I always wanted to be a chemist.
But like all good stories, every life has a twist and mine landed me with a degree in philosophy. I started a speaking and training business right out of college which eventually took me around the world to 49 U.S. States and 18 countries. In another plot twist halfway through my career, I discovered I was pretty good with a camera, as well as a microphone.
My career is all about words: Speaking, writing, showing, sharing them. I use creative writing to weave stories that spread new ideas to entrepreneurs, leaders, teachers, writers and professional audiences around the world. My characters are the people and places I’ve encountered around the world, and my plots always include ways to use creative and critical thinking to improve our lives.
At heart I’m a creativity-guy and my knack is connecting the dots between different points in life like literature, art, photography, business, history and philosophy. I’ve written over 200 articles, courses and workbooks and my blog has over a decade of stories with lessons from life.
My work is like an endless dialogue with different people, helping others express their dreams through work and play. I grew up in Boston, went to school in Italy and now live in Las Vegas. I have reinvented myself many times, from a trainer to a keynote speaker to a street photographer and mentor today. I host retreats in Italy, Hawaii and other wonderful spots every year where I help people connect with their creativity and turn their inner stories into great growth in their lives.
Why I Speak.
Many people ask why I’ve spent my career on the road, traveling the world, speaking in front of audiences. Are the trade-offs really worth it? For me it all comes down to a few moments every time. Like this one recently.
My topic focused on our deep inner beliefs about success, of sales as a noble profession, and our desire to reach our goals. We explored how we talk about ourselves, how we express our personal value proposition, and how we give value before we ask for value from others. At times we were reflective, other times we listened to each other. And of course along the way we laughed a lot! At the end of the program many kind people came over and shook my hand and told me they appreciated it and enjoyed it. I got lots of hugs and smiling faces. And then there was that very special moment. It only happens once in a while, and that’s when I know I was meant to be there that day.
One of the attendees came over to me quietly and said simply: I almost didn’t attend today. I have been planning to leave the business after many many years. I really didn’t think I could do it any more. But after hearing you challenge me to look deep inside, tap into my inner strengths, and visualize the success I want to achieve, I feel motivated and excited again! I’m not going to quit. I’m going to make next year my best year ever!
We both had a tear in our eyes, but a smile on our faces.
That is why I speak.
The Rest of the Story
I have a degree in philosophy.
I’m an avid photographer
I love to write.
I spend a lot of time traveling the world.
My clients (friends, really) include:
teachers and speakers
writers and photographers
I’ve walked many walks
solopreneur in college
sold software and training
built and ran a 50-person training & customer call center
written dozens of courses, operations manuals, e-learning and videos
Before all of that
I went to school in Italy
My hashtag on Instagram is
I’m a two-time cancer survivor
I still get up every day and ask:
How can I unleash the potential of others with a good idea and a little encouragement.
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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” from many different speakers at a conference, and help audiences “make sense of it all.”
Master of Ceremonies / Interviewer
Matthew has emceed dozens of conferences, including main-stage interviews with the event’s executive leadership, special guests, celebrities and attendees.
Podcast / Video
Matthew has done over 500 videos and radio/podcast interviews in his career. He has been featured on broadcast radio since the 1990s and has developed multimedia content found inside the corporate intranets of more than 5000 companies around the world.
Matthew has spoken around the world, delivering conferences in multiple languages and worked with real-time translation, including:
and many other countries