Matt Tenney

Developing Highly Effective Leaders

Meet Matt

Social Entrepreneur, speaker, and author of Serve to Be Great and The Mindfulness Edge, Matt Tenney works with organizations to develop highly effective leaders who achieve extraordinary, long-term business outcomes – and live more fulfilling lives – as a result of realizing high levels of self-mastery and more effectively serving and inspiring greatness in the people around them.

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Matt’s Programs

Serve to Be Great

Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom

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DESCRIPTION


In this inspiring yet content-rich program, Matt Tenney introduces the power of “servant leadership” through his story of spending 5.5 years confined to military prison for arranging an unauthorized delivery of government funds, learning to be happy with nothing, living like a monk for over 3 years, discovering the power of a life devoted to serving others, and co-founding and leading two non-profits.

Matt will show you how to improve your capacity for servant leadership, and how that shift results in greater success as a leader as well as greater happiness. Drawing on insights from his experiences as a prisoner, monk, and social entrepreneur, as well as from some of the best workplace cultures in the world, you’ll walk away with powerful ideas and tools for developing the leadership skills that result in highly engaged, highly innovative, highly successful teams.

KEY TAKE-AWAYS


After attending this program, participants will have proven tools to help them:

      •  Attract and retain highly talented people
      •  Increase the engagement levels of team members
      • Create a team culture that delivers world-class customer service
      • Create a team culture that is highly conducive to innovation

AUDIENCE: Universal

FORMAT: Keynote (up to 60 minutes); Workshop (up to 4 hours)

 

Beginner’s Mind

The Ultimate Habit for Success

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DESCRIPTION


In this inspiring yet content-rich program, Matt Tenney introduces the power of mindfulness through his story of spending 5.5 years confined to military prison for arranging an unauthorized delivery of government funds, learning to be happy with nothing, living like a monk for over 3 years, discovering the power of a life devoted to serving others, and co-founding and leading two non-profits.

Matt combines case studies and research in neuroscience to show you how a simple shift, called Beginner’s Mind, can literally rewire your brain in ways that will help you achieve greater success professionally, as a leader, and in life.

KEY TAKE-AWAYS


After attending this program, you will have proven tools to help you improve:

      • Business acumen
      • Emotional intelligence
      • Creativity and innovation
      • Change Resilience
      • Well-being

AUDIENCE: Universal

FORMAT: Keynote (up to 60 minutes); Workshop (up to 4 hours)

 

Serve to Be Great

How Being Selfless Will Help You Sell the Roof Off

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DESCRIPTION:


In this inspiring yet content-rich program, Matt Tenney introduces the power of being selfless through his story of spending 5.5 years confined to military prison for arranging an unauthorized delivery of government funds, learning to be happy with nothing, living like a monk for over 3 years, discovering the power of a life devoted to serving others, and co-founding and leading two non-profits.

Drawing on insights from his experiences as a prisoner, monk, sales team leader, and social entrepreneur you’ll walk away with powerful ideas and tools for developing the sales skills that result in closing more sales, generating more referrals, and enjoying coming to work every day.

KEY TAKE-AWAYS


      • After attending this program, participants will have proven tools to help them:
      • Build greater trust with clients
      • Close more sales
      • Stop selling on price
      • Generate more referrals

AUDIENCE: Universal

FORMAT: Keynote (up to 60 minutes); Workshop (up to 4 hours)

 

Enlightenment

Insights on Ethics from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom

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DESCRIPTION


In the age of social media, one instance of unethical behavior can tarnish a brand overnight and have devastating effects on an organization. Is there a practical, realistic approach to prevent that from happening?

In this inspiring yet content-rich program, Matt Tenney introduces powerful, evidence-based tools for achieving higher levels of ethics through his story of spending 5.5 years confined to military prison for arranging an unauthorized delivery of government funds, learning to be happy with nothing, living like a monk for over 3 years, discovering the power of a life devoted to serving others, and co-founding and leading two non-profits.

