For the past decade, Matt has worked in various leadership roles at a Fortune 50 company in areas as diverse as marketing, employee retention, and management. As a result of this expertise, Matt has crafted multiple keynote presentations to address some of the most pressing issues today’s businesses face. Matt has quickly become a must-have for any event where audiences want to learn something new while laughing at the same time.
And if that’s where things stopped, Matt might be mistaken for just another keynote speaker in a world that’s full of keynote speakers. However, Matt also comes from a line of entertainers – his father and brother both worked for years as professional stand-up comedians – and humor runs in his blood. Which is why Matt has also managed to craft some of the most entertaining keynote addresses you’re ever going to hear.
The results are: Stop Acting Your Age! An Entertaining Keynote to Help You Avoid Generational Warfare and You’re Not an Acronym – A Practical Approach To Leadership. Matt has quickly become a must-have for any event where audiences want to learn something new while laughing at the same time. You’ll soon learn why one of Matt’s clients has called him “both the funniest and most informative speaker I have ever heard in my life.”
Matt Havens is not your typical speaker. His uncanny ability to provide real- world solutions in a relatable and humorous way have made him one of the quickest up-and-coming speakers in the industry.
Matt’s signature style began in corporate America, where by 25 he pitched the C-suite boardroom of a Fortune 25 company on his plan to lead enterprise-wide transformations to capitalize on the “Millennial” opportunities present in the marketplace and the workforce. Matt’s work soon caught fire, and he began speaking to audiences all over the country, subsequently catapulting up the corporate ladder and leading teams in areas as diverse as marketing, sales, and customer retention. Matt has been at the forefront of driving massively scaled change efforts, started new sales departments, and ran contact centers in 5 different U.S. locations. In short, his approach is baked in reality instead of hyperbole.
Matt now brings his simple yet profound solutions to companies, associations, and small businesses across North America. His stated mission is to put perspective into action – both professionally and personally – by unpacking our true motivations, and specifically how our answers relate to the meaningful relationships and connections we create. The versatility of hisexperience and expertise is why he’s frequently called upon to address a variety of topics ranging from generational differences, leadership, culture, communication, sales and building successful teams.
In the not-so-distant past, business success was defined entirely by money. The bigger you were, the better; the more profitable you were, the more successful your business. End of story.
Today, though, society is increasingly interested in how that success happens. Employees are no longer willing to work for companies whose ideals they don’t support or whose profits come by any means necessary, and customers are quick to abandon businesses that are insensitive or self- absorbed. In the past, one bad advertisement was an embarrassment; today, one inflammatory tweet can be fatal.
The businesses that will succeed in the future will not be the ones that spend all their time thinking about how to sell more products and services at higher margins. Rather, they will be the businesses that recognize the common human needs and motivations that govern employee and customer
behavior. Make Your Business Human is a transformative keynote that focuses not on the differences that so many of us seem fixated on (Boomer vs. Millennial, Leadership vs. Workforce), but on four profound similarities we all share. Organizations which understand, honor, and harness the qualities that make us human will outperform their peers in creating memorable customer experiences and true workforce engagement.
This shift in perspective is not theoretical. It’s already happening. If you want to be on the leading edge of tomorrow’s success, then you need to be leading The Human Way.
Partial List of Takeaways:
Understand the Four Human Truths and how they impact our behavior as employees and customers
How to implement a people-first approach to leadership that will drive engagement and resolve the seemingly endless “work/life balance” debate
How to create an environment where fear and failure are not only acceptable, but celebrated as opportunities for true growth
How to balance short-term needs against long-term goals in a way that reduces personal stress and improves strategic decision-making
If you’ve listened to any other discussion about generational issues at work, then you’ve undoubtedly been told there are four distinct generations operating side-by-side in today’s working world. You’ve then been told the differences between those four generations, and then you’ve been told (although probably not in these exact words) that you need to just deal with all these different people, because they’re not going away and they’re not going to change how they operate. If that advice suits you, fantastic.
