Scott "Q" Marcus

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Scott “Q” Marcus

Expertise:  Attitude, Happiness, Productivity, Communication, Inspiration, Wellness, Life Balance

Speaking Style:  Playful. Upbeat. Insightful.

Travels From:  Eureka, California

Nancy Says:  “I was blown away the first time I heard Scott speak. He’s that good. He’s so on target with his message, with a passion and joy that comes through loud and clear. I’m thrilled Scott is a part of my speaker family.”

GET PAST WHAT HOLDS YOU BACK

Imagine losing over 2,300 pounds in your lifetime! That’s what Scott “Q” Marcus estimates he’s done since childhood. Using the skills he learned in maintaining a 70-pound weight loss since 1974, Scott playfully shows “recovering perfectionists” that it is better to accomplish many things well, rather than get nothing done perfectly. Through his signature keynote, This Time I Mean It, Scott is effective in getting people to change their attitudes, improve morale and create new habits.

Whether leading a workshop with managers on overcoming procrastination with staff, or delivering a lively keynote on how to finally drop the weight, Scott is a cross between “Business 101, group therapy, and a southern revival.”

Scott “Q” Marcus has lost 2,327 pounds …if you add up all the weight he has lost (and regained) since childhood.

On Scott’s 39th birthday, after suffering from chest pains, backaches, financial ruin, and a failing marriage, he decided – one more time – to take control of his life and lost 70 pounds over the next 364 days, which he has maintained (most of the time) for two decades. In the process, he became an expert in weight loss and has worked with thousands of people to reach their own wellness goals.

He believes we each know how to make permanent long-term change; we just don’t do it. Why? The “wrinkled child” within us doesn’t want to! So, instead of focusing on the “Why,” he focuses on the “How.”

Through Scott’s background in marketing, and as a radio talk show host, he understands the importance of persuasive speaking allowing him to entice audiences to buy in to the concepts presented.

Scott inspires and educates audiences across the country on how to change their attitudes to increase productivity and morale – especially during trying times. His programs on attitude, stress, communication are couched in hilarious and touching stories of weight loss, and the somewhat trying job of being a weight loss icon.

His playful, humorous, highly interactive, and inspirational presentations deal with the thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that lead to painful unproductive behaviors. Whether speaking with a small conference of managers on how to overcome procrastination among the staff or a thousand people at a wellness convention on how to finally drop the weight they’ve been carrying “forever,” he is known for lively, playful presentations and has is described as a cross between “business 101, group therapy, and a southern revival.”

Using an innovative and highly interactive audience engagement technique called Sculpting, Scott allows the audience to direct part of the presentation, giving them a more involved, intimate, and personal learning experience.

In addition to speaking, Scott writes a weekly syndicated column that began in 2004, “Striving for Imperfection,” and produces motivational cruises and retreats. He is the past president of the Northern California chapter of the National Speakers Association, and the author of three books, as well as the publisher and founder of the motivational magazine, “Two Words: Hope, Inspiration, and Change from a Simple Phrase.”

Prior to his speaking and writing career, he had a three-decade career in the media as a DJ, talk show host, Music Director, Program Director, Operations Director and later: sales manager, station manager, and general manager of various radio and TV stations. After leaving the media, he became an independent representative for an advertising agency and won two national Telly awards for TV campaigns he helped devise.

When hired to speak, he is able to bring this extensive marketing background to bear to help increase attendance and make the gathering more productive for all.

STRIVING FOR IMPERFECTION

Areas of Focus:  Attitude, Productivity, Goal Setting, Wellness, Stress Reduction, Life Balance

We are raised to think in black and white terms such as good/bad, failure/success, happy/sad. We strive to be “happy,” or “successful” or “perfect.” Yet there is no 100% when it comes to life. In reality, that pursuit of “perfect” is an excuse — and a barrier — to avoid accomplishing what one really wants in life or work.

