Mark Bowden

Speaker, L&D, Digital


Mark Bowden

Expert in Body Language, Human Behavior, and Communication

Voted the #1 Body Language Professional in the world, Mark Bowden is passionate about giving people the most influential and persuasive communication techniques to stand out, win trust, and build credibility every time they speak. Inspiring, energetic, engaging, and entirely entertaining, Mark’s memorable talks not only educate, but have proven life changing for audiences, helping their businesses grow across all industries and sectors.

Mark’s work has proved invaluable to business leaders and teams from Fortune 500 companies, politicians, and prime ministers of G7 powers. His highly acclaimed TEDx talk and YouTube Channel have reached millions of people, and he has presented to many of the coolest and most innovative organizations in the world, including for Shopify, Dell EMC, AMD, Viacom, RBC, Amex, Unilever, Daimler, Microsoft, Toyota, VW, Samsung, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, GSK, Walmart and Nestle. He also delivers presentation training for the #1 EMBA in the world with Schulich-Kellogg, and is president of the National Communication Coach Association.

A go-to commentator for world media on the body language of leading politicians and public figures, Mark appears regularly on news and talk shows for CNN, CTV, CBC, Global and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and GQ Magazine.

In addition, Mark is the founder of TRUTHPLANE®, a communication training company that offers a unique methodology for anyone who has to communicate with impact to an audience. He uses his unique system of cutting-edge and effective nonverbal communication techniques to instantly help audiences become more confident, collaborative, and credible in their communication – invaluable for anyone in leadership, sales, or teams.

A world-renowned body-language thought-leader, Mark’s publications are the bestselling books, Winning Body Language — a “how-to guide” to using body language to stand out, win trust, and gain credibility when speaking; Winning Body Language for Sales Professionals; and Tame the Primitive Brain: 28 Ways in 28 Days to Manage the Most Impulsive Behaviors At Work. His fourth book is due in 2018, entitled, Truth & Lies: What People are Really Thinking. The book has been described by FBI interrogator and counterintelligence agent Joe Navarro as “A remarkable book…this year’s must-read on body language and human behavior.”


EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION: Winning Body Language to Stand Out, Win Trust and Gain Credibility

Superior communication skills are key to success, and no one enlightens and empowers others with these skills more effectively than Mark Bowden. In this high-octane interactive keynote, Mark will teach you the body language techniques to make you stand out from the crowd, inspiring others while building trust and credibility.

Mark takes the audience on an exciting journey to understand how “It’s not often what you say – but how you say it that gets results!”

Bowden, renowned trainer to Fortune 500 CEOs and G8 political leaders, demonstrates how perceptions can be completely altered by a simple gesture or action. He trains the audience, just as he does his elite clients worldwide, in simple yet effective techniques to create the ideal communication in the most crucial situations – invaluable for life and business.

SALES: Winning Body Language to Build Trust, Gain Credibility, and SELL

The most effective salespeople never appear to make any effort at all to win you over. They are natural, likeable, clear and consultative. They learn about your needs by asking intelligent questions and offer solutions that feel right.

In this compelling and interactive keynote, your salespeople will learn how – through the simplest use of body language – they can build strong and lasting relationships, win and hold onto trust, gain credibility, be more consultative and become a trusted advisor to their clients.

Mark brings to this talk his world class nonverbal skills and techniques that add impact, power and presence to sales communication, and teaches how to best implement them at every meeting and presentation.

LEADERSHIP: Winning Body Language for Leaders

With such fierce competition for time and attention today how will YOU ever stand out as a leader, win trust and gain credibility?

In this provocative and entertaining keynote, adapted from his extremely popular TEDx Toronto talk, Mark will help you understand how certain common nonverbal behaviors may be steering you away from building and strengthening relationships that could ultimately help you realize your greater potential.

Mark then gives you the tools to confidently convey a powerful executive leadership presence through world class communication skills that capitalize on instinctual processes of the brain; winning others over to you and your message.

He teaches how to use your body language to win trust, build your credibility, listen like a leader, and inspire action to ultimately communicate in a style that is transparent, courageous, compelling, persuasive, influential and conversational.

COLLABORATION/TEAMWORK: Optimizing Workplace and Client Relationships

The most insidious barrier to a happy, productive workplace in any organization is dealing with EACH OTHER!

Communication guru Mark Bowden offers a practical way of understanding, appreciating and managing the behaviours and actions of others.

Mark brings the fastest and most effective way to understand why someone acts towards you the way they do; why you react the way you do; and most importantly, how to actively respond to achieve the best outcomes.

He explains how and why people make snap judgments about us and “default to the negative”, and how to best use your body language to stop this from happening. We look at why we are drawn to some people and repelled by others, and how to always get into the “friend” category in our daily interactions. The audience learns how to convert those who are “indifferent” to us, our services and our products, into our very best customers.

