229: I’m Here: Touching Lives with Compassionate Communication

As a college freshman, Marcus Engel was blinded and nearly killed after being struck by a drunk driver. Through hundreds of hours of reconstructive surgery, months of rehab, and adapting to a completely new world, Marcus remained committed to his goals: return to college and recapture life.

Marcus accepted and embraced the challenge. The life lessons he learned on this unexpected journey are now the guiding forces that inspire hundreds of thousands every day. He is the co-founder of the I’m Here Movement, a 501(c)3, which is changing the culture of care with two simple words.

Marcus has authored four books, including I’m Here and The Other End of the Stethoscope. He holds a B.S. in Sociology and a Masters in Narrative Medicine. In 2017, Marcus was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame where he teaches pre-med students the art of “being with.”

You’ll discover:

  • What happened to Marcus and how he’s used that experience to serve others
  • The two words spoken to Marcus by a caregiver, giving him hope and comfort during his initial hours in the hospital
  • What is means to truly “be with” another human being
  • How leaders can bring more caring and compassion into conversations with those they serve

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