In 2018 Ben also created the RIPL message, which focuses on building positive relationships in schools and helping to prevent violence.
Learn more at https://www.ripltraining.org/
Ben is a national keynote speaker that speaks to tens of thousands of students and educators each year. Ben's topics focus on the subjects of: positive relationships, school culture,
anti-bullying, violence prevention, and finding your own voice. Using personal stories filled with practical advice, and animated delivery, Ben captivates audiences and leaves people inspired and uplifted with hope.
Building positive relationships is an essential and a core skill everyone should develop. With a focused approach on how to build positive relationships built on trust, understanding, and care.
Positive school cultures provide a safe, supportive, encouraging, inviting, and challenging environment for students and staff, which in turn allows students' academic achievement to evolve.
When students feel threatened or harassed by a bully or bullies at school their safety and security become a large concern. Often times effecting their academic performance, and development.
Finding your voice is more than just being willing to speak up in uncomfortable situations – it can open doors for you to embrace your unique difference, empower yourself and others.
Ever go to a presentation and get your socks knocked off? After all these years it's always a pleasant surprise when I see a presenter that impresses me a lot!
Recently I witnessed Ben and what he can does to inspires a room and hold EVERY audience member transfixed! His sincerity and passion are intoxicating.
If you get a chance to hear him or his message, buy the ticket and get in the front row!
Thank you again for your time yesterday! Today in my 3rd-grade assembly, we addressed the bullying question and moved forward with acts of kindness, give respect to get respect, and the Boomerang Kindness video. We received a message from a 1st-grade parent last night. Here is what her son said: "Mom we had a guy come talk and I LOVED him. Mom your special." He then proceeded to give her a hug! Winning!
Thanks Ben for sharing such an important message today with our Underwood students. It was well received, the students were very attentive, and Ben's ability and skill to keep them focused and excited is truly a gift. Again, thanks for the program today. My hope is that the message was taken to heart and mind, that students think about their actions, and besides helping themselves also help others.
Hi, Ben Rudrud was recently in Baudette Mn presenting to elementary as well as secondary students. I am a paraprofessional and was in his elementary presentation with a student, with autism, high functioning, ostracized, victimized, some days traumatized by situations/students/sensory overloads. Ben held his attention, had him participating, and smiling. It was a very energetic experience that allowed my student to express himself and share things with me that otherwise would have had no way to unfold the way they did. Thank you for that. I find myself reaching out to the students that struggled through the exit line at the end. The ones that really stood out I rework my routes through the building so I meet them in passing so I can see their face and read their unspoken communications and quietly say their name and a quiet greeting. They need to know somebody knows they are in the building. Thank you for reminding me to do this. I was also in the crowd with a high school student, very different special needs. Again student stayed in attendance, was engaged, and a part of the whole experience. That doesn't happen often. I am sure many parts of the presentation hit "home". You give these students a presence they don't always feel. Thank you for giving them back a part of themselves. Thank you both for this program, the energy it is presented with, and the sincere way it is shared. Bless you both and we wish you safe travel and much success as you continue to help our youth remember they have a reason for being. Thank you and God bless.
Hi Ben-I wanted to take a moment and thank you for your presentation at Marshall County Central! I will go straight to my "eye opener" moment. Seeing so many (too many) 5-8th grade boys and girls in tears at the end of your presentation, blew me away. For an adolescent to be moved to tears in front of their peers is powerful, and I thank you for that eye opener! I think of the great Jim Valvano's speech about what a day should look like; "if you are able to think, if you are able to laugh and if you are moved to tears, you have had one heck of a day!" I have had two days in a row like that after your presentation. Again, thank you for the tools you have opened us to and for your passion!
Today you presented at our school. As you spoke I could see the words you were saying, touching our students hearts. The reality of the hardships they face were coming out of your mouth and so many were nodding their heads and acknowledging what you were saying to be true. When you had the faculty come down, at first I panicked because I wasn’t sure what to expect. Watching them raise their hands as you spoke to them about needing someone to trust melted my heart. As the students lined up for us to acknowledge them, I could see in many of their eyes that they had been crying or what you said really hit home. Afterwards, the students said this was the best presentation that we have had. I could hear them talking about it in the hallway.
From my point of view, this was a very necessary and important training, I look forward to the faculty one coming up. We do love these kids and many are going through so many hardships that we don’t even know about. Making sure we are available when they need someone is so important, relationships matter!
Thank you for reminding us that kindness is the best gift of all!