I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
— Maya angelou
  • Keynote Speaker

  • Conference Session Speaker

  • Round Table Facilitator

  • Emcee – Banquets, Galas, Awards, Etc.

  • Panelist/Moderator

  • Workshops



  • Can be individual or group

  • Workshop can include: interactive role playing, exercises, handouts

  • Follow Up Option: attend event to witness the learned skills in action

  • Feedback Session: small-group format to review observations

Speaking Services

With over 23 years of relationship-driven, executive-level marketing and business development experience, Matt’s talent lies in creating authentic and effective networks, inspiring teams, and guiding individuals and groups to achieve both personal growth and professional success.

As a Speaker, Coach and Mentor, Matt forges sincere connections with his audience and adds meaningful value regardless of subject, setting or size. Speaking nationally on a variety of topics, he delves into universal challenges such as:


Burn Out - The Modern Day Professionals’ Kryptonite!

Studies have shown that over 60% of employees in the U.S. claim to have experienced burnout at work. Some researchers have said that it is growing to epidemic proportions. In this session, attendees will learn about the symptoms, causes, consequences, and solutions to burnout.

Network or Die!

You’ve heard the cliché “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Well, this cliché is the stone-cold truth. An individual’s network is their greatest resource. And if it isn’t…well then you’re doing it wrong. In this presentation/workshop, attendees will understand who needs to network, what networking really is (and what it isn’t), when they should network, where they should network, why it is so important, and how even the most introverted person can network. Follow Up Option: Attend event to witness the learned skills in action/Feedback Session Option: Review observations with group.

Employee Engagement & Retention – Your Firm’s Secret to Success

Gallup research shows that only 15% of employees worldwide are engaged. The cost of this disengagement to U.S. companies is estimated to be $450-$550 BILLION a year! Guess who is responsible… Here’s a hint. The majority of the time is not the employees. How engaged are your employees? In this presentation/workshop, attendees will learn why and how employees become disengaged and what the firm’s managers and leaders can do to prevent it or reverse it before it is too late.

Public Speaking/Presentation Skills

Did you know that the skill that has the greatest impact on a professional’s level of success in the workplace is public speaking? Did you also know that public speaking is consistently ranked in the top 3 of people’s biggest fears? Seriously, some people would rather swim with sharks than get in front of a group of people and make a presentation. In this interactive and energetic presentation/workshop, attendees will learn and practice techniques and tips to gain confidence and improve their public speaking/presentation skills.

Soft Skills for Survival and Success (great for Millennials & Generation Z staff members)

This presentation/workshop is designed to cover the things that your employees may not have learned in school. How to start a conversation, shake hands properly, appropriate attire for different situations, how to leave a proper message, email etiquette best practices, customer/client service 101, and much more.

Business Development – It is Everyone’s Responsibility

Does your firm have too many clients that you are sending them to your competition? No? If this is not the case, then training your employees (not just the marketing, business development, and sales people) how they can contribute to the company’s business development efforts could reap massive rewards.

Do You Have Leadership DNA?

Are you a leader? What are the characteristics of a great leader? DNA? Confidence? Action? Do you have what it takes to be a leader? Explore the make-up of an effective leader through stories and lessons-learned. Identify the qualities you possess and the skills you need to become remarkable. In this energetic and interactive session, you will leave with the confidence to step in and step up your leadership skills.

The Toxicity of Multi-Tasking and What to Do About It

Companies have recently created a higher focus on their wellness programs, promoting active lifestyles and better workspaces for employees to attract successful candidates and retain dynamic employees.  Yet, significant research suggests that every day, multi-tasking is creating a toxic work environment and reducing productivity amongst employees.  These behaviors are not helped by advancements in technology, as it is the media propelling the distractions into their daily lives through a barrage of notifications.  How can we, as responsible marketers, utilize technology to minimize distractions and create more sound work environments?  And how do these less distracting work environments propel a company to a more productive workforce and a better bottom line?  In this session, we explore the research behind multi-tasking and how companies can change their culture to be more profitable, and even more attractive to candidates.  Then, we focus in on the impairment that multi-tasking can have on individuals, and how to make positive changes in today’s deadline-driven workplace.

Work/Life Balance Paradox

The average tenure of a marketing/BD professional at an AEC firm is 2 to 2.5 years. Recent surveys show over 80% of SMPS members have experienced burn out and the lack of work/life balance was commonly listed as one of the reasons. In this entertaining and interactive session, we will discuss everyone’s personal search for the “Holy Grail…” The magical and ever elusive Work/Life Balance. What is it exactly? Does it even exist? Who has it? How did they get it? How do I get it? The answers to these questions seem to evade us no matter where we look. Maybe we are asking the wrong questions. With in-session exercises and audience participation, this talk will provide some insight into our “lack of balance.” Challenging the usual reasons and excuses why it’s missing and looking beyond for some real life ideas and tactics!

Can't We All Just Get Along? Effective Conflict Resolution and Management

Let’s face it, every day there’s a chance to encounter someone that is… “difficult?” “challenging?” Oh let’s just call it like it is! There are jerks out there! At least that is the way we see it, right? Today’s workplace is high-stress and speed, multi-faceted and disciplinary, deadline and results oriented, and so on! If you want to be successful you not only have to be good at what you do, you have to be good at relationships. Even the nicest people have conflicts with others. Dealing with conflict has become critical. The better you are, the higher your chances of success and sanity. In this engaging and entertaining session, attendees will learn: how to prepare for and have difficult conversations and deal with difficult people, strategies and skills to both manage and resolve conflict. Workshop includes open discussion of real-world examples, and attendee participation in role-playing exercises.