Matthew Kelly        

Best-Selling Author & Motivational Coach

Matthew Kelly is an internationally acclaimed speaker and best-selling author, as well as the founder and president of Floyd Consulting, a firm based on the belief that your organization can only become the best version of itself when the people in your organization are striving to become the best versions of themselves.

Kelly's books have sold more than five million copies and have appeared on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and numerous other bestseller lists. His titles include The Dream Manager, The Rhythm of Life, and Off Balance.

More than four million people in 50 countries have attended Kelly's presentations and seminars. Over the past decade, he has given over 2,500 keynote presentations at conferences and conventions for a wide variety of organizations including Fortune 500 companies, national trade associations, professional organizations, universities, churches, and nonprofits. Millions more have been touched by his writings and appearances on radio and television programs.

With his keen sense of humor and passion for helping companies understand that developing their employees is the first step to achieving corporate goals, Kelly effortlessly elevates and energizes people to pursue the highest values of the human spirit and achieve their personal goals and ambitions.

Matthew Kelly's message is both timely and timeless, his example is authentic and inspiring, and his passion for life is refreshing and challenging. He will certainly continue to be one of the most sought-after and endearing voices of our time.

Speech Topics


Off Balance

Getting BEYOND the WORK-LIFE BALANCE MYTH One of the major issues plaguing the corporate world today is work-life balance. Everyone wants it; nobody has it! But do people really want it? If you had to choose between balance and satisfaction, which would you choose? People want to live deeply satisfying personal lives and satisfying professional lives – and they want to know that both are possible at the same time.

The work-life balance conversation that has dominated the corporate landscape for two decades implies that work and life are separate. In this way, we set work and life against each other, and the thought that follows is that you are either working too much and living too little, or vice versa. But work can and should be a richly rewarding part of a person’s life.

In this presentation, Matthew will change the way the audience thinks about the work-life balance question and give them the tools they need to get beyond the balance myth and start building a life that is deeply satisfying – personally and professionally.

The Dream Manager

Once every twenty-five years or so a concept comes along that perfectly identifies a common problem and teaches us a new way. The Dream Manager is that concept. The simple truth is this: the destiny of your organization and the destiny of the people that drive your organization are inseparably linked.

The great majority of the people in the workplace today are actively disengaged. To varying extents they don’t feel connected to the work they do, the organizations they work in, or the people they work with. No single factor is affecting morale, efficiency, productivity, sustainable growth and profitability more than this disengagement.

The Dream Manager concept provides a revolutionary way of reversing this crippling trend and demonstrates how organizations, large and small, can actively engage their people once again, thus creating a competitive advantage of monumental proportions.

In this presentation, based on his most anticipated book yet, The Dream Manager, Matthew explains the powerful connection between employees’ personal dreams and a corporation’s ability to achieve goals and sustain growth. Exploring the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy organizations, he demonstrates that a company cannot expect to attract and retain the employees necessary to guarantee sustainable growth and profitability unless that company can help those same employees move in the direction of their personal dreams and ambitions. Using an array of practical examples, he illustrates the broad application of the Dream Manager concept and demonstrates how, in different areas of our lives, we all take on the role of the Dream Manager.

Participants will:

  • Learn how their personal dreams drive them inside and outside the workplace
  • Come to understand how the dreams of their direct reports are impacting their ability to achieve corporate or organizational goals
  • Be taught how to identify the people in their lives – personally and professionally – who they can serve in the Dream Manager role. These people may include everyone from direct reports and customers in the corporate environment to children, spouses and friends in our personal environments.

Solving Your Turnover Problem

Any business leader knows that the costs of employee turnover drain profits. Matthew Kelly offers four steps to solving the turnover dilemma. Business leaders, executives, managers, and small business owners will learn how to address turnover and how to improve employee morale in the process.

