Don’t Tell us…TAKE us

For more than 25 years, I’ve enjoyed telling stories, but all my life I’ve enjoyed hearing them, from many people all over the world. Stories give us the glorious opportunity to connect with people of different cultures and backgrounds, and also to expose them them to both the differences and the similarities of our life […]

What I Learned From my Coach

Ever notice how seemingly gifted speakers make it look so easy?

How do they do that? What if you could?
Most speakers take the stage, but they don’t own it. They don’t keep their audiences on the edge of their seats, leaning on their every word. They don’t energize their audiences and keep them wanting more. They don’t seduce and transform them with emotionally gripping stories. And they don’t leave them with a message that sticks.

When I began speaking in 1994, I had no idea how much I had to learn. Then I met my coach, David Brooks, whom I call ‘The Master Mentor.’ David helped me first to believe that I had the potential to be memorable…as long as I was COACHABLE. David taught me about the power of a well-written speech, how to use words to create experiences, and how to present with passion and energy. More importantly, his mentorship helped me to GROW as a presenter. He taught me ‘little’ things like the effectiveness of a simple pause, and ‘deeper’ things like how to craft a speech that connects with the 7 Common Emotions. His coaching not only helped me to win the Toastmasters International 1995 World Championship of Public Speaking, but it started me on a journey that has led to over 3,500 presentations to 1.8 million people on five continents. In addition, I’ve been able to meet and collaborate with other world-class coaches whose advice and expertise helps me to continually improve.

Over the years I’ve helped coaching clients from Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas, and I’ve worked with some of the best coaches in the business.

Now, I’ve locked arms with Darren LaCroix, 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking, and Michael Hauge, Hollywood script consultant to stars like Will Smith, Julia Roberts and Tom Cruise, to present the 2-day workshop ‘GET COACHED TO SPEAK!’

This week! June 20 & 21. * LAST CHANCE *
Join World Champion Darren LaCroix, Story Coach, Michael Hauge, and ME!

Don’t have much time? Perfect. You’ll get invaluable insights in just 2 days.
Can’t travel? No problem. We have Virtual Seats AND you get the recordings.
You’ll be amazed watching the VIPs’ presentations transform literally overnight.
You’ll walk away with the specific insights on HOW they transformed. You’ll even get our invaluable Own the Stage coaching checklist (which took DECADES to develop!)

Working with Darren & Michael is a blast! We all laugh a lot.

Join us! Get Workshop Details – See the Virtual Seat!



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Mark your calendar for UPCOMING MASTER WORKSHOPS from Stage Time University!

Get Coached to Speak – June 20-21, 2018 

Do you know the specific difference between a average speech and an awesome one? Come watch master coaches in action and walk away with amazing insights.

NEW! Unforgettable Presentations – July 27-28, 2018

Do you know how to create an unforgettable presentation step-by-step? Don’t just learn how, actually create your own with master coaches and leave with one in two days.

Details on these and other LIVE events are here:


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Whose Story Is It?

Some years ago, I received a disturbing private message from a fellow speaker ‘Sam’, in another country. They were attending a weekend seminar by a very prominent, highly paid professional speaker, but they admitted that they were inclined to leave immediately. When I asked “Why?” they said, “I can’t believe this person just told Val’s […]


Each year, during the week before Easter, thousands of high school athletes compete in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships (better known as Champs) in my hometown of Kingston, Jamaica. ‘Champs’ is the biggest track and field event involving high school students anywhere in the world, and the event […]

Being A Good Listener, Mark Brown Speaks

Being a Good Speaker Begins with Being a Good LISTENER

Thoughts shared with the Hindu Business Line during my recent visit to Chennai, India. Mark L Brown World Champion of Public Speaking 1-914-217-4345 @MarkLeoBrown MAKE THIS AN OUTSTANDING DAY!

Fear Of Success, Mark Brown Speaks

The Fear of Success?

Several years ago, to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary, I wanted to do something different for my wife Andrea. So instead of leaning on the good folks at Hallmark…which many men do…I decided to MAKE her a greeting card. Now this was 15 years ago, before the days of ‘saying it on Facebook.’ With great […]


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What’s in a Word?

Recently, after speaking at a high school, I met with students and faculty to talk about conflict resolution. One young man suggested a debate, and the administrator IMMEDIATELY responded. “No! No debates; we can arrange a DISCUSSION.” He made me think about the impact of our word selection…in presentations, and conversations. As a professional communicator […]


“Oh! You’re a MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER!” That’s often the response that I get when I tell people that I speak professionally. To be honest, I cringe inwardly because I’m not enamored of the term ‘motivational speaker’…and here’s why: I can’t motivate a soul. Sure…I’ve often WANTED to motivate a few individuals…especially my children, but I’m convinced […]

Mark Brown, Can We Talk?

Can We Talk!

Over the past 20 years, I’ve noticed that more and more, individuals have their heads buried in their mobile devices, even while in the company of others. On one occasion, I snapped a photo of the 9 other passengers who were with me on a rental car shuttle, and they were completely unaware because they […]