- After falling from his surfboard onto a coral reef, Ben Cryan overcame all adversity to survive 35 operations
- Has featured on Channel 7’s Sunday Night, The Herald Sun newspaper, Australian Surfing Life magazine, and various radio stations
- Runner up representing Australia at the World Adaptive Surfing Games
- Successfully delivered a lead role in a $4.5B engineering project
- Maintaining a positive attitude through adversity
- Challenging your ability
- Never ever give up on anything in life
- Living the moment – never taking anything for granted
- Dealing with change
- The importance of family and friends
Ben delivered a fantastic account of his inspiring story at our recent global advertising conference. Following an intense day focused on our industry and business, having Ben deliver his uplifting account of what the human spirit can overcome left the team inspired and motivated to confront our own challenges and opportunities, however simple in comparison. Ben also delivers his account in an authentic, laid-back style with a dose of humour that ensures the audience immediately warm to him on a personal level. I would highly recommend Ben for similar events.
Chris Nardi, Global Advertising Director, Financial Times
I have heard a number of Motivational Speakers over the years and Ben stands out as by far the most inspiring, natural speakers I have had the opportunity to hear. Ben deserves high recognition as he is a charming, engaging speaker who from start to finish holds your attention. His story is one of strength, determination and seemingly pure stubbornness in the face of adversity and he delivers it in such a powerful, emotional way, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.
Jaclyn Woodward, Associate Director, Elite Cairns Rentals
Ben's story is one that makes you think. Think about the power of the mind, the body, and the human spirit. But, it also makes you thankful that we live in a world where people spend their lives helping heal, comfort, and saving each other. Ben talks about a harrowing experience that reminds you of the power of you, and the care and passion of those around us. I wholeheartedly recommend Ben's story as one you want to hear, and one you want to take something from. Each of us took something from what Ben gave us, you will too.
Iain Twine, CEO, Edelman South East Asia and Australasia
Seeing Ben’s struggle and recovery has reminded me what a real battle is and I have witnessed true endurance and stamina in his recovery. It made me feel so proud to watch him stand in front of a group of people and own the room, telling his story and every detail of what it takes to overcome everything that is put in your way. He left everyone thinking hard about what is important and what really matters in life. He is a role model to anyone who thinks its not possible. Ben’s endurance is something I could only aspire to have.
Marnie Darren, Head of Luxury Arts, TBWA