Mark Squirrell, aka Squiz, was awarded the coveted “Green Beret” whilst serving with the Australian Commando’s. His tenure with the military provided him with the skills and confidence to succeed amongst adversity and turmoil. It was the perfect grounding for a career as an International Aid Worker. Squiz escorted food convoys through the Gaza Strip, negotiated with the Liberation Tigers of Tamel Eelam (Tamil Tigers) and brokered deals with Somali Clansmen to ensure the safe delivery of United Nations food aid. In doing so, he has mastered the challenges of performing under pressure, communicating effectively and implementing responsible leadership.
Squiz uses anecdotes and presents real time scenarios that demand lateral thinking to deliver relevant and practical tips for those working in today’s complex and fluid global market. In addition to this, Squiz has taken the concept of being motivated at work to an all new high. He was inspired by his organisation, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), and the impoverished people that it feeds, to climb to the top of the world and help raise awareness of the global hunger crisis. After a grueling six week ordeal, Squiz raised the WFP flag on the summit of Mount Everest. The inspiring and thrilling recount across glaciers and up exposed cliffs reveals the motivation, teamwork and adversity skills that facilitated his success.
Squiz incorporates audience participation, replicates scenarios and offers life-like challenges that ensure a unique and memorable experience. Whether it is a classroom or auditorium sized forum all presentations are tailored to meet the objectives of the audience. Messages or themes can be either subtly or directly incorporated into the presentation, depending on your audience and intent.
Speaker Topics Include:
Responsible Leadership - balancing people, profits and the planet
Building Resiliance - Succeeding in an unpredicatable work climate.
Succeeding amongst adversity - managing risk and seeking challenge.
Motivating teams - maximising skill sets to optimise outputs