Mark Avery became a soapbox speaker to improve his public speaking skills and get feedback on his ideas. He calls himself Mr Bashful because it’s easy for people to remember and it’s easy to google. He talks to his grasshoppers about happiness and resilience, though he is nothing like your typical happiness guru. His approach is down to earth and refreshingly different.
Mark speaks of other things too, to give his grasshoppers variety.
Mark once went for an entire year avoiding the news and current affairs in all its forms. His aim was to clear his mind of paradigms and view life with ‘new eyes’. He succeeded only in becoming painfully ignorant.
He presented an Ockham’s Razor talk on Radio National.
He won the ‘Now Hear This‘ speaking competition on Radio National, hosted by Melanie Griffith.
He gave a Sydney Ignite talk on why we should burn the Mona Lisa.
Mark is more than just an expert on happiness, he is the authority! (He claims, anyway.) In his site, mrbashful.com he provides a fresh, evolutionary approach to the subject of resilience.
See also his other book, The Umpteen Ways to Satisfy Our Deep Need to Belong
What world are you living in? (40 sec)
Seven billion people . . . seven billion worlds.
Become the person . . . (54 sec)
Mr Bashful has a suggestion.
Mr Bashful seeks enlightenment. (37 secs)
An unorthodox method of gaining nirvana.
Mr B talks about the one thing that truly matters. (6 mins 1 sec.)
An eccentric point of view that might just have a little merit.
Mr B is insulted. (15 secs)
The delicate Mr B has one of his grasshoppers turn on him.