Gain new and fresh perspectives on how to deal with other people’s behaviors in order to: manage those around you at any level in an organization; turn any potential conflict into a positive outcome; bring teams together in a shared understanding; and learn the evolutionary behavioral theory and neuroscientific evidence for human behavior that underpins all of these key relationships.

Compelling Communication for Leadership

Duration: Half and Full Day

Target Audience: Leaders, Managers, Business Professionals, Sales Professionals

As a leader, there is no getting around it: your job calls for presenting and public speaking under extreme pressure. What your listeners think of your ideas, plans, and your entire organization is affected by how they react to you as a leader when you communicate.

Never underestimate the crucial role your presentation skills and style play in your success. This fast-paced practical workshop teaches and demonstrates powerful leadership presence through world class communication skills focusing on: creating trust, inspiring action and eliminating what gets in the way of all that to produce a leadership communication style that is transparent, courageous, compelling, persuasive, influential and conversational.

Speak and Win Business – Confidently Turn Communication Into Clients

Duration: Half and Full Day

Target Audience: Leaders, Managers, Business Professionals, Sales Professionals

Speaking in public, via the media or by directly presenting to prospective clients is a powerful way to build your business. It raises the profile of your company, generates new leads, and when executed with a confident presence and structure the content actually wins new business on the spot. Still, even experienced presenters fear failure and in turn may fail to capitalize upon the business opportunities presented to them. Wouldn’t it be useful to know how to instantly stand out, be heard and win the trust of potential new clients across any platform using highly persuasive and influential content structures, verbal and non-verbal language, in any situation? Could you benefit also from knowing the fastest and most effective way to write and give a presentation that makes a profitable impact and brings in new business every time you speak?

This dynamic practical training workshop will enable you to quickly look, sound and be at your most confident every time you speak; always stand out and be remembered as totally credible, highly influential and utterly trustworthy; and be successful at building business and profit by getting the results and benefits you need and for which you can confidently ask at every opportunity your message is delivered.

Presentation Genius

It’s not one big thing that makes the difference between an OK training program and one that rocks people’s worlds. It’s hundreds of small things, small acts of mastery that accumulate to create a program that has just the impact you want.

Michael Bungay Stainer and Mark Bowden studied what separated out the masters from the masses. What were the small but powerful actions we could take that removed resistance and increased engagement and insight in any program, no matter what the content?

They set out to find the elements of a genius presentation, and the reason they’ve been called “The McGyver’s of Facilitation” is because they’ve used those principles to build programs that are irresistible, and are able to deliver them in a way that is utterly compelling.

The tactics and tools of Presentation Genius aren’t magic. To implement them you don’t have to have, as they do, more than fifty years combined experience in front of a room.

They are, however, practical and sometimes counter-intuitive strategies that will revolutionize the design and experience of the programs you create and lead.

The New Standard In Online Training

  • Created with the highest production values, Presentation Genius is 23 modules of extraordinary online training, each 15-20 minutes long.
  • Accessible through your computer, laptop, phone or even your XBox, you’ll be able to chart your own course through content that will help you:
    • Prepare a full presentation or workshop in minutes
    • Make the very most of your most under-utilized asset: the physical space
    • Use the primacy and recency effect to full advantage, so people remember the best of your session
    • Understand the four neurological drivers of engagement, and how you can make them part of every moment of your training
    • Persuade with power and speak with conviction by using your body language to convince
    • Uncover key ways to control your nerves
    • Engage and interact with your audience with confidence—including handling difficult questions and difficult clients during your sessions

Genius Sales Presentations

Does your team make lots of presentations but fail to close the deal? Sales Presentation Genius training will give them the cutting edge communication skills they need when they need them, and help them win the business.

Even though sales people know they need to add value when they present, they start pitching immediately, and start to sell the virtues of their product or service when the customer is often better informed than they are! As a sales professional, you know that things have changed. Your current and prospective clients don’t want a sales person to just pitch at them; they want to be engaged, educated, and helped with their business, for you to be seen as a trusted advisor and win the right to sell to them.

It’s no good even being an average presenter anymore to be a sales leader. The best sales professionals are great facilitators who can run totally valuable meetings and even workshops in order to win customers. Every member of your sales team needs to be a Presentation Genius!

This online training is great for teams of sales executives and account managers who present products or pitch products and services to prospective clients. This is an excellent training program for your core team of salespeople—particularly if they are falling down at this crucial stage of the sale.

  • Move your audiences to action—be clear and persuasive;
  • Learn how to build and deliver compelling and persuasive presentations that move clients to “Yes!” and win more deals;
  • Understand the science of engagement to hook people immediately;
  • Persuade with power and speak with conviction by using your body language to convince;
  • Uncover key ways to control your nerves;
  • Learn to prepare a full presentation or workshop in minutes;
  • Engage and interact with your audience with confidence—includes handling difficult questions and difficult clients during your presentations;
  • Learn how to use PowerPoint to your advantage, and the role of leave-behind documents;
  • Increase your impact and earn the recognition you deserve; and
  • Earn decisions in your favour with strong, persuasive presentations.