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Brian Cuban is making a difference. As we sat packed into a stuffy, too-small room, I watched as the University of Kentucky law students and local lawyers were – for once – not focused on electronics or otherwise distracted. They were spellbound as Brian detailed his journey down the rabbit hole of addictions and other mental health disorders, and then explained his path to recovery and wellbeing. In parts, his journey is somewhat uncomfortable to hear, yet all silently awaited the next turn in the story. Many lawyers will struggle with an addiction, but Brian describes multiple addictions and disorders and how their individual symptoms overlapped to create a potentially life-ending disaster for him. We frequently discuss alcohol and drug addiction within our Lawyer Assistance Programs, and even depression is getting more exposure, but the discussion of co-occurring disorders, and the danger of leaving any one of them untreated is a fresh topic for our listeners. His recovery story is nothing short of amazing. Brian’s discussion is genuine, humble, and filled with the rigorous honesty that only comes from long-term sobriety. He is genuine, accessible, and a conversation-starter. I can’t wait to find an opportunity for him to speak again.
I have had so many students come up to me to say how much they enjoyed your talk. They’ve used words like “real”, “funny”, and “passionate.” I told the Dean that your speech really resonated with the students and was a fantastic kickoff for the wellness week. I would absolutely love to have you back in the future.
“Thank you for coming to Minnesota! One of the best, and most important, CLEs I have attended. Your honesty and courage in sharing your story is undoubtedly helping our profession!”-Rachel Schromen, Managing Attorney/Owner at Schromen Law, LLC
“Brian presented his inspirational story at our annual alumni reunion. The response we received from our clients, alumni and staff was incredibly positive. He is a dynamic speaker who exudes authenticity and vulnerability which allows for an impactful connection with the audience. What a treasure it was to listen to his journey!”
Your presentation was wonderful! You have told your story so many times in various settings; I marveled at how fresh your words sounded yesterday. The ability to communicate with such immediacy is a gift, and you have it. I’ve heard numerous laudatory comments about your presentation, and I’m sure there will be more to come…
Brian understands his unique position as a male within the eating disorders community. He is open about his journey with body image issues, eating disorders, and other co-occurring conditions, and he is tireless in his efforts to engage other men in a deeper understanding about the symptoms and treatment available. BEDA is always proud to work with Brian and, personally, I can recommend him without hesitation. I look forward to working with Brian again soon.
We would definitely recommend Brian as a top-ranked speaker!
Brian Cuban spoke to nearly 2,000 at risk students at Speak to Me, Inc.’s Steps Against Bullying™ Interactive Health and Anti-Bullying Campaign Rally and his talk was so inspiring to both the children and adults alike! Brian was able to channel the essence of a child’s mind and provide the advice of a responsible adult. The message that “it’s okay to love who you are”…was the greatest take away and those 2,000 students, youth and adults will never forget it! We would love to have Mr. Cuban back again for this event and many other events to come. He is truly an inspiration and his story has so much to offer to nearly any audience.
Although Brian was the final speaker in a 7 hour program called Funky Credit Day for the San Mateo County Bar Association, he immediately captured the audience’s attention! All the whispering stopped. He knows how to use his voice to engage the audience. He spoke with confidence about his story. He took us back to his early years of attending law school and passing the bar. He was addicted to booze and blow and suffered from depression and bulimia. He talked honestly about addiction, the professional stigma of admitting there is a problem, his road to recovery, and ways to get help. Meanwhile, the audience didn’t move, they waited until Brian took questions, which he graciously answered. Afterwards, I noticed members waiting in line to talk with him. Brian was amazing, it was a Friday night and they’d already sat through 6 hours of seminars! My members commented that listening to Brian was both healing and hopeful. Brian was easy to work with, he arrived early and ended on time. I would definitely ask Brian to speak again!
You have a gift for telling your story in a way that resonates with people of all ages and life experiences and you made what is typically an unapproachable topic accessible and enlightening. In addition to being a fantastic motivational speaker with a great sense of humor, you generously shared your time and wisdom with the students before and after the event.