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One of the very few individuals who have had the extraordinary experience of walking on the surface of the moon, Alan Bean uses the stories of his incredible adventures in space to inspire every member of his audience to reach for their own personal and professional dreams. His astronaut training has made him an expert in teamwork, high achievement, risk-taking, creative thinking and leadership, and he is ready to share those secrets with his audiences.

During his career as an astronaut, which not only encompassed the moon landing but 59 days living in space as Commander of Skylab Mission II (a mission during which he and his crew achieved a never equaled before or since record of achieving 150% of their pre-mission goals), Alan was involved in the setting of no fewer than 11 separate world records in aeronautics and astronautics. He is the holder of two NASA Distinguished Service Medals and has been awarded the Robert J.Collier Trophy, the Yuri Gagarin Gold Medal and many other prestigious honors.

Celebrated in print and on film (sometimes playing himself), it is Alan's belief that people do not have to have exceptional gifts or talents to do something great; with sufficient effort and dedication they can learn greatness. One of the key themes of his speeches is that as human beings we only have around 30 to 40 years to accomplish our dreams, and that this is not a rehearsal!

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As an astronaut and the fourth person to walk on the moon, Alan Bean is dedicated to inspiring people to be the best they can be, so their family can be the best it can be, and their company can be the best it can be.

The Apollo program was an impossible dream come true. Sending humans from Planet Earth to explore the moon and return was a glamorous and newsworthy dream, but no more important than the dreams we all have in our hearts right now. With this conviction, Alan will take each person in the audience along with him as Lunar Module Pilot on the flight of Apollo 12 and along the way present some thoughts and ideas that will help each individual reach for their own professional and personal stars.

By talking with, and listening to the client prior to an event, Alan custom tailors each speech around the theme of the client′s event and the specific goals they wish to emphasize. Alan can focus on a broad variety of subjects from teamwork, high achievement, risk taking, goal setting, attitude control, achieving maximum potential, creative thinking, leadership, and effective fellowship, to showing how a company and an individual can find ways to accomplish their goals and dreams, and more.

Captain Bean knows about reaching for the stars, organizationally and individually. In 1973, he was the Commander of Skylab Mission II (SL III), where he lived 59 days in space, orbiting 270 miles above our planet Earth. Under his leadership his crew accomplished 150% of their pre-mission goals – a record unsurpassed before or since.

Alan has appeared as himself in movies and television, the most recent being Rocket’s Red Glare with Robert Wagner. Actor Dave Foley portrayed Alan in the Tom Hanks epic miniseries for HBO, From the Earth to the Moon . During his career as an astronaut, Alan helped establish eleven world records in aeronautics and astronautics. He was awarded two NASA Distinguished Service Medals. He also has received the Robert J. Collier Trophy, the Yuri Gagarin Gold Medal, and many other national and international honors.

Captain Bean shows why as human beings from the Planet Earth we are the most extraordinary creatures in the universe. We are unique because as far as we know we are the only beings in the universe whose only limits are those we place on ourselves. As a NASA Astronaut, Bean learned that people did not have to be extra gifted or extra talented to do something great. No matter what their level of achievement may have been in the past, with extra effort and dedication they can be great in the future. Organizations and individuals are almost always significantly better than they know or believe. The saving of the Apollo 13 crew after their oxygen tank exploded is a perfect example.

People listen to Alan. He has competence and credibility and he causes them to think about where they are professionally and where they want to be. He stresses that we have but a brief chance, maybe 30 to 40 years at the most, to accomplish all we have dreamed we could. What we do today and tomorrow is not a rehearsal for some other life. Right now is the time we must be willing to do whatever it takes to be the person, professionally and personally, we have always dreamed we could be. Captain Bean emphasizes that our future will be cast in the image of our thoughts and actions of today.

If the client′s schedule permits Captain Bean will remain an hour or so after his presentation to shake hands, answer questions, and personalize 11″ x 14″ prints of one of his most popular painting. He will bring 75 of these prints as a special “value-added” treat.


Alan Bean Speaker Videos Back to top

Alan Bean: Speech Excerpt


With characteristic good humor and charm, Alan Bean lays out the foundation of his presentation for his audience: “I'll tell you, and this is only if you're nice by the way, if you laugh at my jokes and so on, I'll tell you the number one lesson I learned in 18 years as an astronaut. It changed my life, for the better. I'll tell it to you, it seems simple, we'll see. It will change you for the better too."

