Keynote Speaker

8 minute video

Mark’s TEDx talk (19 minutes)

The Power of Persistence: How Failure Leads to Success

“I teach organizations that it’s ok, and necessary, to fail… at first. Then it’s time for persistence.” – Mark

Program Description:
World Yo-yo Champion Mark Hayward screwed up on national television, and it was the BEST day of his career. He wants to tell your audience why. Mark knows all about turning failure into success. He is a highly regarded and critically acclaimed comedy entertainer and speaker, and he shares the hard-won lessons he has learned from the streets of New York City, all the way to Shanghai. Mark believes that the lessons from his stories will help your organization become a better, more positive and successful place to work.

In “The Power of Persistence: How Failure Leads to Success” Mark uses his vast experience with success and failure to highlight the importance of perseverance, determination, and a positive environment with supportive relationships. Through his performance stories and amazing skills, Mark proves that the 10,000+ hours he spent honing his craft helped him become a World Champion, and he highlights the tools he uses to turn failure into success. Audiences leave understanding those tools, and that failures are a vital and indispensable part of the journey toward success.

Mark Hayward is a World Yo-yo Champion, a member of a World Champion Juggling Team, and a Spin-top Champion. He has appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden, The Late Show with David Letterman (twice), America’s Got Talent, and the NBC and CBS news. Mark has used his skills and humor to captivate audiences since 1989 in cities including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, Melbourne, Stockholm and Shanghai. Juggle Magazine called Mark’s brain “a national treasure”. Mark lives in Madison WI.

Mark Hayward: World Yo-yo Champion

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