Internationally known speaker Marc Elliot will describe a childhood of struggle growing up as a kid diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome. Who speaks on “What Makes You Tic”
Marc Elliot, is one of the most sought-after young public speakers in the country. Preaching the theme of tolerance, he travels to high schools and colleges talking about his struggles with Tourette syndrome, a condition he was diagnosed with at age 9 while growing up just outside St. Louis. But his health problems started much…
Marc Elliot, is one of the most sought-after young public speakers in the country. Preaching the theme of tolerance, he travels to high schools and colleges talking about his struggles with Tourette syndrome, a condition he was diagnosed with at age 9 while growing up just outside St. Louis. But his health problems started much earlier than that. Born with an intestinal disease, he spent his first six months in the hospital. Doctors performed one operation after another, extracting his large intestine and leaving him with only about four feet of small intestine.
Elliot believes his Tourette’s came about because of the turmoil in his intestines. Though the disorder manifests itself differently for everyone, it caused him a plethora of verbal and physical tics, including blinking, slamming his jaw shut and, most embarrassingly, blurting out slurs. According to Elliot, he’s long had a habit of saying the most inappropriate thing imaginable in any given situation. For example, he would often use homosexual slurs in the presence of his brother, who is gay. On a bus ride home from a camp in Indianapolis when he was 16, Elliot was kicked off for using the n-word in the presence of African Americans. He had to find his own ride home.
Elliot has given some 300 inspirational talks in 40 states, and in 2011 Campus Activities magazine named him their “College Speaker & Diversity Artist of the Year.” His colloquial, humor-filled presentations offer a “live and let live” message, and he says his youth — he’s 26 — allows him to communicate with students on their level.
Now based in Manhattan, Elliot recently had a major breakthrough in his struggle with Tourette’s. After “ticcing” by his own estimation more than 20 million times in his life, he’s learned how to largely control his symptoms after taking courses on human potential and joy this past year. “I learned how to have real compassion for myself,” he explains. “As I learned how to embrace the Tourette’s, my symptoms began to decrease.” Whereas Elliot once displayed his symptoms regularly at his speaking engagements, now he shows videos of how he used to act.
He also recently released a book, What Makes You Tic? Part memoir, part plea for tolerance, it’s “a story of overcoming adversity” that mirrors the themes of his lectures, Elliot says. The work is self-published, and Elliot’s round-the-clock touring schedule offers an excellent platform from which to sell it.
Besides maintaining his hectic schedule, his future plans include starting an agency to represent other young speakers like himself who travel to schools around the nation. “I also hope to develop programs for youth around tolerance and compassion,” he adds.
It all ties into a quote he paraphrases from Plato, which he calls his motto: “Be kinder than necessary. Everyone is fighting his or her own battles, which you know nothing about.” Indeed, for Elliot, it’s clear that his own struggles have made it easier for him to relate to everyone else.
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Marc’s powerful presentation brings to light what truly holds companies back!
Inspire your workforce
Understand the power of beliefs
Gain insights for unbeatable advantages
Rethink your sales strategy
What’s the difference between the most successful company and the rest of the pack? Is it a matter of marketing or closing techniques? Is it determined in the quality of their product? The most successful companies and individuals understand it’s much deeper than that: what pushes someone to the top is exactly the same, in nature, to what holds other people back – it lies in our beliefs.
Our beliefs play a crucial role in everything we do: they determine what we deem possible or impossible, and even what we’re able to perceive. But in this case, knowing or understanding this simply isn’t enough. To truly transform ourselves to reach beyond our current level of success, we must transcend the beliefs that keep us there.
Through his life example, Marc Elliot makes such a transformation possible for all people: At age nine he developed a neurological disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome, that manifested with physical and vocal outbursts called “tics.” Imagine experiencing more than 3,500 tics a day over the course of 20 years. Imagine facing the hardship and segregation, and knowing the condition was incurable.
Even as a young adult, Marc was determined to “make lemonade” from his Tourette’s. He became an inspirational speaker, delivering a message of compassion and tolerance to audiences across the United States and internationally. He was named 2011 College Speaker of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine, and is the author of What Makes You Tic? It is estimated that his message has reached nearly one million people.
Most remarkably, Marc completely overcame the disorder in 2013 and now lives tic-free. He used a mind-over-body approach from the human potential company Executive Success Programs. In his powerful speech, “Discover the Unimaginable,” Marc tells his story of overcoming Tourette’s, sharing his first-hand experience of breaking limiting beliefs and achieving the impossible. If you’d like Marc to speak at your company or want more information
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