Matthew Syed keynote speaker
Matthew Syed keynote speaker

Matthew Syed

Expert on high performance

Speaker Themes

  • Growth mindset and building a learning culture (based on his book Black Box Thinking)
  • The power of cognitive diversity (based on his most recent book Rebel Ideas)
  • Resilience
  • Imposter syndrome
  • Hierarchy
  • Trust
  • Psychological safety
  • Innovation
  • Agility

Travels from

London, UK


Matthew Syed is an author and highly acclaimed speaker whose keynotes explore the psychological and cultural factors that drive high performance in individuals and organisations.

He has written seven best-selling books on the subject of mindset and high performance – Bounce, Black Box Thinking, Rebel Ideas, The Greatest, and his celebrated children’s books, What Do You Think?, You Are Awesome and Dare To Be You – and has worked with many leading organisations to build a mindset of continuous improvement.

He is also a multi-award-winning journalist for The Times and The Sunday Times and presenter of the popular BBC Radio 4 programme, Sideways, currently in its sixth series. Matthew is a regular contributor to television and radio and, in his previous career, was the England table tennis number one for almost a decade.

In his most recent best seller – Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking – Matthew argues that individual intelligence is no longer enough to solve today’s complex problems; to truly succeed we must harness the power of ‘cognitive diversity’. Rebel Ideas uncovers the best-kept secrets of the world’s most successful teams, bringing insights from psychology, anthropology and data science, whilst drawing on a dazzling range of intriguing case-studies.

Matthew’s work explores a thought-provoking approach to high performance in the context of a complex and fast-changing world. By understanding the intimate connection between mindset and high performance, organisations can unlock untapped potential in individuals and teams, driving innovation and agility to secure a future-proofed environment.

Matthew is also co-founder of Matthew Syed Consulting (MSC); the company has worked with an impressive portfolio of clients to build growth mindset cultures and drive higher performance in individuals, teams and organisations. MSC’s cutting-edge thought leadership programme and digital learning tools are becoming a catalyst for real and lasting change within business and the public sector.

Matthew also works very closely with the education sector to help improve mindsets in schools and young people. He is an active founding member of the charity Greenhouse Sports and an ambassador for the PiXL Educational Foundation.

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Matthew is a highly sought after speaker who regularly delivers keynotes to senior leaders across public and private sector organisations around the world.

His insights on the science of high performance are highly relevant to businesses and organisations of all kinds. 

Matthew provides a fast-paced analysis of how the best organisations innovate and sustain change, even in a world that is being disrupted faster than ever before. Building upon examples in business, sport and beyond, Syed explains why and how growth mindset and diversity matter, and why learning from mistakes is more important than ever. His thought leadership energises his audiences, and his speeches are a brilliant way to kickstart or close your program.

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