Based on the concept that it’s better to do something well than nothing perfectly, this series allows attendees to identify self-limiting behaviors, provide an understanding of the motivation in continuing such behaviors, develop alternative, more constructive behaviors, and devise a simple, positive plan to implement it. By possessing these tools and understanding, attendees will be able to reduce personal stress, accomplish more, and be more physically and mentally healthy. The session is delivered in a “safe” environment and will adjust to the needs of those in attendance, as it is interactive.

This series is designed for businesses and individuals who find morale and attitude have been damaged due to poor decisions, budget cuts, or a relentless heavy workload. It is a motivational, upbeat experience.

During this presentation (depending on length) participants will:

  • Understand why the pursuit of perfectionism actually works against them
  • Learn how to stay motivated even when it’s during a difficult period
  • Comprehend that motivation follows behavior, it does not lead it
  • Understand that one’s behaviors are based on perceptions and it is those perceptions that define what we do – or don’t
  • Redefine the basis by which one establishes goals and objectives
  • Learn the “Rules of Stagnation” and why they hold us in place
  • Realize that small steps done regularly will accomplish more than large ones done intermittently
  • Be exposed to the “Think 1st” theory of productivity and how to use it

Upon completion, participants will:

  • Break down goals into small steps and make positive changes
  • Have skills to stay on track despite setbacks
  • Develop a sense of pride to help overcome low morale
  • Have a different, more productive skillset allowing them to thin differently about how to overcome barriers
  • Be healthier, less stresssed, happier, and more productive

Who would benefit from this presentation: 

  • Anyone who feels overloaded
  • Organizations that keep falling short of goals and objectives
  • Businesses looking to provide a wellness or healthy employees program
  • Meeting planners looking to wrap up a conference with a powerful, motivational, practical presentation with lots of energy and humor

Available Formats:

  • Keynote (45-90 minutes) – suggested
  • Breakout Session (two – three hours)
  • Half Day Workshop (up to four hours)
    NOTE: a full day session can be designed which will weave this presentation through the material provided in “Oops, I didn’t mean it come out that way” and “Talk to the Hand”
OOPS! I DIDN’T MEAN IT TO COME OUT THAT WAY!

Areas of Focus:  Conflict Avoidance, Conflict Management, Handling Difficult People, Dealing with Tough Decisions

No matter how tactful or careful we are, sometimes things don’t come out the way we expect – and we find ourselves stuck in the dreaded land of “CONFLICT”. Your tour guide will give you insights into why this terrain is all too popular, help you understand its language, and provide you with a map (in case you don’t wish to return too quickly). This fun, interactive, travelogue is guaranteed to help you bring out the best in people – including yourself.

This series is designed for businesses and individuals who find that periodically, they are unable to accomplish as much as is needed because they get mired in conflict. Depending on the length and objective of the seminar, tools are provided to help handle conflict in the workplace, between organizations,or even improve their personal relationships.

During this presentation (depending on length) participants will:

  • Understand the “Five Stages of Conflict” and how to handle them
  • Learn the “Six Non-Productive Conflict Styles” and why they are used
  • Develop different methods of questioning in order to communicate better or to resolve problems
  • Know the “Three Questions” to ask to avoid jumping into “The Drama Triangle” and exacerbating conflict
  • Familiarize themselves with the difference between “supporting” and “saving” and how that can influence communication or cause conflict
  • Master the “Rule of Five” and how its use will minimize arguments
  • Be taught the “Most Powerful Word in the World” and why its called that

 Upon completion, participants will:

  • Develop tools to minimize or avoid misunderstanding
  • Have skills allowing them to disarm frustrated co-workers and customers, improving personal and professional environments
  • Possess improved communication techniques to enhance teamwork, professionalism, and productivity
  • Experience less stress, lowering turnover and improving health

Who would benefit from this presentation:

  • Working environments under a great deal of stress
  • Managers spending too much time playing peacemaker or “babysitter” to employees
  • Organizations wanting to reduce conflict and miscommunication

Available formats: 

  • Breakout Session (two hours)
  • Half Day Workshop (up to four hours)
  • Full Day (six to eight hours – when combined with “Talk to the Hand”)

NOTE: If you’re looking for a keynote on this topic, check out “Striving for Imprefection”
If you’re looking for presentation skills and persuasive speaking, check out “TALK: The Four Steps to Improve Communication.”

