Matt Laffan, public speaker, Sydney Australia
Matt Laffan, public speaker, Sydney Australia

Engage Matt as a Speaker

Matt Laffan, Public Speaker, Sydney AustraliaMatt has always treasured his gift of the spoken word as being that which separated him from the pack. He combines wit and pathos to deliver an engaging speech that cuts through the perceptions that we have of others and ourselves to lay bare the strengths that are within us all.

Matt is comfortable addressing a variety of audiences. He has spoken to business managers at their strategic planning weekends; given the key address at a school prize night and been the keynote speaker at international conferences. A perusal of this web site will offer you a glimpse at his breadth of his life experiences and interests in areas as diverse as sport and politics.

If you are looking for an inspirational speaker to awaken your target audience as to the potential they have to meet their goals, your first choice must be Matt.

Matt travels interstate and overseas and will tailor the pitch exactly as you require it: whether it is for an intimate gathering of ten or a full house of over one thousand.




I am writing to you on behalf of the Newtown RLFC to express our thanks for your unforgettable address at the 2006 Season Launch last Wednesday night. You met and exceeded all of our expectations not only with your speech but also with your displays of wit and charisma throughout the evening with your fellow guests. The reaction we received from fellow diners was among the best we have ever received at Newtown RLFC functions. Your mix of humour, motivation and charm was the perfect formula. I think another reason would be that you provided such a point of difference. Traditional football functions churn out the same old ex-players and hangers-on. You added a new dimension to the night and raised the bar for future functions.

What particularly moved me was the way that the players reacted to your speech. Our players, who could often be described as a collective of giants, jesters and juveniles, were given the proverbial clothesline tackle when you addressed them with your inspirational words. Not only was it encouraging to have players come up to you after you talk but also they were singing your praises outside the auditorium at the conclusion of the event.

Jeff Gabriel
Newtown RLFC.
Newtown RLFC 2006 Season Launch
8 March 2006


Matt Laffan's presentation genuinely touched respondents and provided an excellent insight through his experiences. An overwhelmingly 99% of the respondents agreed or strongly agreed that Matt provided an interesting and engaging presentation with the vast majority strongly agreeing. Respondent's comments signified their admiration for a speaker who told a unique story with compassion and dignity. Comments in the feedback included:

*Super. Motivating. Fantastic. Humorous and relevant
*What a guy. What an incredible journey Matt took us on.
*Brilliant Sport (beyond belief)!!! So true, moving and enlightening.
*Excellent. A true Australian. Amazing strength.
*He needs to be the face of Disability Employment Services
*Truly extraordinary ambassador for people with disabilities.

NESA National Conference
Adelaide Hilton Hotel
Conscious Connections Audience Response
There were 800 in the audience August 2004


Matt Laffan, Public Speaker, Sydney AustraliaThank you for speaking at our prize evening… the accolades were prolific! The students and the parents were effusive in their praise… and the manner in which you spoke to everybody. Your message to the students was very pertinent and had significant meaning because it came very much from the heart

Bruce Maclachlan
Secondary School Principal
Moriah College, Sydney 10 March 2003


Thank you for your humour and support and insights at our annual Petersham Luncheon. It was a huge success and your contribution was greatly appreciated.

Thomas Jones
Petersham Rugby Union Football Club August 2003


On behalf of the AGSA Committee I would like to thank you very much for so very generously giving your time at our launch of Genetics Awareness Week. Your talk, "Beyond the Muffled Crisis" left us all inspired and was a great introduction to our adult's perspective theme. The feedback I received afterwards was extremely positive.

Diane Petrie
The Association of Genetic Support of Australasia Inc. 4 August 2004


Thank you very much for giving us your time last Thursday and for entertaining our members with such an interesting and inspiring talk. The feedback from our members was extremely positive.

Charles M Wright
Sydney Legacy 4 August 2004


The coach's dinner was a huge success. In particular your address to those present was terrific and was a highlight of the evening. On behalf of the Sports Union thank you for giving your time to attend the dinner and for making such an inspiring speech.

Greg Harris
Executive Director
Sydney University Sports Union 28 June 2001


Thank you for putting the time and effort in to attend the Champions Dinner at Queensland Rail. It was great to have you there and your comments and toast were, as usual, wonderfully inspiring and straight to the point.

Mark Bagshaw
Ability Australia 23 September 2003


Many thanks for coming along last Tuesday. You were great. The children were impressed by your words and the parents came to me after to pass on their thanks to you for sharing their day with them and they said it was a pleasure to hear you speak.

Josephine Pinzone
Kensington Public School 2003


On behalf of Disability Services Queensland and to add to our Director-General's comments in her acknowledgment letter, I am writing to thank you most sincerely for supporting this year's Disability Action Week Awards with your excellent presentation ....

Matt, we are most grateful for your support in helping us to achieve such very positive and fruitful outcomes for Disability Action Week in 2005 and we are still receiving excellent feedback about your presentation at the Awards.

Helen Kyla Moore
Communication and Events Officer
Disability Action Week 2005



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By way of example we enclose a cross section of organisations who have engaged Matt: