Coined by clients as an outstanding entrepreneur with the uncanny ability to ignite passion and to motivate others, Mark “The Speaker Man” Wiggins is an accomplished, author, trainer, internet talk show host and international motivational speaker.
With more than 20 years of varying experience in business and communications, Mark has delivered his message at local and state conventions, to youth and corporate groups and to the high school and collegiate populous. Armed with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Psychology, Mark is a certified speaker with Monster Worldwide’s Making it Count Programs, the Positive Coaching Alliance and Founder of Xtreme Effort Speaking.
Mark “The Speaker Man” specializes in transforming youth in preparation for success. Through his “Get of the Bench Speaking Series”, Mark has proven results in successfully connecting with his audience. As a result, he has been featured as a speaker for the Future Business Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Mark, an outstanding entrepreneur, has used his business savvy as a former owner of a Cookies by Design franchise and president of the Franchisee Owners Advertising Association to make real world connections for his audiences. As CEO of Xtreme Effort Speaking, Mark has partnered and served many organizations including Moovin4ward Presentations and Image Creativity.
As a former University of Alabama-Huntsville basketball player, scholar and Hall of Honors inductee, Mark prides himself on presenting diverse programs to the corporate community, educational institutions, athletes, students, parents and coaches in an effort to “Move you from the bench to the starting line up of life”.
What inspires you to write?
Motivating people gets me writing and speaking. I like to see people reach their potential and open up to being all they can be.
Tell us about your writing process.
I take it piece by piece, and get motivated by other things like sports and music. I see thing in my day to day life and find the motivation to write. I get a topic and then have to create the title then write, and often go back and change the title. I guess I need some direction lol ..
I am a seat of the pants writer.. because my mind flows from topic to topic.. When I am done, I then go back and make it make sense.
What advice would you give other writers?
Like my basketball coach use to tell me.. Just shot,, and keep shooting start small build your endurance and then increase the volume then make goals. So for a writer, just write, and write, do small things 250 words 500 words. Become proficient at that, then work your way up. and before you know it you will be writing with passion.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I didn’t have money for the traditional route so I found out how to self publish and then went from there. I didn’t like other telling what they would do for me. What if they didn’t really like my book, then they would have just taken my money and done what they wanted. I think have a control and a knowledge of the process is important. That way when you do make it big, you wont be taken by surprise by too much because you will have a base level of knowledge..
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Digital and voice. I think it will be all on line, and back to people listening to voice. If you think about it, voice has never gone away. I have purchased many audio series on topics and business. My dad use to listen to Carlton Sheets.. back in the 80’s. The process has become more open and friendly so more people can do it and have access.
What do you use?
Dictated and got transcribed, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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