About Bo Bennett

Business.

Robert "Bo" Bennett started "Adgrafix", a graphic design firm, right after graduating Bryant University in 1994, with a bachelor's degree in marketing. In 1995, he sold the graphic design business but kept the name "Adgrafix" that he used for his new web hosting company. As a self-taught programmer, Bo created one of the first (perhaps the first) web-based affiliate systems and web-based web hosting interfaces. He built Adgrafix to a 5 million dollar a year business, then sold it to Allegiance Telecom in 2001.

A day after he sold Adgrafix, Bo started Archieboy Holdings, LLC as a holding company for many different web properties, some of which have become their own entities, and sold to new owners, and others which he is still running today. One of the past sales include Boston Datacenters -- the distressed datacenter in Charlestown, MA purchased by Bo from former HarvardNet founder. He took the company from losing tens of thousands of dollars per month to profitability in less than a year. In two years time, he sold the property to Hosted Solutions. Today, the property is owned by Windstream and it remains one of the premier datacenters in New England.

Bo is currently the founder and CEO of eBookIt.com, a company that formats and distributes eBooks, print on demand, and digital audio books, as well as president of Archieboy Holdings.

Success / Motivation.

By age 10, Robert "Bo" Bennett started listening to and reading personal development tapes and books. Over the years he has developed a science-based approach to success that differs quite a bit from the over-hyped success guru's approaches commonly seen today. Before beginning his lifelong quest to shape the lives of others, he had to prove to himself that his theories, beliefs and convictions worked.

At age 10, Bo started in business by creating and selling wooden key racks in his father's workshop. Since then, he has started several companies and sold them anywhere from $1 to $20,000,000.00.

After selling his first company of significant value, Bo began writing Year To Success, the most comprehensive book ever written on success, based on his experiences, thoughts, and timeless success principles. Year to Success is a book Donald Trump calls, "an inspiration to every person who reads it."

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Psychology.

Bo's interest in psychology began as an undergraduate studying marketing, specifically, consumer behavior.  After many years immersed in the business world, Bo returned to school and received his master's degree in general psychology.  He continued to the PhD program in social psychology, focusing on social, cognitive, and positive psychology.  Bo has currently completed the classwork requirements for the PhD program and is finishing up his dissertation in the area of social intelligence.

Bo is the administrator of SociallyPsyched.org, a comprehensive collection of social/cognitive psychology experiments, studies, demonstrations, biases, and systematic reviews, presented in an entertaining way while adhering to academic standards.  As part of this effort, Bo creates videos that can be found on his YouTube channel.  He is also the administrator of PositiveHumanism.com, a website devoted to positive humanism—an applied humanistic philosophy based on the scientific findings of positive psychology that focuses on personal, professional, and societal flourishing.

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Science, Critical Thinking, and Secularism.

Bo's personal motto is "Expose an irrational belief, keep a person rational for a day. Expose irrational thinking, keep a person rational for a lifetime."  Much of his charitable work is in the area of education—not teaching people what to think, but how to think.  His projects include his book, The Concept: A Critical and Honest Look at God and Religion, and Logically Fallacious, the most comprehensive collection of logical fallacies.  Bo's personal blog is called Relationship With Reason, where he writes about several topics related to critical thinking.  His secular (humanistic) philosophy is detailed at PositiveHumanism.com.

Bo is currently the producer and host of The Humanist Hour, the official broadcast of the American Humanist Association, where he can be heard weekly discussing a variety of humanistic issues, mostly related to science, psychology, philosophy, and critical thinking.

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Academia / Education.

Bo's pro bono work focuses on education.  He developed and taught a public speaking and debate course for Student Athletes Rising, a non-profit youth development organization offering guidance and training for America’s youth, ages 7-19, preparing them for enriching college experiences and productive lives as future leaders of their communities.  As a PhD student, Bo spent time as graduate assistant for Walden University, tutoring masters and other PhD students in research methodology.  His dissertation is on social intelligence development in both traditional and distance learning programs.

Bo has developed several online courses and the learning platform on which they run—as well as teaches those courses.  These courses can be found in the "online courses" link on the main menu.

