Mark Goulston

Topic: Making the world happier one smile at a time.

Mark’s Mission

Dr. Mark Goulston is the creator of the #WMYST movement and founder of Scaling Compassion. His mission – or if you will his “why?”- is to rehumanize and bring happiness back into the world one conversation at a time.

Writing Achievements

Mark is the author of seven books with his book, “Just Listen” Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone, becoming the top book on listening in the world. It has been translated into 23 languages and he speaks internationally teaching the world how to empathically listen to each other including India, Russia, Great Britain, Canada.

Professional Career

He is a Board Certified Psychiatrist, a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and was a UCLA Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry for more than twenty years. He is also a former FBI/police hostage negotiation trainer and world recognized expert on suicide prevention and the creator of Targeted Interventional Empathy, an approach that breaks through to deeply depressed and suicidal people.  He is the co-creator and moderator of the multiply honored documentary, Stay Alive: An Intimate Conversation about Suicide Prevention (available for free viewing at:


Mark is the host of three podcasts.  In his My Wakeup Call podcast, he interviews influencers on what is most important to them and their personal journey with wakeup calls that got them there and guests have included Larry King, Norman Lear, Ivan Misner, Doug Conant, Esther Wojcicki, Pamela Wible, Sam Horn, Garry Ridge and many more.

In his second podcast, Stay Alive, he interviews people who have been touched by suicide. In his third podcast, Prison Letters, he reads and digs into the minds of inmates who have been sending him letters for more than twenty two years after having read his book, Get Out of Your Own Way, which has found its way into many jails and prisons. 

Mark in the Media

Mark is an expert resource in human behavior to the media and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC/ABC/CBS/NBC/BBC, Oprah, Today, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Inc. He has contributed to Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Business Insider, Psychology Today and the Huffington Post.

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