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Steve Gilliland Speaker

Steve Gilliland

    • Goal Setting, Leadership, How to Make a Difference
    • Master Storyteller & Brilliant Comedian
Fee Range

$10,000 - $15,000

Travels From

North Carolina

Steve Gilliland – One Person Can Change the Lives of Millions

Steve Gilliland – One Person Can Change the Lives of Millions

Steve Gilliland

Steve Gilliland

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. 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." 

In addition to his brilliant speaking career, Steve Gilliland is an accomplished author. His book Enjoy The Ride has been on the publisher's best seller list for five consecutive years. He was named Author of the Year in 2010. 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 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. 

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. 

Since the turn of the century, Steve Gilliland has become one of the most sought-after speakers and trainers in America. His background includes Major League Baseball, broadcasting, and eleven years of corporate management on three different levels. Steve is a speaker who has experienced what others merely talk about.

As President and CEO of Performance Plus Professional Development, Inc., a Pittsburgh Pennsylvania based company, Steve owes his personal and professional success to using past challenges as opportunities. It is that journey that has enabled him to build a business that started as an office at his residence to one of the most respected training and development organizations in the United States.

Whether he is kicking off an event, training all day, or closing a convention, Steve Gilliland is not only a speaker who challenges people to change, he motivates them to do it. His audiences and clients are a who's who list in an American business and not for profit organizations.

To book Steve Gilliland, call Executive Speakers Bureau 901-754-9404.

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.

Additional Presentations



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


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


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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