Steve Gilliland

Steve Gilliland

Some people were born to take the stage when the stakes are the highest and when the audience expects the most. Steve Gilliland is one of those people. As a master storyteller, he uses the power of humor to help people understand and embrace serious issues, and in the brief span of a typical keynote address, he both entertains and empowers his audience. To the meeting planner or event organizer, he is a dream come true – a consummate professional who is easy to work with and who cares more about his clients and their event than anything else.

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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.” Implementing this principle, he has helped people grow their businesses and expand their lives by teaching them to rethink their work, their relationships and themselves. He was recognized by Who’s Who for Speakers and Business Professionals, and his company was acknowledged by the Pittsburgh Business Times as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the region.

Says Steve, “My passion is to bring laughter to people while slipping simple nuggets of truth into their hearts, giving them courage to take a look at their challenges and enabling them to begin to conquer them.”

TOPICS

Enjoy The Ride™
Through humor and reality-tested techniques, Steve Gilliland reveals the way to face conflicting demands in an unforgiving business environment that keeps getting tougher. From the beginning when he shows people how to ignite their passion, to the end with his compelling challenge to never lose your focus, he releases an “explosion of enthusiasm” that is absolutely contagious. This keynote speech will challenge you personally and professionally. It is simple and easy to grasp — yet profound! Fasten your seatbelt and hold on as one of North America’s premier speakers outlines a roadmap for success and shows you how to Enjoy The Ride™.

Making a Difference™
This insightful keynote speech expounds on the essentials toward Making a Difference – Purpose, Passion and Pride. Steve Gilliland takes you on an eye-opening journey that will uncover your hidden abilities, unleash your inner energy and share the key to accomplishing your goals. You will hear a wealth of new ideas, workable tactics and useful tools that, when put into practice, will make a considerable impact in your professional and personal life. This speech is brilliantly creative, exceptionally humorous and absolutely unforgettable. Long after Steve’s final words, you will be buzzing with excitement and motivated to make a difference.

In addition to delivering a keynote speech at your event, Steve makes himself available to present a breakout session. This session must be scheduled the same day as the keynote speech.

Dealing with Negative Attitudes in the Workplace
Many people are being robbed, but the culprit hasn’t been arrested. Who is this elusive criminal? Negativism! It is a thief that affects every institution of society. Bad attitudes cost plenty in terms of productivity and morale. Not only do problem employees perform poorly, they make it tough for everyone else to do their jobs. Steve Gilliland will show you how to turn negative attitudes into positive behaviors and problems into opportunities. He’ll reveal the secret to not letting people get your goat. You’ll learn why people have bad attitudes in the first place, explore ways to head off conflict and learn powerful new ways to deal with the by-products of bad attitudes – resistance to change and personality conflicts. Tolerating people’s unconstructive attitudes is no longer acceptable. It is time to discover the way to disarm pessimism and realize the difference it makes. Armed with information you glean from this session, you’ll be on your way to finding win-win solutions and Dealing with Negative Attitudes in the Workplace.

Generations at Work
This is truly one of the most unique times in the history of the American workforce. With four different generations converging upon one place, everyone needs to be equipped with practical ways to deal with the differences. Steve Gilliland provides resourceful insights and solutions on how to reach across the generation gap and into the world of business at work. It is full of humor and practical tactics that can be applied to daily situations immediately. It is clear that there is a new face to workforce diversity, which organizations must recognize and respond to if they are going to be successful in the new millennium. The sounds you hear – young people (Generation X) voicing frustrations with the over-the-hill gang (traditionalists), seasoned executives (baby boomers) disparaging the importance of the kiddie corps (Generation Y) – are the sounds of generations colliding. In our age-diverse workplace of conflicting work ethics, dissimilar values and idiosyncratic styles, this ground-breaking program supplies you with strategies for understanding the Generations at Work.

Leveraging the Challenges of Change
The business world is a place of constant change, with stories of mergers, layoffs, bankruptcy and restructuring appearing in the news every day. No matter the scale, when these kinds of changes hit the workplace, the literal, situational shifts are often not as difficult for employees to work through as the psychological transitions that accompany them. Indeed, organizational changes affect people who are always expected to embrace a new situation and carry out the corresponding change. In this session, Steve Gilliland takes a unique look at how change influences people and in turn, how employees can impact an organization either positively or negatively. He reveals the keys to keeping upbeat morale and creating a purposeful mental outlook. This eye-opening program delivers strategies and tactics that are guaranteed to minimize the workplace disruptions and help everyone who hears it navigate through change. It’s time to help people start Leveraging the Challenges of Change.

The Value of Us
While organizations are working on valuing diverse people, ideas, backgrounds and experiences, we have miles to go before valuing teams and teamwork will be the norm. In this distinctive session, Steve Gilliland exposes why the “me” is essential to forming the “we.” This exceptional program on the topic of TEAMWORK is an inspirational and eye-opening look at what is necessary to create a work culture that values collaboration. With people being educated at an early age to be the best, win at all cost and come out on top, the emphasis of true teamwork and collaboration is nonexistent in most people. As a master storyteller, Steve divulges how other companies both small and large have created an overall sense of teamwork in their organization. Cooperation among employees is either an intricate part of the workplace culture or the missing piece that keeps organizations from fulfilling their true missions and visions. Laced with humor and best practices, this session will have everyone appreciating The Value of Us.

Full Biography

Full Biography

Steve Gilliland is one of the most in-demand and top rated speakers in North America. He has been working with meeting planners and speakers bureaus since 1999 to entertain, educate and inspire audiences all over the world. Recognized by his peers as a master storyteller and brilliant comedian, his appeal transcends barriers of age, culture and occupation. Steve’s interactive and entertaining style helps audiences connect and relate as he shows them 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, including bestselling author Dr. Ken Blanchard, former Mayor of New York Rudolph Giuliani, University of Tennessee Women’s Basketball Coach Pat Summit, Hall of Fame Quarterback of the Buffalo Bills Jim Kelly, comedian Howie Mandel and the creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul, Mark Victor Hansen.

In addition to his brilliant speaking career, Steve is an accomplished author, which is evidenced by his bestselling book Enjoy The Ride,™ being on the publisher’s bestselling top 10 list for three consecutive years. 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 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.” Implementing this principle, he has people grow their businesses and expand their lives by teaching them to rethink their work, their relationships and themselves. He was recognized by Who’s Who for Speakers and Business Professionals, and his company was acknowledged by the Pittsburgh Business Times as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the region.

Steve was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, lives in Mocksville, North Carolina, and travels the world. He graduated from Butler High School (PA) and received his bachelor’s degree from Grove City College (PA). 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.