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Matt King OBE  inspirational speaker, author, lawyer, artist, adventurer and mentor.

Like you, Matt King OBE has experienced adversity. Personal problems, professional challenges, who hasn't? But unlike others, Matt King OBE's challenges were brought about through a broken neck, paralysis and an uncompromising view at what is achievable in life.

Waking up in hospital as a 17-year-old, Matt King OBE's life had changed unrecognisably. Paralysed from the neck down, ventilator dependent and laying in a specialist spinal cord injury unit, his goals and ambitions had changed along with it. 

His first goal was simply to survive.

Matt King OBE's view is radically different from others professing the secrets to success, simply because he has been there and done it, and the techniques and strategies he shares work! 

How will you know this? Well, quite simply, Matt King OBE has gone from a paralysed teenager, through to becoming a pioneer pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved in life, irrespective of one's situation.

First class honours law degree, legal career, mouth painting artist, skiing the slopes of Sweden, completing global marathons and writing his autobiography – Matt King OBE is the real deal!

Sharing the same skills and techniques he has used to excel, those hearing the emotive and provocative way Matt King OBE shares his journey will gain an all-important perspective of the challenges they face and leave armed with the practical tools to maximise their potential in both their personal and professional lives. 

Described by The Independent as 'the inspirational journey of an inspirational man', the rollercoaster of emotions Matt King OBE leads you through will have you coming away inspired and empowered to be the best YOU can be

Matt King OBE has worked with the best, and helped them to become better! Coaching the England Rugby League National team, professional sporting teams, NHS Managerial and Clinical Staff, sector leading corporations and businesses, universities and schools – Matt King OBE uses his experiences to help anybody, of any age, overcome the obstacles in their path.

With a foreword by Sir Alex Ferguson, Matt King OBE's autobiography, '04.04.04', ensures his legacy is a lasting one. Alongside his legal career, Matt mentors spinal-cord injured individuals in hospitals across the country, has served as a board member with a number of charities, and regularly auctions off paintings he has created with his mouth for charity.

Matt was awarded an OBE in 2012 for services to charity for those with disabilities, and in doing so became the youngest person ever to receive the honour. 

Matt King OBE's presentations focus on the power of mind-set and personal resilience to overcome adversity, adapt to change and thrive in the most difficult of circumstances. His presentations are uniquely tailored to his clients requirement and his most popular speeches include

These Shoes Were Made for Walking…

The Smallest Things Make the Biggest Difference!

Limitations are only in your Mind!

Stepping up to the Challenge!

Accepting Responsibility to Succeed

What it takes to Achieve

Not just Surviving, but Thriving!

Matt King OBE  inspirational speaker, author, lawyer, artist, adventurer and mentor.

Matt King OBE inspirational speaker, author, lawyer, artist, adventurer and mentor.

‘Words cannot do justice to the impact Matt King OBE has had on our workforce. As a speaker he is inspirational, as a person quite unbelievable and as a tool to engage our employees, he has been invaluable. Matt's unquenchable desire to succeed and overcome is now ingrained in our philosophy at Lend Lease.’

Martin Coyd OBE, European Head of Environment Health and Safety


Like you, Matt King OBE has experienced adversity. Personal problems, professional challenges, who hasn't? But unlike others, Matt's challenges were brought about through a broken neck, paralysis and an uncompromising view at what is achievable in life.

Waking up in hospital as a 17-year-old, Matt King's 's life had changed unrecognisably. Paralysed from the neck down, ventilator dependent and laying in a specialist spinal cord injury unit, his goals and ambitions had changed along with it. 

His first goal was simply to survive.

Matt King's view is radically different from others professing the secrets to success, simply because he has been there and done it, and the techniques and strategies he shares work! 

How will you know this? Well, quite simply, Matt King has gone from a paralysed teenager, through to becoming a pioneer pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved in life, irrespective of one’s situation.

First class honours law degree, legal career, mouth painting artist, skiing the slopes of Sweden, completing global marathons and writing his autobiography – Matt King OBE is the real deal!

Sharing the same skills and techniques he has used to excel, those hearing the emotive and provocative way Matt King OBE shares his journey will gain an all-important perspective of the challenges they face and leave armed with the practical tools to maximise their potential in both their personal and professional lives. 

Described by The Independent as 'the inspirational journey of an inspirational man', the rollercoaster of emotions Matt King OBE leads you through will have you coming away inspired and empowered to be the best YOU can be.

Matt King OBE has worked with the best, and helped them to become better! Coaching the England Rugby League National team, professional sporting teams, NHS Managerial and Clinical Staff, sector leading corporations and businesses, universities and schools – Matt King uses his experiences to help anybody, of any age, overcome the obstacles in their path.

