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Mark M.

Discover Your Communication "Thud Factor"!

San Anselmo, CA (94960)

Travel radius
30 miles
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Background check passed as of 1/20/14
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Simply stated, I'm here to help you discover your communication potential.

What drives me is the disparity between the volume of today's communication and its quality. Are those thousands of text messages and Tweets forwarding our academic, professional and personal aspirations?

I believe how you speak and write are more telling, potent "selfies" that cut through the noise of our social media-dominant culture. More than ever, teachers, admission reviewers, audiences and employers are seeking thoughtful, potent writers and speakers who distinguish themselves from the sea of uptalking "tweeters."

For a quarter century, I've designed, facilitated and improved some terrific, traditional and experiential communication programs which have helped people change the way they feel about themselves as well as how they are perceived by others. Industry professionals have sharpened their writing and presentation skills with my unique coaching and frustrated authors have leaned upon me to add readability and relevancy to three published books.

With an extensive body of knowledge in the leadership and human potential domains, I will both encourage and steer your newfound communication skills. My friendly, firm and crisp style is a balance of both context and content, coaching and eliciting performance toward a specific goal - whether it's an upcoming paper, speech or college application.

When you're ready to stand out from the rest, put my degree in speech communication and extensive presentation and writing experience to work for you to bolster your grades, your identity, your confidence!

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Mark’s subjects

ACT English, English, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Marketing, Public Speaking
English, Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Desktop Publishing

As a corporate courseware designer, I participated at the onset of the desktop publishing movement. (Before that, our department was using wax machines to do physical "paste up" work!)

Starting on a MacPlus using PageMaker v1.0a, I developed and produced over 5,000 pages of published courseware - including graphics and copywriting - in a single year. Since then, I've driven huge desktop publishing and demand printing projects including international translation work for Dutch, French, Spanish and UK English clients.

My layout skills also include a wide variety of print and electronic publishing work including brochures, books and assorted business and promotional collateral. I employ a keen eye to copywriting and editing and have a unique knack for connecting with audiences.


While not a programmer, I am a Macintosh Power User with 30 years of intensive, hands-on business experience. I began my Mac journey on a MacPlus using PageMaker v1.0a and have never looked back.

As USA Education Manager at Oracle Corporation, I was responsible for introducing the Macintosh as the courseware development platform for the department.

Over the years, I've mastered a wide variety of Mac applications ranging from desktop publishing to sophisticated authoring and database systems.

Public Speaking

I am both degreed and "stress tested" as a public speaker, coach and facilitator in some of America's most competitive industries including higher education, senior care, high-tech and hospitality.

I've designed and presented complex, multi-day educational programs requiring unique combinations of traditional preparation and presentation techniques; I also parlay my extensive experience into "think-on-your-feet" podium skills for both small and large interactive audience events.

I have both written and edited speeches and presentations for international speakers/business owners (often for sensitive and high-stakes topics like addiction medicine) to highly-critical, peer audiences.


I'm a triple-threat of expository, persuasive and descriptive writing.

I employ simple, replicable processes to elicit writing that "lands" with readers through evocative content and composition.

My editing skills have brought "pop" and relevancy to three published books - and I work very quickly!

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Humboldt State University (Speech Communication)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

I offer a "no surprises" flat fee option for any/all of my services - public speaking/presentations, writing, editing, desktop publishing, etc. Just ask for a guaranteed estimate before we start!

Travel policy

Mark will travel within 30 miles of San Anselmo, CA 94960.

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