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3 Video(s) By This Presenter

Sizzle Reel
Stop Acting Your Age
You’re Not An Acronym

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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!


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“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!”

— Timmins

“Matt does a great job of blending humor throughout, while still delivering an impactful message and takeaway for the audience. We thoroughly enjoyed Matt and would book him again.”

— E.C. Barton & Company
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