Steve Gilliland

Steve Gilliland

  • Recognized by Who’s Who for Speakers and Business Professionals, and The Pittsburgh Business Times
  • Presenting to over 250,000 people a year
  • Named Advantage Media Group’s Author of the Year


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Steve Gilliland, and make your event memorable. Steve is an iconic speaker, brilliant comedian and a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame. He has impacted countless lives with his words of wisdom and is regarded as one of the all-time best in the speaking industry. Steve can be heard regularly on SiriusXM Radio’s Laugh USA and has been seen on numerous media outlets, including ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, as a contributing expert on the topics of personal development and positive thinking. His books Enjoy The Ride and Making a Difference have gotten him significant recognition around the globe. If you are looking for a master storyteller, inspirational business speaker and someone who adds life to events merely by his presence, book Steve today!  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.”

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.

Steve Gilliland has… Been named Advantage Media Group’s Author of the Year. Closed the Million Dollar Round Table event from the Main Platform and received a standing ovation. Been SHRM’s #1 rated speaker for five consecutive years Been inducted into NSA’s prestigious SPEAKER HALL OF FAME.



Enjoy The Ride (Motivation)

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 (Inspiration)

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™!


The Making a Difference presentation is also customized and available for education groups (e.g., staff development in-service days, schedule year kickoffs, school board and principal associations).



“Your message is a gift that needs to be heard by everyone in America. The first time I heard you it was entertaining, thought-provoking and brilliant. The second time I heard you it was life-changing.”  Susan Arneson, Senior Business Consultant, Kaiser Permanente

“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.” Patsy Stuard, CEO, Fort Lee Federal Credit Union

“WOW! You made us laugh and cry all in one setting. Your message was very powerful and kept the audience on the edge of their seats wanting to hear more, which was evident in the standing ovation you received. I am still hearing comments on how this presentation was the BEST WE HAVE EVER HAD.” Clay Crosson, President & COO, Americare™

“Congratulations on your very well-deserved induction into the NSA Speaker Hall of Fame. I knew when I first met you that you were destined for greatness, and I am very happy for you. You have impacted many lives in a very positive way and have truly made a difference.”  Michael R. Bartlett, SPHR, Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) & Vice President of HR, American Beverage Corporation

“Following your standing ovation, we heard comments like ‘wonderful,’ ‘super,’ ‘tremendous’ and ‘outstanding.’ Many said your program was the best in our 14 years of doing A Day with MDRT.”  Stephen L. Hammer, CLU, ChFC, Program Chair, National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors Minnesota, Hammer & Associates

“They loved your messages. This was evident by the TWO standing ovations you received.” Educational Service Unit No. 11

“Three distinctive keynote speeches and three standing ovations. The word sensational may not be enough to properly describe you.”  National Business Aviation Association

“Your message is a gift that needs to be heard by everyone.”  Kaiser Permanente