I’ve been speaking to groups since I was 17 years old. I was a summer camp counselor, giving a devotion to a cabin of 10 year olds. I was nervous, excited, and didn’t know what was going to happen.
In a survey, people acknowledged their biggest fear as public speaking. #2 was death! Jerry Seinfeld shares a great line about this, “That means if you’re at a funeral, you would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy!”
The butterflies still exist, but now I get excited about the opportunity to speak to a group, especially young men and women. Since that first devotion I have given hundreds of talks, lectures, and workshops about a variety of subjects.
Most Requested Topics
Importance of Story in Life and Work
Creativity, Practice, and Productivity
Building a Supportive, Collaborative Company Culture
The First 100 Days of Podcasting (or Blogging)
Faith & Spiritual Development in Youth
If you are interested in having me speak at your business, school, church, or event, you can email me here: Matt[at]MattRagland.com.
(photo via Jason R. Davis)