David Ben’s presentations are modular by design. The components — problem-solving, creativity, innovation, performance, and mentorship — have been developed over the past 40 years, built from Ben’s own career as a writer, performer, producer, and consultant. Every keynote, presented under the umbrella title “Advantage Play”, is developed in consultation with the client and features a blend of components to ensure that each client’s meeting objectives are met.
Even though each presentation is a blend of components, Ben always addresses the overarching themes.
Ben struck the word “impossible” from his vocabulary. As a world-renowned magician, he has to make problems disappear. Problem solving, Ben believes, is everyone’s core business. Unfortunately, few people have been taught how to solve problems in an effective and efficient manner. Ben demystifies the problem-solving process by taking his audience behind the scenes of the world of magic as he reveals tricks of the trade — and the methodology magicians use to perform the impossible.
Every activity is a sales opportunity. Whether people work in the field or behind the desk, success depends on how well they use and sell those skills, products or services that they provide. Again using magic as a metaphor, Ben distils this process into clear and simple terms, providing a strategy that truly maximizes success. His common sense approach ensures that clients and customers each receive exactly what they need, and when they need it.
Ben also demonstrates the true meaning of being proactive. As a magician, he has to make miracles happen. By performing magic and then explaining how the magic is created, his audience learns how to distinguish between real risk and perceived risk—and most importantly, that success is really the cumulative effect of many apparently inconsequential details, something most people take for granted.
Lastly, Ben reveals, based on his own extensive experience being a protégé and a mentor, the power of mentorship. He teaches how to find one, or how to be one, so that expertise can grow, for both individuals and organizations, exponentially.
Whatever the blend of components, his presentations are always as entertaining as they are enlightening. And Ben, should time permit or be allotted, is always open to answering questions from the audience.
His goal is to empower each participant with the will, and a way, to become a proven performer. It is a unique approach to learning a few new tricks for the trade presented by a unique individual.