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Matthew Syed

Matthew Syed

Journalist & Author of Bestseller ‘Bounce’ – Peak Performance and ‘Rebel Ideas’ on Diversity 2019


England

United Kingdom

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Matthew Syed is an award-winning British journalist, broadcaster and author of inspirational/motivational bestseller ‘Bounce’.

Within his award-winning book Syed researched the backgrounds of some of the world’s leading sports stars and specifically what training and preparation they completed to achieve their great success. He demonstrates using the work ethics and mindsets of real champions not only what is required to be successful but that there are no easy short cuts and that opportunity exists for all.

He has won numerous prizes for his writing including ‘Feature Writer of the Year’ at the SJA Awards and ‘Sports Journalist of the Year’ at the British Press Awards. He is also a three-time Commonwealth table tennis champion and a double Olympian.

‘Bounce’, which is an international bestseller, has been published in nine countries.

In late 2019 Matthew published his latest book ‘Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking’. Matthew drills down into the science of diversity. What kind of differences matter, when do they matter, and how do they contribute to collective intelligence? We see why diversity is set to become the single most important source of competitive advantage. From the catastrophic intelligence failings in the build-up to 9/11, to a communication breakdown at the summit of Everest, we will realise how diversity can be inadvertently overlooked by smart people.

Speaking

Matthew Syed is consistently rated among the top business and educational speakers in the UK.

He delivers presentations on performance, strategy and mindset, as well as providing tailored events to businesses and organisations looking to get an edge in performance.

Matthew has been booked by many of the most innovative and forward-thinking organisations in the world including Goldman Sachs, Arsenal FC, Vodafone, Rolls Royce, BP, McKinsey, Alliance Bernstein, Oxford University, Saracens, McLaren, Deutsche Bank, Morrisons, T-Mobile, Genentech, Orange, the Premier League, United Bank of Switzerland, the England and Wales Cricket Board, Westminster School, Freshfields and Procter and Gamble.

  • “Matthew Syed is an extremely inspirational speaker. He succinctly and persuasively encapsulated the winning ethos during his presention to Vodafone’s Global Heads of Marketing.  We departed feeling highly motivated”.

    Maria Bellanca, Head of Group Sponsorship PR, Vodafone

  • Matthew Syed “Matthew Syed is an extremely inspirational speaker. He succinctly and persuasively encapsulated the winning ethos during his presention to Vodafone’s Global Heads of Marketing.  We departed feeling highly motivated”.
    5 / 5
  • “The superlatives I have heard from attendees is a reflection of the importance of your thesis. My clients were fascinated by all angles of your overview, it could not have gone any better”.

    Jason Doyle, Alliance Bernstein

  • Matthew Syed “The superlatives I have heard from attendees is a reflection of the importance of your thesis. My clients were fascinated by all angles of your overview, it could not have gone any better”.
    5 / 5
  • “You’ve had a huge impact on our students and I can’t thank you enough for both the valuable message and the eloquence of its delivery. The number and quality of questions showed the level of engagement you elicited. A truly memorable afternoon”.

    Giles Bennett, Deputy Director Kings College School, Wimbledon

  • Matthew Syed “You’ve had a huge impact on our students and I can’t thank you enough for both the valuable message and the eloquence of its delivery. The number and quality of questions showed the level of engagement you elicited. A truly memorable afternoon”.
    5 / 5
  • “Your talk was masterful and the audience was rapt throughout. They will cherish it for many a moon.”

    Geoff Simpson, Westminster School

  • Matthew Syed “Your talk was masterful and the audience was rapt throughout. They will cherish it for many a moon.”
    5 / 5
  • “Matthew’s messages were fantastic. He not only described clearly how champions are made, but could also give evidence based arguments that supported his bold assertions. His influence on our squad and management was an extremely positive one for which we are very grateful.”

    Mark McCall, Saracens Director of Rugby

  • Matthew Syed “Matthew’s messages were fantastic. He not only described clearly how champions are made, but could also give evidence based arguments that supported his bold assertions. His influence on our squad and management was an extremely positive one for which we are very grateful.”
    5 / 5
  • “Matthew Syed is a fabulous speaker with superb ideas. He challenges and inspires in equal measure.”

    Michael Sherwood, Chief Executive, Goldman Sachs International

  • Matthew Syed “Matthew Syed is a fabulous speaker with superb ideas. He challenges and inspires in equal measure.”
    5 / 5
  • “Matthew was everything I had hoped for and more. He captivated the audience with material that he made directly relevant to our business. He was asked some thought provoking questions and came back with equally thought provoking answers. As a company we are on a journey of change and Matthew’s presentation supported our strategy for the year ahead and beyond”.

    Alison Traversoni , Executive Director, e.surv Chartered Surveyors

  • Matthew Syed “Matthew was everything I had hoped for and more. He captivated the audience with material that he made directly relevant to our business. He was asked some thought provoking questions and came back with equally thought provoking answers. As a company we are on a journey of change and Matthew’s presentation supported our strategy for the year ahead and beyond”.
    5 / 5
  • “A fantastic speaker with ideas that are both powerful and relevant. Eye-opening and wonderfully entertaining.”

    Ben Preson, Orbis Fund Management

  • Matthew Syed “A fantastic speaker with ideas that are both powerful and relevant. Eye-opening and wonderfully entertaining.”
    5 / 5
  • “You’ve had a huge impact on our students and I can’t thank you enough for both the valuable message and the eloquence of its delivery. The number and quality of questions showed the level of engagement you elicited. A truly memorable afternoon”.

    Giles Bennett, Deputy Director Kings College School, Wimbledon

  • Matthew Syed “You’ve had a huge impact on our students and I can’t thank you enough for both the valuable message and the eloquence of its delivery. The number and quality of questions showed the level of engagement you elicited. A truly memorable afternoon”.
    5 / 5
  • “Utterly inspiring. We are looking forward already to booking you again”

    Colin Passmore, Senior Partner, Simmons and Simmons

  • Matthew Syed “Utterly inspiring. We are looking forward already to booking you again”
    5 / 5
  • “Superb and engaging, Matthew captivated an audience of global professionals who went away with a refreshed sense of what it means to identify and motivate talented people”

    David Leigh, Chief Executive SHL Group

  • Matthew Syed “Superb and engaging, Matthew captivated an audience of global professionals who went away with a refreshed sense of what it means to identify and motivate talented people”
    5 / 5
  • “The best speech of its kind I have ever heard. It inspired, entertained and informed in equal measure.”

    David Richardson, the Atlantic Group

  • Matthew Syed “The best speech of its kind I have ever heard. It inspired, entertained and informed in equal measure.”
    5 / 5
  • “A wonderful speech delivered to 1000 senior executives. Matthew’s messages are powerful and thought-provoking – and they have become central to the strategy of our business."

    Norman Pickavance, HR Director, Morrisons

  • Matthew Syed “A wonderful speech delivered to 1000 senior executives. Matthew’s messages are powerful and thought-provoking – and they have become central to the strategy of our business."
    5 / 5

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