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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

well known canadian adventurerMotivational 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 setting himself challenges that make many people cringe.

Jennings-Bates’ diary is getting busy as he speaks to more and more business groups of late.

“I think all of us have a project that makes us uncomfortable. It could be the scale, the fear, the perceived lack of experience – whatever it is, it usually prevents us from starting” said Jennings-Bates, adding “I have personally started a large adventure project without knowing all the answers to the many questions that will come up but it did not stop me from getting started, many adventurers are the same”

As a well known Canadian Adventurer, Jennings-Bates’ background offers a perfect example to CEO’s and entrepreneurs of how sometimes the seemingly impossible can in fact become possible. His style of delivery during his keynotes allows an audience to engage and lean in to his presentation while he supports his points with entertaining and often humorous stories as well as stunning video from his adventures.

His latest keynote topic focusses on innovation which is tied closely to his current business consulting work. “Innovation is a fascinating area to study at the moment, but as we progress in our knowledge and application of technology we are seeing innovation without practical application – that is not necessarily progress” comments Jennings-Bates.

His talk which can include a workshop focusses on the culture of innovation that you can expand in to an existing organization. The culture will help improve products, processes and services to stay ahead of the competition, if not, Jennings-Bates indicates you could be obliterated from the competitive landscape.

Jennings-Bates who spoke at Kelowna TedX last year with an inspirational presentation titled “When Pigs Fly” always leaves an impact on his audience. He is currently represented by several agencies in Canada. For information in regards to bookings, email bookings@markjenningsbates.com or call 250 859 4893.

“The instant choice was Mark, he is enthusiastic, entertaining and can keep car lovers on the edge of their seats with stories of cross country bike racing through the deserts of Africa and training for the Dakar with International drivers. As well as being a philanthropist, Mark has a wonderful personality that connects with everyone in whatever size crowd he is engaging. After the event, Mark’s speech was the talk of the group and was received incredibly well in the post-event reviews.”Nicki Beverley, Co-Organiser, TARGA Canada West

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Mark Jennings-Bates is a well known Canadian Adventurer and Motivational Speaker who spends much of his time planning and conducting exciting adventures. He has led a team on a successful Guinness World Record expedition and has participated in other World Record attempts. He runs a Canadian rally team and is a two times winner of the Western Canada Open Class Rally championship. Mark speaks to businesses, non-profits and adventure groups about innovation, living on the edge and overcoming fear.


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Motivational Speaker | How to get your start

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Motivational SpeakerSo 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 the five steps you can focus on to becoming a motivational speaker.

  1. Develop your talk. There is so much information on the internet that is free in regards to developing a good keynote that you don’t need to look far or pay a lot of money. At the end of the day, you can boil a keynote presentation down to a methodology that psychologically delivers what an audience and more importantly a meeting organiser are expecting,
  2. Practise, Practise, Practise. Look for opportunities to talk. Start free, offer your services to service organisations, schools, community groups – all people that typically don’t have a budget for a professional Motivational Speaker. Build a resume of talks that you have done and testimonials from organisers.
  3. Communicate. In order to develop a good business as a Motivational Speaker, people need to hear from you. Building your database of potential clients is critical to your success. Make sure you are adding valuable content to your website and delivering it to those interested parties on your list.
  4. Build your stories. Just because you know a lot about a subject does not necessarily make you a good motivational speaker. The art of story-telling is disappearing. You need to learn to keep it alive. Learning to incorporate your own personal experiences as analogies is extremely important but remember they must be relevant and entertaining.
  5. Don’t worry about uhm’ing and err’ing. I know Toastmasters will tell you it is a terrible thing to do and so was talking a cell phone to a concert at one time. Times have changed and along with it came a lot of grace for speakers who may have the occasional uhm or err. You will overcome that. I have seen some amazing speakers who were so good at delivery that unless you went back and counted how many times they stumbled you would never have known. Relax, enjoy the ride, and gauge the feedback from the audience not somebody who wants to be a professional speaker but has  not made it yet.

I understand this is a very simplistic overview but the main point to remember is tenacity will pay off. It has taken me a long time to even build the stories that I can share with an audience. I am not an Olympian or Movie Star, but to a certain extent that is what makes me relatable.

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