When you need your meeting to be a home run, you need to be able to rely on your speaker to meet your needs and to deliver on their promise. After all, if it’s your responsibility to make the event a success, you don’t want to leave things to chance.
For more than ten years, Matthew Levy has been called upon by meeting planners and executives from small companies all the way up to Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, and professional associations to provide the message that can make a difference. And in critical situations that message really does need to make a difference.
Matthew Levy, Founder and CEO of Matthew Levy Enterprises
My Story, briefly
How many people have had a near-death experience? I had a literal near-death experience in 2014 (diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma, the most aggressive of all cancers and was given 90 days to live). Like many people who have a near-death experience, it changed my outlook forever.
I thought a lot about what I missed out on in life and in my career. I procrastinated too much, I spent too long paralyzed by the fear of failure and I struggled when faced with adversity.
I had built a career working in HR for Fortune 500 companies, and I knew how many executives whose careers had decelerated, executives who were going through the motions, how many of them were checking the box and mailing it in…For them, life was just days on a calendar ticking by one after the other after the other.
When I was dying, I thought to myself, if I make it through this alive, I am going to embrace and push through my fear, deal with adversity head on and pursue my dreams.
And I am going to dedicate my work to motivating executives to find meaning in their work and in their lives, and to be fully engaged in the way they serve others and generates success for themselves. So here we are. I’m Matthew Levy, and today, we are discussing what you need to do to accomplish a big goal with which you are struggling. Not “one day,” “not tomorrow” but today. Right now.
Due to my unique and compelling personal story, I have earned a reputation of delivering results. When your audience is facing pressure due to economic downturns, loss of market share, down-sizing, mergers, sagging sales, low morale and a variety of other challenges, I have been there.
Delivering for Your Event
I use in-depth preparation, beginning with my unique assessment process, to form the message framework for your unique audience situation. The process includes interviews, audience/event profiles, careful review of event objectives, and collaboration with your key stakeholders, in order to ensure that the message is on the right track.
I promise the right message for your unique audience. Rest assured, your people will get it. And they will to see how to cope with challenges and move past them. They will also see the urgency of seizing the moment, to take advantage of emerging opportunities.
I provide insights and strategies to allow your audience to move forward with confidence. My homework makes me credible, allowing your audience to feel my authenticity. I promise the right message for your audience and its circumstances. I deliver! And I will deliver for you...
Cara Stolarczyk, Learning, Leadership and Talent Development, Performance Improvement and Program Management
"Matt Levy’s talk at HBA Greater Philadelphia was deeply moving and inspirational. Drawing from the depths of both his personal and work experiences, Matt engages participants’ heads and hearts and inspires them to take action via his DREAM framework to enact changes aligned with one’s passions and talents. If you are in need of a boost to pursue your deepest desires, seek out Matt. "
While our keynotes are bespoke, meaning tailored to your specific goals and outcomes, our five-step methodology which drives results will likely be the foundation:
When you determine what your unique calling (and don’t tell me you don’t have a calling because we all have one; you just may not have discovered it yet), things in life and work just click and you build immense amounts of resiliency to bounce back from adversity.
Examples: “My grandmother died of breast cancer; I want to develop a cure.” “I have diabetes; I want to start a non-profit for children with diabetes.” “People are isolated, I want them to be better connected. I’m going to create a new networking organization.” “A friend helped me through a troubled time; I am going to write a book to help others through their tough times.”
We figure out what is most important to you can take some work! You may think that a calling is determined as a child, or from a one-time bolt of lightning. But that usually isn’t the case. Normally you have a clue but like a spark, it takes time and the right conditions to fan that spark into a raging fire.
Resolute means unwavering. You need to set specific, measurable, attainable, reasonable and time bound goals. Vague goals do you no good. Specific goals hold you accountable. In fact, you are 42% more likely to attain a goal by writing it down. Yet, the majority of us have vague goals in our heads but nothing concrete on paper. (It’s no wonder then that so many of you have big things that you want to accomplish “one day” but then “one day” never seems to arrive.) A research study was done to examine the importance of goal setting. The study showed that people were THREE times more likely to exercise when they wrote down where, when and how they would exercise. What is the bottom line? What pulls the desire out of you isn’t your level of motivation; it’s your plan for implementation!
