Entertaining. Inspiring. Real.
A member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, Steve Gilliland is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the world. Recognized as a master storyteller and brilliant comedian, he can be heard daily on SiriusXM Radio’s Laugh USA and Jeff & Larry’s Comedy Roundup. With an appeal that transcends barriers of age, culture and occupation—plus an interactive and entertaining style—Steve shows audiences how to open doors to success in their careers, their relationships and their lives. Presenting to over 250,000 people a year, more than two million have now heard him speak, with audiences encompassing nearly three dozen industries. Steve has the distinction of speaking in all 50 states and in 15 countries. As one newspaper stated, “Steve is what happens when the humor of a stand-up comic collides with the inspiration of motivational speaker.”
In addition to his brilliant speaking career, Steve is a prolific, accomplished author, evidenced by four of his books—Enjoy The Ride, Making a Difference, Hide Your Goat and Detour—perennially making the publisher’s bestseller list and his being named Author of the Year. His thought-provoking writing style makes his articles a favorite with nationally prominent magazines. He influences the lives of millions through his presentations, books, CDs and DVDs. An extensive array of these products has been utilized by small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, U.S. and Canadian government agencies, churches, school districts and nonprofit organizations. Speaking the language of active business leaders, his books and CDs identify practical lessons that grow people and their businesses.
Steve built a multimillion-dollar company from the ground up on the same philosophy he expounds to his audiences. If you continually learn more about your company, your industry, your customer and yourself, you will always be a leader. You will be purpose-driven rather than process-driven, and you will make a difference. His motto is straightforward: “If you take care of people, the business will follow.” He has been recognized by Who’s Who for Speakers and Business Professionals, and The Pittsburgh Business Times named his company one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the region.
Steve was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, resides in North Carolina and travels the world. He received his bachelor’s degree from Grove City College (PA) and his MBA from Globe University (MN). He is a proud grandpa, devoted father of four boys and a loving husband to his wife, Diane. Steve learned great compassion for people and a commitment to a hard work and balanced life ethic at the knee of his highly principled Christian mother and stepfather. Whether Steve is speaking at an event, writing about current issues that impact people or leading his own employees, he is not just a person who challenges people to change, he motivates them to do so.
Everyone who hears his message leaves with a renewed sense of enthusiasm for who they are and for what really matters.
Enjoy The Ride
A blueprint for getting the most out of life, ENJOY THE RIDE is a hilarious and brilliantly conceived keynote that causes people to examine where they are personally and professionally. It lifts people up and inspires them to evolve and appreciate, rather than simply maintain and exist. The three key points in this presentation are: Check Your Passion – Love what you do; never forget why you do it, Cure Your Destination Disease – Live more for today, less for tomorrow and never about yesterday, Refocus Your Attention – Decide what’s important and never take it for granted.
Takeaway Message – If you want to achieve true success and fulfillment, you must first discover an enthusiam for your work and personal life. Decide where you are heading, get on the bus, choose the right seat and Enjoy The Ride!
Making a Difference
Focusing on the conscious choices we make every day that impact the lives of others, MAKING A DIFFERENCE is an eye-opening and heartfelt keynote detailing how to positively influence people in every imaginable way, regardless of position or status. Each of us has the potential to transform the culture of an organization through our actions and attitude. This presentation centers on three empowering dynamics: Purpose – It drives you, Passion – It fuels you, Pride – It defines you.
Takeaway Message – While we don’t always know what challenges face the people we meet every day, we do have the power to bring them hope. That hope can multiply a thousand times over and spread throughout the world exponentially. This is the essential, motivating truth behind Making a Difference!
Detour: Developing The Mindset to Navigate Life’s Turns
Whether you’re experiencing mild transitions now or will undergo massive reorganizations in the future, change is inevitable within every successful organization. DETOUR provides solutions to reduce stress, eliminate fear and increase performance during such times. Steve Gilliland reveals how to navigate life’s turns when you’re suddenly headed on a course you never planned and into a future you never imagined. Key Takeaways: How to feel more in control when the change is out of your control; How to prepare for any kind of change, remain productive and use it to your advantage; How to build resiliency & grit as you cope with change.
Follow Me: How to Grow Yourself & Influence Others
Leadership is the single most important skill you can use to improve your business. FOLLOW ME explores how to grow yourself and your people through timeless principles that, when applied to your own life and the life of your organization, will influence positive change. Steve Gilliland is uniquely qualified to show you how to develop exceptional leaders and retain great employees. Key Takeaways: How to establish tangible, easily defined & monitored strategies to improve performance; How to gain consensus & motivate people to work together efficiently & effectively as a team; How to be confident & make tough decisions, unearth constructive solutions & stay focused while moving forward.
Hide Your Goat: Strategies to Stay Positive When Negativity Surrounds You
Our fast-paced and stress-filled schedules open the gate to allow people and circumstances every opportunity to “get our goat.” HIDE YOUR GOAT puts into perspective how your daily life intersects with people of diverse backgrounds, opinions and personalities. In this eye-opening session, Steve Gilliland shows how to avoid being robbed of the opportunity to perform at peak performance because of negativity. Key Takeaways: How to head off conflict when negativity runs rampant & how to improve your own outlook; How to deal with by-products of bad attitudes; How to assign the right value to every situation & not give people permission to ruin your day.
“When i heard you speak the first time I was in awe. When i decided to hire you again, my only concern was how you would top the first presentation. The standing ovation you received after presenting Making a Difference to our employees speaks for itself.”
