Matthew Syed

Best-selling and award winning author, former England number one table tennis player and Beckham's ghostwriter.

Matthew Syed is a best-selling author including "Bounce" and "Black Box Thinking" and also Beckham's ghostwriter. He is also a former England number one table tennis player dominating the sport for more than ten years. Through his presentations he challenges organisations to avoid becoming institutionalised and to be open to change.

Videos of Matthew Syed

Matthew Syed speaker, talks about "Why you should have your own black box" | TEDxLondonBusinessSchool 2016
Matthew Syed speaker, talks about "Black Box Thinking" | London Business Forum 2017

Speaker Profile

About Matthew Syed

Matthew Syed is a sports journalist, feature writer and best-selling author of business publications including "Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice" and his latest book "Black Box Thinking".

He is a former England number one table tennis player dominating the British game for more than ten years. He represented his country at two Olympic Games and is a three times Commonwealth Champion. Matthew is a columnist for The Times and regularly appears on Sky, CNN and the BBC.

As a speaker, he presents to pioneering organisations around the globe including events at Harvard University, for the British Navy, Police chief constables, medical Royal Colleges, British Army, Goldman Sachs and Arsenal FC. Through his presentations, Matthew challenges organisations to avoid becoming institutionalised and to be open to change.

He is a member of the FA's High Performance Committee and co-founder of a sport charity.

Speaking Topics

  • Personal Development
  • Change management and corporate culture


"An outstanding speech that transformed the perspective of coaches and players alike. Our young players have been talking about it ever since." - Steve Bould, Arsenal FC

"A wonderful speech delivered to 1000 senior executives. Matthew’s messages are powerful and thought-provoking – and they have become central to the strategy of our business." - Norman Pickavance, HR Director, Morrisons

"Matthew Syed is a fabulous speaker with superb ideas. He challenges and inspires in equal measure." - Michael Sherwood, Chief Executive, Goldman Sachs International

"Very good speaker – provocative and articulate.  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." - Hana Searson, Director, Barclays

"Always interesting and insightful; often provocative; never dull.  One of the most impactful speakers I have ever encountered." - Julian Thomas, Master, Wellington College

"The best speech of its kind I have ever heard. It inspired, entertained and informed in equal measure." - David Richardson, The Atlantic Group

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