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Steve Gilliland, CSP, CPAE

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Steve Gilliland, CSP, CPAE

The Speaker
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 by his peers as a master storyteller and brilliant comedian, he can be heard daily alongside Jeff Fox worthy and Bill Cosby on SiriusXM Radio's Laugh USA and Blue Collar Radio. 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. He speaks to more than 250,000 people a year and has shared the platform with numerous dignitaries. Over two million people have heard him speak, with his audiences crossing over 29 different 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 Ron White collides with the inspiration of Zig Ziglar."

The Author
In addition to his brilliant speaking career, Steve is a prolific, accomplished author, evidenced by his book Enjoy The RideTM being on the publisher's best seller list for seven consecutive years and 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 keynote speeches, books, CDs and DVDs. An ex tensive 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.

The Businessman
Steve built a multimillion-dollar company from the ground up on the same philosophy he ex pounds 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.

The Person
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.

The Guarantee
Everyone who hears his message leaves with a renewed sense of enthusiasm for who they are and for what really matters.

Topics: Business, Change Management, Communication, Creativity & Innovation, Customer Service, Inspiration, Leadership, Motivation, Teambuilding

Steve Gilliland, CSP, CPAE
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Moving Forward with Purpose


More than ever, people need to rely on cooperative strength, think differently and continue MOVING FORWARD WITH PURPOSE. This relevant and timely keynote speech reflects on where we’ve been and the powerful potential that awaits those ready to seek and secure it.

Together we are enduring a dramatic chapter in the real-life story of access, empathy, progress, and well-being. If we fail to adapt, we fail to move forward. Life is about moving on, adapting to change, and looking forward to what makes you stronger and more complete. It’s time to replace the mindset of “it is what it is” with “it is what you make it!”

Key Points

  • How to maintain patience and a positive attitude while teaming with others toward that next horizon.

  • How to fuel your passion and enthusiasm for goals that push you beyond challenges.

  • How to develop perseverance, that unwavering commitment and willingness to keep moving forward despite all obstacles.

Takeaway Message

  • Moving forward means living, as fully as we can, in the face of what we have experienced. Forward thinking with a positive outlook.

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.

Key Points

  • Check Your Passion: Love what you do; never forget why you do it.

  • Cure Your Destination Disease: Live more for today, less for tomorrow & never about yesterday.

  • Refocus Your Attention: Decide what’s important & never take it for granted.

Takeaway Message

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™!

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.

3 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™!

Hide Your Goat


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

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