Ben Crosby PhD

Ben Crosby is a professor of rhetoric and a communication skills consultant. He teaches courses in public speaking and presenting, argumentation and debate, technical and professional communication, persuasion and selling, and the history of rhetoric.

His work is regularly published in his field’s top academic journals and conferences. He is also the author of Presentations as Performance: A Professional’s Guide to Better Speaking.

Ben’s areas of expertise are Public Speaking, Presentation Skills, Argumentation, Sales Training, and Professional Writing.

In his free time, he spends time with his wife, Rebecca, their four kids, and their cat, Arza. He is an avid Utah Jazz fan. 

Brigham Young University

Associate Professor of Rhetoric

June 2018 – Present

Iowa State University

Associate Professor of Rhetoric

July 2009 – May 2013

Tero International

Communication & Sales Trainer

August 2017 – June 2019


presentations as performance: a professional's guide to better speaking. new forums press: stillwater, ok, 2019

"invention in public speaking textbooks and classrooms" (with matt mcgarrity). rhetoric society quarterly 42.4 pp. 164-186

"Towards a twenty first century pedagogy of delivery." journal of communication pedagogy. under review


 Invited interview (Radio): "Martin Luther King: The dimensions of a complete life," with amy slagell of khoi public radio. ames, ia. 22 january 2013

invited interview (radio): iowa public radio: (river to river (2x)

invited interview (radio): i heart radio (2x)

invited interview (periodical): harvard business review

invited interview (newspaper): singapore straight times

invited interview (newspaper): correio braziliense (major brazilian paper)

invited interview (newspaper): ames tribune


Presentations as Performance

A Professional’s Guide to Better Speaking