Remembering the thrill of his first journeys into space, Alan shares his vision for the future of space travel: “People are going to love going into space. Not quite now, because it's too expensive, but someday we're going to go to the moon just like we travel to Europe for a week's vacation."

Recalling a life changing experience when he disagreed with another astronaut and then realized that it may well have been himself in the wrong, Alan reminisces: “That changed my life, when I said to myself that he's right, and I have to change, I've got to find a way of caring about these people I'm working with. What I found out is if I didn't know somebody, hadn't heard of him, I could take him to lunch, I'd probably end up liking him. I just hadn't got to know these people, I wasn't doing what I should have done."

Alan Bean: Apollo 11 Anniversary


Alan Bean: Moonwalker and Space Artist



Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


Alan Bean customizes all his presentations so that his message of dedication, achievement and realization of dreams fits exactly with the goals and objectives you have for your audience and your organization. As he himself says, “I want to help the audience feel that they too can accomplish the challenges and dreams of their own lives and professions… that each of us can reach for our own stars… to understand that they are not light years distant but as close as our own workplace, home and our family."

If time permits Alan is always pleased to talk personally with members of the audience after his presentation, and he brings 75 mini prints of one of his favorite paintings to personalize for those with whom he talks.

A motivational presentation by Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon, will help any organization reach for its own stars.

Alan will tailor his remarks around your goals and objectives and help all in attendance understand that they already have the talents and opportunities to make their dreams come true. It′s a rare opportunity to learn from--and share time with--a moonwalker.

Reach for the Stars for Down-to-earth Results
Tailored to each audience's goals, Alan Bean's program is entertaining and motivational. He incorporates slides of his mission to the moon on Apollo 12, and offers a look at the astronauts, scientists and engineers who worked together and made an impossible dream a reality. He inspires audience members to realize they can accomplish equally challenging goals in their own lives. Bean’s goal is to help audience members believe they can accomplish the challenges and dreams of their own lives and professions; that each of them can reach for their own stars.

From Astronaut to Artist (new idea)
After he retired, astronaut Alan Bean took a path very different from many of his fellow astronauts. Bean started painting. Through his paintings, which sell for more than $50,000 each, he chronicles the experiences he and other astronauts had on the moon. His style has evolved into fantastical, detailed images that show what it was like to travel to the moon and back. As an artist who used to be an astronaut, Bean wants audiences to know how they can break the mold, do the impossible, and what it takes to follow their dream.

Astronaut - Apollo and Skylab Missions
Alan Bean, Apollo 12 lunar module pilot, became the fourth man in history to set foot on the moon. As commander of Skylab mission II, he lived 59 days in space, 270 miles above planet Earth. Under his leadership, his crew accomplished 150% of their pre-mission goals - a record unsurpassed before or since. During his career, Alan helped establish 11 world records in aeronautics and space. He tailors each speech around the theme of the client′s event and the goals the client wishes to emphasize.

Says Bean, " I want to help the audience feel that they too can accomplish the challenges and dreams of their own lives and professions... That each of us can reach for our own stars... to understand that each of us can reach for our own stars... to understand that they are not light years distant but as close as our workplace, our home, and our family." After his presentations, he will personalize 75 mini-prints of one of this paintings providing audience members the opportunity to talk with Captain Bean.



Alan Bean Speaker Testimonials Back to top

"Alan was a big hit. His presentation , story and willingness to personally meet, sign autographs, take photos, etc 75 plus people really combined to generate tremendous appreciation and value."
Dallas Chapter of the Society for Information Management
Event Booked by Speakers Platform

"Alan was awesome!! He was very well received and hit every topic relavent. People were so thrilled and honored to have him here. Everyone loved hearing a leadership/motivational presentation that was outside of Intel. And to be honest, was almost emotional for me...meeting someone that accomplished such great things was a once in a lifetime experience for most people. Everyone has requested more events like this. Alan is such a wonderful person to work with. Very positive comments. And working with your organization was also very positive. Thank you for making this easy. Will keep your web site in my favorites."
Intel
Event Booked by Speakers Platform

"Captain Bean showed professionalism, flexibility and great patience during his time in Grand Junction. There were a few glitches on our end but he took it all in stride and was very pleasant to work with. We were very happy with Captain Bean′s performance."
Nani Darvell
St. Mary′s Hospital Foundation
Grand Junction, CO

