Speaker & Facilitator

“Mark’s capacity to visualise our world beyond the horizon is second to none. There is not one better at identifying new trends and explaining where they could go.  He is captivating presenter.”

Clarity. Insight. Inspiration.

Audiences always circle back to these points when describing a Mark Pesce’s gifts as a speaker, storyteller, and explainer. With more than twenty years of experience as a public speaker, educator, and broadcaster, Mark has both the skills to connect with an audience, and the capacity to take that audience on a journey they’ll never forget.

Whether it’s talking about the future of banking for the G20, the transformative nature of self-driving cars, or the ways businesses can best thrive in the mid 21st century, Mark has the depth and experience to talk to almost any audience, in any field, from agriculture to finance to education to health to automotive - and more.

Early on, Mark realised that to succeed as a public speaker, he needed to listen more than he talked. That insight has evolved into a practice unique among professional speakers: Every talk Mark gives has been tailored to precisely meet the client’s needs.

Mark’s approach to public speaking begins with a detailed client conversation to better understand their needs. What are their goals? How do they want to ‘move the needle’ with their audience? What messages do they want reinforced? Briefed in these essentials, Mark drafts a talk, seminar or workshop that delivers clients the results they’re looking for.

Mark’s background as an educator has given him the ideal skillset to develop seminars and workshops, working with a client, to deliver precisely the skills and capacities needed. Years in broadcasting have equipped Mark with both the character and capacity to be an engaging master of ceremonies, able to keep events moving pleasantly and smoothly.

"Mark is the consummate Master of Ceremonies, not just reading the script but his genuine enthusiasm in undertaking his own research on our speakers was highly engaging and created a real connection with our audience.”

Selected videos from Mark's hundreds of talks are available here.

Mark is represented by Zoë Vaughan at Claxton Speakers International: +61 2 9909 0033

It's time to talk about the future

A 90-second showreel of some recent talks - with my own thoughts about why it's vital to be aware of the shape and speed of the future.

The 'No!' Normal: Hybrid work & Flexible futures

We've seen a post-pandemic 'trifurcation' of the office workforce into three classes of workers: the always-in, the always-remote, and the 'hybrid' worker. Each presents new challenges for managers - and will only increase as these become the new workforce normal. For CFO Series NZ.

Both-And: The Hybrid Future of Events

The pandemic produced permanent changes in how and where we work that have already flowed through and transformed the meetings and events industry. Presented to Meeting & Events Australia.

What's your post-pandemic strategy for growth?

We've experienced a decade of digital transformation in the second half of 2020.  What comes next? Let's work on it -- together.

What's the future for events & conferences?

In 2020, Microsoft took its BUILD conference online - and got 20x the attendees. Is the future for events online, in the real world - or a hybrid of the two?

What's the future for the financial sector?

The 2020s will be the years of digital cash. By the end of this decade, almost every major traded currency in the world will be available in a purely digital form. The entire economy will transform - and the opportunities for the businesses that deal with money that work with money are going to be immense.

How has the pandemic changed education?

In 2020, every classroom went online. Education going forward is always going to be a rich mix of in class and online, in a hybrid form. Mastering that hybrid form is going to be key to education in the middle of the 21st century. 

What are the opportunities for telecoms in the post-pandemic era of pervasive remote working?

This is going to be the decade of telecom - not just because everyone's now got a smartphone, but because everyone is using these devices in new ways to work. We need to focus on how the telecoms sector can leverage this unprecedented shift into an opportunity to meet the needs of a workforce that has completely changed how it works.