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Matt Pond

Brain Cancer Survivor & Motivational Speaker

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Matt Pond Biography

Matt was born the 13th of 14 children on a small farm in Ucon, Idaho. He grew up in a musical family where the children and parents often performed together. Matt attended Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho for one year then served a mission in Dublin, Ireland for his church. Upon his return, he resumed his education and musical performances with the college’s “Showtime Company” for a second year. After completing his associates’ degree, Matt built cabins and started a dinner theater with his two older brothers at the 7N Ranch in Ririe, Idaho. They produced a few CDs under the title of “The Pond Brothers” and enjoyed performing together for about five years.

In their last year of performing Matt got married; soon after he and his wife moved to Massachusetts, where he managed the local branch of a vinyl shutter business for about four years. He was still performing, now as a solo act. He added bull-whip and lasso tricks to his show and, more importantly, added a son to their family. Shortly after his birth, they returned to Idaho. Matt continued with the shutter business and worked a variety of other jobs as he attended Boise State. They were delighted when two more sons joined the family.

In January of 2006, Matt began having a series of unusual episodes while playing basketball. Several months later, scans revealed brain cancer in his temporal lobe. Matt was just 35 years old and finishing up his final year of school. That was put on hold to battle cancer for the next four years. During that first year after his diagnosis, Matt and his wife divorced and the battle expanded from fighting just to stay alive to also fighting for time with his beloved boys, who were his reason for wanting to live. His parents and siblings were a great help with court proceedings, cancer treatments, and so many other things to help Matt get back on his feet and moving forward again.

After radiation, eight types of chemotherapy, and three surgeries, Matt was given a clean bill of health and is cancer-free. However, the effects of cancer are still part of daily life. During treatment, he had lost the ability to read and write and the use of his right side. Matt has pressed forward with great determination and hope. He developed a unique method of playing his acoustic guitar with one hand. He learned to read and write again and completed a bachelors’ degree at BYU-Idaho in 2013. Matt remarried in 2012 and with the woman he always calls his “sweet wife,” welcomed another son in 2013 and a little girl in 2015. Matt now uses his music and his experience to inspire others with the message that we all have challenges in life, but it is how we come out on the other side that matters.

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  • How do I book Matt Pond to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Matt Pond for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Matt Pond, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Matt Pond or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Matt Pond

    Speaking fees for Matt Pond, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Matt Pond are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Matt Pond, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Matt Pond speak about?

    Matt Pond is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Cancer Speakers, Health and Wellness, Inspirational Speakers, Motivation, Personal Growth.
  • Where does Matt Pond travel from?

    Matt Pond generally travels from Ucon, ID, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Matt Pond’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Matt Pond for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Matt Pond for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Matt Pond or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Brain Cancer Survivor & Motivational Speaker

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Matt Pond Biography

Matt was born the 13th of 14 children on a small farm in Ucon, Idaho. He grew up in a musical family where the children and parents often performed together. Matt attended Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho for one year then served a mission in Dublin, Ireland for his church. Upon his return, he resumed his education and musical performances with the college’s “Showtime Company” for a second year. After completing his associates’ degree, Matt built cabins and started a dinner theater with his two older brothers at the 7N Ranch in Ririe, Idaho. They produced a few CDs under the title of “The Pond Brothers” and enjoyed performing together for about five years.

In their last year of performing Matt got married; soon after he and his wife moved to Massachusetts, where he managed the local branch of a vinyl shutter business for about four years. He was still performing, now as a solo act. He added bull-whip and lasso tricks to his show and, more importantly, added a son to their family. Shortly after his birth, they returned to Idaho. Matt continued with the shutter business and worked a variety of other jobs as he attended Boise State. They were delighted when two more sons joined the family.

In January of 2006, Matt began having a series of unusual episodes while playing basketball. Several months later, scans revealed brain cancer in his temporal lobe. Matt was just 35 years old and finishing up his final year of school. That was put on hold to battle cancer for the next four years. During that first year after his diagnosis, Matt and his wife divorced and the battle expanded from fighting just to stay alive to also fighting for time with his beloved boys, who were his reason for wanting to live. His parents and siblings were a great help with court proceedings, cancer treatments, and so many other things to help Matt get back on his feet and moving forward again.

After radiation, eight types of chemotherapy, and three surgeries, Matt was given a clean bill of health and is cancer-free. However, the effects of cancer are still part of daily life. During treatment, he had lost the ability to read and write and the use of his right side. Matt has pressed forward with great determination and hope. He developed a unique method of playing his acoustic guitar with one hand. He learned to read and write again and completed a bachelors’ degree at BYU-Idaho in 2013. Matt remarried in 2012 and with the woman he always calls his “sweet wife,” welcomed another son in 2013 and a little girl in 2015. Matt now uses his music and his experience to inspire others with the message that we all have challenges in life, but it is how we come out on the other side that matters.

Matt Pond Videos

  • What Can I Do with My New Normal? | Patient Stories
  • What Can I Do With What I Have | Matt Pond | TEDxRexburg
    Matt has been a performer his whole life and, after brain cancer left the right side of his body paralyzed, he has learned to play the guitar...

FAQs on booking Matt Pond

  • How do I book Matt Pond to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Matt Pond for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Matt Pond, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Matt Pond or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Matt Pond

    Speaking fees for Matt Pond, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Matt Pond are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Matt Pond, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Matt Pond speak about?

    Matt Pond is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Cancer Speakers, Health and Wellness, Inspirational Speakers, Motivation, Personal Growth.
  • Where does Matt Pond travel from?

    Matt Pond generally travels from Ucon, ID, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Matt Pond’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Matt Pond for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Matt Pond for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Matt Pond or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Matt Pond is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Matt Pond for your event is available upon request. Matt Pond generally travels from Ucon, ID, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jason Tharp, Don Yaeger, Scott Hamilton, Maggie Kudirka and Don Armstrong. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Matt Pond for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Matt Pond Speaker Videos

  • What Can I Do with My New Normal? | Patient Stories
    What Can I Do With What I Have | Matt Pond | TEDxRexburg
    Matt has been a performer his whole life and, after brain cancer left the right side of his body paralyzed, he has learned to play the guitar with ...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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