With a foreword by Sir Alex Ferguson, Matt King's autobiography, '04.04.04', ensures his legacy is a lasting one. Alongside his legal career, Matt mentors spinal-cord injured individuals in hospitals across the country, has served as a board member with a number of charities, and regularly auctions off paintings he has created with his mouth for charity.

Matt King was awarded an OBE in 2012 for services to charity for those with disabilities, and in doing so became the youngest person ever to receive the honour. 

Matt King's presentations are all uniquely tailored to his clients' requirements. His most popular speech topics include:

These Shoes Were Made for Walking…

Limitations are only in your Mind

Facing and Overcoming Adversity

Stepping up to the ChalleAccept Responsibility to Succeed

What it takes to Achieve

Not just Surviving, but Thriving!

Matt King OBE  inspirational speaker, author, lawyer, artist, adventurer and mentor.

"Words cannot do justice to the impact Matt King OBE has had on our workforce. As a speaker he is inspirational, as a person quite unbelievable and as a tool to engage our employees, he has been invaluable. Matt's unquenchable desire to succeed and overcome is now ingrained in our philosophy at Lend Lease."

Martin Coyd OBE, European Head of Environment Health and Safety, Lend Lease 

"Our Leadership and Management Conferences are a critical part of our annual communication strategy, engaging our people with the business priorities, and more importantly investing in their leadership skills and behaviours. Matt King OBE spoke at our 2016 Leadership Conference, at the end of a fantastic and intensive two days. 

His messages are clear around the power of teamwork, linking in well with the rest of our content, but the magic of Matt King’s presentation is Matt himself. He is inspirational and the stories of his achievements in the face of adversity that most of us cannot imagine are very powerful and moving. All delivered by an intelligent, witty and charming guy. Matt King OBE received a well-deserved standing ovation from our leaders and we’re hoping he has the same effect on our management population in May."

Jennifer Wain, Senior Communications Manager, Geoban UK (Part of the Santander Group)



'Matt King OBE has shared his experiences with several of my clients and teams. His success story is a tremendous guide for all of us. Matt presents his performance lessons in a particularly relevant and challenging manner."

AFEX Sales Director, former Head Coach of ACT Brumbies, and former CEO and Head Coach of London Broncos

"As a patient, Matt King OBE has experienced many care episodes by nurses and care staff in the NHS. His powerful and emotional journey through recovery and rehabilitation is one I would recommend all nurses and care staff to listen to and hear."

Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England and Wales



"Matt King OBE is quite a force of nature. He delivers an inspiring view from the perspective of someone who has gone from rock bottom, literally in an instant, to blowing the doors off of life… Listen to him, and be inspired to believe that there is ALWAYS a way forward!"

Mark Moran, Director of Hydrate for Health



"Matt King's impact on our staff has been phenomenal and they report that he has truly influenced their outlook on life. The atmosphere when he told his story was nothing less than electric, you could have heard a pin drop. From an organisational perspective, he is superb value for money. From a personal perspective, his value is immeasurable'"

Jill Byrne, Director of Nursing and Patient Safety, Aintree University Hospital



"Matt King OBE is captivating and inspirational. When I think about the talks he has done for Wings for Life, I always come back to this question: when the unimaginable happens, how do we respond? Matt teaches us that when we dig deep, we can find courage we never knew existed; that adaptability is 

fundamental to success; and that we can't always predict where life will take us"

Nikki Wilson, Head of Wings for Life UK



"Matt King your presentation was honest, emotive and truly inspirational and you captivated the entire room. Your story of exceptional courage and determination will stay with us forever and will drive us every day to deliver an even better service to our customers"

Richard West, Head of Disability Operations, Department for Work and Pensions



"Matt' King's  presentation is powerful and emotion churning, bringing all the attendees to their feet with a spontaneous, standing ovation. I have been facilitating Professional Development Days for many years and have never had one evaluated as well as this!"

Pauline Jones, Director of Nursing, Wigan Wrightington and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust



"Matt King OBE recently provided a keynote session at our annual national conference. He received a standing ovation from our audience of around 150 finance directors and senior finance professionals from throughout the NHS.

Matt King’s story is one of pure courage and determination, with many powerful and relevant messages to take away, particularly around issues such as resilience, positivity, adaptability and dealing with change.

Matt  King OBE is an inspiring, humorous and extremely engaging speaker and I would highly recommend him."’

Alison Myles, Learning and Development Director, Healthcare Financial Management Association

"Matt King OBE was invited to speak to a group of 260 leaders in the NHS as part of our national recognition awards. Matt  King OBE was an exceptional speaker – his story is inspiring, humbling, full of hope, and told with compassion and humour.

Importantly for us he judged the tone of the evening perfectly – telling his story in a way which spoke to every person present about the importance of their work, what they can do better and how the patient experience is enriched by every act of human kindness. I would be delighted to work with him again."

Karen Lynas, Managing Director, NHS Leadership Academy

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