First Annual Speaker U Convocation, a Raving SUCCESS!

This past Monday and Tuesday, Advantage Media Group and Steve Gilliland hosted the first annual Speaker U Convocation, in Charleston, SC at the Courtyard Marriott Historic District. With over 60 attendees from all over the continent, an agenda packed with top industry experts and a platinum sponsorship by eSpeakers, the convocation exceeded expectations!

The three day event kicked off Sunday evening with a Welcome Reception at the Advantage Media Group headquarters. The reception allowed students, guests and Advantage team members to mingle while enjoying some traditional southern snacks.

Monday marked the first full day of the convocation. The morning began with presentations by the co-founders of Speaker U, Adam Witty and Steve Gilliland. Lisa Ryan, the first student of Speaker U gave the inaugural student address. Joe Heaps demonstrated how the eSpeakers platform functions and enables speakers to automate and streamline their speaking businesses.

The afternoon hosted a lively and informative panel discussion that featured speaker management expert, Marsha Cassel, Goodman Speakers Bureau Founder, Dianne Goodman and Founder and CEO of EMSI Public Relations, Marsha Friedman. Carol Desmond, from the law firm of Gonzalez & Oberlander LLP, shared her expertise on intellectual property and protecting your brand. SEO expert, Ryan Jones closed out the day with his advice about how to enhance your online presence.

Tuesday was the culmination of the convocation. The first graduates of Speaker U were presented their diplomas for completing the 40-course online program. Adam Witty gave a presentation on how to leverage your speaking business through multiple marketing channels. He invited Marsha Friedman back to the stage to answer questions about the hot topic of public relations. Finally, Steve Gilliland closed the event with an informative session on the future of speaking.

Speaker U™ is the first and only online university in which a documented, proven step-by-step program exists for the speaking industry. This isn’t a little of this, or a little of that; it is a comprehensive guide to building and sustaining a substantial speaking business. Every tip, technique, email, marketing piece, letter, and process is revealed by Hall of Fame Speaker, Steve Gilliland. The blueprint leaves nothing out. There are no gimmicks and nothing is held back. With over 15 years of proven experience and a track record that is impeccable within the industry, Speaker U™ will transform your speaking business. Speaker U™ is the Harvard of speaking.

The first annual Speaker U Convocation was a great success and we hope to see everyone again next year! To learn more about Speaker U and enroll in the program, visit

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