Matt Jones

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Matt Jones is a world class professional speaker and author. He is committed to inspiring audiences and delivering strategies to help organization thrive in the midst of adversity and excel to new heights of performance. Matt's story has been featured in both international magazine and TV shows. He hold as BA in Communication, MLS in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership, and is pursuing his doctorate in Organizational Leadership.

Matt is currently the author of five books with more to come in the future. They include, Going through Hell? Don't Stop! How to Survive Your Darkest Days and Create Your Brightest Future, 101 Timeless Truths: Proverbs from Around the World, Life's a Marathon: 26.2 Winning Strategies for Personal and Professional Success, Sales is a Marathon: 26.2 Winning Strategies to Stay Motivated in Sales, and his newest one is Leadership is a Marathon: 26.2 Winning Strategies to Stay Motivated as a Leader

Matt's Life Changing Event: Sept. 11, 2002 would forever change the life of Matt Jones. He was a senior in college looking forward to graduation. As he began his fall semester something was not right. He was sleeping up to sixteen hours a day and during one twenty-four hour period he slept for twenty-three hours. Thinking that he had mono, Matt went to see his doctor. A little after one o’clock on Sept. 11, 2002 Matt would receive the phone call that would be a turning point in his life. “Matt, you are sicker than we thought. Your white blood count is five times greater than normal. You probably have leukemia.” A bone marrow biopsy would confirm that at the age of twenty-three Matt was diagnosed with cancer, acute myeloid leukemia. Without treatment, it would become fatal within a few weeks to a few months.

In January of 2004 while waiting for a donor the cancer came back a third time and spread to Matt’s cerebral spinal fluid. At this point doctors gave him a less than 10% chance of living. A special device placed in Matt’s head to treat the cancer became infected, one of his kidneys began to fail, and his temperature rose above 104 degrees. This lethal combination caused him to slip into an unconsciousness state. At 2:00 in the morning, doctors had family and friends called, as they were not sure if Matt would make it through the night.

Against all odds, Matt recovered and went into remission for a third time. Upon recovery, Matt was disorientated, experienced memory loss, had slurred speech, and had to relearn how to walk. Once back in remission Matt went through full body radiation and several intense rounds of chemotherapy in preparation for a bone marrow transplant.

On Mother’s Day of 2004, Matt walked out of the hospital after a successful bone marrow transplant and has been in remission ever since. One year after finishing up chemotherapy Matt completed the San Diego Rock N’ Roll marathon. On March 21,2010 Matt completed the Rome Marathon. His goal is to complete a marathon on every continent.

Matt strives to be a thought leader who offers solutions to the problems individuals and organizations face. His mission is to help flame the fire within individuals and organizations to develop a "Marathon Mentality" in order to reach their full potential by overcoming challenges, improving daily, and striving to attain greater goal attainment as well as life fulfillment.

Speaking Topics

Winning Strategies for Personal and Professional Success

This is Matt’s signature keynote. Matt uses running a marathon as a metaphor that provides winning strategies for personal and professional success. By sharing his against all odds story of conquering cancer three times, relearning how to walk and completing a marathon he inspires, encourages, and motivates audiences. Audience members can use the strategies and lessons Matt shares to overcome challenges they face and achieve greater success. This talk is high energy, upbeat, and humorous. Matt works with meeting planners to tailor the talk for the audience he is speaking to and ensures it is relevant to their challenges, needs, and objectives.

How to Stay Motivated as a Leader

In a recent survey 75% of respondents said their company is chronically short of leadership talent (War of Talent). Being an effective leader like a marathon is an endurance event. Matt’s talk, “Leadership is a Marathon” provides principles that leaders can use to empower, energize, and inspire themselves in order to do the same for those they lead. Matt uses his experience of running a marathon as a metaphor to share leadership strategies learned through personal experiences and graduate work in Transformational Leadership.

How to Stay Motivated in Sales

Success in sales like a marathon is an endurance event. In his talk, “Sales is a Marathon” Matt shares the strategies and lessons that helped him overcome insurmountable odds. From his life experiences, Matt shares how to persevere, thrive through adversity, and to stay motivated against all odds. Salespeople will discover the number one factor to staying motivated; how to overcome the biggest challenge they will ever face; and to keep/regain their passion for sales. A common response after hearing Matt’s talk is “if Matt can go through all he went through the rejection I face is nothing.”

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