EMMY® Award Nominated Inspirational Speaker!



Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Mark Brown immigrated to the United States at the age of 18 with only $40 in his pocket and a dream for a better life. He spent 15 years working as a computer analyst before choosing to develop his public speaking skills. After recovering from a life-threatening illness in the summer of 1993, he made a commitment to excel as a communicator, earning a 1995 Harlem YMCA Black Achievers in Industry Award in the process.

In 1995, Mark defeated more than 20,000 contestants from 14 countries to win the illustrious Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. Since then, he has delivered more than 3,500 presentations to more than 1.7 million people, on 5 continents. He has earned the coveted designation of Certified Speaking Professional from the National Speakers Association, and he has become one of the most popular inspirational speakers in the world.

Mark Brown, CSPAs an expert in helping people overcome their fears to reach their maximum potential, he uses a unique combination of humor and poignancy to reach the most diverse audiences, and he continually inspires people from all walks of life to achieve ever-increasing levels of excellence.

Mark has been featured in the New York Times, Men’s Health, on CNN Headline News, and even had his own PBS Special, ‘Words Count – with Mark Brown,’ which was nominated for an Emmy Award.

A frequent presenter at National Speakers Association meetings, and keynote speaker at Toastmasters International Conferences around the world, Mark also serves as the Convention Announcer/Voice of God at the Toastmasters International Convention each year. He has shared his insights across a wide variety of industries,  and to major corporations including: The South African Reserve Bank, Sprint, Sheraton, Principal Financial Group, Prudential, Trane, and Cathay Pacific Airways. Additionally, Mark has been a guest lecturer at premier academic institutions such as Penn State University, Xavier University and The University of Florida.

He is the co-author of the book The Speaker’s Edge, and co-host of the weekly Unforgettable Presentations Podcast.

He lives in Lizella, GA, USA, with Andrea, his wife of more than 35 years.

The Story Behind Mark Brown’s
World Championship Winning Speech

What does it take to defeat more than 20,000 contestants and win the World Championship of Public Speaking? Listen in as three World Champions dissect one of their winning speeches.

Find out how to get an audience to think, feel, laugh and reflect in just 7 minutes.

Mark Brown delivered a powerfully memorable speech using humor, rhetorical devices, characterization, and storytelling that is still referenced 24 years later.

Listen in as your co-host Darren LaCroix and special guest, fellow CSP, Ed Tate analyze Mark’s winning speech, and interview him to unearth the story behind ‘A SECOND CHANCE’.

Mark Brown’s Winning Speech,
“A Second Chance”

Leadership Speaker, Mark Brown, CSP
Leadership Speaker, Mark Brown, CSP
Leadership Speaker, Mark Brown, CSP
Leadership Speaker, Mark Brown, CSP
Leadership Speaker, Mark Brown, CSP