- Corporal Mark Donaldson VC was awarded the Australian Victoria Cross for his heroism under fire in Afghanistan.
- Member of Australia’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) with tours of East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan.
- He is author of The Cross Road - a story of life, death and the SAS.
- He was a rebellious teenager who chose to "change the pattern" of his life of self-destructiveness to one of serving his fellow human beings and his country.
- Inspirational speaker
- Inspiring youth Motivational Resilience
Mark was very engaging and relevant to our conference and audit.
APCO Service Stations
Mark is always a great speaker...the crowd really enjoyed him. You could hear a pin drop they were enthralled.
Mark is a fantastic keynote speaker who had the audience spell bound - they loved his key note. He is always a humble but powerful speaker and hits the mark for my clients every time.
Very humble man, very enthralling to watch. Powerful story that reminds us all that we should always think of others and take a chance.
Mark was an excellent keynote speaker who got a standing ovation. The feedback we received was that everyone appreciated his speaking and video footage – very raw.
First National Real Estate
From my delegates ".... Mark Donaldson was probably THE most inspirational speaker I've ever seen. Cool, calm and serene. The term "hero" is often used.... but not in his case..." "..... the speakers were interesting and I took a lot away from Mark Donaldson (a very inspiring man) ....."
From my perspective, Mark was very easy to work with and extremely professional. He had read his brief thoroughly before we called him up for his verbal brief, he arrived at the presentation room dressed impeccably and on time. His presentation style was exceptional ..... as one of the attendees commented, he was cool, calm and serene (I couldn't have worded it better). Mark also took questions from the audience which may have been confronting to him, but he answered them with honesty, dignity and eloquence. I will definitely be recommending Mark to present at more conferences in the future.
Mark Donaldson gave a humbling address at our BOSS Emerging Leaders event on the 21 May 2014. Mark drew the largest crowd our events have seen in 3 years showing the great resonance that his personality and story has with Australians. Mark shared his incredible story from his turbulent early years to the harsh realities he faced during combat in Afghanistan, highlighting some key learnings and influences that he has taken away from his training. Mark gave a compelling, humble and emotionally driven speech that captivated our audience. Mark and his manager were a pleasure to work with and always acted with the utmost.