"Your presence at our 25th anniversary celebration was, without a doubt, the highlight of the event. Not only was your presentation entertaining, but it also conveyed in a dramatic way the importance of teamwork and goal setting in achieving success. Our guest were delighted that you were available to talk with them individually."
Keith Peterson, President
Cytrol

"Everyone was blown away by your ′out of this world′ presentation. It was obvious that you carefully tailored your message with thrilling first hand tales of human drama and adventure, problem-solving examples, a great sense of humor, and little known inside stories so that it would be relevant to what we were trying to accomplish."
Donald P. LaSalle, Ph.D., President
Talcott Mountain Science Center

"Alan, your space experiences were filled with excellent messages relative to the commitment to quality, teaming and personal drive necessary to achieve established goals. These messages were key to the theme of our meeting of ′Achieving Breakthrough Results.′ The response to your inspiring, informative and motivational presentation was outstanding."
Kathy J. Meredith
Honeywell

"On behalf of our entire team, let me thank you sincerely for the truly inspiring message you shared with us... As was the case in 1990 and 1993 when you and I previously worked together, I′ve heard nothing but expressions of awe and optimism."
Michael A. Marino, Group Vice President
NYNEX Manhattan




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"Alan was a big hit. His presentation , story and willingness to personally meet, sign autographs, take photos, etc 75 plus people really combined to generate tremendous appreciation and value."
Dallas Chapter of the Society for Information Management
Event Booked by Speakers Platform

"Alan was awesome!! He was very well received and hit every topic relavent. People were so thrilled and honored to have him here. Everyone loved hearing a leadership/motivational presentation that was outside of Intel. And to be honest, was almost emotional for me...meeting someone that accomplished such great things was a once in a lifetime experience for most people. Everyone has requested more events like this. Alan is such a wonderful person to work with. Very positive comments. And working with your organization was also very positive. Thank you for making this easy. Will keep your web site in my favorites."
Intel
Event Booked by Speakers Platform

"Captain Bean showed professionalism, flexibility and great patience during his time in Grand Junction. There were a few glitches on our end but he took it all in stride and was very pleasant to work with. We were very happy with Captain Bean′s performance."
Nani Darvell
St. Mary′s Hospital Foundation
Grand Junction, CO

"Your presence at our 25th anniversary celebration was, without a doubt, the highlight of the event. Not only was your presentation entertaining, but it also conveyed in a dramatic way the importance of teamwork and goal setting in achieving success. Our guest were delighted that you were available to talk with them individually."
Keith Peterson, President
Cytrol

"Everyone was blown away by your ′out of this world′ presentation. It was obvious that you carefully tailored your message with thrilling first hand tales of human drama and adventure, problem-solving examples, a great sense of humor, and little known inside stories so that it would be relevant to what we were trying to accomplish."
Donald P. LaSalle, Ph.D., President
Talcott Mountain Science Center

"Alan, your space experiences were filled with excellent messages relative to the commitment to quality, teaming and personal drive necessary to achieve established goals. These messages were key to the theme of our meeting of ′Achieving Breakthrough Results.′ The response to your inspiring, informative and motivational presentation was outstanding."
Kathy J. Meredith
Honeywell

"On behalf of our entire team, let me thank you sincerely for the truly inspiring message you shared with us... As was the case in 1990 and 1993 when you and I previously worked together, I′ve heard nothing but expressions of awe and optimism."
Michael A. Marino, Group Vice President
NYNEX Manhattan


Alan Bean Painting Apollo: First Artist on Another World
Alan Bean, Painting Apollo: First Artist on Another World captures humankind′s adventure in space through the eyes and emotions of the only artist who has ever been there. Through a brilliant display of color and craftsmanship, Alan Bean shares his unique perspective, conveying what only eleven other humans have experienced, in a way that only he can. As Alan Bean writes, “The art I make now is the beginning of a new category in the progression of art history, art of human experiences off our home planet, Earth. I have the honor and responsibility of being first.”

Featuring 120 of Alan Bean's luminous paintings in a starkly dramatic presentation and paired with quotes from some of the most brilliant and adventurous minds throughout history, the book explores the majesty of humanity′s near spiritual drive to explore the limits of our imagination and technical capabilities. Flight manager extraordinaire Gene Kranz of Apollo 13 fame recalls the historical drama of the Apollo era from his unique eyewitness perspective on the ground. Legendary art critic Donald Kuspit places the work in the context of contemporary art and landscape painting. Finally, author William Fox, an expert on the dynamics of art and cognition, places Alan Bean in a long lineage of artists and explorers, from Thomas Moran and Ferdinand Hayden in Yellowstone, to Edward Wilson alongside Robert Falcon Scott in the Antarctic. But Alan Bean, our first ever guide to a wholly other world, is artist and astronaut in one.


