Many school presentations focus on one specific subject. The only problem with the "single subject approach" is that the speech likely only relates to a small fraction of the audience. Matt's keynote "Leader Worth Following" speech is a 50-minute high-energy speech that keeps students engaged with a mixture of stories, games, giveaways, audience participation and several topics including:
Students will learn why "leadership" is one of the most misused and misunderstood words in the English language.
Students will discover how tapping into their unique attributes will significantly increase their effectiveness as a leader.
Students will not only learn the difference between good leaders and bad, but will learn how to avoid the worst pitfall of all.
Students will identify the worst pitfall of leadership, why it ruins leadership potential, and how to avoid it.
Students will be challenged to be one another's advocates by showing respect and appreciation for their classmates.
Students will be challenged to think about what comes after high school graduation, whether college, military or another job.
Students will learn how being different from one another is great news and something to be celebrated.
Students will learn how true success isn't just a big house or nice car, but is unique based on who they are.
Students struggling with thoughts of depression or suicide will be inspired to think differently about themselves.
Students resorting to cutting or other
self-harm tactics will be taught how they can wake up each morning excited about life.
"You touched so many students' lives today! Really appreciate you doing that for us."
tim kienitz, principal
"Matt's message of hope, achieving personal potential, and finding value within one's self brought insight and inspiration to many young adults. Thank you Matt for speaking a message of living a full life of positivity to our students."
Stephany alexander, counselor
"You did a fantastic job yesterday! What a way to reach so many that need to hear that message. Thanks for loving on the beautiful kids of our community."
"So many don't realize or understand the struggle, shame, fear and judgement of letting others know how they are feeling or going through. What a great thing you did in sharing about suicide and self harm."
"Our kids need this encouragement and leadership!"