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Mark Schulman      

World-Renowned Drummer, Author, Motivator, Expert in The Secrets of a Rockstar Performance

Mark Schulman is a monster drummer who’s toured the world with some of the greatest rock and pop performers – before crowds as big as 225,000. He’s played with P!NK, Billy Idol, Cher, Stevie Nicks, Foreigner, Simple Minds, and others over his 32-year touring career. Mark is also amazing on another stage – as a speaker, where he delivers a rock show disguised as a keynote. “I’ve learned about the importance of attitude as part of the touring family with these great performers,” Mark says as he unpacks the secrets of rockstar performance. His presentations translate lessons learned during a remarkable career into valuable tips for organizations, teams, leaders, and those who want to be their absolute best. Mark Schulman is a brilliant storyteller and performer who inspires audiences to engage and unleash their inner rockstar. Mark's first book, Conquering Life’s Stage Fright, shows people how to harness doubt, fear, and anxiety to perform at their best when it matters most. His next book, The Attitude Equation, is slated for late 2023 release. Mark is also a judge and coach on an all-new original music competition television show called BANDED on AXS TV.

Schulman grew up in Los Angeles and is a classically trained cellist. As a teen, he played with the Los Angeles Junior Philharmonic. He later even played cello on the 2009/2010 P!NK tour.

During his unprecedented career over the last 32 years, Mark has been a first-call drummer for world-class rock and pop artists. He was voted “Top 3 Pop-Rock Drummers” in the Modern Drummer Readers Poll in 2014 and was the featured cover artist in the May 2019 issue of Modern Drummer. Mark did four record-breaking world tours with P!NK over 15 years.

Mark’s resume reads like a “Who’s Who” of international rock ‘n’ roll royalty, including acts such as Cher, Billy Idol, Foreigner, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Beyonce, and so many other world-class artists. He has drummed with Velvet Revolver at Ozzfest and for a crowd of 225,000 at Glastonbury Festival with Simple Minds. Mark has appeared on nearly every American, European, and Australian variety show including the Grammy Awards, Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, American Idol, The Paul O'Grady Show, The X Factor, Wetten, dass..?, the ARIA Awards, and more.

Mark’s fan base extends way beyond the rock ‘n’ roll stage. Fans of his other career, as a top motivational speaker, exist at companies and organizations he’s spoken for, including American Express, Microsoft, IBM, DELL Cisco, Aveda, Kaiser, NCAA, SAP, and more. To date, Schulman has performed over 2,000 keynotes, 1,000 music clinics, and for over a billion people.

Offstage, Schulman is passionate about teaching and helping others. He was the chairman of Create Now!, a non-profit organization founded in 1996 to help change troubled children's lives through creative arts mentoring. A cancer survivor himself, Schulman has also motivated children and teens through his work doing seminars with the Ronald McDonald House and benefits for the Teenage Cancer Trust in the U.K.

An active educator, Schulman taught at the Los Angeles Music Academy and is one of the world’s most sought-after drum clinicians, hosting clinics around the world. Schulman produced his first instructional DVD in his studio, A Day in the Recording Studio; A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Recording Great Drum Tracks for Drummers and All Musicians distributed by Hudson Music. The Mark Schulman Signature Snare Drum is one of the best-selling signature products in the history of GRETSCH.

Schulman's first book, "Conquering Life’s Stage Fright", shows people how to harness doubt, fear, and anxiety as it relates to any performance or presentation and transform that into clarity, capability, and confidence. Schulman has finished his second book, The Attitude Equation, which lays out a powerful path to happiness and achievement: Attitude x Behavior = Consequence. Schulman and his writing partner Dr. Jim Samuels have interviewed rockstar performers across all industries about how ATTITUDE has driven BEHAVIOR to produce world-class CONSEQUENCES in their lives. The book is slated for release in late 2023.

In May 2023, Schulman became a judge and coach for an all-new original music competition television show called BANDED. The show redefines the “build-a-band” concept and pairs up-and-coming artists with top coaches. Besides judging, Schulman will coach one of the rock outfits.

Schulman is also a music producer, trained audio engineer, and studio co-owner of West Triad Recording Studio in Venice, California.

Speech Topics


Hacking the Rockstar Attitude

Unleash the electrifying power of a rock concert in your professional realm with "Hacking the Rockstar Attitude."

This keynote goes beyond traditional motivational speeches, merging riveting band tales, live drumming, and interactive experiences to forge a potent formula for mastering life's rhythms. Discover how to harness the indomitable spirit of rock legends to amplify employee engagement, teamwork, and innovation. Learn to navigate life's unpredictabilities with poise, transforming your attitude to fuel positive outcomes across any business landscape.

