Mark Black is a Heart and Double-Lung Transplant Recipient, 3-Time Marathon Runner, 8-Time Transplant Games Medalist, Best-Selling Author and Inspirational Youth Speaker.
Born with a congenital heart defect, Mark barely survived his first week of life. Before reaching the age of two, he’s already undergone two dangerous open-heart surgeries, and by 22 was told he had less than 2 years to live. Then in September 2002, after waiting on the transplant list for 10 months and near death, Mark survived a life-saving heart and double-lung transplant. Mark shares more than just a powerful message when he steps on the stage he shares himself. Maybe that’s why everyone who hears him speak is touched in a profound way. Mark’s message is simple, “Live today with all of your heart, because tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone.”
Workshop Description for “Live Today”
In “Live Today” Mark uses his powerful, real-life story of facing death, to frame the life-changing lessons that follow. At 23 Mark was told he had 1 year left to live. Mark uses his example to help your students realize how short life can be, and how important it is to live it well.
Using a full range of human emotions, Mark takes your students on a roller-coaster ride in this intense, powerful and unforgettable presentation. Students leave “Live Today” forever changed. Issues addressed in this presentation include:
* The power of choice.
* How perception shapes reality, and how to change both
* Your success depends on YOU
* Determination determines our success
Workshop Description for “Show Up, Shut Up, Step Up”
Students are bombarded with media messages that tell them that image matters more than impact; success is better than significance, and ease is preferable to excellence. But the way a successful life, is to focus on what matters most.
This friendly, but in-your-face, presentation that will challenge you to raise your leadership game and live a life of service and significance.
In Show Up, Shut Up, Step Up, students learn:
* How to make a positive difference in your life, your school and your community
* Eliminate excuses
* Take responsibility for your choices and actions
* Why their mindset and motives matter