Turnover is the largest corporate dilemma of the new millennium. It is draining profits, destroying morale and perplexing corporate leaders. Any corporation that can solve a significant turnover problem will gain a phenomenal competitive advantage. For too long we have either ignored the problem or convinced ourselves that it exists because we simply do not pay our employees enough. Throwing money at the turnover problem is not the answer. In this presentation, Matthew will outline and explain the application of the four steps a corporation must take in order to radically reduce turnover.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to calculate the real cost of turnover to their team and organization
  • Come to understand how and why a culture of turnover perpetuates turnover, and how turnover is affecting your corporate culture in general
  • Be taught how to implement a four step program to radically reduce turnover across all departments

Personal Strategic Planning

During this presentation, audience members see the benefits of corporate strategic after receiving life-changing ideas for developing a personal strategic plan. With Matthew’s guidance and personal success framework, audience members explore their life in the same way that business leaders explore the health of their business.

While most leaders understand the value of strategic planning, few have the discipline to drag themselves away from their day to day responsibilities to attend to this critical process. The next great challenge is convincing the people on their team to turn off their cell phones and step away from their e-mail to participate in the strategic planning process.

In this presentation, Matthew takes his audience on a personal odyssey through eight areas of focus – physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, financial, professional, adventure, and legacy. With his unique and original concept of applying the methods and exercises of traditional strategic planning to our personal lives, he demonstrates, once again, that the most powerful way to teach team members about the importance of corporate planning is to teach them the principles of personal strategic planning.

Most people spend more time planning their vacations than they do planning their lives. If we cannot convince them of the importance of planning in their own lives, we will never convince them of how important planning is to the organization.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to create a strategic plan for their own lives by looking at eight distinct areas of our life experience
  • Come to understand how the absence of a plan often causes us to drift aimlessly at the whim and will of a variety of factors and forces in our lives
  • Be taught how to identify their strengths, weaknesses, goals, and critical success factors in all eight areas
  • Learn how to apply a variety of traditional and innovative strategic planning exercises to their personal life and their professional life

Authenticity, Not Authority: A New Paradigm for Leadership

True leadership takes humility and rigorous honesty. In this presentation, Matthew Kelly helps leaders analyze their leadership style and presents nine practical ways to transform their leadership style.

Last year, integrity was the most searched word in Webster’s online dictionary. In an age that is allergic to authority, it is a time for a return to authenticity. Authenticity is integrity-based leadership and does not consist of perfection, but rather the honest admission of strengths and weaknesses and the need for teams to complement those strengths and weaknesses. If employees do not believe that their leader has their best interests at heart, it is impossible to expect that employee to have the organization’s best interests at heart.

Participants will:

  • Learn how their personal leadership style is helping or harming their organization’s ability to achieve goals and objectives
  • Come to understand the dangers of inauthentic leadership and the fruits and benefits of a more authentic style
  • Be taught how to identify the shortcomings and successes of their current leadership style and be given nine practical ways to transform the way they lead
  • Discover how to give team members permission to be human without sacrificing organizational goals and objectives

Passion and Purpose: The Keys to Productivity and Profitability

Today’s best companies are realizing that by encouraging employees to become the-best-version-of-themselves in every aspect of their lives, they guarantee themselves a more efficient and effective workforce. In this presentation, Matthew Kelly shows companies, managers, and individuals how to implement these ideas from his New York Times best-selling book, The Rhythm of Life: Living Everyday with Passion & Purpose.

Are you thriving or are you just surviving? If an employee is not thriving in his or her personal life it is unlikely that he or she will thrive in the workplace. Emerging leaders understand that the great divide between personal life and life in the workplace was only ever an artificial one. In this visionary presentation, based on his New York Times best-selling book, The Rhythm of Life: Living Everyday with Passion & Purpose, Matthew Kelly will take participants beyond traditional time management theory to discover that energy is our most valuable resource. Using a series of practical examples, he will help participants identify what types of people and activities energize them and what types of people and activities drain their energy.

