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Becoming A Graduate Of The Bill Gove Speech Workshop

As of 3 pm Pacific Standard Time today I became the latest graduate of the highly esteemed Bill Gove Speech Workshop. I’ve been excited about professional speaking since graduating at the top of my Dale Carnegie class in 1998. Since then I’ve studied speaking, steadily improving my skills. I now speak publicly each and every month in my local area, which I consider an honor and a privilege.

I decided to attend this workshop because it’s the best and I want to be the best I can be. I believe that you only get better when you invest in yourself and learn from those who’ve done what you want to do. Steve Siebold and Dawn Andrews are the trainers of this workshop. They have jointly earned several million dollars in the speaking business. In fact Steve is in the top 1% of professional speakers worldwide. Steve partnered with Bill Gove in the 90s and carried on the legacy of the workshop after Bill passed away at age 89. The opportunity to learn Bill Gove’s material from Steve and Dawn right in San Francisco was an opportunity I could not pass up.In fact I believe it was meant to be.

It was a fantastic workshop and I would recommend it to anyone who is already an accomplished speaker with the goal of greatly improving their speaking skills. Especially if learning how to do a keynote – the most difficult assignment in professional speaking – is important.I learned so much it will take me years to fully realize the power of what has been imparted to me.

The majority of the work lies ahead. I’m committing on my blog to start the work to incorporate what Steve and Dawn taught me. I paid a lot to attend the workshop, but the greater expense would be in not using what I’ve learned to get much better as a speaker and earning from it. First you learn, then you earn.

In the picture below with Dawn and Steve is my memento of the weekend whereupon I joined the 63 year old legacy that is the Bill Gove Speech Workshop. Thank you Steve and Dawn for teaching me these eternal techniques. I will use them wisely and for the public good.

Me and the masters

Me and the masters of professional speaking

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Michael Neuendorff

Strategic Business Coach at The Growth Coach
Michael Neuendorff is a versatile business coach, trainer and speaker. He helps professionals and small business owners grow personally and professionally through a combination of new knowledge, more purposeful action, and a fresh mindset. Michael specializes in the areas of sales, online marketing, public speaking, and strategic planning. Michael holds an Advertising degree from Arizona State University.

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8 comments… add one
  • Hello, Michael,
    So, after graduating in 2010, then, what happened? How did this training help you advance your career?

  • Lorena,

    Hi. Great question! My speaking turned a corner after attending this workshop. I gained much more confidence paired with new techniques and understanding of professional speaking. As a result I started charging speaking fees more regularly. I’ve more than made back my investment and am seriously considering attending again as an alumni. I recently attended another 2-day seminar with Steve Siebold just last month in Los Angeles. He’s truly an invaluable resource for professional speakers.

  • Hi Micheal,

    I know you have done a lot of speaking over the years and done courses such as Dale Carnegie and Toastmasters and more recently the Gove Siebold workshop. My question is this; is the Gove Siebold workshop really the best? Did you really feel it was learning something that was more inciteful and valuable than the other two courses. Having read you bio and realised you have been speaking for a long time before doing the Gove Siebold course I would like to here your qualified opinion.

  • Jim, Great question. The Bill Gove Speech Workshop truly did help me to turn the corner from being a good speaker to a much better and more confident speaker. It’s on a totally different level than Toastmasters or Dale Carnegie. Both of those programs helped me with the right education, training and support at the right time, but they are geared more towards the amateur speaker as opposed to the professional speaker. if you take the BGSW you’ll know what I mean. Now this isn’t to say that this is the only professional speaking education/training you should take. However, it’s certainly up there with any program in terms of helping a person to become a keynote speaker. Hope this is helpful to you.

  • Michael,
    I understand that the BGSW is the best in teaching keynote speaking skills and secrets of the business. My question is does the course teach you how to market yourself as a speaker that other cpurses or books do not?

  • Terry, Thanks for your question. I don’t recall a lot of content about marketing yourself. A key point they do make is that you shouldn’t market yourself much until you’ve really developed your skills. It’s hard to recover once it’s out there that you’re not very good. Do lots of free speaking to refine your skills preparing to launch as a professional speaker. One speaker marketing resource I recommend is a book called World Class Speaking by Mitch Meyerson and Craig Valentine. There’s a lot of content in that book about marketing. Best of luck to you!

  • Michael,
    Do you know anything about the corporate speaker designation aligned with the workshop?

  • Terry, The designation comes from the IACS. You can learn more about their different levels of designation on their website:

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