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

Areas of Focus: Handling Change, Improving Morale, Customer Serviced, Teambuilding

The number one rule of sales is “People don’t buy what they NEED, they buy what they WANT.” By “buy,” we don’t necessarily mean an exchange of money, we can be referring to accepting ideas or adjusting to change.

In an environment of budget-cuts, increased workloads, multi-tasking and on-going uncertainty; we can very easily forget the benefits we get from what we do. The danger to that is we lose our DESIRE to do our job well, efficiency suffers, morale is decreased, productivity dives.

The old days of enticing staff by telling them, “It’s your job and that’s why you’ll do it!” no longer works. What’s in it for Me? utilizes an easy-to-understand method (“LEPS”) to explain how the forces all come together and, from that knowledge, it gives them a full quivers of arrows they can use to adjust to the circumstances found in a “typical” day on the job. Overall, the purpose of this session is to let the attendees realize that they have the skills necessary to accomplish what they want. The problem lies not as much in the understanding of what we do, but understanding the triggers that lead to their actions (feelings and beliefs). These subconscious drivers are really what are directing the actions in which they (and others) engage.

Although delivered to private sector organizations many times, this topic was designed for the unique needs of non-profits and associations.

During this presentation (depending on length) participants will:

  • Understand, define, and explain “attitude” and become aware of why we develop ours (and why others develop theirs)
  • Understand the three components that comprise Attitude and learn how to adjust those to change it
  • Become aware of how “Badttitude” infects, poisons, and communicates; and why the “Freight Train Reminder” helps prevent this
  • Understand how perceptions can be more important than reality and to get a grip on how those perception are a subcomponent of the Belief “Quadrant of Change”
  • Learn the three key players of the “Drama Triangle” and how to stay out of inappropriate rescues by using proper questioning skills
  • Have tools to handle extremely upset customers and co-workers, including; “The Most Powerful Word in Creation”
  • Have an appreciation of the difference between “Support” and “Saving” and how to utilize the “Rule of Five” to avoid discord
  • Use “Think 1st” as an extremely effective tool to break down what seem to be insurmountable barriers into achievable outcomes
  • Become inspired by the “Four and half Traits of Success” and then re-establish momentum when feeling overwhelmed

Upon completion, participants will:

  • Be able to overcome procrastination caused by increased workloads
  • Increase their productivity
  • Communicate better with others and among themselves
  • Improve their customer service skills
  • Be able to disarm unhappy people & coworkers
  • Better appreciate what they — as well as their co-workers and other staff — do

Who would benefit from this presentation:

  • Non-profits and public agencies
  • Any organization going through lots of change
  • Downsized businesses

Available formats:

  • Half Day Workshop (up to four hours)
  • Full Day (six to eight hours)
TALK TO THE HAND

Areas of Focus: Attitude, Communication, Productivity, Teamwork

The number one rule of sales is “People don’t buy what they NEED, they buy what they WANT.” By “buy,” we don’t necessarily mean an exchange of money, we can be referring to accepting ideas or adjusting to change.

In an environment of budget-cuts, increased workloads, multi-tasking and on-going uncertainty; we can very easily forget the benefits we get from what we do. The danger to that is we lose our DESIRE to do our job well, efficiency suffers, morale is decreased, productivity dives.

