Matthew Syed

Founder of Matthew Syed Consulting, Journalist for The Times & 11 x Best-Selling Author

  • Host of Radio 4 show – Sideways
  • Named Sports Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards twice
  • Co-Founder of TTK Greenhouse
  • Host of BBC Radio 5 Live podcast – Flintoff, Savage and The Ping Pong Guy

Discover Matthew Syed’s biography of published work below.

Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking
Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking
Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success
Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success
Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice

When Matthew Syed is booked for events, they are known to discuss the following speaking topics:

The Power of a Growth Mindset & Cognitive Diversity
How They Boost Performance

A critically acclaimed expert on the subject of high performance, Matthew Syed has forged a respectable career engaging clients on how to hone their mindsets to achieve high performance. The Founder of Matthew Syed Consulting, Matthew is also the author of 11 best-selling books and a highly popular keynote speaker focussing on topics of growth mindset and cognitive diversity. Exploring a thought-provoking outlook on high performance, don’t miss your opportunity to learn how to achieve optimal performance with Matthew Syed today.

Having graduated in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford, Matthew began his career as an illustrious table tennis player. As a talented table tennis player, Matthew was the British table tennis number one for nearing a decade and was the winner of the Men’s Singles at the Commonwealth Games on three occasions. A truly prominent table tennis player, Matthew honed his mindset to achieve high performance, having also represented Great Britain at the 1992 and 2000 Olympic Games. Retiring from competitive sports in 2002, Matthew followed new ventures as a Journalist for The Times – writing as a columnist and feature writer on subjects including sports, media, culture and politics.

In 2013, Matthew became the Founder of Matthew Syed Consulting, and began his journey as a revered consultant on high performance. Since its creation, Matthew has worked with an impressive roster of clients, empowering organisations to unlock untapped potential through increased understanding of mindset and high performance. Alongside his consultancy, Matthew has also authored several books exploring his expertise of high performance and mindset, such as the titles Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking and Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success.

Encouraging increased understanding of the intimate connection of mindset and high performance, Matthew is regularly sought as a keynote speaker to help audiences understand what mindsets they must adopt to achieve optimal performance. Driving innovation and helping companies to secure future-proofed environments, Matthew has spoken for well-established companies such as Morrisons, Barclays and Pinsent Masons LLP. Having also delivered the TEDx talk Why You Should Have Your Own Black Box and starred on Steven Bartlett’s The Diary of a CEO podcast on How to Reach Your Full Potential, Matthew is a seasoned speaker whose expertise is held with high authority by professionals worldwide. Whether you are looking to learn how to achieve high performance or change your mindset, hire Matthew Syed today.

Official Testimonials

Matthew Syed is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:

“Matthew Syed has focused our minds on the importance of re-evaluating our approach to development and progress, which has given us an insight and understanding as to how we can better succeed as a business. His time with us was a genuinely enlightening, entertaining and informative experience – Matthew is thought-provoking, challenging, insightful, fun and relevant to the most and the least experienced team member. The fact that ‘Black Box Thinking’ and Matthew Syed anecdotes have become part of the everyday vocabulary of our team is a testament to the impact he has made.”

Pinsent Masons LLP

“It forced me to reflect on how I approach development within my team. I have continued to think on this after the event which I think shows how impactful it was.”

Director, Barclays

“A wonderful speech delivered to 100 senior executives. Matthew’s messages are powerful and thought-provoking – and they have become central to the strategy of our business.”

Norman, HR Director, Morrisons

To enquire about Matthew Syed for your event or corporate function, simply contact us via or call a booking agent on 0203 0070 319.