Hello, I’m Matthew Ferrara.
It’s true that I have a degree in philosophy, that I’m an avid, photographer, writer and make a living as a speaker. I’ve spent the last 25 years of my life traveling the world, teaching others how to apply their creativity and ingenuity to their careers and lives. My speaking career started in the real estate industry, and since then I’ve focused on salespeople, managers and executives in any sales, marketing or technology industry around the world. I’ve probably delivered more than a thousand seminars, retreats and training workshops in my career, and had the amazing opportunity to work with people in 49 U.S. states, 15 countries and have taught in multiple languages. I’ve always believed that great ideas are the basis of great opportunity, so I like to focus on innovative ideas whether they come from best practices in management, marketing and technology, or timeless ideas from history, science and art.
As a writer and photographer, I try to show interesting connections and unique perspectives that affect our work and lives. As a cancer survivor (twice) I understand the importance of doing important, good work: so my favorite keynote programs encourage audiences to connect their noble beliefs with their daily work, using creativity techniques that make growth fun. I’ve been told I possess a “renaissance mindset” that can pull together the threads of multiple disciplines to illustrate exciting opportunities – which is why I’m often asked to “close” conventions off-the-top-of-my-head by drawing connections between many of the event’s themes and speakers. It’s probably also why I’m invited to so many dinners: my friends say I can talk about just about anything.
I believe I bring some unique perspectives to the table. While I’m a speaker, I also am a salesperson. My company has been big and small over the years, so I’ve had experience as a solopreneur and the leader of a 50-plus person firm. We owned a call center for eight years, led a team of webinar instructors who delivered 2000-plus webinars a year, and created more than 300 training videos in our in-house studio. I’ve written management courses, sales programs, customer service programs, and was called as a “technology guru” for a lot of years.
On my journey I went to school in Italy, earned degrees in philosophy and political economics, and moved from Boston to Las Vegas. I’ve had cancer (twice). I almost quit the speaking business (a few times) but with the help of my mentors, reinvented my career each time. I picked up a camera for the first time since high school five years ago, and apparently take some good photographs, having won a couple of awards, and auctioned a dozen or so to raise money for women’s shelters and homeless charities around the world.
My goal is to create great experiences for the audience. I am always honored when someone in the audience walks over after a program and gives me a hug. I don’t sell anything from the stage (except ideas). I’ve only missed one event in 25 years (ok, it was a hurricane). I promise you’ll enjoy a creative, motivating moment that will leave us all a little better for having met.
Oh, and if it helps, here are a few things people have said about me on social media.
Contact Matthew about events, projects or just to say hi!
Some of the companies we’ve worked with since 1991 around the world
- Realogy Franchise Group (Worldwide)
- Wells Fargo Mortgage (U.S.)
- Sotheby’s International Real Estate (Global)
- Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (Global)
- Royal LePage Canada
- Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (Brokerages and Corporation, U.S.)
- Harcourts Real Estate, Australia, New Zealand, United States
- Christie’s International Real Estate (Worldwide)
- Moxi Works Technology
- Engels & Volker Real Estate
- Real Estate Nouvelle Technologies (Paris, France)
- Windermere Real Estate (Brokerages and Corporation, U.S.)
- Weichert Real Estate (Brokerages and Corporation, U.S.)
- Howard Hanna Real Estate
- Long and Foster Real Estate
- Douglas Elliman Real Estate
- Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate
- NRT, LLC (Largest Real Estate Corporation in United States)
- RE/MAX Real Estate (Brokerages across U.S.)
- Atlas Van Lines, Canada and U.S.
- Beaute-Prestige Internationale
- Inlanta Mortgage Corporation (North America)
- ERA Real Estate (Corporate and Brokerages, US and Europe)
- Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC (North America and Europe)
- Century 21 Real Estate LLC (Global)
- Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate (North America)
- REALTOR Local and State Associations in all 50 U.S. states
Interesting Facts About Matthew
Two time cancer survivor
Degree in Philosophy
Degree in Political Economics
Writes mystery stories for fun
Travelled 250,000+ miles last year.
Speaks three languages (and reads a dead one)
Many of Matthew’s photographs have been auctioned to raise money for charities around the world. To see his work, visit his recent-travels portfolio or his complete online photography website.
Matthew is often asked to “pull all the threads together” at a conference, to “make sense of it all” without previous preparation.
Master of Ceremonies / Interviewed
Matthew has emceed dozens of conferences over the years, including conducting main-stage interviews with the event’s executive leadership, special panels and other speakers.
Talk Radio / Video
Matthew has done over 500 videos and radio interviews in his career, including training content, special event clips and recaps of ideas shared at conferences. He has been featured on broadcast radio since the 1990s and has developed learning content found inside the corporate intranets of more than 5000 brokerages across North America.
Matthew has spoken around the world, delivering conferences in multiple languages and worked with real-time translation, including:
and many other countries