He left college to pursue a love of art and speaking, and has been “on the road”, full-time since 1995, traveling to every part of the United States as well as to more remote places like China and Australia to share his message.
Ever since his ADD diagnosis, he has been on a personal quest to learn as much as possible about his “disorder”. This journey has completely changed the way he views himself and ADD. Nowhere is the saying “Knowledge is Power” more applicable than when it comes to ADD.
Years of living with and studying ADD have brought Ben to the firm conclusion that ADD impairs a person’s life when that person is trapped in an ADD-unfriendly environment or does not possess the information needed in order to deal with their symptoms. It may be a long time before much changes about the way typical schools operate, or the way a corporation expects their employees to behave, but Ben’s mission is to share what he has discovered and continues to discover daily about ADD.
Apart from helping dispel the myths and misunderstandings surrounding ADD, Ben speaks about overcoming adversity, diversity and creativity.
Finally, as much as he loves being a speaker and performing artist, he loves being a husband and father more. His lives with his wife and two daughters in Indianapolis, Indiana.
- You are Simply Special
This presentation is perfect for student groups. Ben weaves specific issues plaguing today’s youth into stories of his childhood experiences. Common themes include bullying, suicide, academic achievement, drug prevention, teamwork and leadership. His goal is to teach students to approach challenges with a positive attitude and view each struggle as a learning experience. This message details Ben’s personal story of being diagnosed with a learning disability in the 3rd grade. It follows the line of struggles and triumphs that came after his diagnosis and how he learned to overcome those challenges and appreciate himself in the process. While perfect for kids and teens, the presentation can be tailored to any audience and works for all ages.
- The Heart of a Teacher
Diagnosed as Leaning Disabled in third grade, Ben grew up with a lot of anxiety, fear, and self doubt that put him on a dangerous path. It was the dedication and love – the “heart” – of a handful of unique teachers that helped him to get back on track. Ben actually went to college to become a teacher. Though he never made it to the classroom as an educator, it’s been his lifelong passion to encourage and inspire educators. In this presentation, Ben shares his story and explains how teachers made a difference in his life.
- The Heart of Leadership
As a life-long entrepreneur, Ben has learned a great deal about leading teams to achieve a goal. Ben knows first-hand that to be a true leader takes more than being “the boss”. A true leader is someone who inspires others to want to follow. A true leader works hard to understand the people they’re leading. A true leader understands that it’s not about one monumental action, but rather about consistently taking care of the little things that keep your followers engaged, motivated and inspired.
- Heart Matters
Whatever it is you decide to do, you should do it with all your heart. With passion you can create amazing things, offer true value, help others, be happy, productive and successful. Without it, you will have average results, lose focus, motivation, and confidence. This message will inspire and remind the audience that when they pour their heart into what they do, and the people around them, amazing things can be accomplished.
- Understanding the Peaks and Pitfalls of ADD in Real-Life
Ben gives personal insight to the inner-workings of a person’s mind who struggles with ADD/ADHD. He provides the audience a new perspective on this condition and establishes that the most challenging people in a situation can turn out to be the most successful.