Marlo Clarke is an engaging Personal Development Speaker, empowering individuals to find their purpose in the present moment while navigating the uncertainties on the path to achieving their goals.
As a former Barbados international rugby player, charity and business director in the USA and UK, and two-time TEDx Speaker, Marlo Clarke’s extraordinary journey has taken him to present to a diverse range of audiences, from Fortune 500 companies in the USA to rural schools in South Africa.
Throughout his travels across three continents, Marlo has interviewed hundreds of individuals from all walks of life, including CEOs, politicians, students, and young professionals, listening to their stories and learning about their struggles and triumphs.
Through his global journey Marlo identified the profound truth that many people pursue success without a clear personal definition of what it is to them.
His teachings empower audiences to define their purpose in the present moment, navigate
uncertainty, incrementally improve, find genuine fulfilment on their journey, and explore options for thriving after reaching their lofty goals.
Marlo’s captivating storytelling and well balanced humour takes his audience on a journey that offers a clear and confident way forward. His popular talks are inspirational, humorous, and knowledgeable and they have a profound impact for his audiences.
Marlo has delivered two TEDx talks and other former clients include Quad Cities Chamber, Deere Employees Credit Union, Y of the USA, Humanist UK, Africa.
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In response to unearthing the truth that many people pursue success without a clear personal definition of what it is to them and the eye-opening encounters across three continents, Marlo Clarke distilled his insights into groundbreaking concepts, including:
1) The Cycle of Success through Intentional Action
2) The Spectrum of Joy
3) The Privileges of Success
What Now? What Next?
It happens to all of us. We decide to act, put all of our passion and effort behind that action, and
it doesn’t go as planned. This setback is not final; it is simply feedback. How we react to this
feedback can determine our path for incremental improvement and future success.
Marlo explores the cycle of success through intentional action while providing tools anyone can
use. Learn to navigate uncertainty, evaluate negative feedback, and embrace the power of
vulnerability. Together, we will elaborate on two equations to give more clarity to each
Passion + Intention = Purpose
Time + Energy+ Money = Purpose
Defining Purpose: Unique ways to define and align our purpose on the journey to our goals.
Thriving Through Uncertainty: Insights on navigating uncertainty for personal growth.
Rebranding Failure: Viewing failure as feedback, not as a source of guilt or shame.
Power of Vulnerability: The significance of vulnerability in the cycle of success.
It All Comes Full Circle
In reality, most of us have had tremendous amounts of success in our lives, whether achieving
educational milestones, securing career advancement, or excelling at a new hobby. However,
soon after we achieve our lofty goal, we find ourselves thinking that something is missing. The
never-ending cycle of striving and achieving begins once again.
After interviewing individuals across three continents, Marlo introduces his unique concept: the
‘Spectrum of Joy.’ This framework guides us to discover enduring contentment alongside our
accomplishments, culminating in a pivotal step that ties together our cycle of striving and
The Spectrum of Joy: The importance of balancing bliss, happiness, and contentment.
Life Satisfaction Criteria: Creating your “Life is Good” checklist.
Privileges of Success: Cultivating and sharing the privileges of success.
Completing the Cycle: Tying the cycle of striving, achieving, and sharing together for fulfilment.
An Islander and His Suitcase – Insights Gained from Living on Three Continents
From the beaches of Barbados to the cornfields of Iowa, the bustling streets of London, and the
picturesque savannahs of Limpopo, South Africa, I’ve lived a life rich in diverse experiences. Each
journey has been a source of invaluable lessons in navigating cultural differences and building
Through personal narratives, I will shed light on both the challenges and rewards, underscoring
that moments of unity and temporary setbacks are integral aspects of our shared human
Together we will unpack strategies to bridge diverse backgrounds, use the power of storytelling
to connect with others, and positively navigate the workplace and vibrant landscapes of the
Personal Stories as Tools: Harness the power of storytelling for fostering connection.
Cultural Competency: Insights into navigating cultural environments with sensitivity.
Workplace Inclusivity: Leverage the strengths of diverse cultural backgrounds.
Global Citizenship: Emphasizing our shared bonds across borders.
How was your day, today? – A Simple Success Checklist
We all have a variety of aspirations, whether it’s advancing in our careers, building better
relationships, or excelling in sports and hobbies. All are worthy goals, but how we reflect on our
actions and the outcomes of our daily efforts can maximize or minimize our success.
Through his work in strategic development around the world, Marlo has developed his five
principles for self-defined success. These principles break down how to excel in any pursuit at
the most basic level and can help audience members tackle their goals, day by day, with
Questions for Daily Evaluation: Reflective questions to ground us day by day.
Self-Defined Success: View success and progress through your own unique lens.
Finding Clarity Amidst Noise: The importance of clarity in life’s complexities.
Enjoying the Journey: How to embrace the twists and turns on the journey of life.
Marlo brings his unique global perspective through his diverse experiences leaving in three continents. He shares captivating and inspiring stories of his life and the lessons he has learned. The original ideas he shares equip audiences with new tools, techniques, and perspectives for a prosperous future. Marlo prioritises audience engagement and to ensure content is customised to to meet the specific needs and interests of the audience, he interviews three audience members before the talk. This personalised approach ensures engagement and impactful delivery.
“Marlo Clarke is by far the best speaker we have had during our 7-year programme. He is engaging,transparent, and a wealth of information. When he speaks, it feels like he is speaking to each and every person in the room directly. I have had him speak to groups as small as 15 and as large as 200 and every time they come away beaming and ready to take on new challenges.”
“We have had speakers who were Harvard Business lecturers, TEDx presenters, podcast hosts, and leadership coaches, to name a few. The speaker who has achieved the highest marks from our post-summit surveys is Marlo Clarke. Marlo, through his advice and perspective, has proven to be an invaluable resource to me both professionally and personally. He is a thoughtful listener, he asks timely, probing questions, and when he offers a response, he does so with an authenticity I find to be rare.”
Ryan – Chief Retail Officer
“As soon as he started talking, I felt like Marlo was talking directly to me. This wasn’t just another motivational speech that let me with excitement and energy, but no way of knowing how to put these feelings to use. I actually got tangible advice that I applied to my life, and still use to this day.”
Jenna – Author
“Marlo was instead a poet-philosopher and offered clarity of vision, purpose, authenticity, and problem-solving strategies. I see myself and my place, people, and time with more clarity and resonance for having been a witness to Marlo’s presentation.”
Jim – Psychologist
“As an organiser, I was excited to have Marlo on our team, and as an attendee, I left his session feeling inspired and engaged in our collective mission. I highly recommend Marlo as an inspirational, humorous, and knowledgeable speaker to your organisation or agency.
Amiee –Conference Chairperson