Engage Matt as a Speaker
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
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
*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
*Truly extraordinary ambassador for people
NESA National Conference
Adelaide Hilton Hotel
Conscious Connections Audience Response
There were 800 in the audience August 2004
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
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.
Petersham Rugby Union Football Club August
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.
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.
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
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.
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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