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 51 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 a motivational speaker.”
In addition to his brilliant speaking career, Steve is a prolific, accomplished author, evidenced by six of his books-Detour, Enjoy The Ride, Hide Your Goat, Making a Difference, The Cherry on Top and Turn the Page – 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 prominent national magazines. He influences the lives of millions through his presentations, books, audio products and videos. 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 other resources 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 also serves on the board of directors for a financial institution, and he and his wife Diane launched the Gilliland Foundation in 2017 to provide funding that creates lasting solutions for causes they are passionate about.
Steve was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, resides in North Carolina and travels throughout the world. He received his bachelor’s degree from Grove City College. He is a proud grandpa, devoted father of four boys and a loving husband to Diane. He 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. Whether Steve is speaking at an event, writing about current issues that impact others or leading his own employees, he is not just a person who challenges people to change, he motivates them to do so. Steve’s personal vision is to wake up every morning and, through humor and inspiration, help others to discover and develop their potential and live life to fullness.
Everyone who hears his message leaves with a renewed sense of enthusiasm for who they are and for what really matters.
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. If you want to achieve true success and fulfillment, you must first discover an enthusiasm for your work and personal life. Decide where you are heading, get on the bus, choose the right seat and Enjoy The Ride™!
- 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
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. 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™!
- Purpose: It drives you!
- Passion: It fuels you!
- Pride: It defines 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.
- How to head off conflict when negativity runs rampant and how to improve your own outlook
- How to deal with by-products of bad attitudes
- How to assign the right value to every situation and not give people permission to ruin your day
We all have different measures and definitions of what it means to be successful, and no one definition is right or wrong. We’re all familiar with the common success factors; however, the number one thing you can do to ensure success personally and professionally is to add value. This program is about how to develop and deliver value in everything you do. Organizations with great cultures add value to their people, their products and their services.
- How to step away from our own agendas and see what is necessary to add value
- How to differentiate yourself from others and be recognized as the best
- How to improve the efficiency of the process
The challenges we face in life will test our courage and willingness to change. As individuals, it is not the mountains we must conquer, but ourselves. While we continue to face many unknowns, it is crucial we develop the right mindset to persist and emerge strong-minded from challenging times. EMERGE is a timely and eye-opening message that centers on how to navigate on a course that we never planned, into a future we never imagined. Now is the time to learn from yesterday, live for today, and emerge smarter, stronger, and more focused.
- Gratitude – When we face a challenge, gratitude provides a perspective from which we can view life in its entirety and not be overwhelmed by temporary circumstances
- Confidence – Challenges are spikes in that imaginary limitation barrier that guide you to awareness and confidence.
- Life’s experiences can make you better and stronger, and more confident
- Determination – Remember your why! It is tremendously helpful in those stressful moments when nothing seems to be working right, and you’re tempted to retreat to where you started
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.
- 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
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“Your message is a gift that needs to be heard by everyone in America. 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.”
“On top of your incredible opening talk, the session about generational differences was full of valuable information that really hit home with the crowd. Listneners walked away with a better understanding of generational mannerisms as well as a deeper appreciation for each generation’s distinguishing characteristics. Thank you for your thought provoking presentations, the lessons you brought and the laughter you inspired.”
“Steve, thank you again for making us smile and laugh and become more aware that reaching our destination and goals can be an enjoyable journey. To sum up the meeting review comments: ‘Everyone loved Mr. Gilliland!'”