EDWARD N. GIDEON, JR.
- GREAT STORIES
- AMAZING SENSE OF HUMOR
Ed Gideon recently spoke to our Rotary Club about the Power of Stories -- to connect, to communicate and to persuade. Our program format can be challenging for some speakers -- we meet at the crack of dawn, we only have about 20 minutes for a speaker to present, and our members have widely-varying backgrounds and personalities. Ed was undaunted, and used a simple visual to explain the neuroscience that makes a story so much more memorable than a set of facts. But then he proved the premise with a sequence of stories -- from his own life and career, or borrowed from the lives of others, or made up for fun -- and led us to reflect on the stories that each of us are living. Ed is clearly a deeply-experienced leader and professional, but he is approachable, unpretentious, a great listener, and full of practical advice for those seeking it.
The setting can be 8 people in a training session, 400 in a state-wide association’s convention, or training and leading Infantry soldiers in the Vietnam-era, Ed delivers the message clearly. He works with great passion for task and translates it to you.
Ed helps organizations & businesses with his messages on:
- how to Decode the Path to Success
- Learn to Think & Act Like a CEO
- Heroes in Our Lives
- Stories Can Change Behavior…You Can Change Lives
Ed is a fantastic speaker who keeps the audience engaged and energized. His Texas-style humor, insight on improving leadership skills and instructions on how to become a better person are really a perfect blend. I gained several “take-aways” during his presentation and hope to enjoy the privilege of hearing Ed speak at a future event.
He speaks and trains nationally and has been selected by an international and a national company as a designated speaker. For over 4 decades he has developed a very sound formula for “Decoding the Path to Success.” It is shared in several speech & training messages.
Students often think of celebrities as their “heroes,” so I’m particularly grateful for them witness your ability to see heroes in everyday people…family, childhood friends, even your boss. Thank you for sharing your insights with us.(from a mentor to a group of college freshmen)
Ed delivers his message to a variety of audiences, ages and backgrounds. Each experiences the same enthusiasm, knowledge and relevance of Ed’s messages.
"Entertaining, thought provoking, with Great Energy!"
Love the information and presentation! Your passion and enthusiasm helped charge up our attendees. Continue to share your stories as you help business leaders change and grow their businesses.
I enjoyed your personal, practical and funny stories about your life lessons and how they translate into becoming a better person and a more effective sales consultant.
Ed’s audiences may not be moved to run through walls, but they won’t be left sitting on their hands. (that’s a quote from Ed) When he takes the stage you know he has a purpose. He learned valuable lessons playing football in the FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS high school district in west Texas. “We weren’t very good…ok, we were awful…but we never quit.” He has been influenced by family, friends and co-workers. His story of working on a drilling rig in the Big Bend country of Texas while living in a ghost town will trigger your emotions. Then, listen to Little Richie’s story. Hear the solution of a cancer victim as she endured chemo-therapy. Learn how the influence of Heroes is the propellant on our Paths to Success.
You kept people engaged, were entertaining and people were taking notes!
Ed effectively uses stories, many from his own experience, to illustrate his themes, providing an emotional anchor to intellectual concepts associated with leadership. He was engaging and created an enjoyable learning experience.
With lively humor and great passion, Ed dispensed practical solutions and common-sense ideas about working toward our goals with a sense of clarity.
I think the stories related to the Rangers was a great correlation to business. I have never been involved in the military, and I felt buy-in for the stories you told related to the work place.
(from the press release for Ed’s book):
“GREENSBORO, N.C. – Success comes in many different forms, both tangible and intangible, but all of them offer ineffable rewards to the person who persevered to get to it. In Breakthroughs for Success, Edward N. Gideon Jr. shares nineteen true stories of success achieved by different people and a blueprint on how readers can share the same victories.
In writing this success roadmap, the author combined theory, research and actual events. The result is an arsenal of highly-effective strategies that may be tailored to match the unique needs and situation of the reader. Out of the true to life stories and steps readers can glean inspiration and insight on how to make the most out of their mission to succeed.”
