Bring Ben Kaplan's Live Presentation to Your Special Event
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Discover why high schools, universities, nonprofit foundations, TRIO programs, religious organizations, educational associations, and Fortune 500 companies have all called upon Ben Kaplan to inform, motivate, entertain, and inspire their audiences. Now bring his powerful message and engaging style to your own special gathering.
Unique to Ben's speaking style is how he connects with the audience: Instead of merely talking at the crowd, Ben creates interactive learning experiences that draw in the audience with a wide range of visual, auditory, and physical cues. Because Ben recognizes that all of us learn using multiple senses, he also includes hands-on exercises, dramatic skits, high-energy dancing, and a unique “call and response” format to help audience members internalize, not memorize, important points. Ben’s background in theatrical comedy makes even “boring” topics fun.
Combining life-changing content with the energy of a sports event, Ben’s high-octane presentation will have attendees up out of their seats, shouting things out, and having a great time making an exciting future happen.
Real World Results
Following each of Ben's presentations, we survey attendees and use this data to continually improve. Over the years, we've asked Ben's audience to what extent they agree (strongly agree, moderately agree, neither agree nor disagree, moderately disagree, or strongly disagree) with the following statements. Here are some notable aggregated results:
- "I have found Ben Kaplan to be an engaging speaker." -- 97% strongly agree, 3% moderately agree
- "I feel that I am better able to afford college." -- 90% strongly agree, 7% moderately agree
- "I feel more confident about the college admissions process." -- 92% strongly agree, 6% moderately agree
- "I learned new strategies that can help me succeed as a student." -- 95% strongly agree, 4% moderately agree
- "I feel more empowered to pursue my future career." -- 91% strongly agree, 6% moderately agree
- "I learned a new personal growth concept that applies to my life." -- 94% strongly agree, 6% moderately agree
- "I really enjoyed Ben's presentation." -- 94% strongly agree, 6% moderately agree
- "I would recommend this presentation to others." -- 98% strongly agree, 2% moderately agree
Awaken Your Educational Dreams: 10 Things I Wish I Knew as a Student
For each student, the future can often come down to a single decision: Allow outside circumstances to dictate your destiny, or boldly blaze your own path of limitless possibilities. Awaken Your Educational Dreams is a special live presentation designed to help students of every age challenge their perceived limits. Topics covered in the presentation include how to optimize your learning habits, be your own best advocate, manage your energy level, maximize campus activities, unleash your creativity, expand your comfort zone, and much more.
College is Awesome: Inspiring Young Kids to be College Bound
In this amazing, fun, and one-of-a-kind presentation, Ben helps young kids discover the wonders of college--motivating them to do their very best in every school project and assignment. Not only does he play a celebrity guessing game with kids (revealing which of their favorite celebrities went to college), but he also makes the connection between the work they do in school today and a future of incredible (and fun) career choices. Ben even demonstrates to kids how they can make their brains bigger.... and gets them laughing, shouting, dancing, and high-fiving about their love of learning. The result is a life-changing presentation for kids between the ages of 5 and 12.
If Paying for College is a Game, These are the Rules
This presentation cuts through the confusing regulations and mind-numbing jargon to provide the inside scoop on maximizing need-based financial aid, searching for and winning merit scholarships, claiming a tuition tax credit, investing in a college savings plan, minimizing student loan debt, and saving on related college expenses (like textbooks, computers, and student travel). Just one warning: After attending Ben's talk, you may have the urge to yell out at the top of your lungs, "Yes, I CAN afford college!"
How to Go to College Almost for Free: Secrets of Winning Scholarship Money
Delivered to hundreds of thousands of families worldwide, this is the presentation that launched it all--and got Ben Kaplan on the Oprah Winfrey Show at the age of 23. With powerful examples and interesting anecdotes, Ben shows you how to develop a scholarship action plan, locate college scholarships in your community and online, bolster key scholarship credentials, construct a compelling personal narrative, and masterfully complete the application paperwork. Ben won two dozen scholarships worth $90,000 and now he shows how you can, too.
What Should I Do? Finding Your Path to Career Fulfillment
In an era where the average worker will pursue five to seven distinct careers over the course of a lifetime, Ben Kaplan shows students how to discover their interests and talents, build upon their strengths, explore potential career options, recognize unexpected career opportunities, and make course corrections along the way. Ben also provides important real world examples of how to build a personal brand, succeed in a job interview, network with key gatekeepers, and use the latest technological tools.
Keynote Address: If Mistakes are Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right!
Perfect for conferences, meetings, and other large gatherings, this presentation shows audience members how making better, smarter, and faster mistakes can improve their efficiency and effectiveness at work, at home, and in everyday life. Instead of stressing out trying to get things perfect the first time, Ben shows practical ways that you and your organization, school, company, or group can use small action steps, agile thinking, and strategic trial and error, to get better results in less time.
How to Get Admitted to Top U.S. Universities (and Find Scholarships for Foreign Students)
This special presentation is designed for international students (and their parents) who wish to attend U.S. colleges and universities. Based on hundreds of interviews, Ben ranks the best (and most generous) destinations for international students and reveals how to get admitted to any U.S. university, including the most prestigious and elite institutions. Ben also demonstrates how global-minded students can have special advantages in the application process... and how these advantages can result in more scholarships and grants. It's an information-rich presentation that makes a big difference for any student who doesn't live in the U.S., but hopes to study there.
Professional Development Workshops and Staff Training
Ben Kaplan has conducted professional development training sessions for guidance counselors, educators, administrators, and other school gatekeepers at both the high school and college levels. Customized to fit each audience, these workshop sessions often include topics such as understanding the college financial aid system, connecting with students using social media, utilizing scholarships as an enrollment management tool, and getting free publicity from broadcast and print media outlets.
"Three Scholarship Stories"
Ben Kaplan tells the amazing stories of three ordinary teens who became scholarship winners. The great thing about Ben's presentation is how he uses real-world stories to motivate, inspire, and connect with his audience.
"The Scholarship Coach Oath"
In this special presentation excerpt, Ben Kaplan gets his audience out of their seats to recite the Scholarship Coach oath.
Ben's standard speaking fee for U.S. locations is $10,000 (plus travel expenses). Travel is usually billed at a flat rate (ranging from $1,000 to $2,000) based on the distance from Portland, Oregon, and specific event scheduling requirements. This travel allowance includes all plane travel, lodging, meals, and transportation (so that there won't be any surprises about additional fees).
Special discounts may be available if a speaking engagement coincides with a previously scheduled trip to the event region or if multiple events are booked simultaneously. Likewise, depending on schedule availability, it may be possible for Ben to conduct two presentations on the same day at the same location (for instance, one presentation to families and another to guidance counselors) without incurring multiple speaking fees.
Ben's speaking fee also includes, at no additional charge, a variety of ready-to-go posters, postcards, and morning announcement templates for use in promoting the event. Upon request, we are also happy to include an optional follow-up program that helps students and parents turn the information they gain into tangible results and action.
Ben Kaplan is available for speaking engagements throughout the year. During periods designated as "reserved speaking tour dates," special discounts may be available in particular geographic regions that Ben is scheduled to visit. Reserved speaking tour dates include:
- June, July, August (2012): Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Peru
- Sept, October (2012): New York, California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Pennsylvania
- November, December (2012), January (2013): Chile, Brazil, Thailand, China, Korea, Japan
To inquire about specific availability on these dates (as well as other dates throughout the year) please fill out inquiry form shown below.
Fill out the form below to request more information about having Ben Kaplan speak at your event. We will respond within 24 hours (and usually within the same business day!).