Participants will walk away inspired to do the right thing even when it’s very difficult to do so. They’ll also be empowered with evidenced-based tools for consistently making the most ethical decisions and building a highly ethical culture

KEY TAKE-AWAYS


Participants will learn how to:

      • Create a highly ethical team culture
      • Apply evidence-based tools for doing the right thing in challenging situations
      • Apply evidence-based tools for removing the root cause of unethical behavior

AUDIENCE: Business leaders/owners

FORMAT: Keynote (up to 60 minutes); Workshop (up to 4 hours)

 

Testimonials

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“I attend many, many conferences. Your keynote was the BEST I have ever heard.”
– Cherokee County Federal Credit Union

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Matt’s keynote is life-changing.

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“Matt’s keynote, like his book, commands your full attention from the beginning to the end. His story drew the audience in and the inspiring examples he gave of servant leadership kept people engaged. The feedback from our leadership team was excellent. Matt inspired our team and provided tools to help them become even better leaders.
– Regional President with Wells Fargo Advisors

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“Matt is among the best speakers I have ever heard. He captures his audience’s attention with his fascinating, inspirational story, and the examples of extraordinary organizations and leaders. He offers valuable content for improving sales and building effective teams, and inspires people to serve at a higher level.” – Director of Professional Development, Illinois Association of Realtors

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“You are one of the best I have seen. The mannerism, style, approach, charisma, substance, delivery, examples you provided… First-class!!!”
– Executive Vice President, Associated General Contractors of Kentucky

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“Matt Tenney is the BEST speaker I’ve ever heard at any event I have ever been to!
– Sales Manager, Marriott Hotels

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“One of the best speakers I’ve ever heard. Made me re-examine the purpose for my work.”
– Sales Manager at Eastland Suites

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Probably the best speaker I’ve heard at any convention.

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“Inspirational! A perfect example to the organization of how effectively serving others is the key to true greatness.
– SVP/Global Head Science + Technology, Givaudan Flavors Corp.

Testimonials

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“I attend many, many conferences. Your keynote was the BEST I have ever heard.”

Cherokee County Federal Credit Union

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Matt’s keynote is life-changing.

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“Matt is among the best speakers I have ever heard. He captures his audience’s attention with his fascinating, inspirational story, and the examples of extraordinary organizations and leaders. He offers valuable content for improving sales and building effective teams, and inspires people to serve at a higher level.

– Director of Professional Development, Illinois Association of Realtors

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“You are one of the best I have seen. The mannerism, style, approach, charisma, substance, delivery, examples you provided… First-class!!!”

– Executive Vice President, Associated General Contractors of Kentucky

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Biography

Matt Tenney is a social entrepreneur and the author of Serve to Be Great: Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom. He is also an international keynote speaker, a trainer, and a consultant with the prestigious Perth Leadership Institute, whose clients include numerous Fortune 500 companies. He works with companies, associations, universities, and non-profits to develop highly effective leaders who achieve lasting success by focusing on serving and inspiring greatness in the people around them. Matt envisions a world where the vast majority of people realize that effectively serving others is the key to true greatness. When he’s not traveling for speaking engagements, he can often be found in Nashville, TN.

Speech Intro

Matt Tenney is a social entrepreneur and the author of Serve to Be Great: Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom. He is also an international keynote speaker, a trainer, and a consultant with the prestigious Perth Leadership Institute, whose clients include numerous Fortune 500 companies. He works with companies, associations, universities, and nonprofits to develop highly effective leaders who achieve lasting success by focusing on serving and inspiring greatness in the people around them. Matt envisions a world where the vast majority of people realize that effectively serving others is the key to true greatness. Please help me welcome Matt Tenney.

A/V Preferences

  • Lavaliere Microphone
  • PowerPoint
  • PowerPoint Clicker
  • Screen & LCD Projector
  • No audio or video in Matt’ s slides; Matt brings his own laptop (PC) and USB