Today’s best companies are realizing more and more that by encouraging employees to become the-best-version-of-themselves in every aspect of their lives, they guarantee themselves more a more efficient and effective workforce.

Participants will:

  • Learn that the more energy we have, the more our experience of life expands
  • Come to understand that energy is our most valuable resource and how that energy is created, used, or wasted in the different aspect of our daily lives
  • Be taught how and why we often avoid or neglect the people and activities that flood our lives with energy

Customer Intimacy

Based on his best-selling book, The Seven Levels Intimacy, but adapted to deal with the challenges and opportunities presented by corporate relationships, this presentation provides powerful and practical insights into customer and employee relationships.

Behind every corporate dilemma and opportunity is a human being / the decision maker. Understanding what drives our internal and external customers and support teams is critical to the success of any business or organization.

As Matthew explains the seven levels, participants will gain dozens of insights about the following: the way people communicate and miscommunicate, why teams are healthy or dysfunctional, how to identify what fears or ambitions are driving people and situations, why negotiations fail or succeed, and how to increase sales every quarter for the rest of your life.

This unique model empowers us to move beyond the prejudgment of what people do and what people say to understand why people do what they do and say what they say. Whether you’re interested in creating a more dynamic collaboration among your team members, or want to teach them how to develop greater customer intimacy, understanding the dynamics that govern human communication is essential.

This presentation is of particular value to two groups of people. The first group is sales professionals / managers due to the importance of relationships to the sales process. The second group is nonprofits who often overlook or are simply unaware of who their internal and external customers are.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to communicate more effectively with everyone in their lives from spouses and children to customers and fellow employees. They will also learn how to understand more clearly what others are communicating verbally and nonverbally and why people communicate the way they do.
  • Come to understand how the Seven Levels of Intimacy Model can radically increase our ability to identify and meet the needs of customers
  • Be taught how to identify the expectations, needs, and fears of customers, direct reports and managers

The Next HR Revolution

In this presentation, Matthew Kelly illuminates what Human Resource departments can do to attract, develop, and retain a new caliber of worker in the midst of the war for talent. Matthew focuses attention on how HR departments can strengthen the connection between employer and employee to significantly impact a company’s bottom line and increase employee fulfillment.

Despised by many, tolerated at best by most, HR has had a negative stigma attached to it for decades. But now that companies are beginning to realize the real cost of turnover, with some experts estimating that cost at 150% of annual compensation, corporate leaders are looking for someone to turn to…in many ways the Dream Manager Program provides what the HR connection between employer and employee was originally intended to provide. Much more than tallying sick days and granting permission for vacation time, the HR department is responsible for convincing team members that the organization is concerned about their individual well-being. It will take a radical new approach to convince employees. But once convinced, they become a new caliber of worker.

Participants will:

  • Learn how the role of a HR department must change if an organization is going to attract, nurture and retain higher caliber team members
  • Come to understand how the negative stigma that has attached itself to HR in the past can be cast off
  • Be taught how to implement new programs to increase the connection between employee and employer

Leading Through Change: Understanding How to Manage a Transition

When was the last time you were not experiencing some type of transition at work? Transitions can involve a new product, a new client, a new boss, new team members, new IT, new processes and systems, new pricing structures, or new office space. Our businesses are always in transition. And who on your team is not experiencing some kind of transition in his or her personal life right now? Personal transitions can involve a new job, a new boyfriend or girlfriend, moving to a new city, buying a new house, marriage, divorce, having a baby, sending a child to college, health issues, the death or illness of a loved one, or getting a new pet. We are all constantly in transition. Getting really good at handling transition is one of the basic skills necessary to thrive in the modern world.

In this presentation, motivational speaker Matthew Kelly will teach the audience how to lead people and manage processes during a transition. Using "the transition diagram," he will demonstrate the different stages of a transition, which members of a team will get on board, which will resist, and who will try to sabotage the transition… and why. Participants will leave with a practical model that will forever change the way they lead people through transitions.

