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The Short Version: Relationship expert Mark Groves believes great relationships don’t happen by accident; they happen by choice. He has made it his life’s mission to help people make the choices and learn the skills that will lead to a lifetime of health and happiness. With a research-based approach to dating, Mark empowers people from all walks of life to take responsible steps toward living well. His passion and leadership shine in both one-on-one coaching sessions and workplace workshops where he inspires positive transformations in how people relate to one another. After years of studying and soul-searching, Mark Groves has become a sought-after expert in human connections, and now he shares impactful words of wisdom to men and women around the world.
At age 27, Mark Groves thought he was right on track with his life. He’d graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sales, excelled at his job at a major pharmaceutical company, and proposed to his college sweetheart. Check. Check. Check. Such success came easy to him.
So why wasn’t he excited about the future? He knew his fiancée was phenomenal. He knew she was everything he was looking for in a life partner, but part of him also knew he didn’t want to marry her.
These feelings of doubt led Mark on a journey of self-discovery. He decided to learn everything he could about relationships — what makes them work, what makes them fail, and what makes them so important to us. “Once I want to understand something, I just consume everything about it,” he said. “I wanted to make sense of it all.”
The more he learned, the clearer his path became. Mark realized denying his fears about commitment would only end in disaster. So three months after he’d gotten engaged, he decided to break things off and start again as a single adult.
His newfound understanding of relationships gave him the courage to live life on his own terms. And he never looked back. A few years ago, Mark left his sales job to pursue his passion for helping others understand their emotions and cultivate fulfilling relationships. Now Mark Groves is a celebrated motivational speaker, writer, and coach who specializes in interpersonal connections and communication.
“I started working as a coach and giving relationship advice to hold myself responsible,” he said. “If I write it and say it, I’d better do it.”
Backed by years of observation and research, Mark is a knowledgeable, thoughtful, and compassionate resource for anyone seeking relationship advice. He travels across the country to give talks about authenticity, connection, responsibility, and choice. “It’s important to build relational skills. We make mistakes, not because we’re broken, but because we aren’t taught a different way,” he said. “I want to show people how to turn conflict into intimacy.”
Singles and couples can dive deeper into their relational patterns and communication skills by going on weekend workshops with Mark. You can check his online calendar of events to see where you can catch this relationship dojo speaking next.
Every year, his Masters of the Universe Summit hosts informative coaching sessions and uplifting parties to motivate attendees in a two-day journey of self-discovery. Held in Vancouver, this jam-packed weekend experience empowers over 200 people on a quest to improve their lives in some way.
Whether they’re hoping to change careers or build an emotional connection with someone special, Mark inspires his audience to take control of their own happiness and transform what they believe is possible.
“You’re not sentenced to living life a certain way. Anyone can learn how to be in a thriving and loving relationship,” he said. “It’s our birthright to give love and feel safe.”
In his dating coaching business, Mark noticed about 80% of his clients and readers were women, which meant he could only influence half the conversation. Even his articles geared toward men’s dating issues found a predominately female audience. The relationship expert wanted to work more closely with men and give them the knowledge that they seldom seek out on their own, so he decided to reach them through the workplace.
Mark now includes corporate workshops on relationships and is helping revolutionize how companies regard interpersonal connection. He puts his relationship knowledge into a corporate lens with research-driven analysis. Many professional groups, including the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), have invited him to teach business leaders the communication skills that can help them be effective at work and happy in their relationships.
“I’m going to companies to talk about what compromises healthy relationships. Whether you want better leaders or better relationships, the skill sets are all the same.” — Mark Groves, motivational speaker
“Your ability to communicate and be in a healthy relationship will determine your success in every facet of life,” he said. “My ultimate goal is to help as many people as I can become better leaders and cultivate better relationships.”
In his workshops, Mark points out how personal relationships can impact work productivity, health, and happiness. He shares hard data and research to underscore the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. “I use the science to disarm people who think if you can’t measure it, it’s not real,” he said.
By explaining to corporate leaders that divorce can actually negatively affect their bottom lines, Mark hopes to change the way people think of work and relationships. Through his efforts, he plays an active role in the ongoing discussion about how a working professional’s personal life contributes to overall health and happiness.
Mark’s dynamic consultations touch on all aspects of life, bringing mindfulness to everyday subjects that can get lost in the daily grind. “Everything I’m learning, everyone else wants to know, but, for some reason, we aren’t taught about finances, food, and relationships in school,” he said. “Most of us, on some level, are drawn to learning how to connect better and live well.”
Mark has always been a good communicator. Growing up, he was taught to be open about his emotions, and self-exploration came naturally to him. “I was lucky to be born in a family where it was always very safe to communicate and talk about your feelings,” he said. “When I learned about positive psychology, I finally found my calling. Working as a relationship coach isn’t a job, it’s a passion.”
Today, Mark spreads sincere advice about how to develop healthy relationships and communication styles. Based in Vancouver, he conducts a healing workshop called Relationships 101 alongside a marriage and family therapist. Together, the relationship experts encourage positive responses to emotional issues.
In his online blog, Mark makes his expertise accessible to a worldwide audience. His articles expand upon meaningful relationship topics, including sexual desires and self-love. His tell-it-like-it-is tone is refreshing for daters in need of honest advice and realistic guidance in matters of the heart.
Mark also offers exclusive one-on-one coaching programs to help people reach emotional breakthroughs and make the right choices for themselves and their relationships. His 60-minute “Should I Stay or Should I Go” coaching call can help vacillating daters rid themselves of relationship doubts. He excels at getting individuals to look deep inside themselves to discover what they truly want out of life.
“We inherit what we inherit. It’s not our fault what happens to us as children,” he said, “but you have to take responsibility for what happens as an adult. You can choose to be the victor of life instead of the victim.”
When he broke off his engagement, Mark Groves threw out the preordained script for his life and stayed true to what he wanted in his heart of hearts. Though it was scary at the time, he now views that moment as an important turning point in his life. His breakup became a springboard for his current career as a human connection specialist.
Today, Mark travels across the country sharing his insights into healthy relationships and personal well-being. Whether he’s working individually with a conflicted dater or encouraging honest human connections between a group of coworkers, he finds his work as a relationship consultant and motivational speaker deeply fulfilling.
“If you take on the role of teacher, you have a responsibility to go deeper into yourself and live by what you say,” he said. “I don’t ask people to do something I don’t do. I honor the truth within me and act with integrity to live at the highest level of knowledge.”