However, if you’ve ever been frustrated by how impossible it seems to employ four different strategies to manage four distinct generations, and if you’ve ever felt like you’re the only one who’s being asked to make any changes, then Stop Acting Your Age! is exactly what you need. Because it turns out that there really aren’t four generations. In this hysterical keynote, you’ll learn a simpler way of looking at your own generational picture, and you’ll also learn how to understand, recognize, and resolve every generational issue facing today’s workforce. That’s no exaggeration; by the end of Stop Acting Your Age!, you and your colleagues will walk away with all of the knowledge you’ll need to address 100% of the generational issues you’ll face for the rest of your career. Other generational presentations focus on what people want, but Stop Acting Your Age! will tell you why everyone wants the different things they do. It’s an important distinction, and it will make implementing new solutions easier than you ever thought possible.
So get ready to laugh more and learn more than you ever thought possible. Because improving your generational issues doesn’t have to be boring.
Partial List of Takeaways:
Learn to replace the complicated four-generation model with a workable dichotomy between older, more experienced workers and their younger, less-experienced counterparts
Understand the key cultural, technological, and social changes that have conspired to create a disconnect between team members from these two generations
Walk away with several immediately applicable strategies to address and eliminate problems caused by the disconnect mentioned above
Inspire a healthier, more robust work ethic in your younger employees (and your older ones, too)
Inspire a healthier, more robust attitude toward change in your older employees (and your younger ones, too)
If you’ve been a leader for a while or are being groomed to become one, then you’ve probably taken your fair share of personality tests. Perhaps you know your Woo strength, or maybe you’ve recently discovered that you’re a purple triangle when you’re stressed. If this kind of information is all you need in order to be the kind of leader your people are excited to follow, then you probably don’t need to keep reading this.
But if you’ve ever suspected that leadership may be about more than just you, then You’re Not an Acronym is the kind of leadership presentation you’ll truly appreciate. Matt Havens has spent over a decade in various leadership positions at a Fortune 25 company. He’s taken dozens of personality assessments, and he’s recognized a fundamental flaw in the way that all of them attempt to help people become better leaders. By addressing and then correcting this oversight, You’re Not An Acronym will help you expand your understanding of leadership exponentially – and you’ll do it while laughing all the while. Because not only is this one of the most insightful leadership keynotes you’ll ever sit through, it’s also one of the funniest. After all, boring isn’t a business requirement. So get ready to enjoy the process of becoming a more effective leader more than you ever thought possible!
Partial List of Takeaways:
Understand the value (and limitations) of personality tests and other types of self-analysis as they relate to improving your leadership
Discover the two pillars of effective leadership – neither of which have anything to do with you!
Develop a system for creating roadmaps for success that everyone can get behind, including people who operate differently from you
Realize that leadership presentations don’t have to be mind-numbingly boring!
“I cannot thank you enough for what is already being called an epic conference! Your stellar presentation, not to mention incredible energy, truly set the tone and I genuinely feel like it made everybody open up more than I’ve ever seen before. You are wildly talented and watching you speak was transformational for both our organization and me. We are forever grateful! Wishing you all the best and hope our paths cross again.”
“I just wanted to thank Mattagain for coming and speaking for Washington County last Thursday. He told me to let him know any negative comments from my survey and I didn’t have a single one! That is a HUGE win for us! It sounds like everyone had a great night and found him engaging,funny and with a great message! I bragged him up today to 2 other departments within in the county so maybe he will be back!”
— Duke Energy
“Fantastic! Our attendees LOVED Matt! The laughter was the best part. We appreciated that he went to our welcome reception the night before and took the time to meet our attendees and learn about them. So glad we hired him.”
— Southeast Kansas Business Conference
“I received from feedback from a number of staff attending Matt’s presentation. In short, the topic was relevant, and they loved how Matt delivered the key messages and appreciated his humor. It was really nice to see the team (including my boss) laugh so much. In fact, we don’t laugh enough!”
— AdVantage Software
“Watching our conference attendees captivated and responding with loud bursts of laughter to Matt’s presentation on generational differences, I knew we had a successful launch to our 3-day conference. Thank you, Matt, for starting our conference with a great keynote!”
Employee Retention and Engagement Expert; Author of Two Books: "The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave: How to Recognize the Subtle Signs and Act Before It's Too Late" and "Keeping the People Who Keep You in Business"