– CEO, Fort Lee Federal Credit Union
“The word sensational may not be enough to properly illustrate the impact you have had on the West Virginia Health Care Association. In the past 8 years of our association, we have seldom invited back a general session speaker for a second time. That is why having you back a third time is absolute confirmation why you are a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame.”
– Director of Membership Services, West Virginia Health Care Association
“I will start off with two words…Standing Ovation! Here are two more…Thank You! Our BATH FITTER Pride was reinforced by your words, your candor and your ability to connect with each and every one of us. The way you customized your presentation to meet or, better yet, exceed our expectations tied everything together and drove the whole message home.”
– Co-Founder, Bath Fitter
“‘WOW’!!! That’s the overwhelming response you generated when you spoke to our Sonic Co-Op in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. The unprecedented standing ovation and thunderous applause spoke volumes to the reawakening of passion within our group.”
– Regional Vice President, Sonic Industries
“Your presentation was absolutely the BEST WE HAVE EVER HAD. I really appreciate you taking the time and effort to research our industry before your presentation. Your message really hit home with this audience. I was pleased that the 550 attendees at the breakfast not only stayed for your entire speech but also at the end wanted more. This was certainly apparent by the standing ovation you were given.”
– President, Awards and Recognition Association
“Steve, you under promised and over delivered as your entertaining and yet professional presentation skills can hardly be matched. You mix humor and philosophy of life with the best of them. An hour presentation seemed like ten minutes. Our group wanted to keep you on stage as long as possible. I think you could tell that by the long standing ovation and from the long lines of those wanting your books and your autograph.”
– Executive Vice President/Field, Woodmen of the World
“Your message is a gift that needs to be heard by everyone. The first time, i heard you present ENJOY THE RIDE – it was entertaining, thought-provoking and brilliant. The second time, I heard you present MAKING A DIFFERENCE – it was life-changing.”
– Senior Business Consultant, Kaiser Permanente
“When a speaker not only gets his message across but provokes thought, and hopefully action, on the part of the listeners, then something magical has truly happened. I think everyone in attendance at the event walked away thinking about where they were in their own lives and whether they were happy, fulfilled and making a difference, or whether they needed to step back and make some changes. I know I did, and now I have to work hard to make those changes.”
– Executive Director, Telecommunications Risk Management Association
“I just wanted to take this opportunity to say that in the past thirty-eight-year history of the Triangle Institute of Professional Photography, only two speakers have been received with so much enthusiasm: Zig Ziglar and now Steve Gilliland! Your keynote address was inspiring, funny and entertaining beyond words.”
– Executive Director, Triangle Institute of Professional Photography
“Thank you again for the fantastic keynote message you delivered to our dealers at our recent Dealers Convention. I was asked how our special speaker was this year by one of our dealers who was unable to attend this year’s convention, and I told him without hesitation that he missed one of the – if not the – best speakers we have ever had. I went on to say that I felt Steve Gilliland was one of the top two speakers I have ever had the privilege to hear.”
– Sales and Marketing Director, Central Boiler
“Thank you for taking the time to personalize your book for all one hundred of our attendees. When they returned to their room and discovered your book, my cell phone immediately started ringing. They were thrilled and astonished to find their names in the book. Besides being one of the best speakers we have ever had address our President’s Circle, the touch of class you added by signing the books deserved another standing ovation.”
– , Physicians Mutual
“As the keynote speaker for the Opening General Session of the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association Summer Conference, I have four words for you…You were just awesome! As I’m sure you could tell from the warm reception and standing ovation you received from our audience of over 1500 elementary administrators, your message and practical insights on how to find joy in all of life’s adventures was inspiring.”
– Chief Learning Officer, Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association
- VIDEO Steve Gilliland’s Official Preview Video (10 min)
- VIDEO Steve Gilliland’s Video Introduction
- VIDEO Enjoy The Ride
- VIDEO Making a Difference
- VIDEO Follow Me
- VIDEO Detour
- VIDEO Hide Your Goat
- TESTIMONIAL National Association (Awards & Recognition Association)
- TESTIMONIAL Education (Rusk ISD)
- TESTIMONIAL Fortune 500 (Adecco)
- TESTIMONIAL Insurance (Million Dollar Round Table)
- TESTIMONIAL Health Care (Americare)
- PHOTO Steve Gilliland – Speaking Photo
- PHOTO Steve Gilliland – Casual Headshot
- PHOTO Steve Speaking at his NSA Hall of Fame Induction
- PHOTO Steve at the 2015 HRPA Annual Conference & Trade Show in Toronto
- JACKET Enjoy The Ride – Book, Audio Book and CD
- JACKET Making a Difference – Book, Audio Book and CD
- JACKET Detour – Book, Audio Book and CD
- JACKET Hide Your Goat – Book, Audio Book and CD
- JACKET Turn the Page – Book and Audio Book
- JACKET Laugh Out Loud- Book
- JACKET Words to Live By – Book
- JACKET A Treasury of Motivation
- JACKET Steve Gilliland’s Side-Splitting Humor LIVE!
- JACKET Steve Gilliland LIVE – 2 DVD Set
- JACKET The Story About Margaret
- DOC Steve’s Brochure
- DOC Client List (By Industry)
- DOC Steve’s Biography
- DOC Script to Accompany Video Intro
- DOC SG Written Intro
- AUDIO Enjoy The Ride – CD
- AUDIO Enjoy The Ride – Audio Book
- AUDIO Making a Difference – CD
- AUDIO Making a Difference – Audio Book
- AUDIO Hide Your Goat – CD
- AUDIO Hide Your Goat – Audio Book
- AUDIO Steve Gilliland Live – CD