The old days of enticing staff by telling them, “It’s your job and that’s why you’ll do it!” no longer works. What’s in it for Me? utilizes an easy-to-understand method (“LEPS”) to explain how the forces all come together and, from that knowledge, it gives them a full quivers of arrows they can use to adjust to the circumstances found in a “typical” day on the job. Overall, the purpose of this session is to let the attendees realize that they have the skills necessary to accomplish what they want. The problem lies not as much in the understanding of what we do, but understanding the triggers that lead to their actions (feelings and beliefs). These subconscious drivers are really what are directing the actions in which they (and others) engage.

Although delivered to private sector organizations many times, this topic was designed for the unique needs of non-profits and associations.

During this presentation (depending on length) participants will:

  • Understand, define, and explain “attitude” and become aware of why we develop ours (and why others develop theirs)
  • Understand the three components that comprise Attitude and learn how to adjust those to change it
  • Become aware of how “Badttitude” infects, poisons, and communicates; and why the “Freight Train Reminder” helps prevent this
  • Understand how perceptions can be more important than reality and to get a grip on how those perception are a subcomponent of the Belief “Quadrant of Change”
  • Learn the three key players of the “Drama Triangle” and how to stay out of inappropriate rescues by using proper questioning skills
  • Have tools to handle extremely upset customers and co-workers, including; “The Most Powerful Word in Creation”
  • Have an appreciation of the difference between “Support” and “Saving” and how to utilize the “Rule of Five” to avoid discord
  • Use “Think 1st” as an extremely effective tool to break down what seem to be insurmountable barriers into achievable outcomes
  • Become inspired by the “Four and half Traits of Success” and then re-establish momentum when feeling overwhelmed

Upon completion, participants will:

  • Be able to overcome procrastination caused by increased workloads
  • Increase their productivity
  • Communicate better with others and among themselves
  • Improve their customer service skills
  • Be able to disarm unhappy people & coworkers
  • Better appreciate what they — as well as their co-workers and other staff — do

Who would benefit from this presentation:

  • Non-profits and public agencies
  • Any organization going through lots of change
  • Downsized businesses

Available formats:

  • Half Day Workshop (up to four hours)
  • Full Day (six to eight hours)
FROM THE WAS TO THE WILL BE: The 4 Steps of Personal Transformation

Areas of Focus: Wellness, Life Balance, Change, Health, Inspiration

This is pure inspiration designed for any audience that’s just plain stuck. Whether you’ve been trying to lose those same 25 pounds, quit smoking, enjoy life more, or improve your family life, this will take you on a playful, inspirational journey, provide some laughs, and let you leave feeling that you can indeed move forward once again.

During this presentation (depending on length) participants will:

  • See what causes them to be stuck
  • Understand why they don’t move forward
  • Develop plans to do so

Upon completion, participants will:

  • Be inspired
  • Have a simple plan to make change
  • Feel empowered

Who would benefit from this presentation:

  • Churches, non-profits, non-denominational spiritual organizations, conferences looking for a dynamic, inspirational, closing presentation
  • People fighting bad habits (weight, stress, fitness, personal issues)
  • Anyone wanting to feel good

Additional information about this presentation:

Although every topic of Scott’s weaves in a great deal of inspiration, this one is designed to be almost purely inspirational.

Available formats:

  • Keynote (45-90 minutes) – suggested
  • Breakout Session (two – three hours)
  • NOTE: For a more detailed session loosely aligned with this topic, check out “Striving for Imprefection.”
TALK! The Four Steps to Improve Communication

Areas of Focus: Presentation Skills, Public Speaking, Persuasive Communication

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “It is indeed a luxury to be understood.” It’s not as simple as standing in front of a group and talking. This supportive and lively session will help you develop confidence when speaking to others, learn how to use stories for more effective speaking, understand the structure of a good public presentation – and even learn how to layout the room for a better response.

It’s perfect for anyone who feels nervous standing (or sitting) in front of a group and having express his or her ideas. Delivered in a safe, playful, fun environment, it encourages individuals to break out of their fear and maybe even enjoy the attention of being in front of a group.