Apollo : An Eyewitness Account By Astronaut/Explorer Artist/Moonwalker
"Al Bean and Andy Chaikin portray in paintings and text the true life adventure of an astronaut exploring the wonders of the moon."
James A. Lovell

"In Apollo, Alan Bean and his astro-artistry recreate the drama and excitement of man's exploration of the moon as could only be chronicled by one who had been there."
Neil Armstrong

"What one must understand about Al Bean is he is the only artist to have ever walked on the moon. No poet has ever been to the lunar surface, nor any journalist, architect nor songwriter. In the realm of the Arts it has fallen upon Al Bean to be the one moonwalker to turn hard data brought back from the moon into something other than numbered photographs, The images that Al has committed to canvas, them, are important, inspiring, and priceless works of art, Not only has he painted the moon, he's been there."
Tom Hanks


A motivational presentation by Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon, will help any organization reach for its own stars.

Alan will tailor his remarks around your goals and objectives and help all in attendance understand that they already have the talents and opportunities to make their dreams come true. It′s a rare opportunity to learn from--and share time with--a moonwalker.

Reach for the Stars for Down-to-earth Results
Tailored to each audience's goals, Alan Bean's program is entertaining and motivational. He incorporates slides of his mission to the moon on Apollo 12, and offers a look at the astronauts, scientists and engineers who worked together and made an impossible dream a reality. He inspires audience members to realize they can accomplish equally challenging goals in their own lives. Bean’s goal is to help audience members believe they can accomplish the challenges and dreams of their own lives and professions; that each of them can reach for their own stars.

From Astronaut to Artist (new idea)
After he retired, astronaut Alan Bean took a path very different from many of his fellow astronauts. Bean started painting. Through his paintings, which sell for more than $50,000 each, he chronicles the experiences he and other astronauts had on the moon. His style has evolved into fantastical, detailed images that show what it was like to travel to the moon and back. As an artist who used to be an astronaut, Bean wants audiences to know how they can break the mold, do the impossible, and what it takes to follow their dream.

Astronaut - Apollo and Skylab Missions
Alan Bean, Apollo 12 lunar module pilot, became the fourth man in history to set foot on the moon. As commander of Skylab mission II, he lived 59 days in space, 270 miles above planet Earth. Under his leadership, his crew accomplished 150% of their pre-mission goals - a record unsurpassed before or since. During his career, Alan helped establish 11 world records in aeronautics and space. He tailors each speech around the theme of the client′s event and the goals the client wishes to emphasize.

Says Bean, " I want to help the audience feel that they too can accomplish the challenges and dreams of their own lives and professions... That each of us can reach for our own stars... to understand that each of us can reach for our own stars... to understand that they are not light years distant but as close as our workplace, our home, and our family." After his presentations, he will personalize 75 mini-prints of one of this paintings providing audience members the opportunity to talk with Captain Bean.



Alan Bean: Speech Excerpt


With characteristic good humor and charm, Alan Bean lays out the foundation of his presentation for his audience: “I'll tell you, and this is only if you're nice by the way, if you laugh at my jokes and so on, I'll tell you the number one lesson I learned in 18 years as an astronaut. It changed my life, for the better. I'll tell it to you, it seems simple, we'll see. It will change you for the better too."

Remembering the thrill of his first journeys into space, Alan shares his vision for the future of space travel: “People are going to love going into space. Not quite now, because it's too expensive, but someday we're going to go to the moon just like we travel to Europe for a week's vacation."

Recalling a life changing experience when he disagreed with another astronaut and then realized that it may well have been himself in the wrong, Alan reminisces: “That changed my life, when I said to myself that he's right, and I have to change, I've got to find a way of caring about these people I'm working with. What I found out is if I didn't know somebody, hadn't heard of him, I could take him to lunch, I'd probably end up liking him. I just hadn't got to know these people, I wasn't doing what I should have done."

Alan Bean: Apollo 11 Anniversary


Alan Bean: Moonwalker and Space Artist