Key Takeaways:

  • Master the Art of Engagement: Uncover the secret sauce behind the mesmerizing pull of world-class performances and how to apply it to spark unparalleled engagement within your team.
  • Attitude Transformation: Equip yourself with immediate, actionable strategies to reshape your perspective and turn challenges into triumphs, channeling rock 'n' roll's audacious confidence.
  • Elevate Everyday Moments: Adopt the mindset that no moment is too small for greatness, ensuring meticulous attention to detail and a profound impact on every action you take.
  • Amplify Performance and Confidence: Learn and implement pre-show rituals of rock icons to elevate your presence and effectiveness, both personally and professionally.
  • Achieve Harmonious Team Dynamics: Gain insights into fostering a collaborative environment that mirrors the cohesive and dynamic essence of a world-class band, driving everyone to their peak performance.

Hacking the Rockstar Brain: Intersecting Rock & Roll with Simple Brain Science to Elevate Your Confidence & Swagger for World-Class Performance

Step into the groundbreaking fusion of rock's electrifying aura and cutting-edge neuroscience with "HACKING THE ROCKSTAR BRAIN." In this trailblazing collaboration, Mark Schulman, celebrated drummer for music royalty such as P!nk and Billy Idol, teams up with neuroperformance guru Heather Crider to catapult your mental agility, creativity, and performance to stratospheric heights. This dynamic duo delivers a powerhouse presentation that melds thrilling drum sequences with revolutionary brain optimization techniques.

Prepare to embark on an unparalleled journey that not only bridges diverse worlds but also turbocharges your creative engines, supercharges your motivation, and fine-tunes your team's synchronicity and performance. This unforgettable experience, rich in engaging narratives, interactive segments, and actionable insights, captivates as much as it enlightens.

Mark and Heather blend expertise and fun to unlock the secrets of a rockstar mindset and peak neurological fitness. This enthralling journey not only inspires but equips you to transform your professional landscape. Embrace Connection, Communication, & Collaboration for breakthroughs and immediate results in an interactive and entertaining experience.

Hacking The Rockstar Brain is tailored to meet every group’s individual needs.

Key takeaways:

  • Collaborative Synergy: Build highly synergistic teams through the principles of empathy and mutual respect, boosting innovation and efficiency.
  • Inspirational Influence: Explore how compassion and collaboration can become your most powerful tools for inspiring you and leading your team to greatness.
  • Creativity Explosion: Ignite a surge of creativity, reshaping your approach to challenges and seizing opportunities with innovative solutions.
  • Peak Performance: Unveil elite performers' strategies for sustaining top-tier excellence, even under intense pressure.
  • Mental Edge: Equip yourself with on-the-spot, neuroscience-backed tools to boost mental resilience and overall well-being.

Create Your World-Class Brand: Master Team Performance with Real Rockstar Edge

Dive deep into the unparalleled teamwork and dynamism of rock bands with "Create YOUR World-Class Band." Mark Schulman, with 32 years on stage alongside music legends, offers a unique glimpse into the world of rockstar performance. Leveraging his extensive experience touring and performing in close-knit settings, Mark provides fresh insights and actionable strategies for enhancing team communication, dynamics, and performance. This keynote invites you to step behind the scenes of legendary bands, applying their secrets of engagement, collaboration, and innovation to your team, transforming everyday work into a stage for world-class performance.

Key Takeaways:

  • Rockstar Communication and Collaboration: Harness the power of deep collaboration and open communication practiced by the world’s top bands to strengthen your team’s cohesion and productivity.
  • Command the Stage: Equip your team with the confidence and skills to take center stage in your industry, leveraging rockstar charisma and presence to stand out and excel.
  • Galvanize Cohesion and Creativity: Draw on the dynamic interplay and collective creativity that fuel a rock band’s success to introduce practical tools that significantly boost your team's cohesion, fostering an environment where creativity and innovation flourish.
  • Cultivate a Culture of Excellence and Innovation: Adopt the mindset and work ethic of real rockstars to foster an environment where innovation thrives, and every team member is empowered to excel in their role in "the band!"

Mark's approach transcends traditional team building, offering a high-energy, music-infused experience that equips your team with the tools for lasting success and harmony. Get ready for a journey into team building that has been reserved for the rockstar bands. Now it's your chance to not only look behind the curtain but to perform as a team on YOUR stage like a world-class band!

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