Public speaker on mental health, personal growth and faith, proceeding from my memoir, "The Battle Against Yourself." From being on the brink of suicide and spending a year in a mental institution to becoming a college graduate, published author and faith-based man, I teach people how I overcame rock bottom to get my life where I envisioned it. I provide inspiration, real stories, and action-focused tools that help people conquer their own struggles in what can often be a confusing life we live. You will experience an energetic talk focused on mental health, personal growth and faith.
I'm a book publisher who's been to many hundreds of book launches. Greg's launch of "The Battle Against Yourself" was unique in that his powerful storytelling and motivational speaking abilities were on full display. He completely charmed the audience, and drove his message home. Attendees were buying multiple copies of his book. The event convinced me that Greg has a great career ahead of him as a motivational speaker who can really help people.
Greg outlined his life experiences from his severe depression thru the events that turned his life around. His presentation was relaxed and made in a manner where the audience were informed and entertained. Greg followed his presentation with a question /answer period allowing the audience an opportunity to dig a little deeper into some of his experiences. Audiences of all ages would benefit greatly from hearing his story. "The Battle Against Yourself " is a great read and highly recommended.
Greg is one of those individuals who seems to have his own gravitational pull. His demeanor and personality instantly put anyone he meets at ease, and his ability to be truthful about his life pulls you into his world. He is sincere, warm, engaging and a dynamic individual. He truly cares about his audience and is passionate about his message. I would highly recommend him to anyone considering booking him for an event because you won't be disappointed.
Are you looking for an interesting, informative, life changing speaker for your group?
I recommend Greg Vogt, author, motivational expert and a person who has lived the life and walked the walk through the shadows of suicide contemplation, low self esteem, bullying and risen above all those challenges to be a successful college graduate and business man.
Greg takes his speaking opportunities very seriously— in the case of my interaction, he (and his mentor) met with me and my husband for a long coffee clatch discussion about the group to whom he would be talking: in this case adults with developmental disabilities .
Greg tailored his discussion to their attention span, life experiences, and cognitive skills so that everything he said about his difficult high school and institutional days plus his collage achievements were crystal clear: he made his points very effectively!!
I feel that you will be pleased to present Greg to your audience and will receive high fives and appreciation for your choice of this motivational speaker.
Greg contacted the president of our group and offered to give a presentation for our support group members of the Torrance - South Bay chapter of DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance). We held a special event that opened with Greg sharing his background, why he wrote the book, and his process for writing and publishing it. Our group especially valued his tips based on the lessons he learned. He followed his presentation with a Q&A session and book signing. He was confident, approachable, sincere, and caring. He created a flyer for us so that we could publicize the event. When we ordered and reordered books leading up to the event, he personally delivered them to us both times. He was easy to work with, flexible, and made himself available to discuss ideas as we planned for the event. He followed through on everything we discussed and he even helped us move furniture to transform the room for his presentation. Organizers and attendees agreed it was a positive and successful event.
I watched Greg as an author interact with his audience at the Tucson Festival of Books. He is very personable and commands attention. I was very impressed by how he engaged with the people around and in front of him!
Greg has spoken to students in our high school writing program two summers in a row and, each time, it has been a wonderful experience. He speaks from the heart about his personal journey, his writing experiences, and his outlook on the future. His honesty and compassion are apparent and that has been very meaningful to the young adults looking for truth. Greg has a lot to offer audiences of all ages.
It is rare to find a young man who is willing to go out of his way to help others. But compassion and zeal are integral parts of Greg's character. I saw this first-hand as I helped Greg publish his book, The Battle Against Yourself: Take Control, or Be Your Own Worst Enemy. Here was a college student who took the time to not only write about his own story of overcoming depression, but who also had the wherewithal to have it published! I quickly learned that Greg was a student of life--eager to learn all he could so that he could take that knowledge and use it in the service of others who needed his help. Greg is an exceptional young man who has the compassion and energy necessary to reach others with his message of hope.
What to Expect
-Event customized to organization's desired length- generally half an hour to a few hours long
-Engaging speaker who incorporates audience into the talk frequently
-Speaking content customized to the desires of the organization or event- mental health, personal growth, faith, overcoming adversity, etc.
-In-depth Q&A following the talk
-Book signing following the Q&A
-Opportunity to enter raffle for prizes
-Opportunity for audience members to speak with me one on one about personal questions they have
Growing up in Southern California, I thought I was living the definition of a normal life. The trajectory took a quick turn when I reached high school. Daunted by high school stressors, struggling to find myself, and relational conflicts, my self-esteem became nonexistent. What used to be a charismatic and positive boy turned to a depressed and isolated high-schooler. With years of failing to conquer depression, I resorted to attempt to take my own life twice.
After the second attempt, I was notified that I was being sent out of state to a residential treatment center for a year without choice. What I thought would be miserable turned out to be one of the most life-changing experiences I will ever have. I learned that what I did in high school wasn't stemmed from the external factors or people, but it was internal. I was my own worst enemy without even knowing it.
With therapy, personal reflection and a goal-based plan of using baby steps, I slowly progressed. I was able to permanantly get off anti-depressant medications, which doctors said I would be on for life. I got into a great college, and that is when the gates to my "new life" really opened. I re-identified who I was and found happiness, achievement and internal peace.
The college experience was terrific and I learned a lot. But it was far more than education and a social life. Experiencing an unexpected death of one of my best friends, coming to God and faith in a mysterious way, and publishing my first book, truly made college a unique time in life.
I got degrees in Marketing and Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona. Midway through college, I felt compelled to share my story to provide hope to those facing their own struggles. I spent two years writing "The Battle Against Yourself," which was published two months prior to my college graduation.
Now, I travel and speak to organizations sharing my story of how I overcame the darkness I faced. I have spoken at 20 events so far in the year that I have been doing speaking. I am working on writing more books, both nonfiction and fiction. What I enjoy most is being able to be a light for people and share hope that the trajectory of one's life can change, if you take ownership and put action to it.
Additional Booking Notes
Nothing technical required, besides having good lighting presence and a working microphone. Ear piece mic desired but not required. Permission to record audio, video and photos.
Microphone and a table