For more than a decade, Dr. Matt Townsend has been energizing and involving audiences with his unique approach to building and maintaining successful relationships. Known as one of America’s top presenters in the field of Human Relations and Development, Matt blends humor and storytelling with interactive, real-life solutions that inspire motivation and immediate results in his audiences.
Having dedicated his life to the study of communication and interpersonal relationships, Matt has worked extensively in the areas of results-oriented communication, conflict resolution and time management training. As a lead presenter for industry leader, Franklin Covey, Matt worked with the Family & Special Market Division and created the company’s largest train-the-trainer program, certifying more than 900 trainers to teach his customized time management curriculum.
Since working at Franklin Covey, Matt founded the Townsend Relationship Center and its affiliate firms, Capacity Consulting and Townsend Relationship Center. Through these entities, Matt has shared his expertise with relationships, communication and conflict resolution with thousands of clients ranging from individual married couples to large corporations such as CNN, Cox Communications, and Lockheed Martin.
Other past clients include: American Express, Discovery Toys, Dupont, Freddie Mac, General Mills, Hewlett Packard, Honda, IBM, Intel, I-Village.com, Kinko’s, Kroger’s, Lockheed Martin, Minute Maid, Nation’s Bank, Nike, Panasonic, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, UPS, the US Army, the US Navy, Mountain American Credit Union, Deseret Power and America First Credit Union.
“The Matt Townsend Show” is broadcast weekday mornings on byuradio.org & Sirius XM 143 and is a weekly contributor to KSL TV’s show “Studio 5 with Brooke Walker”. Matt’s book “Starved Stuff: The 7 Basic Needs of Healthy Relationships” is a popular pick among those searching for better relationship skills.
Dr. Matt earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication, a second master’s degree in Human Development, and a doctoral degree (PhD) in Human Development.
In addition to his professional work, Matt actively dedicates his time as a volunteer guest speaker and is active in his church and community. He enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his wife Mardi, of 27 years, and their six children (5 boys and 1 girl), 1 son-in-law, one granddaughter and two more twin grandbabies on their way this summer.