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Matthew Syed

Author, columnist for The Times, and former England table tennis number one, Matthew Syed believes that success is more to do with perseverance than natural talent. His keynote presentations are based on performance, strategy, and mindset.

Author, columnist for The Times, and former England table tennis number one, Matthew Syed believes that success is more to do with perseverance than natural talent and shares his theories of peak performance with business audiences as a popular keynote speaker.

He has written two highly acclaimed books on the science of high performance, they have been translated into multiple languages and received praise internationally.

Matthew argues that successful organisations, both in competitive sport and business, are based on an ethic of consistent 100% effort rather than a reliance on talent. If you see success as a product of effort, then failure becomes an opportunity to adapt and grow.

Working for the Times, he has won numerous prizes for his writing including Sports Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards and Sports Feature Writer of the Year at the Sports Journalist Association Awards.

Leaving school at the age of sixteen to concentrate on table tennis, Matthew taught himself A-levels in his own time. Consequently, he was accepted to Oxford University and read philosophy, politics and economics. He played in the Barcelona Olympic Games towards the end of his first year at Oxford. He was the England table tennis number one for almost a decade, a three-times Commonwealth Champion, and a twice-competitor for Great Britain in the Olympic Games (in Barcelona in 1992 and Sydney in 2000).

He is a regular contributor to radio and television, and his film for the BBC, ‘China and Table Tennis’, won a bronze medal at the Olympic Golden Rings ceremony in Lausanne. He was also one of the co-founders of Greenhouse, a charity which “empowers youngsters through sport” and which supports more than 10,000 young people on 31 full-time school programmes.

Believing in the synergy between academic excellence and sporting prowess, Matthew occupies a unique space of operating at peak performance in both his mind and body. His keynote presentations are based on performance, strategy and mindset.

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