I have three life passions: educating, laughing, and fathering. A feature article in Ohio University’s alum magazine, Funny is Good, wonderfully captured my interests.
As an educator, I have an eclectic palate. I welcome pedagogical challenges and specialize in three areas that give perspective to life.
Death and dying. I’m a thanatologist, and I help others navigate the challenges of death, dying, and grief. I’ve taught death education in the States and China and trained hospice, medical, and school personnel.
Stress management. Life is hard, and everyday stress can be overwhelming. Fortunately, attentional techniques, like meditation and self-hypnosis, can reduce stress and improve focus. I’ve introduced thousands of individuals to mindfulness practices.
Humor. I view humor as an educational and social lubricant. When used properly, it enhances connections and increases personal and professional productivity.
I enjoy public speaking. I educate and entertain, and I modify my presentations to the needs of the client and the audience. The most requested programs are:
To Reduce Stress, Become a Winnie. Eating honey will not reduce stress. However, mindfully focusing your attention, like Pooh does when he eats honey, promotes relaxation. During this minds-on program, I teach mindfulness methods that improve concentration and encourage productivity. Format: 2-hours to a full-day workshop.
Power of Funny. This motivational presentation works as a keynote speech in different settings. I explain how humor enhances connections – people, material, and organizations. I balance practical information with funny to illustrate the uses of humor. Format: 30-to-90-minute talk.
Learning Should Be Fun. Humor is one of the most effective pedagogical tools, yet most teachers, trainers, and managers do not use it. I bust the common misconception that an educator must be funny to use humor. I explain how humor increases attention, motivates, and enhances learning. Format: 1-hour to a half-day workshop.
The gifted Bob Eckstein drew the illustration at the bottom while I was conducting two presentations for the Writer’s Digest Conference.
If you’re interested in me as a speaker, go to Contact Mark and complete the form. I’ll respond ASAP.