FAQ & Pre-Event Resources


About how long does a presentation last?

Most presentations are about 60-75 minutes in length. However, I do customize each message to fit exactly your needs. Therefore, times can be tweaked to fit your desired time slot. I usually recommend anywhere from 60-90 minutes.

Can you customize your presentation to fit our needs and goals?

This is one of my favorite things to do with an organization! Each community and culture is different and I’m happy to highlight the achievements and accolades within your facility, as well as constructively focusing on how to improve care for patients and families. The more information you can give me, the better I can get to know you and your community. I’m always happy to have a brief conference call prior to the event, as well, to touch on key points.

We only need one presentation. Is there a lowered fee with not having you present multiple times?

Due to our travel expenses in getting to your event, a one-time, 60-minute keynote is the same honorarium as two, 90-minute presentations. Therefore, I heavily encourage you to be creative in ways to have me provide the most value to your event by presenting multiple times.

We want everyone in our facility to hear you speak! Can we hold multiple presentations within the same day to reach all of our staff?

Absolutely – We’d love to help to spread the Marcus message to as many ears and hearts as possible within your facility, while allowing for the most bang for your buck. Because of this, I offer my services as a “full-day engagement”. This means, I’m happy to present up to two (2) times in order to accommodate all shifts/lifestyles.

Are you available for multiple days to visit other hospitals and centers in our system?

Absolutely! Once the first day is booked, each additional day is offered at a discount.

We are a smaller facility, but still want to utilize you for multiple presentations. Are there other programs that you can present in addition to your keynote, “The Other End of the Stethoscope”?

You bet ya! I have created multiple programs with tons of content to offer your staff, even the same audience groups, with consistent and compelling engagement.

Healthcare specific programs:
My most popular program is my keynote, “The Other End of the Stethoscope” that has been witnessed by tens of thousands of healthcare professionals. (60-75 minutes)

I have also put my Masters in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University, NYC to great use by creating a workshop titled, “Narrative Nursing”. This session helps nurses to find their own voices through simple writing techniques to avoid compassion fatigue and burnout. (75 minutes)

My most recent, up-and-coming mindfulness practice is appropriately titled, “Presence: The Cornerstone of Caregiving”. Presence is all about helping healthcare pros be mindful, present and resilient in the face of the incredibly difficult work of caregiving. (60 minutes)

Non-healthcare specific programs:
Educational institutions can benefit from my presentations on disability awareness, prevention, and inspiration on achievement.

Are you willing to present virtually? How will this differ from an in-person event?

Always happy to do virtual keynotes and training. These are 45-60 minutes, depending on subject, whether contact hours are awarded, etc. The only real downside of virtual is that the audience doesn’t get to pet Elliott afterward!

Can we record the presentation(s)?

Yes, the recording of presentations requires a one-time licensing fee. The content is limited to internal and educational use only for up to twelve (12) months.

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