The Dream Manager: Building a Bigger Future for Your Company & Your People

The great majority of people in the workplace today are actively disengaged. To varying extents, they don't feel connected to the work they do, the organizations they work in, or the people they work with.

The "dream manager" concept provides a revolutionary way of reversing this crippling trend and demonstrates how organizations both large and small can actively engage their people once again, thus creating a competitive advantage of monumental proportions.

In this presentation, motivational keynoter Matthew Kelly explains the powerful connection between employees' personal dreams and a corporation's ability to achieve goals and sustain growth. Exploring the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy organizations, he demonstrates how a company cannot expect to attract and retain the employees necessary to guarantee sustainable growth and profitability unless that company can help those same employees move in the direction of their personal dreams and ambitions.

Meaningful Messaging: Marketing Beyond the Noise

How many "free checking" billboards have you seen in your life? Is that what most people are looking for in a bank? What would happen to the bank that changed the conversation with a message like "What's your dream? We Can Help!"? That bank would definitely get more attention than others in a highly commoditized industry where essentially every bank does the same thing anyway.

How many marketing messages do average consumers encounter on any single day? How is your message going to capture their attention? How are you going to cut through the noise?

In this presentation, speaker Matthew Kelly will demonstrate the power of meaningful messaging and teach his audience how to create meaningful campaigns that get beyond the noise and have people talking about products and services in a whole new way.

Talent Fanatic: Building a World-Class Team in a Mediocre Culture

Business is still about people. Despite all of the technological advances we have witnessed over the past 50 years, you still find people on both sides of every transaction…. and most of management's headaches still involve people. Developing a world-class team is still the ultimate competitive advantage in business.

It is going to be more and more difficult to develop a world-class team because talented people are going to be harder and harder to find as Baby Boomers leave the workplace and the quality of education continues to diminish. But still, the future of your business depends on finding, attracting, nurturing, and retaining talent.

In this presentation, speaker Matthew Kelly will encourage participants to become talent fanatics - people who are obsessed with searching for the talent necessary to achieve the bigger future you have envisioned for your company. He will also teach the audience how to spot talent, develop talent, and when and why to discard it.

Authenticity, Not Authority: The New Leadership Paradigm

In an age that is allergic to authority, it is time to celebrate authenticity and harness it as an integral part of leadership. An authentic leader is a person with integrity who does not strive for perfection, but rather honestly admits his or her strengths and weaknesses.

This new paradigm for leadership is based on the idea that a company cannot become the best version of itself unless its management and employees strive to become better versions of themselves. This new paradigm demands that an organization take a more active interest in the lives of its employees. If employees do not believe that their leader has their best interest at heart, then that leader cannot expect employees to have the organization's best interest at heart.

In this presentation, New York Times best-selling author Matthew Kelly will demonstrate how a variety of leadership styles help or hinder the overall objectives of a team or company. Participants will also learn how to lead with authenticity.

News


Matthew Kelly's Tips for Teaching Faith to Kids

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Catholic retreat will feature noted author, speaker Matthew Kelly

An internationally recognized speaker and author will speak at a Catholic retreat scheduled Sept. 27 at St. Francis University in Loretto. Matthew Kelly was invited to the podium at the university’s Maurice Stokes Athletic Center by the Altoona-Johnstown Roman Catholic Diocese.

Brand New Matthew Kelly Book Invites Readers to Rediscover Jesus

Matthew Kelly, a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author, announces new book, Rediscover Jesus, for hardcover release on August 17, 2015.

Matthew Kelly, leading Catholic author, to speak in Tulsa

Matthew Kelly, a best-selling author, motivational speaker and one of Catholicism’s brightest young voices, will make his first Oklahoma appearance next weekend.

Resisting Happiness: An Interview with Matthew Kelly

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