I believe that speaking is an incredibly important part of how knowledge is shared in the world. It has survived millennia and countless educational revolutions because there is nothing quite like hearing someone both knowledgeable and passionate about a topic. Having given hundreds of talks, I still find it energizing.
I do not accept speaker fees. While I do not begrudge others who make their living as speakers, I choose to make my living as a behavioral scientist and I have no intention of changing that. You can pay for travel and buy me a Diet Coke (with a lime!) and some nachos or a gift for my son Bear. If speaker fees are an essential part of your event, I’d ask that you simply donate to a domestic violence shelter in your area.
In general, most of my talks revolve around the application of behavioral science to to creating products and programs that change behavior. Outside of that, special topics include behavioral science in organizations, gender equity and inclusion (because of my work on GetRaised, SalaryOrEquity, etc.), entrepreneurism, and the powerful and important place that work plays in our lives and in our mental health.
If you want me to speak at your event, please send a brief email to firstname.lastname@example.org detailing the topic you’re interested in, the dates, times, and location. I select based on schedule, how recently I’ve given a talk in that region, and the diversity of other speakers.
For over ten years, Matt Wallaert has been applying behavioral science to practical problems, from startup exits to the Fortune 500. and is currently the healthcare industry’s first Chief Behavioral Officer at Clover Health, a Medicare Advantage plan changing the model of insurance by changing behavior. He’s given hundreds of talks on the science of behavior change and is the author of Start at the End, which details how anyone can become a behavioral scientist by making behavior their outcome and science their process. His side projects consistently focus on the unrepresented, like GetRaised.com, which has helped underpaid women ask for and earn over $2.3B in salary increases.