Benjamin Mathes is a coach, artist, author, listener, and speaker who helps people maximize their creativity. He has delivered keynote addresses and led workshops for schools and organizations across the country, including Citrix, Vistage, Girl Scouts of America, PrimePower Services, WeWork, AdVentures, DePauw University, Auburn University, University of California–Irvine, and many more.
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Keynotes & Workshops
Story: A GueRrilLa Approach to Presentation Skills, Networking and Executive Presence
KEYNOTE • 1 to 3 hours
Developed in one of the most influential underground acting studios in Los Angeles, Benjamin Mathes' approach to presentations, networking, and executive presence has been called “dynamic,” “bleeding edge,” and “a little scary.” In this presentation, he will demystify the art of acting and give you solid foundation to develop, communicate, and maintain your voice, your presence, and your story. From networking, presenting, and inspiring belief in their employees, participants will walk away with a solid process for lessening nerves and heightening effectiveness in their presentations and pitches. Whereas other presentations offer robotic approaches to presenting, Benjamin’s work focuses on identifying individual issues blocking presentation effectiveness, and gives each participant tools that can be applied immediately to tap unrealized potential.
Are You Listening: Listening to Win in Business and Life
KEYNOTE • 1 to 3 hours
Drawing from over five years of Free Listening on the streets, Urban Confessional founder Benjamin Mathes will give you the tools you need to effectively listen in business and life. Straight from the streets, his out-of-the-box approach will challenge you to embrace a new understanding of active listening that will help you more accurately diagnose your customer’s problems and more efficiently meet their needs. At the end of his presentation, you will know the four things that stop you from listening, how to remain hospitable in the face of conflict, and the true meaning of intentional listening.
The Career Matrix: Don’t Just Book the Job, Build the Career
KEYNOTE • 1 to 3 hours• Ideal for theatre students at major universities
Designed as a holistic approach to career administration for actors, this course will give each actor the tools necessary to start, maintain, and continue a career in the entertainment industry. Rooted in artistic principles developed in one of Los Angeles’ most influential acting studios, this workshop will teach you have to have the career you want without losing the life you have. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of an actor’s foundation, relating to the industry, and who to build a path towards a lasting career as an actor.
Free Listening Workshop
WORKSHOP • 3 to 6 hours • 10 to 20 participants • Ideal for students, community small groups, and workplace morale-building
Nothing translates like experience. In this active workshop, Urban Confessional founder Benjamin Mathes will lead your group through the entire Free Listening experience. The workshop begins with a detailed training on listening; Free Listening signs are made, and participants are prepped for the unique experience of listening to strangers on the streets. After the training, participants take to the streets to Free Listen. For up to two hours, participants will offer themselves to their community as Free Listeners. After the Free Listening experience, Benjamin will guide a personal and extensive debrief. During the debrief, participants are challenged to translate the experience into their lives, leaving them with a deeper understanding of their listening abilities, the blocks that prevent them from listening, and how to apply these lessons to their relationships at home, work, or school.
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– Evans Jarnefeldt, Assistant Professor, Chatanooga State University