What are the people, places and things that give you energy? And importantly, who are the people, places and things that drain us of energy? In order to accomplish big goals, you need to have water in your cup to fill up someone else’s cup. But if your cup is empty, you have nothing to give. Energy drainers are constantly sapping your vital and limited energy. You need to be aware of this concept and create a plan for limiting if not removing these people, places and things. You need to be intentional about this.
Other factors contribute to your energy levels. Are you injecting any fun and playfulness in your life? It’s so easy to become a “hamster on a wheel” day after day working hard in life but not feeling like you are getting anywhere. Being purposeful about fun and play can be rejuvenating.
Do you wake up everyday feeling rested and ready to go? The statistics suggest that isn’t likely. You are probably sleep deprived. You may have subscribed to the old adage that “sleep is overrated” but this myth has been debunked many times over. You have to re-prioritize to get the rest you need to be effective.
Everyday can feel like an uphill battle. Our attitude gets tested. Adversity mounts. Things don’t go as planned. Your attitude either propels you forward or drives you backwards when faced with headwinds in life. As Victor Frankl, the famed neurologist and psychiatrist and concentration camp inmate, once said, there is a space between stimulus and response. The key to life is what you do with that space. Do you accept the stimulus and deal with it? Or do you reject it and feel like a victim?
A virtuoso is many times associated with the best musicians in the world. They are known for relentless practice. The good news is that in most facets of life, you don’t have to practice for 10,000 hours to master something. In fact, Brian Tracy famously stated that “ you read one book per week, 50 books per year, that will make you one of the best educated, smartest, most capable and highest paid people in your field.” You need to apply a virtuoso mindset not only to technical skills but also to so called soft skills such as interpersonal skills, influencing skills, communication skills and writing skills to name a few.
Kim Minger, Clinical Research Consultant
"I almost felt as though I was at a small theatre with (you) telling a story. You are a good story teller! "
To the outside world, your audience is comprised of members or employees who are generally powerful, confident and successful. They have already achieved a great deal in life. And despite that track record of success, they are ready for motivation and inspiration and practical tools to help them achieve a goal that feels out of reach right now.
where senior leaders want to inspire their teams to attain big, hairy audacious goals such as double-digit sales growth, doubling production in half the time or increasing innovation in research and development.
These meetings get stale as similar goals are rolled out quarter after quarter, year after year. Employees tune out the message by thinking, or worse saying, “I guess this is the strategy flavor of the month” or “Here they go again asking us to attain the unattainable.”
A compelling, different voice of inspiration, motivation and pragmatic advice is needed!
are in an ever-competitive market for membership dollars and attendance. Members demand content which helps them learn, grow and develop personally and professionally.
Event Planners need a motivational and inspirational speaker who provides audiences with pragmatic takeaways leaving them with the feeling that their association “gets them” and provides value. This leads to member retention and acquisition.
have traditionally been primarily mission driven. However, as tuition increases, students and parents are demanding more content related to career development. Colleges and Universities are being measured by the rate at which their students find jobs and the amount which their graduates are getting paid.
Heads of Career Services, Alumni Relations, Affinity Groups, and Student Presidents need a motivational and inspirational speaker who provides audiences with pragmatic takeaways leaving them with the feeling that their school cares about their career development. This leads to better metrics for the school in terms of placement rates and starting salaries.
(also known as ERGs, affinity groups, or business network groups) are groups of employees who join together in their workplace based on shared characteristics or life experiences. ERGs are generally based on providing support, enhancing career development, and contributing to personal development in the work environment.
ERG Leaders need a motivational and inspirational speaker who inspires audiences and provides pragmatic takeaways leaving them with the feeling that they can accomplish any goal, even goals that prior to the speech, felt out of reach. Audiences leave feeling like their ERG gets them and it is worth it to come to their meetings.