Red Bull Air Race Pilot, Risk Management Expert & Motivator
Matt Hall knows there's no such thing as "you can't..."
A retired, decorated RAAF combat fighter pilot, he was the first Australian ever to compete in the Red Bull Air Race World Championships and the first rookie in history to end his debut season on the podium.
An experienced speaker, Matt talks about his own core strengths of goal setting (short, medium and long term), risk management (in all areas of life from getting shot at to career changing decisions), and prioritisation (time management). He is an outstanding motivator, a popular public speaker, mentor and role model.
About Matt Hall
Matt Hall is a combat veteran of Iraq, with USAF medals for heroism under fire in his F-15E, supporting troops on the ground.
A highly credentialed and skilled fighter pilot - he was once the RAAF's Fighter Pilot of the Year - Matt did nearly 2000 F/A-18 Hornet hours, over 500 hours in the F-15E Strike Eagle, including combat, and he ranked at the top of his class in every military flying course he ever undertook.
In 2009, following a decorated career as a RAAF combat fighter pilot, Australia's very own top gun became the first Australian ever to compete in the Red Bull Air Race World Championships, the fastest and most exciting sport on the planet.
Matt finished the season third overall to become the first rookie in history to end his debut season on the podium. Not bad for a normal kid growing up on a NSW central coast farm being told "...you can't..."
Matt Hall has since won four rounds of the Red Bull Air Race World Championships and finished runner-up in the world title standings twice. In 2017 he will strive to become Australia's first ever air race world champion.
Matt conveys his story of humble beginnings, but setting unimaginable goals then pushing himself hard to exceed them. A highly self-disciplined individual, he is respected for his ability to communicate with people at all levels and is greatly admired for his focus under pressure and leadership qualities.
Matt Hall is a fantastic story of a very proud Aussie who always looks forward and now says, "I can and I will..." He is also a loving husband and family man.
Matt Hall speaks about:
Dreams - It is Matt's belief that people have forgotten how to Dream BIG. It nearly happened to him. He grew up believing he was going to be a pilot, though the closer he came to leaving school, the more he was steered toward a 'normal' career. It was through a chance meeting with an old Spitfire pilot, that some words were said that changed the way Matt viewed the world...and still does. Matt shares this story on "potential not used is wasted forever".
Goals - Matt fully realises that big dreams are daunting, and easily dismissed. He has had many large Dreams... becoming a pilot as a teenager, becoming a fighter pilot, flying the F-15E, becoming an Air Race Pilot. All of these were achieved against unbelievable odds, and Matt did it with his "small stepping stones", or goals. Matt uses his story to show how the impossible becomes reality one step at a time.
Team Building - Matt has managed teams from Fighter Squadrons to an International Race Team, and fully appreciates the importance of a good team. He was milliseconds away from catastrophe a number of times in his career, and it generally came down to him and his team fighting for survival...surviving a hostile environment can only be done with great support.
Risk Management - Think there's risk in your job? Well there is. Think there's risk in your day to day, everyday life? Well there definitely is. Matt has operated in risky situations most of his life but he has developed a mindset and skillset to mitigate the risk and know when too much risk is enough. It's a fine line between managed risk for reward and risk that is destined to fail. Let him apply his risk mitigation methods to your business and staff practices.
Rebounding from Adversity - Matt has lost many friends in aviation accidents, has been shot at in Combat, nearly crashed an aircraft while racing, and had numerous close calls... and he keeps coming back better and stronger each time. You'll figure it out when you listen to the way he looks at life... run with risk, always have an out, learn from all errors and keep looking forward.
Matt Hall spoke recently at our annual conference, his presentation was both enthralling and inspiring. His story of courage and perseverance captured the interest of our attendees and in fact caused many to comment on how valuable his speech was. Matt spoke with such intensity and passion, he drew the audience in and painted a vivid picture of his experiences. His determination throughout his career, although unique in its character, is something that we can all aspire to.