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In our most popular signature keynote, Marques shares his heart-wrenching story of hitting rock bottom, losing millions and going bankrupt because of his enormous, pompous ego. With a positive, resilient mindset and perseverance, he was able to rise from the ashes and begin rebuilding the life and career of his dreams.
Without struggle, there is no progress. That has been the ultimate life lesson for many of us, including Marques, who learned the hard way after losing everything and starting over at an $8.25/hr wage as a custodian. He now uses his story to help his audience not make the same ego mistake. This signature keynote is all about embracing failures and using them as fuel to soar even further. He provides action steps and strategies to help you succeed through the power of accountability, grit and determination!
Any leader who is focused more on themselves than they are on their employees and the organization’s overall well-being is not a true leader. Marques speaks from experience; when he ran his construction company At 32, he became tyrannical and treated his employees like objects instead of people. This made him live his life with wrath, jealousy, anger, deceit and self-absorption, which caused his ultimate self-destruction.
Now, he has gone full circle, and his mission is to serve others above all. In this signature keynote, Marques shares the power of servant leadership and how leaders from all industries and walks of life can use this leadership style to empower their employees and build a legacy that doesn’t lead to self-destruction but rather self-fulfillment.
In an ever-changing work landscape wavering between remote and in-person work, companies must focus on nurturing a thriving, abundant company culture. Employees crave a positive and enjoyable work-life and perform at their optimal level when they feel aligned with the company and its values.
Sadly, company culture in today’s world tells us to Cancel and Trash everything we disagree with, but what if we took the time to recycle it? In this signature keynote with pulled insights from Marques’ book The Success Cycle, he shares how to recycle bad energy into positive, productive energy to shift employee mindset and build a thriving company culture to achieve optimal business success.
In today’s world, diversity, equity and inclusion shouldn’t be negotiable; it should be the standard for all companies and teams. Navigating DEI can feel like a tricky space, but it doesn’t have to be. In this signature keynote, Marques shares valuable insights from his book The Success Cycle on a unique method to create a healthy, flourishing and diverse work environment.
For many, there is a barrier to entry into the workplace. And for others, they have boundaries to prevent entry. The J.O.B. method is about Jumping Over Barriers™ and tackling the limitations set in place that hinder true DEI in the workplace. Marques shares his personal experiences with DEI in the NFL and his career and gives actionable steps on how companies can value DEI in an authentic and meaningful way.
Marques is an avid poker player who loves the game and the mental challenge that comes from it. With sales and marketing, it is the opposite. Selling should never be looked at as a game but rather an opportunity for you to create value and help better someone’s life through your product or service. To sell authentically, you need to drop the poker face.
In this signature keynote, Marques articulates that being authentic is the ultimate virtue for sales and marketing, even if it means showing your hand. When you sell with authenticity, you have a genuine interest in the other person’s needs, which is the key to sales success.
Magine being in the height of your career in your early-30s and losing everything; your home, your cars, your money and a good portion of your friends and family because you were blinded by greed. That’s exactly what happened to Marques almost ten years ago.
In this signature keynote, Marques shares with his audience the importance of maintaining excellent professional development skills in business to be in the best position to thrive and succeed. He focuses on the value of purpose and fulfillment, emphasizing that greed should never be a motivator toward success. ‘At 32’ is full of emotional stories paired with specific action steps and strategies to help you create and sustain solid skillsets and attain the necessary tools in your toolbox to reach new professional heights.
Marques Ogden is a former NFL player who is now an inspirational keynote speaker. He's also the founder and CEO of Ogden Ventures LLC, three-time best-selling author (Sleepless Nights; The Success Cycle), business coach and consultant and the podcast host of Authenticity With Marques Ogden; although his journey didn't come easy or without unrelenting adversity. After retiring from football, Marques pursued a career in construction and contracting. At 27, he founded a construction company with fast growth but eventually went bankrupt, losing almost two million dollars on one project in 90 days.
He pulled himself together during his darkest hours and got a part-time job as a custodian. Marques rose to the top again with hard work and determination, using his struggles as inspiration to blaze his own trail forward. Now, he shares his powerful story to help others learn how to fail forward and achieve success in their lives. Marques' story and insights as a thought leader have been featured in top publications such as USA Today, Forbes, Cheddar News and Authority Magazine. As a speaker, he's landed jobs with over 40 Fortune 500 companies and over 15 Fortune 100 companies like Amazon, Goldman Sachs, Intel, JPMorgan Chase and Home Depot. As a podcast host, he's interviewed iconic guests such as Michael Strahan, Joe Namath and Willie Parker Jr. Marques hopes to continue reaching new levels in his professional career and positively impacting as many people's lives as possible through doing what he loves; speaking on stage and sharing his experiences and knowledge with others.
“We hired Marques to speak at three PNC Bank events in 90 days time! You only hire someone that many times, in that short of time if they are the best! And Marques is one of the best keynote speakers in the business!”
