Matthew E. May

Matthew is a 5-time award winning, best-selling author on innovative thinking.  His latest, Winning the Brain Game: Fixing the 7 Fatal Flows of Thinking.

Intuit CEO Brad Smith summed it up best when he stated, “this book should be a must-read for any innovator, business leader or problem solver”.  His work has appeared in The New York Times, Fast Company, Strategy+Business, The Rotman Magazine, and Harvard Review blogs.  Matthew also specializes in innovative program design, facilitation, and training, as well as in coaching senior executives one-on-one.

Matthew is a highly sought-after innovation, strategy, and design media commentator.  He regularly appears on television shows including MSNBC, Business Rockstars, and SmallBiz Academy to comment on innovation issues, and he is frequently profiled in major media outlets such as Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur Magazine, and Financial Times.  He is featured in numerous podcasts and webinars for audiences around the world.  Matthew also frequently blogs posting new, popular-culture relevant content.

Matthew blends his frontline experience w/ research from his books in order to deliver useful concepts w/ immediate application.  He aims to achieve four goals in every speaking presentation, (1) inspire new thinking, (2) share a unique perspective, (3) tell compelling stories, and (4) deliver practical takeaways.  He is industry-agnostic, and works and speaks to companies of all types and sizes, all over the world.

About his Keynote Speeches

Winning the Brain Game

This provocative and highly interactive keynote speech is based my latest book Winning the Brain Game. Participants will engage in the same simple thought challenges given to over 100K people during a 10-year period, revealing seven mental glitches that stymie our best thinking.

The Magic of Subtraction

This keynote draws upon my book The Laws of Subtraction. I outline six simple rules for standing out and staying relevant in a massively distracting world, built on a single yet powerful idea: When you remove just the right things in just the right way, something good happens.

Designing Elegant Solutions

This popular speech is based on my two first books, The Elegant Solution and In Pursuit of Elegance. Drawing on my years with Toyota, I deliver the key elements to creating and developing ideas and solutions that achieve the maximum effect with the minimum means.


“Matt did a great job of connecting with the audience; he was extremely credible and knew his material. The feedback we received has been overwhelmingly positive, and would be interested in future presentations.” – Microsoft

“We were so honored that Matt came to speak to our Council on Development, Education and Learning this week. He delivered an excellent presentation on Innovation. We especially appreciated his candor and the open discussion between him and the members. I just wish we had had more time!” – The Conference Board

“Matt gave an outstanding presentation. Everyone raved about it and felt it very motivating. We will be recommending him to other groups in the company!” – Pfizer