Admit it. Most audiences do not want to hear a recitation of a speaker’s life history.  Other than alumni, most people do not care where a speaker has gone to school*. They want to know why the speaker is a good fit for them at that moment. What will he do for them? This page provides a quick overview of who Steve is, what he does, and why he is the speaker for the group in front of him.

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Steve Piscitelli is a:

Facilitator.  Energetic. Humorous. Relevant. Steve knows how to connect with his audiences. He has worked with people from every state of the nation as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. His audiences have included students, secondary and post-secondary faculty and administrators, and corporate managers and their team members. He helps audiences raise awareness, challenge assumptions, and create action about issues that matter to them. While he does not know your institutional culture, he will help you have authentic conversations about your culture.

Author.  Steve has written and published eleven books. He released his latest book Stories About Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Isand in2017.  Also, currently available are Choices for College Success (Pearson, 2015) and Study Skills: Do I Really Need This Stuff? (Pearson Education, 2013).  He, also, has written, recorded, and produced two full-length CDs.

Teacher.  Steve has more than 30 years of direct (face-to-face) classroom professional development experience. Because of this experience, Steve knows the importance of connecting with the people in front of him about practical issues. Besides his keynotes and workshops, Steve has carried his teaching to his weekly blog (nearly 7 years old), podcast channel, and YouTube Channel. In September of 2014, Steve delivered a TEDx talk on Awareness, Assumptions and Actions: Why Do You Do What You Do?


Steve’s goal is simple
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• Talk with the audience about real issues—issues that matter to them. Toward that end, he spends prep-time with your organization making sure he understands your organizational culture and needs before the event. In other words, he will not waste the audience’s time. He recognizes you as the thought leaders in your organization.

• Provide simple, usable, and practical suggestions to help participants improve their professional and personal lives. One institutional representative said, "I appreciate the time and thought you put into understanding our college’s culture and designing activities..."

• Give the audience an experience—not a speech. He strives to involve every audience with hands-on activities in a multimedia format.


*Steve’s degrees:

For those who are curious: Steve got his undergraduate degree from Jacksonville (FL) University with a major in Sociology. He graduated as the Valedictorian.

He earned a Masters in Education from the University of North Florida and a Masters in History (United States concentration) from the University of Florida. He taught for 33 years. From the late 1980s until his retirement from the classroom in 2015, Steve taught at Florida State College at Jacksonville. His higher education teaching assignments included United States History, Education, and Student Success. For three years, he served as the Chair for his college's Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning.


Recent honors:

Florida State College at Jacksonville named Steve as one of the "Fabulous 50.” Nominated by students, this recognition honored "talented and dedicated faculty and staff" as part of the college's 50th anniversary celebration (2015).

Steve received special recognition in 2015 from Jacksonville University with the addition of his name to the list of "Alumni You Ought to Know."