FAQs

Q: Who are the best audiences for “Go Figure: Making Numbers Count?

A: Over his nearly two decades of sharing with audiences, Matt has brought an interactive, engaging style to all groups, from grade-school children to seniors in their 80s and 90s. They quickly go from being spectators to active participants who accompany him on a journey of mathematical discovery.

Especially relevant audiences are anyone looking to improve their command of math, or who is a teacher and wants to provide an additional voice to reach their students. Although the ideal age range is 10 to 14 years old (5th to 9th grade), Matt has given more than 200 public presentations on numerous topics over his career and effectively connects with the broadest gamut of audiences.

Q: Who has Matt addressed in the past?

A: Starting in the mid-1990s, his first “Go Figure” audiences were primarily elementary and middle school students. Starting in 2001 and for the next decade or so, Go Figure’s focus shifted to training journalists and other professional communicators across the United States, including more than a dozen state and regional newspaper associations.

That era revolved around providing insights on how to approach numbers and statistics more effectively in the story-telling process.

Recently, Go Figure has returned largely to its roots by seeking to illuminate principles of math for youngsters through an educational and entertaining format.

Q: What can people expect from a presentation?

A: Plenty of laughter as well as “a-ha” moments, while Matt tailors the program based on discussions held with the individual(s) responsible for booking his visit.

A session typically will feature a warm-up in which Matt demonstrates his rapid-fire mathematical ability (such as identifying the day of the week for any given date, going back more than a century, in a matter of a few seconds). But the goal isn’t to impress–it’s to impress upon participants the truth that they can apply the same principles to strengthen their confidence and competence in using numbers.

Matt has a genuine joy when it comes to numbers, and shares relevant anecdotes from his life, including his work as a journalist for the likes of Time, Sports Illustrated for Kids, the Chicago Tribune, USA Today and others.

Q: What is the fee for a Go Figure session?

A: The Go Figure fee varies, depending on a host of factors, including length of presentation, location and not-for-profit status. Programs typically start at $250.