Marc A. Pitman, CSP®

Leadership Expert

Marc A. Pitman, CSP®

Leadership Expert

Just when you feel you don't have what it takes, you may find you're actually on the verge of greatness

Having sat through numerous boring presentations, Marc believes no one should have to endure a tedious keynote, seminar, or training. And he believes that, since people are investing their time and money, they should leave with practical actions they can actually take. So if you’re interested in booking a boring, low-energy speaker, sorry, he’s not a good fit for your event.But if you want a high energy presenter who can connect with your audience, give them inspiration and extremely practical tools to use, let’s explore working together!

Leadership is hard, but that doesn’t mean the trainings and talks have to be. Because leadership is also incredible. And life-giving. And there are very practical things each of us can do to be more effective and lead with less stress.

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The Surprising Gift of Doubt

Leaders share a common journey, but most think they are the only ones experiencing what they experience. So leaders lose confidence as they struggle with all the competing demands, thinking they’re “making it up as they go” rather than being the effective leader they want to be. The reason for the struggle? They don’t realize there’s a map!

In this inspiring talk, Marc shares the complete map and gives strategies for growing into a focused leader.

Available as a keynote speech, 2-3 hour masterclass or full day workshop.

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Exactly What To Say® for Leaders

Leadership is hard. With so many conflicting demands on leaders, words can be even harder to find. Especially the right words. Never mind the right words at the right time! In this interactive session, leadership coach Marc A. Pitman will share the 5 golden phrases every leader needs to say every day. Whether you’re dealing with a disgruntled employee or trying to make a sale from a hard-to-reach prospect, you’ll never be at a loss for words again. Because after this session you’ll know exactly what to say.

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Overcoming Your Most Common Objection

If you or your team find yourselves walking into the same objection – time – after – time, you’ll love this session. You’ll learn how to professionally answer objections…even before they have normally come up! How questions help you work in-the-moment with objections. And two questions to help you overcome objections you know you don’t have an answer to.

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Ask Without Fear!®

Do you ever find it scary to ask for money for a nonprofit cause? Perhaps you’re on the nonprofit’s board. Or you work at a nonprofit. The mission is exciting. So should the fundraising.

Based on Marc’s bestselling book Ask Without Fear!®, this talk frees you up to ask. , He shares how to get the money your nonprofit needs, while doing it in ways your donors will love. He even shares exact phrases to say when asking—whether or not you know specifically how much the prospect might give.

Available as a keynote speech, 2-3 hour masterclass or full day workshop.

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I’ve asked Marc to speak at a variety of conferences for nonprofit professionals and fundraisers (both as a session speaker and a keynote presenter). He is very knowledgeable and energetic, engaging audience members and helping them understand specific things they can do to be successful in their positions. Marc is very positive and exceptionally easy to work with. I highly recommend him for your next event.
Rachel Hutchisson, VP, Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy Blackbaud, Inc.

If you ever have the opportunity to sit in the audience and learn from Marc, you should do whatever you can to get a seat at that table. I can say, without a doubt, his wisdom and simple to follow strategies have been instrumental in helping my organization honor its mission. Marc’s presence as the keynote speaker was the leveraging chip I used to convince my boss that I should attend a conference and it was worth it – times a million..
Melissa Ebone, Outreach CoordinatorChildren’s Hospital Colorado Burn Camps Program

In the last few years, I have been attending a lot of webinars! Marc is without a doubt the most warm, enthusiastic, and delightful speaker & host I have experienced. He has the remarkable gift of connection. In every session with Marc, you feel that he is speaking directly to you as your engaging, trusted friend. He radiates energy without being phony, annoying, or exhausting to listen to. I can’t wait to learn more from him in the days ahead!
Mindy Williamson, Foundation Specialist, Olivet Nazarene University

Marc is just plain inspiring. He makes everything about asking so easy and filled with joy. You can see the audience sit up straighter and grow in confidence as he speaks.
Tom Ahern, Direct Marketing Expert Ahern Communications, Ink

Marc utilizes stories, research, and tools to help us take our leadership to the next level. He challenges participants to engage in self-reflection to learn more about the stories we believe and the ways in which our life impacts our leadership style.
Dr. Jessica Sharp, CEO, Sharp Brain Consulting

Not only was Marc an engaging presenter and a highlight of our event, he was so very easy to work with through all the planning stages. It made my role so much easier – and what more can you ask from your keynote? I’d work with Marc again in a heartbeat and hope I get to do so sooner rather than later.
Amanda Day, Chair, Southern Regional Grant Conference


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Marc is the founder of Concord Leadership Group and has served as its CEO for 20 years. In that time, he has presented trainings and keynotes to over 25,000 participants in North America, Europe, Mexico, and New Zealand; coached more than 120 CEOs, C-suite executives, directors, and owners; and in the last two years has certified an additional 29 Quadrant 3 Leadership Coaches, who have gone on to coach and train more than 14,290 leaders in corporations, government, associations, and nonprofits. Marc holds his masters in organizational leadership from Regent University.

He is a Certified Franklin Covey Coach, a Certified Speaking Professional of the National Speakers Association, and president of the South Carolina chapter of the International Coaching Federation. He has appeared in or been recognized by media outlets and publications including NBC, Fox News, Al Jazeera, Success magazine, Real Simple, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Marc is the author of Ask Without Fear!®, which has been translated into Dutch, Polish, Spanish, and Mandarin. His latest book is The Surprising Gift of Doubt: Use Uncertainty to Become the Exceptional Leader You Are Meant to Be. Marc speaks nationally and internationally on leadership, influence, storytelling, and fundraising and is the voice behind FRC, one of the longest-running blogs in the nonprofit sector (est. 2003). He is executive director of The Nonprofit Academy; an advisory board member of innovative fundraising platform Pennybridge in Orebro, Sweden; and a former advisory panel member of the Rogare Think Tank at Plymouth University, Plymouth, United Kingdom.

He is married to his best friend and is the father of three amazing kids, who, if he’s belting ’80s tunes, will deny they know him.


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