read books, attend seminars or learn from real life examples, witnessing different styles and their effectiveness can be very enlightening. Many larger, bureaucratic institutions have entrenched leadership styles that dictate how people will lead others. Other smaller entrepreneurial endeavours are naturally influenced

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CAN’T FIND A TREE IN THE FOREST?

There is the odd occasion for many of us when we are not exactly sure of which road to take. We are not sure how to resolve a particular situation or we may be feeling a little low because our productivity has been poor. Sometimes we are staring so hard at the problem that we

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THE BEST RESULT FOR ANY MEETING

Many times, people find themselves wondering why they are feeling a little isolated from their friends or why their organisation has lost it’s “morale”. It is very easy in this situation to point the fingers at those around you. You may have heard that when you point a finger at someone, three are pointing back

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LOSERS WIN BIG!!

There is a saying that goes something like this – “You can’t stop a quitter from quitting and you can’t stop a winner from winning” At first glance, like many things which are taken out of context, it seems to contradict the heading of this column a little. The truth however, is that Winners will

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LEARNING TO COME FIRST BY CONSISTENTLY BEING SECOND!

I think we are all aware that winning is a habit. Do you remember that person at school – always on the honour roll, a permanent fixture on all the top sports teams and to boot, given a place on the Provincial or National team also. Like you, I always wondered what drove those types

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GETTING OUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT

I was looking for inspiration for this weeks column when I met somebody who said to me Vancouver has a band called “Doorknobs”. Interesting I thought and I asked what kind of music do they play, I like the name… “No, Vancouver has banned door knobs!”. Well that was a little different. Something had just

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STAND OUT

My stare is fixated on the water in front of me as I wonder if this is what an LSD induced trance feels like. I am mesmerised by the kaleidoscope of patterns appearing on the surface, constantly changing and distracting me from my task. The silence was deafening and I found myself for a brief

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6 TIPS TO HELP YOU FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED

Many of us have a difficult time getting to the end of a task or project or even the finish line of an event. The problem can be that, with the best intentions in the world, plans change, motivation fluctuates and we find ourselves losing interest in even finishing a project. For me I know

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6 TIPS TO GETTING HEALTHY

This past weekend I had a medical exam. Just a check up. I managed to get straight “A”’s which is a good thing at my age. But it doesn’t come easy. Perhaps some people are born with a genetic code that gives them six-pack ab’s, incredible endurance and super human strength. But that is not

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HAPPINESS IS A STATE OF MIND

I have had an amazing couple of weeks. It has been extremely busy and has ended up being somewhat of a social experiment for me. Two weeks ago I was asked by a friend if I would be interested in helping her put together a video. It was designed to be a “Happy” video and

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BUSY PEOPLE GET THINGS DONE!

I reflected on the statement as I looked at the teapot where I was about to jam two slices of bread in to a narrow, round, opening. Curious I thought. Why am I doing that I wondered? Then I peered in to the crumb covered abyss in the depths of my toaster to see two

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EMBRACING THE FREEDOM TO LOSE

Have you ever been afraid to lose or fail at something? In the end, that fear may have prevented you form actually starting. For many people we inadvertently shelter our children from the potential of losing. For instance, we may say, “don’t do that, you may get hurt?” referring to participation in a sports team.

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PREPARING FOR THE BIG WIN

This time last week the biggest search phrase on Google was “Powerball”. I thought it was perhaps a new App for the iGalaxy or SamPhone, but apparently not. It is in fact a US based lottery not dissimilar to our Lotto 649. Obviously a dream is a powerful thing. Something that motivates into action, including

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ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

When my wife and I started our charity several years ago quite a few people had deep conversations with us about whether we could make a difference.   Surely the lack of safe water in the world was such a massive challenge that two people with a vision would never make much of an impact.

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KEEPING A CLEAR FOCUS ON THE FUTURE.

Many times when we are gripped by fear it can be one of two mental challenges that we can learn to overcome. The fear is completely imaginary. In this situation there may be no factual evidence that there is a problem that we should be afraid of yet we react physically as if there is.