Bo is an active member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and American Psychological Association.

Toastmasters.

Bo joined Toastmasters in 2003, after a painfully embarrassing speech given to a room full of his contractors. Desperate to improve his speaking skills is the least time possible, he devoted full-time to being a Toastmaster, and completed all 40 speeches in a record 6 months. He served the required leadership roles to achieve his Distinguished Toastmaster Award (DTM) in record time of just over one year.

In 2004, Bo created the FreeToastHost website hosting platform for all Toastmasters clubs. Today, FreeToastHost hosts over 10,000 clubs -- around the world.

In 2008, Bo started the Toastmasters Podcast, which began as a district podcast, then in 2010 transferred ownership to Toastmasters International, to become the organizations first official podcast. Today, Bo, with his friend and business partner, Ryan Levesque, continue to host the podcast that serves as the voice to over a quarter of a million members worldwide.

Personal Life.

Bo was born in Connecticut where he lived until he was 21. He attended Bryant University where he paid his own way through by running a promotional business while also serving as a Resident Assistant.

At age 13, Bo started studying the martial arts. By Age 18, he earned his first degree black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate. Since his first black belt, he has also earned a second degree black belt in Tae-Kwon Do and continues to study several different styles.  He is also passionate health and fitness.

Right after graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Bo moved to Boulder, Colorado where after just five months, realized the "Rocky Mountain High" wasn't for him. Missing his family, he moved back to Connecticut.

In 1994, Bo met his wife-to-be, Kim, at the bar "Archie Moore's" -- which is where they got the name for their first dog, Archie, which is where he got the name for his business. Bo and Kim moved to Boston, Massachusetts shortly after they met, got married, and been living in the Boston area happily ever since, with their dog, and two children.

Public Speaking / Interview Availability.

Bo is available for interviews and speaking engagements on a number of topics.  The general topics include:

  • Business
  • Science Education
  • Success
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Motivation
  • General Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Positive Psychology (well-being, flourishing, happiness, etc.)
  • Cognitive Psychology (belief, cognitive biases, memory, our flawed brain, etc.)
  • Social Science (scientific method, what is / is not science, etc.)
  • Critical Thinking
  • Skepticism
  • Logical Fallacies
  • Humanism / Secularism
  • Atheism Research
  • Toastmasters / Public Speaking

To request Bo for a speaking event, use the contact form.

Consulting.

Bo has limited availability for marketing and general consulting.

Bo's Personal Websites.

  • Positive Humanism

    What is positive humanism? Positive humanism is an applied humanistic philosophy based on the scientific findings of positive psychology that focuses on personal, professional, and societal flourishing.

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  • Logically Fallacious

    This book is a crash course, meant to catapult you into a world where you start to see things how they really are, not how you think they are. The focus of this book is on logical fallacies, which loosely defined, are simply errors in reasoning. With the reading of each page, you can make significant improvements in the way you reason and make decisions.

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  • Socially Psyched

    A comprehensive collection of social/cognitive psychology experiments, studies, demonstrations, biases, and systematic reviews.

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  • Year To Success

    "This book is a great accomplishment and will be an inspiration to every person who reads it. It's also a great read, and I recommend it to anyone who aspires to success, no matter what their field. Bo Bennett has done a terrific job with an often elusive subject, giving concrete and insightful advice."

    Donald J. Trump, Best-Selling Author

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  • Relationship With Reason

    Bo's personal blog. "Expose an irrational belief, keep a person rational for a day. Expose irrational thinking, keep a person rational for a lifetime." - Bo Bennett

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  • The Toastmasters Podcast

    The Toastmasters Podcast is like a radio talkshow featuring interviews with Toastmasters usually featured in the Toastmaster magazine. But unlike a radio show, a podcast is on the Internet, and available, for free, to anyone in the world with an Internet connection, and a connected device capable of playing audio.

    The Toastmasters Podcast is co-produced by Toastmasters International and Archieboy Holdings, LLC, for our global audience of Toastmasters and those interested in public speaking and leadership.

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  • The Concept

    "A delightful combination of straight talk, friendly challenge and a singular absence of bitter ax-grinding... he shows in plain-spoken, engaging prose how his view (and mine!) just makes better common sense. I just love the section on heaven! This book is quite and achievement. Read it!"

