My seminars and speeches focus on personal responsibility and overcoming adversity. We are all responsible for our choices and the results that follow. However, American society has tried to hide the importance of personal responsibility and accountability. If someone fails there is always an excuse and a label attached to give that person an easy out instead of working hard to overcome obstacles to success. I have faced challenges all my life and with determination I have come out on top no matter if it was a personal battle with being overweight, beating dyslexia or teaching my autistic son to speak and live a normal life. Adversity can only beat you when you quit. Never Quit!
Price Range: $500.00 and up
Gig Length: 45 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
If I am hired by a client to speak they are looking for a motivator who has faced adversity in all levels of life. My goal is to inspire the audience and make them take action towards their own goals daily. Personal accountability is the theme and I teach this by telling very vivid stories about overcoming obstacles that are both intense and real. When I recount these stories the audience is going with me and they will see why they have to take action to achieve their own goals no matter what they are.
I am a professional motivational speaker from Wilmington NC. I have faced adversity in many forms. I grew up without a father and had to learn to become a man on my own. I had a fight with childhood weight issues and a ongoing learning disability in the form of dyslexia. I was told many times that I was fat and stupid and that I would never accomplish anything in life. I did not agree with this assessment and I wanted to prove these people and statements wrong. I took responsibility for my studies finding new ways to focus and understand the information I was being taught. I also became responsible for my eating and embracing regular exercise. As a result in this change of behavior my grades started to improve and in some of my classes I went from C- to an A. When I started cutting out all the high calorie foods that had really no nutritional value and combined that with a regular exercise program my body fat dropped and I was no longer the fat kid. The confidence I experienced from these changes was intoxicating to me and I used it to build success in all areas of my life. I graduated form a very prestigious high school and graduated from college as well. I went on to start a Personal Training and Coaching business that helped many people overcome their own personal adversities both physical and mental. This background of overcoming my own challenges and years of coaching was very helpful when my first child was diagnosed with Autism. I can't fight his battles but I can help him with coping mechanisms as well as stress relief and confidence building. Some people call him a Special Needs Child because of his sensory issues. I recognize that all children are special even when they have no sensory issues but they all have needs that are special to them and as a parent I am his support system and coach. My life has been and continues to be about self improvement and overcoming adversity. You can't avoid adversity, the bad times or sometimes called a bad situation or problem. You can run but it will catch up to you at some point so deal with it now and become stronger in the process. I have been knocked down many times as a child and adult. There is no shame in it. The only shame is not picking yourself back up. NEVER QUIT! MATT RHODES PROFESSIONAL SPEAKER
Additional Booking Notes
I just require good lighting so I can be seen no matter how close or far away. I also need a reliable microphone so my words can be heard. I would prefer room to move. That is all I need to do an effective presentation.
I need a solid reliable microphone so I can be heard by everyone.
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