During this presentation (depending on length) participants will:

  • Learn how to utilize stories and descriptive phrases to make their presentations more interesting
  • See how to design more effective, interesting presentations to break through noise
  • Learn how to handle disagreements in crowds
  • Develop tools to handle the natural nervousness from speaking to crowds
  • Realize the importance of good handouts and how to design them
  • Know how to structure a good presentation to keep an audience’s attention and to get one’s point across
  • See how they come across on video (if requested)
  • Practice techniques to develop body language, choice of language, use of tone
  • Learn how to use “Sculpting” (if requested) and other interactive techniques to further drive home one’s message and to keep the audience involved

Upon completion, participants will:

  • Effectively communicate to groups ranging from two to 2,000 (or more)
  • Feel more confident communicating with others
  • Be less nervous when faced when an impromptu or pre-planned presentation
  • In short, be a better speaker
  • NOTE: Powerpoint and Keynote utilization can be included in this presentation in the long-form workshops

Who would benefit from this presentation:

  • Businesses or individuals needing to communicate with audiences
  • Public offficials who need to communicate with hostile or large groups
  • Sales staff needing to pursuade others
  • Anyone wanting to feel more comfortable in a group

Available formats: 

  • Half Day Workshop (up to four hours)
  • Full Day (six to eight hours)
  • NOTE: If you’re looking for something that deals with communication on a more intimate level, you might be interested in “Talk to the Hand” or “Oops! I didn’t mean it come out that way.”
 MARKETING 101: The Basics of Getting Your Message Heard!

 Areas of Focus: Persuasive Communication, Marketing, Sales

Marketing is not rocket science. It’s also not your fault that marketing is not your favorite thing. After all, you probably didn’t go to school to study marketing, and you certainly don’t get up in the morning thinking, “Wow! How can I market today?”

The reality is that in today’s economy, with fewer and fewer available dollars, you do need to master it!

Since Scott has over 25 years in the media – as well as in advertising – it seemed foolish not to offer his expertise to others in that arena. Scott has conducted various versions of this seminar (in one manner or another) for businesses, non-profits, and asssociations since the 90s. To this day, when in his home town, he still conducts it monthly for the Small Business Devlopment Center of Northern California, as well as several times a year as part of his own Humboldt Marketing Seminar.

It is the perfect session to allow “non-marketing” people to undertand the basics of marekting so they will not be at the whim of others, and so that they can get their message out more effectively and with fewer costs – maximizing their dollars and increasing their bottom line.

During this presentation (depending on length) participants will: 

  • Learn the difference between “features” and “benefits” and how they are used in marketing and sales
  • Understand the concept that “people don’t buy what they need, they buy what they want” and how to apply it to a marketing plan
  • Develop two definitions of marketing
  • Understand the difference between marketing and sales and how they fit together
  • See that they don’t sell a product or service, they provide a vehicle to deliver benefits – and why that matters
  • Understand how beliefs, perceptions, and feelings are the true drivers to marketing success
  • Learn about target markets, unique selling points, and customer/prospect research
  • Look at the different types of media (including social) and how they come together for a marketing plan

Upon completion, participants will:

  • Be able to craft a quick “elevator speech” that allows them to express to potential customers why their product or service will be of value
  • Identify their primary (and secondary) customers and what to say to them
  • Be able to craft the first stages of a marketing plan
  • Know the four stages of purchasing and how to advance prospects through them
  • Understand how to use the “Sales Circle” and appropriate questionning to better understand clients’ needs

Who would benefit from this presentation:

  • Businesses and individuals of all size who want to learn the basics of marketing
  • Marketing professionals looking for other viewpoints to enhance the skills or motivation

Available formats:

  • Half Day Workshop (up to four hours)
  • Full Day (six to eight hours)
  • NOTE: This session can require “pre-work” of the audience members, giving them the basics of a marketing plan even before the seminar begins!
To inquire about SCOTT’s FEES and AVAILABILITY, please call us at: 231.421.1012