Public Speaking
Matt Speakman is a remarkable man.  His story of hardship and tragedy, inspiration and undeniable self-belief has to be told to all Australians and ultimately the world.  

The Matt Speakman story is still unfolding and he will soon be identified as one of this country’s most admired and inspirational individuals.

Matt has shown that with persistence, determination and a strong sense of purpose you can achieve anything that you set your mind to.  

It was his involvement in the documentary Seize the Day filmed during the 1994 Sydney to Hobart yacht race that was the inspiration to undertake tertiary studies. In early 1994 he enrolled as a mature age student studying a Bachelor of Arts Communication degree majoring in Film and Video production. 

He became an announcer on Radio 2SER while at the University of Technology in Sydney.

In 1996 Matt was awarded the Winner Toastmasters Best New Speaker award.  

Since then Matt has undertaken a variety of major national and international media commitments including television, radio and press interviews as well as keynote speaking engagements. 

Past engagements include speaking for Affinia Finance, the Commonwealth Bank in Hobart; Sandy Bay Rotary ClubHowrah Probus Club Snap Printing 2005 Golf Bash with former AFL star Alastair Lynch, Tassie Devils coach Matthew Armstrong, golf pro Nathan Gatehouse and ex-Tasmanian cricketer Brian Davison; as well as interviews with 2GB’s Alan Jones, The AustralianChannel 7ABC RadioSBS TelevisionChannel 10ABC Television.

Matt is one of the key presenters in No Second Chance http://n2c.com.au/  , a national youth antiviolence education program.

Matt dedicates much of his time to volunteering to educate young people on the importance of safe driving and actively supports SpinalCure Australia 
http://www.spinalcure.org.au/, to fund research to find a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury.

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Paul Gaffney

"An outstanding and engaging presentation!  What a story teller, it had it all, tears, laughter, shock and awe, inspiration, motivation, drive determination all the while demonstrating the power of true passion and how we can all continually succeed, if we need to! Everyone wants to or at least say they do!.

Matt recently presented at a function where I hosted 40 of my top clients, the thanks and positive feedback has continued to flow, the rewarding part has been 40 different people took 40 different messages that made a difference to them, their business, their families and eventually their clients! They found their need, their passion."  

Paul Gaffney
Affinia Regional Manager 

David Hinton

“I have seen several presentations from crash survivors and I can honestly say Matt’s is one of the best presentations I have seen.

I believe Matt is able to achieve the perfect balance between getting across the seriousness of driving sensibly and the drastic consequences that the wrong decision can have on not just the people involved in an accident butmany other people, whilst at the same time not being too negative.

From my observations Matt relates extremely well the students and also the other presenters and volunteers who run the program, and feedback from students about Matt’s sessions has always been positive.”

David Hinton
Rotary Club of Hervey Bay Sunrise Inc, Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) program

J.de Waard

“Matt has always conducted himself as the polished professional integrating his MC duties with the co-ordination of guest speakers and entertainment performing on the day. His voice is clear and easy to listen to whilst grabbing the public’s attention.”

J.de Waard 
Fraser Coast Regional Council

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