Ed is a successful business owner and valued advisor to CEOs, entrepreneurs and professionals nationwide. He has been part of an ownership team that grew the company’s revenue by 4 times in less than a 5 year period, and later in his own business he doubled the revenue in 4 years. He has managed 300 employees, working 3 shifts, 24/7. He knows the challenges businesses face. Ed is a speaker for Vistage International and The Entrepreneurs Organization. As you will see in his testimonials he energizes the audience, entertains and delivers VALUE.
His speaking topics focus on C-Suite Executives providing them with Improved Executive Leadership. They include:LEARN TO THINK & ACT LIKE A CEO; Professional use of a story to successfully communicate your message; Effective mentoring and leadership of your team; Successfully managing Change; Decoding the Path to Success; Work Smarter, not Harder.
Ed served as a Vietnam-era Infantry Platoon Leader. He has served as an advisor and aide to General Officers in the Army, and worked on a drilling rig in deep Southwest Texas, the Big Bend country. He has lived in a ghost town, and been a resident of Honolulu, Hawaii. Ed consulted with bank CEOs and S&L CEOs when they were managing the total de-regulation of their industry.
Ed has jumped out of aircraft in the Army’s Airborne & Ranger training, and kept his feet firmly planted while raising 2 boys and helping them achieve Eagle Scout. He was an all-university intramural champion in football and baseball in college, and Cadet Commander of the Army ROTC Corps of Cadets.
Ed’s speaking engages the audience, he delivers with humor and relevance, and uses stories to set the message. He is a frequent college lecturer and a frequent guest on the Sirius/XM (#142) radio production: A Matter Of Your Health: The 30 Minute Health Magazine.
He is the author of Breakthroughs for Success: Nineteen Examples of Success Achieved by Real People. Success comes in many different forms, both tangible and intangible, but all of them offer ineffable rewards to the person who persevered to get to it. Ed shares nineteen true stories of success achieved by different people and a blueprint on how readers can share the same victories.
EDUCATION: U. of Texas, Austin, May, 1972, BA.; U. of So. California, Dec. 1975 MS-Systems Management.
Other Honors, Awards, Achievements: Army Commendation Medal, 1975
Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Spring 1973
Airborne Qualification, Summer 1972
Commander, Corp of Cadets, University of Texas, Austin Army ROTC 9/71—5/72
Outstanding Cadet Award—Sons of the American Revolution (SAR Sabre) 5/72
Distinguished Military Graduate “ “ “ 5/72
Distinguished Military Student “ “ “ 5/72
Outstanding Company Cadet, Fort Riley, KS, ROTC summer training, August 1971
Outstanding Company Cadet, Fort Knox, KY, ROTC basic training, August 1970
My fee structure will typically include travel and hotel expenses. I do not charge meals to the host.
- Breakthroughs to Success 19 Stories of People Who have overcome daily obstacles...successfully Book summary You are in this book. The accounts of individuals and their successes are of real, every day people just like you. You are in this book. Turn the pages, scan the stories and find the client who was facing similar needs to yours. Follow the suggestions at the end of each chapter. Usually there is a bullet point series of things to do. We have combined theory, research and actual events into a presentation of steps you can take in order to achieve the success you want. This isn’t fairy dust. This is the handbook version of self-help. Here’s the deal, implementation of everything we discuss is easy, simple, no sweat. These are the requirements: make a decision, take action, use simple discipline. Coach Ed’s Good to Better to Great workshop on setting goals and building plans to achieve them will put you on the road to success. Bio Ed Gideon brings 40+ years of experience to these pages. He’s trained infantry soldiers; worked as a consultant; owned businesses; met the banker on Saturday to make payroll on Monday; had 300 employees working 3 shifts, 24/7; doubled the sales of his business over a 4 year period; bought and sold businesses. There are very few situations he hasn’t seen. He brings a solution oriented focus to his clients. Coach Ed’s workshop on goals and plans is for the business owner, single parent, soccer mom, and anyone who wants more from life.