    - Dr. Robert M. Price, Professor of Theology and Scriptural Studies, Host of "The Bible Geek"

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Bo's Published Books.

  • Year To Success

    Have you been promised success if you follow a few quick and dirty "rules" or "secrets" of success? Are you tired of irrelevant analogies that do nothing for you but make you feel inadequate? Have you had enough of highly metaphysical concepts and not enough practical solutions? Have you had your fill of grossly exaggerated claims that try to trick you into thinking success is easy? Are you all "affirmationed" out? You are not alone.

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  • Logically Fallacious: The Ultimate Collection of Over 300 Logical Fallacies (Academic Edition)

    This book is a crash course in effective reasoning, meant to catapult you into a world where you start to see things how they really are, not how you think they are. The focus of this book is on logical fallacies, which loosely defined, are simply errors in reasoning. With the reading of each page, you can make significant improvements in the way you reason and make decisions.

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  • The Concept: A Critical and Honest Examination of God and Religion

    Maybe you were born to Christian parents and raised as a Christian. Or maybe you are just a part of a Christian nation.  You might have attended church regularly, or maybe just on special occasions.  If asked, you say that you believe in God, but you really never thought about what that means exactly.  You are a well-educated person who accepts the idea of Biblical miracles, but only the more "reasonable" ones.  You have read some of the Bible, mostly just parts of the New Testament, but never committed to reading the Bible cover to cover.  You are a good person who admires the many "Christian values" as demonstrated by Jesus Christ.  But something does not feel right.

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  • Positive Humanism: A Primer

    Positive humanism is an applied secular humanistic philosophy based on the scientific findings of positive psychology that focuses on personal, professional, and societal flourishing. As an applied philosophy its focus is on ideas that lead to increased well-being. As a secular humanistic philosophy, there are no appeals to the supernatural, the magical, or the mystical. The philosophy is founded on reason and critical thinking. The philosophy is science-based, meaning it is void of the unsupported and/or exaggerated claims and the constant confusing of correlation with causality often found in the self-help genre. The philosophy is grounded in the theories of positive psychology, which is the study of the positive side of the mental health spectrum—human flourishing.

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  • The Journey

    This is a short story of a young man who desires to be a wizard. Within these pages, contain one of the most powerful, life-transforming, secrets ever revealed. If you find it, you are ready for "The Journey".

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Online Courses Taught By Bo.

  • Mastering Logical Fallacies

    This is a crash course, meant to catapult you into a world where you start to see things how they really are, not how you think they are. The focus of this course is on logical fallacies, which loosely defined, are simply errors in reasoning. As you complete each lesson, you can make significant improvements in the way you reason and make decisions. Your ability to recognize bad arguments will be enhanced as well as your ability to articulate why an argument is bad.

    Take Course

  • Positive Humanism: A Primer

    Positive humanism is an applied secular humanistic philosophy based on the scientific findings of positive psychology that focuses on personal, professional, and societal flourishing. As an applied philosophy its focus is on ideas that lead to increased well-being. As a secular humanistic philosophy, there are no appeals to the supernatural, the magical, or the mystical. The philosophy is founded on reason and critical thinking. The philosophy is science-based, meaning it is void of the unsupported and/or exaggerated claims and the constant confusing of correlation with causality often found in the self-help genre. The philosophy is grounded in the theories of positive psychology, which is the study of the positive side of the mental health spectrum—human flourishing.

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  •  How To Turn Your Book Into a Bestseller

    My first book, Year To Success, was based on the concept that success is not about a few secrets, but hundreds and even thousands of small changes you can make in the area of self-improvement that will greatly increase your chances of success. The same concept holds true for marketing and promoting your book. This course comprises dozens of the best strategies combined with the personal assistance of a trained instructor to help you execute these strategies. Each lesson in this course focuses on one strategy.

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  • Year To Success

    Bo first published the book "Year To Success" in 2004. Since then, he has been active both in the business and academic worlds, completing all coursework for a PhD in social psychology, and writing extensively on critical thinking. This course represents the 10 year anniversary of "Year To Success" with unpublished audio commentaries and updates by the author for each chapter in the book, offering an additional 10 years of accumulated wisdom to his already timeless success principles.

