“You don’t have to change who you are, you just have to change how you do it.” I want to motivate you, and those around you who aren’t satisfied with life at present, to change what it is you’re doing. Start with one thing, and when that becomes the norm, change another thing, until you’re just where you want to be. I’ll share what I did, and the choices I had to make which seemed difficult at the time, to reach a sense of happiness, success and peace in life. – Matt
Inspire your students, staff, membership or congregation with a visit by Matt Budzak. Topics can be selected from the presentations detailed below.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange speaking at your next online or in-person assembly, meeting, retreat or gathering. Rates vary from a minimum of $100 for one hour online and local venues, to higher per diem costs for greater time, distance and budgets. Checks can also be sent payable to Matt Budzak, 1527 Vista Dr, Puyallup WA 98372, or use Facebook Pay, Apple Pay to 253-320-8673, or CashApp to $MattBudzak, thanks!
Now Available – Matt’s Inspirational Life Story
From the moment his parents adopted him, through over 100 surgeries including amputation of his legs, to a challenging school life and losing his way as a young adult, Matt’s story of recovery and success is a lesson for youth, and an inspiration to adults who struggle to thrive through challenges of life. Matt previewd this topic as a pilot presentation during his January 27th Any Question online gathering.
Now Available – From Addiction To Recovery & Mental Health
The moment he graduated from high school, Matt felt lost and spent the next couple of years without goals … until turning 21 got him out on the town. Depression and anxiety was medicated by alcohol and socializing in bars … until the toll on his health became too great and Matt started sharing his story. Matt previewed this speaking topic during his February 24th Any Question online gathering.
Now Available – Neighborhood Issues Affecting Us
Matt previewed this speaking topic during his March 24, 2022 Any Question online gathering. Matt’s hometown of Puyallup, Washington is like a microcosm of Middle America – a third left, a third right, and a third in the middle – with both touching and disheartening posts shared daily on Nextdoor.com and local Facebook groups.
Now Available – Thriving Through the Elementary School Years
Invite Matt into your next assembly, staff meeting or classroom to show students and colleagues how to make the elementary school years wonderful. Matt previewed this topic at a local school in April of 2022, sharing tips his elementary teachers learned to make his school experience wonderful for him and other children with physical disabilities and learning disabilities … until Junior High changed all that.
Available in November 2022 – Being Single with/out Kids & Family
Join Matt for a preview of this speaking topic during his November 24th Any Question thanksgiving gathering online. People like Squirmy & Grubbs inspired Matt to launch his own YouTube channel, but dreams of relationships like that happen only rarely. The key to surviving disappointment? Being glad a miracle at least happened to someone out there, and in the meantime, getting together with those who understand where we’re at.
Available in December 2022 – Surviving the Holidays and Thriving in the New Year
Join Matt for a preview of this speaking topic during his Deceber 22nd Any Question online gathering. Whether you love talking about your religion, or world religions, or really dread those conversations along with the holidays, it can be entertaining if not inspiring to hear where other people are coming from. Without judgement for other beliefs, we might even find a path of our own that helps us live a better life in the New Year.
Available in January 2023 – Bullying, Peer Pressure & Learning Disabilities
Join Matt for a preview of this speaking topic during his October 26th Any Question online gathering. Matt had a hard time in school due to learning disabilities that sidelined him into special ed classes, and that may have exacerbated the bullying and difficulty relating to kids his own age. This topic is excellent for teachers and students who deal with social and educational issues that make being in school a challenge.
Available in February 2023 – Animals Who Saved Us
Join Matt for a preview of this speaking topic during his January 25, 2023 Any Question online gathering, and invite Matt and his dog Max to your next assembly, meeting, retreat or gathering. Matt knew he needed a pet to make it through his early recovery – which coincided with the start of the pandemic – and Max came to his rescue. Invite Matt to share their story and hear tales of how your students, staff or members bonded with pets, saving them during difficult moments.
Available in March 2023 – Getting Healthy Outdoors
Join Matt for a preview of this speaking topic during his monthly Accessible Northwest Natural History Hikes he started in April 2022, with slideshow during his February 23, 2023 Any Question online gathering. Matt is leading these monthly nature hikes along accessible trails in Western Washington in association with the Conservation College, and he would love to share with your group how outdoor life improves mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.
Available in October 2023 – Finding Unity in Divisive Times
Join Matt for a preview of this speaking topic during his October 25, 2023 Any Question online gathering. They say you should avoid talking about politics and religion, but maybe that means we never learned to listen and respectfully express ideas to one another. In this topic, Matt suggests identifying at the start of a discussion whether a topic is about values and beliefs, or if facts can be investigated together to find a third answer neither party had considered.
Available in November 2023 – Are You Really Any Different?
Join Matt for a preview of this speaking topic during his November 29, 2023 Any Question online gathering, and invite Matt to your next assembly, meeting, retreat or gathering to inspire people who appear or feel “different” to live as free as anyone else. Examples include adopted children and people who look and live differently from us.
Available in December 2023 – Accessible Travel, Getting Out & Having Fun
Join Matt for a preview of this speaking topic during his December 27, 2023 Any Question online gathering for anyone who loves to travel, tell a story, joke around and generally have fun. It’s a topic about becoming truly happy by overcoming setbacks and setting achievable goals, one after another.
Available in January 2024 – Hobbies That Bring Us Joy, Music That Gets Us Through & Inspiring Heroes of TV, Video Games and the Movies
Join Matt for a preview of this speaking topic during his January 31, 2024 Any Question online gathering. This is another topic Matt loves to facilitate, inviting artists, crafters, collectors, woodworkers, musicians and other creative people to share their hobbies. Matt has hobbies that helped him through times of boredom and feeling lost, as well as in moments of connection to friends and family. Music appreciation isn’t just for easy college credit – it’s key to getting through tough times and fundamental to celebrating successes in life. Youth an adults of every generation have their heroes and celebrities who inspire us to achieve success, and who have faults we can identify with. Video games, movies and favorite TV shows kept me going when I was homebound and in the hospital, and if used in moderation, can work wonders in resolving grief.
Available in February 2024 – Manifesting Your Dreams
Join Matt for a preview of this speaking topic during his February 28, 2024 Any Question online gathering, and invite Matt to your next assembly, meeting, retreat or gathering to inspire students, colleagues, membership and friends to dream big, believe in themselves, commit to working one day at a time toward their goals, and finding happiness and success. As he says, you don’t have to change who you are, you just have to change how you do it.