Ben’s speaking engagements began spontaneously after his short-lived collegiate career when he was presented with the opportunity to tell his story at small church camps and conferences. He has since expanded his outreach by working with students, teachers, and speaking at corporate events. Ben is the published author of seven books and the founder of the Chalkguy LEGO drive.
When he isn’t working, Ben enjoys fishing, boxing, and spending time with his wife and two daughters. He credits his daughters for helping him overcome his fear of speaking to elementary age children.
- 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.