Matt McFadyen grew up in suburban Sydney fascinated by the mysteries of life beyond the confines of his home and familiar surroundings.
In December 2003, Matt McFadyen 'the adventurer' was born when, at the tender age of 22 years, he set sail for Antarctica in the company of five like-minded adventurers.
Taking a 43-foot yacht across the most dangerous ocean on earth was no easy task. Having to navigate fields of icebergs while beset by storms of mammoth intensity, Matt was forced to draw on every ounce of courage and perseverance he could muster as nature surely tested his resolve and that of his fellow adventurers.
The meticulous planning and preparatory work that had taken two years to complete paid off in January 2004 when Matt and his crew reached Commonwealth Bay Antarctica. For four days the hardy adventurers explored the pristine wilderness that is Antarctica. A life changing experience for any person let alone one so young as Matt McFadyen.
On the return voyage Matt and the crew again experienced the raw force and power of nature. With Matt at the helm the small craft was pounded by a massive storm 550 nautical miles south of Tasmania. Waves of up to fifty feet high swept across the yacht knocking it over several times. Matt himself had to struggle for his life as the waves continued to knock the boat over and almost washed Matt himself overboard. This harrowing experience and the raw power of nature inspired and motivated Matt to further adventures.
He has since become the youngest Australian to ski to the North Pole, and only the second Australian to accomplish this amazing feat twice. In his second expedition, which he completed in April 2006, he had to negotiate one of the hardest Arctic seasons in years to reach the top of the world.
As a young adventurer, speaker and leader, Matt is second to none. His achievements at such a young age are testimony to his hard work and motivation. He has worked with diverse global organisations to engage, align and inspire leaders and their teams. His stories are inspirational, relevant, and memorable. Using his unique personal leadership journey to the ends of the earth, Matt has delivered over 300 presentations on four continents and partnered with organisations across all industries.
Matt's passion for life, his overall presence and above all, his unique stories makes him a must-see.
Client Comments for Matt McFadyen
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- I was thoroughly memorised by Matt's subject matter, style, and engagement with the audience. He is able to bring every one of the participants along with him as he experienced the triumphs and epic challenges of his journey. Adding interactive 'what would you do' moments into the presentation creates an immersive experience and mandates full attention. Matt was able to skillfully leverage his story of leadership, courage, and perseverance to underscore our core meeting objectives through an entertaining and gripping presentation.
- Grounded, accessible, honest and real... and yet overwhelmingly impressive and charismatic. He left his mark on our team and will continue to do so for a very long time. We extended our comfort zone, and it was in large part to him!
- Matt exceeded our expectations by engaging extremely well with the audience and integrating our key messaging into his delivery. Each session was delivered with the same enthusiasm and energy that earned him excellent ratings from all participants. The ability to interact and become an integral part of the journey or presentation was well-liked by the audience and differentiates Matt from many other more lecturing speakers I have encountered. The result? Energised and inspired teams taking the right messages from the workshop back into the office.
Topic SynopsesRecord-breaking polar adventurer, sailor, and inspirational speaker Matt McFadyen takes audiences on
powerful leadership adventures. Using the latest in interactive technology, the audience makes critical
decisions during the unique and compelling journey. Pushing toward the ends of the earth, Matt led his team,
and leads the audience through the emotional highs and lows, to the extremes of human potential. This
leadership adventure inspires audiences to challenge themselves and their teams to think differently and push
for success both personally and professionally.
His compelling and engaging interactive keynotes focused on leadership cover: leading through change and ambiguity, building and inspiring high performance teams, and overcoming hardship to achieve success.
Antarctica: Ignite the Fight
As a 22-year-old, Matt and four others set sail aboard a 43-foot yacht bound for Antarctica on a 54-day expedition across one of the deadliest oceans on the planet. After a near fatal storm a thousand miles from land, a heroic fight for survival sparked a change in Matt's life, the event later becoming the foundation of his leadership journey.
North Pole: Win Every Day
Matt's brush with death in the icy waters of the Great Southern Ocean ignited a passion to lead others to the ends of the earth. 18 months after returning from Antarctica, Matt became the youngest Australian to reach the North Pole, returning as an expedition co-leader on two more occasions. Surviving 45 degrees below zero to battling ice drifts that move the team backwards while dragging heavy sleds, Matt knows the perseverance needed to lead a team through challenge, change, and ambiguity.
The Power of Partnership
Leading his most recent journey to the North Pole in 2008, Matt partnered with PricewaterhouseCoopers on an 18-month long employee engagement program. Testing the true meaning of partnership, the program climaxed with Matt leading a PwC senior partner to the North Pole to observe the effects of climate change in the high Arctic - through persistence, planning, and determination the partnership culminated in an inspirational and highly relevant experience for thousands of employees across the country.
"Friendly team and good follow-up."
Planning Institute of Australia, Queensland Division
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