Mark  Sanborn

Mark Sanborn

Developing Leaders in Business and in Life

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Mark Sanborn – Business Speaker
Mark Sanborn – Business Speaker
Mark Sanborn

Mark Sanborn

Developing Leaders in Business and in Life

In-Person Fee Range:
$20,001 - $30,000
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  • An internationally recognized leadership speaker and writer, he has authored and co-authored several best-selling books, and produced numerous video and audio training programs on leadership, change, teamwork, and customer service. His latest book, Up, Down or Sideways, recounts how he turned hard times into a proven success strategy.
  • Clients who book motivational speaker Mark Sanborn for a leadership keynote speech benefit from a memorable, educational and motivational experience. Mark is the master of tailoring every leadership keynote to the client and situation.


Mark Sanborn is the president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea lab for leadership development and turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. lists Mark as one of the top leadership experts in the world. Mark has given over 2600 presentations in every state and 14 countries. He has authored eight books and more than two dozen videos and audio training programs. His programs are taught by Crestcom International in 90 countries and he is an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis.

Mark’s book, The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary is an international bestseller and was on the New York Times, Business Week and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. His other books include 1) You Don’t Need a Title to be a Leader: How Anyone, Anywhere Can Make a Positive Difference, 2) The Encore Effect: How to Achieve Remarkable Performance in Anything You Do, 3) Up, Down or Sideways: How to Succeed When Times are Good, Bad or In Between, 4) Fred 2.0: New Ideas on How to Keep Delivering Extraordinary Results and 5) The Potential Principle: A Proven System for Closing the Gap Between How Good You Are and How Good You Could Be and his newest 6) The Intention Imperative: 3 Essential Changes That Will Make You a Successful Leader Today.

Mark is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame and is a past president of the National Speakers Association.

Mark’s list of clients includes Costco, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, FedEx, Harley-Davidson, Cisco, KPMG, Morton’s of Chicago, New York Life, RE/MAX, ServiceMaster, ESPN, GM, IBM, Avnet, Sandvik and John Deere.

“We each know how good we have become,” Mark says, “but none of us knows how good we can be. One of the most exciting opportunities we get each day is to pursue our potential.” Mark Sanborn challenges his audiences with this message and provides insights for extraordinary living.

He lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with his wife Darla and sons Hunter and Jackson.

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LEADING THE FUTURE NOW: How to Engage and Inspire Today's Workforce for Greater Impact

You probably think COVID changed the world, and in many ways it did. But what COVID really did is accelerate the future. Many of the changes leaders face today were inevitable: they were almost all on the horizon, but a global pandemic brought them to the forefront earlier and all at once.

That means that the future workforce is here now, yet many leaders are unprepared. While core leadership principles never change, leadership practices do. In this presentation based on proprietary research, Mark Sanborn shares powerful insights and workable practices that your leaders need to succeed in today’s world.

Key points in this program:

  • How to change your business and your life by changing the questions you ask Why “anxious hopefulness” is one of the most important challenges to a leader’s thinking
  • There is a myth that “you can’t over-communicate.” (You can, and it decreases effectiveness. Learn the strategic alternative.)
  • What to do about remote workers is a secondary issue. The big issue isn’t just where – but when and with whom your team works.
  • Why giving someone a raise isn’t enough if you don’t give them a reason
  • The two unlearned skills that trump planning and process
  • How to refocus so you increase fast adoption of new behaviors and practices
  • The one thing ALL successful leaders have in common

Based on one of the few, comprehensive research projects about leadership during the COVID crisis, Mark has unique insights grounded in fact, rather than just anecdote and observation.

If your leaders are thinking and acting like they did before the pandemic, you are limited in the success you can achieve going forward.

This presentation will help you reset thoughts and behaviors to create new results in a new world of opportunity.

THE FRED FACTOR: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary into the Extraordinary

In this inspiring presentation, Mark Sanborn shares four life-changing lessons he learned from Fred, an extraordinary postal carrier. Based on his New York Times and international bestseller, The Fred Factor, Mark teaches how no one can be prevented from choosing to be exceptional.

As a result, your audience will be able to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, and the mundane into the magnificent in their personal and professional lives.

Key points in this program:

  • Continually create new value for customers without spending a dime
  • Elevate the customer experience for everyone
  • Learn how to become a trusted partner (not just a vendor)
  • How to use imagination and creativity to outthink your competition
  • Reinvent yourself regularly to avoid burnout
  • The only two ways to grow your business
  • It’s impossible to over-appreciate your team.

This program can be customized with different key messages for audiences of leaders, customer service representatives, and/or sales teams

YOU DON'T NEED A TITLE TO BE A LEADER: How Anyone Anywhere Can Make a Positive Difference

Based on three decades of working with some of the world’s best leaders and companies, this keynote program focuses on the true heart of leadership: making things better for others. And you don’t need a title to do that.

Mark Sanborn proves how anyone at any level and regardless of title can make a significant contribution and a positive difference.

Key points in this program:

  • The six fundamental skills of leadership
  • How to create an army of lions [where everyone knows when and how to lead
  • Learn to maximize the only three resources any organization possesses
  • How leaders communicate differently
  • Identify the most important actions needed for performance
  • Why your team members must take responsibility, not action

How do you keep getting better if you are already among the best? This is a critical question for successful leaders and organizations. What happens when complacency, outdated thinking, or weariness stunts performance? What do leaders do when growth stalls, or when their teams are working below their true potential?

In this presentation, Mark Sanborn provides answers and teaches powerful tools your audience can use to pursue their potential.

Key points in this program:

  • Why you must pursue your potential and not settle for simply achieving your goals
  • How to disrupt yourself before somebody else does
  • Three ways to become laser-focused on doing things that produce the biggest results
  • Learn a powerful way of thinking that gives you a competitive advantage over others
  • How to continually refocus
LEADING CHANGE: How to Succeed When Times Are Good, Bad, and In-Between

Discover practical ways to prepare for and deal with change – good, bad, or otherwise – by focusing on the mindsets and methods that never change.

Predicting the future is easy; predicting it correctly is very hard. You can’t be certain of what the future holds, but there are things you can always do to ensure your success regardless of what happens.

This presentation contains real-world strategies to work through difficult situations.

Key points in this program:

  • Examine the mindsets and methods that enable people to succeed come what may
  • Learn a practical way of preparing for and dealing with change
  • Focus on those things that should never change
  • How to make the most of up, down, and sideways situations
  • Improve company morale and inspire teams to push through challenging times
  • Discover actions to take when coming out of a crisis

Mark Sanborn Review

“Mark was the best speaker we have engaged.  He showed that he was listening to everything that was said before he got up.  And instead of weaving that content into the beginning, he tied it in throughout his entire presentation.  I wouldn’t change a single thing.”

— Blue Cross Blue Shield


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