“I hired Marques to speak at our National Diversity Day event, in Cary NC. His story telling was one of the most captivating I have ever heard! Phenomenal keynote speaker, who really can connect with his audience in an authentic way!!!”
“We hired Marques to work for us as a speaker, two times in a three year span as a main stage keynote speaker! He has a rare ability to connect with an audience, while educating them at the same time! Marques is an excellent keynote speaker, and I write this review with the highest recommendation for his work! ”
“I had the pleasure of hiring Marques to speak at our leadership summit, in Atlanta Georgia. His story telling, his stage presence and his ability to educate our leaders was absolutely 5 star! I am writing this recommendation for Marques in the highest regard! He’s definitely a keynote speaker you want to work with!!!”
“Marques was the opening keynote speaker for our annual conference we had in Port Huron, Michigan, September 2022. He was absolutely sensational! His ability to tell captivating stories, educate our audience with solid action steps to help them succeed, and deliver immense value all at the same time was amazing! I would highly recommend Marques as a keynote speaker, he is truly talented at his craft! ”
“Marques did such an amazing job as a breakout speaker at our Excell Conference in Vegas, September 2022, we have invited him to be a keynote speaker on The Main Stage, at Excell 2023 next September in Nashville…”
“Our company, Liberty Home Mortgage worked with Marques for over 2 years as a speaker and a consultant! His knowledge and action steps helped our team increase their sales tremendously in that time, Marques is a phenomenal speaker, presenter and consultant!!!”
“I brought Marques in to speak about the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion for our organization! He came to speak at our US headquarters in Boston, and he was truly sensational! The amount of positive feedback I received from Marques keynote presentation was phenomenal! Assuming you are looking for an inspiring, enlightening, captivating keynote speaker Marques is the person you want to hire!!!”
“I brought Marques in to speak to some young leaders at our company East Coast compound, in Raleigh North Carolina! Marques was engaging, inspiring and captivating! Marques is an excellent keynote speaker!”
“Hi hired Marques to speak at our CXO dinner in Chicago and Miami! He was absolutely sensational and he did a fantastic job relating his content, to our audience! Excellent keynote speaker, with a rare ability to connect with everyone in the room!”
“I have known Marques for awhile now, in his capacity of being a Success Coach, Speaker And Author. Marques not only changed my way of thinking and how to be better at sales, he changed the whole northeast markets thought process on how to approach and succeed at sales, with his keynote presentation! Marques truly is one of the best keynote speakers in the industry, and one of the best storytellers and teachers with his presentations, I have ever seen!”
“Marques brought an unmatched level of inspiration to our group! Through his personal background and professional experiences, he provided relatable and actionable items in his keynote, to help our agents be more successful in their craft! Marques is a truly gifted speaker!”
“When it comes to finding a keynote speaker, who can speak to a wide variety of members on a multitude of different topics, Marques Ogden has been an incredible subject matter expert speaker who is respected by our attendees and by our company as well! He has great stage presence, is very engaging and educates his audiences as well! Thank you Marques, for the work you do as a keynote speaker/presenter!”
“So happy to have connected with Marques Ogden earlier this year to have many inspirational conversations. Thrilled to have had the opportunity for you to share your story and ultimately a mantra, S.A.L.E.S., for my team and I to embrace. After our webinar, my team had a renewed energy and excitement about how Vibable will move forward and continue to find even more success. If you're looking for a inspirational speaker to help you and your team ignite or reignite their 'fire', Marques is your guy!”
“I had the pleasure of working with Marques when I was at Claremont Lincoln University. He is an excellent and extremely talented keynote speaker who educates, inspires and impacts his audience! I have just hired Marques to come and work for me again in my new role as a Senior VP at Lindenwood University, which our entire university leadership and sales team is so excited for! Keep doing great things, Marques!”
“I have had the pleasure of working with Marques, and he is an excellent keynote speaker! He is passionate, intelligent, and delivers great action steps with his keynote speeches! He is one of the best of the best in the industry!”
“Marques has an amazing and captivating story. He is an excellent speaker and connects so well with his audience. Marques was the keynote speaker for our industry conference. He is humble and genuine and everyone in the room will leave inspired and uplifted by his story.”
“From the heart with authenticity, Marques delivers a message that will connect with everyone. His crafted words are relevant for all listeners making it easy to personally or professionally engage in what he's saying. That's a real gift and a gift he graciously shares with others.”
“In the time I’ve had the honor of working with Marques Ogden, I've learned & grown so much both personally & professionally. Marques Ogden's passion for his clients and their success is truly who he is at the core. He's been so instrumental and patient in helping me PIVOT and take the next steps. I am beyond thankful for his guidance and leadership. Looking forward to continuing to grow and learn and being the BEST version of me I can be.”
“Marques is an absolutely sensational keynote speaker and presenter!!!”
“Absolutely amazing speaker! Marques is truly excellent at his craft!”