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LEARN TO FLIRT WITH THE EDGE

With all of the adventure activities I have done and still do, I wonder sometimes if the edge still exists. The systematic approach to learning a new adventure or extreme activity combined with the repetition of going to “the edge” to improve can sometimes almost dull the senses. In the technology industry the leading edge

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THE SMALL THINGS THAT TRIP US UP ALONG THE WAY

As we learn to overcome fears and use the techniques I have presented in the previous few articles, there are still obstacles which seem to conspire to prevent us from achieving our goals.   I have been talking about my 2014 project which is to run 650 kms in Africa in October. I started programmed

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FASCINATED BY ANYONE ELSE BUT ME!

I was looking for inspiration for an article this week, so I decided to do some research on trending Google searches. Essentially, looking to see what news are “we” looking for. The common misconception is we are fed news when in actual fact in the digital age, we live in a self serve, “all you

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NEVER FEAR FAILURE

With the correct perspective, failure should never be feared but embraced. 2014 has already been an interesting year for me. I had planned to run 650kms in Kenya to raise money for charity. However, with my schedule, an Ebola outbreak and Al Shabab lobbing bombs across some of the country, wisdom prevailed. At first I

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ARE YOU CONFUSED ABOUT TECHNOLOGY?

In the late 1980’s I moved to Canada from the UK. At that time I owned and operated printing companies and so naturally before too long I ended up owning the printing company in the town I moved to, Canmore, Alberta. It was the dawn of the personal computer. Prior to that we were using

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WHAT IS A JOURNEY WITHOUT A DESTINATION?

I would call it a joy ride… You see a planned project or business has a destination. It may be an ongoing revenue stream, it may be a business value or an exit strategy. If you don’t start with the destination in mind, how do you know where to go? It would be like playing

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WHAT MAKES A PARTNERSHIP WORK?

The traditional definition of a partnership in business may be a little dated now. Formal agreements, formation of a legal entity etc are somewhat old school in today’s economy. Partnerships however can provide a tremendous way to leverage each partners skill to build success for your project or business. Many times, partnerships end in disaster.

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LEARNING TO LET GO!


Lets face it, giving up control is a situation we all come up against at one point or another. Whether it is letting a teenager start to make some decisions for themselves, letting an employee run a department on their own or even a franchise owner run one of your franchise businesses with little input

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DESTRUCTIVE SUCCESS

Last week I was privileged to be able to speak at a Board of Trade business awards dinner. I talked about Innovation and Collaboration which are two very interesting words that require one other important word – cooperation. In so many facets of our lives we deal with Cooperation Agreements, yet in actual fact they

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KEEP IT RUBBER SIDE DOWN.

This time of year, I always worry about which friends of mine will get caught going off the road in adverse weather conditions. With a little preparation most accidents can be avoided. Having won the Open Class rally championship in Western Canada on two occasions, I have used that experience to put on occasional safe

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THE MAGIC OF THINKING BIG

You may have read the book with the same title. I did many years ago and it supported the way I have always tried to make decisions. In his iconic book, The Magic of Thinking Big, David J. Schwartz leads the reader through a discussion on how to be successful using a lot of mental

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WELCOME TO 2015

If you got this far unscathed, congratulations. I believe it is going to be an awesome year. My column in the local news media is now titled “It’s All About…. You may think it is a little self absorbed to write a column that looks as though it is all about me. However, those of

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LEARNING TO THINK LIKE YOUR CUSTOMER

I have written articles before about consumer centric thinking. Taking the approach that to be successful we need to learn to think like our clients. Never has that been more true than today. Our world is more competitive than it has ever been and  often times, we are lured to the supplier or service provider

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WINNERS NEVER QUIT

Have you ever thought about why many people fail to get to the finish line? Frankly, kudos to those people for even starting, because most people never take the first step. However, once you have taken that first step, every step after is one more closer to the end. At some point many people simply

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IT’S ALL ABOUT… TED X

As a Keynote Speaker every chance I get to speak creates a special opportunity. It is an opportunity to communicate something that can teach or inspire, an opportunity to engage with the audience and an opportunity to ignite change. One of the most interesting challenges for any speaker is to prepare and deliver a Ted

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Thе аrt tо bесоmіng FEARless

Overcoming fear doesn’t happen instantly оr automatically. It іѕ thе result оf deliberate intention, аnd conscious action tоwаrdѕ doing things thаt scares уоu. Aѕ a result оf overcoming уоur fears, уоu grow аѕ a person, аnd expand thе possibilities thаt surround уоur life. Mаnу tіmеѕ whеn I undertake global endurance adventures I map оut thе

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