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Matt Hall

Matt Hall is a unique story of an ordinary man doing extraordinary things.

A retired Wing Commander Fighter Pilot in RAAF, he is a combat veteran of Iraq, with USAF medals for heroism under fire in his F-15E, supporting troops on the ground. 

Matt Hall is a unique story of an ordinary man doing extraordinary things. 

A retired Wing Commander Fighter Pilot in RAAF, he is a combat veteran of Iraq, with USAF medals for heroism under fire in his F-15E, supporting troops on the ground. 

Matt is a highly credentialed and skilled fighter pilot – he was once the RAAF’s Fighter Pilot of the Year - 

with nearly 2000 F/A-18 Hornet hours, over 500 hours in the F-15E Strike Eagle, including combat, who 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...”. 

He 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 is an experienced speaker who specialises on his 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 able to convey his story of humble beginnings, but setting unimaginable goals then pushing himself hard to exceed them. A highly self-disciplined individual, Matt is respected for his ability to communicate with people at all levels and is greatly admired for his focus under pressure and leadership qualities. He is an outstanding motivator and is a popular public speaker, mentor and role model.

Matt Hall is a fantastic story of a very proud Aussie who always looks forward and now says, “...I can and I will...”. 

Matt travels from Sydney

 

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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”.

 

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.

 

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.

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 be)er 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.

 

 

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