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  • Psychology of the Supernatural

    This course is a work in progress—a passion of mine based on notes I have been keeping for years. Cognitive psychology sheds quite a bit of light on the reasons for supernatural beliefs. This course illustrates many of those reasons in a casual and entertaining way. This course does NOT deal with the existence of supernatural; it simply provides very credible, evidence-based reasons for why we believe in the supernatural.

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Podcasts Currently Hosted by Bo.

  • The Humanist Hour

    The Humanist Hour  is a one-hour talk show produced by the American Humanist Association. Every episode explores a different area of humanist thought, from politics to pop culture.

    A typical episode features interviews, commentary, news, and music. Notable guests have included Bill Nye the Science Guy, Sir Salman Rushdie, Prof. Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, E.O. Wilson, Alan Dershowitz, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Andy Rooney, Greg Graffin of Bad Religion, Holly Near, Dar Williams and Julia Sweeney.

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  • The Toastmasters Podcast

    The Toastmasters Podcast is like a radio talkshow featuring interviews with Toastmasters usually featured in the Toastmaster magazine.  But unlike a radio show, a podcast is on the Internet, and available, for free, to anyone in the world with an Internet connection, and a connected device capable of playing audio.

    The Toastmasters Podcast is co-produced by Toastmasters International and Archieboy Holdings, LLC, for our global audience of Toastmasters and those interested in public speaking and leadership.

    Visit Website

    Subscribe on iTunes
  • Mastering Logical Fallacies

    This is a crash course, meant to catapult you into a world where you start to see things how they really are, not how you think they are.  The focus of this course is on logical fallacies, which loosely defined, are simply errors in reasoning.  As you complete each lesson, you can make significant improvements in the way you reason and make decisions.  Your ability to recognize bad arguments will be enhanced as well as your ability to articulate why an argument is bad.  This is the audio version of the online course at http://podcast.MasteringLogicalFallacies.com.

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    Subscribe on iTunes
  • Year To Success

    This podcast is the audio updates from the online course, "Year To Success," at http://www.SuccessOnlineCourse.com.  Bo first published the book "Year To Success" in 2004. Since then, he has been active both in the business and academic worlds, completing all coursework for a PhD in social psychology, and writing extensively on critical thinking. This course represents the 10 year anniversary of "Year To Success" with unpublished audio commentaries and updates by the author for each chapter in the book, offering an additional 10 years of accumulated wisdom to his already timeless success principles.

    Visit Website

    Subscribe on iTunes
  • How To Turn Your Book Into a Bestseller

    This is the audio version of the course, which is based on my ebook "50 Tips for Promoting and Marketing Your Ebook," which in turn is based on my own experience as an author, as well as advice and feedback from many other authors.  My book "Logically Fallacious" has been in the top 10 books sold at eBookIt.com consistently, frequently making #1.  In addition, as founder of eBookIt.com, I have a privileged perspective of what works when it comes to promotion and marketing, having worked with thousands of authors over the years.  This course goes beyond the free ebook where, in each lesson, I provide a detailed audio and/or video explanation/demonstration of the idea. The complete course is available at http://podcast.bestsellercourse.com.

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    Subscribe on iTunes
  • Psychology of the Supernatural

    This course is a work in progress—a passion of mine based on notes I have been keeping for years.  Cognitive psychology sheds quite a bit of light on the reasons for supernatural beliefs.  This course illustrates many of those reasons in a casual and entertaining way.  This course does NOT deal with the existence of supernatural; it simply provides very credible, evidence-based reasons for why we believe in the supernatural.  This podcast is the audio version of the course at http://podcast.psychologyofthesupernatural.com.

    Visit Website

    Subscribe on iTunes

Bo's YouTube Playlists.

  • Social Psychology

    Social Psychology Experiments, Studies, Biases, and Systematic Reviews.

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  • Mastering Logical Fallacies

    This is a crash course, meant to catapult you into a world where you start to see things how they really are, not how you think they are.

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