Sam Silverstein, CSP

Founder of The Accountability Academy®, International Author and Accountability and Leadership Speaker

Author of No More Excuses

Entrepreneur, business expert, and international author, Sam Silverstein’s, battle cry of “No More Excuses” has been heard by companies and business professionals the world over. Accountability is today’s competitive advantage to reclaim market share and win the heart of a hyper-discerning consumer. 

His programs focus on accountability and authenticity, teaching his hard-learned lessons and his winning techniques to build success both personally and professionally.

Clients Include:

  • 1-800 Dry Clean
  • PI Worldwide
  • RE/MAX
  • Gundaker/Coldwell Banker

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Speaker Bio

Entrepreneur, business expert, and international author Sam Silverstein’s battle cry of “No More Excuses” has been heard by companies and business professionals the world over. Accountability is today’s competitive advantage to reclaim market share and win the heart of a hyper-discerning consumer. Silverstein knows how to get million-dollar results. His companies have sold upwards of $100 million in products and services, and he successfully sold one of his businesses to a Fortune 500 company. 

Corporations such as Pfizer, Lincoln Financial, AFLAC, RE/MAX and Lucent Technologies rely on Sam to learn how to sell more, be more effective leaders, provide greater service and increase income in trying times. His programs focus on accountability and authenticity, teaching his hard-learned lessons and his winning techniques to build success both personally and professionally.

Sam has shared his millionaire secrets on over 450 radio stations and on CNBC’s The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. He is the founder of the Accountability Academy®, has authored ten books and has been a contributing author to countless publications throughout his incredible career. Upwards of 40,000 business professionals subscribe to his monthly newsletter alone.

Sam incites success everywhere he goes. He leaves those he meets challenged towards results and encouraged towards greatness. The momentum towards success is propelled by eliminating excuses and taking personal accountability for choices, actions and outcome. In his presentations Silverstein uses unforgettable illustrations and paints vibrant, often hilarious, always inspiring pictures for his audiences.

Sam served as the 2008-2009 President of The National Speakers Association and is a Certified Speaking Professional. Originally from Atlanta, he has a Business degree from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Washington University. He is married with four children and currently resides in St. Louis, MO.

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Travels From: St. Louis, MO

  Fee Range: $10,500 - $15,000

“After reading Sam Silverstein’s book, I decided that Sam was the person we needed to inspire, motive and teach us the accountability tools necessary to carry us to the next level. Sam and his staff worked very well with our staff to understand our business and the challenges that our franchisees were currently facing. Sam’s presentation was tailored to our situation and presented in a professional, humorous, delightful manner. The presentation was well received and many of our guests commented on how they were excited to go back to their business and use the tools Sam introduced to them.

It was a pleasure working with Sam and I hope to work with him again.”
Shannon Toler-New, President
1-800-Dryclean, Inc.

Program Information

Success Starts with Accountability

For over 30 years, Sam Silverstein has led thriving companies, selling upwards of $100 million in products and services. He has witnessed successful people fail, and seen underdogs triumph. He has distilled his invaluable experiences and observations into a message companies need now more than ever.

Sam presents the four phases of accountability and the five critical, but often overlooked, ways to be proactively accountable. Sam shows how to increase success and significance in business and in life, and will challenge your group to take an honest look at themselves. Attendees discover what important road-blocks are keeping them from achieving their goals. Application of Sam’s principles improves leadership, increases sales and improves customer service. By simply creating a culture of accountability organizations, grow stronger.

“No More Excuses” has been hailed by planners as “the perfect message at the perfect time.” As an opening presentation, it becomes a powerful touchstone for audience members and sets the tone for personal accountability for the remainder of the event. As the conference closing message, attendees internalize the significance of accountability in the post-event “real” world.

  • Motivation / Inspiration
    Accountability is the catalyst to achieve previously unattainable goals and experience unprecedented success.

  • Sales / Customer Service
    Accountability is today’s competitive advantage to reclaim market share and win the heart of a hyper-discerning consumer.
  • Leadership / Teamwork
    Accountability encourages top-down transparency, and builds trust in a fragile and turbulent workplace

See the Solution is a facilitated process that enables groups to fully explore complex topics, while making sense of this complexity. It involves and engages all group members on an equal footing, leading to coherence through dialogue. The process facilitates clarity of understanding and prepares the group for making the decisions that will lead to accountable action and results.

While it can be a part of a larger, fully facilitated strategic planning experience, See the Solutiondoes not in itself bring about decisions or suggest actions related to any specific issues; the process helps the group to unlock their shared consciousness toward better understanding the context and the perspectives that surround the decisions they make and the actions they take.

See the Solution is designed to unlock and support constructive dialogue. It comprises a large collection of high-quality color images that are visually interesting and which covers almost every aspect of our complex environment. Participants become engaged and actively involved, thus creating an enabling environment within which the group can fully explore new ideas and possibilities.

First, the group agrees on the topic that it wants to explore (sometimes, the group or it’s leader knows exactly what the “real” topic is coming into the work-session with Sam, while at other times this may only emerge as a result of facilitated dialogue).

Then, each member of the group creates a collection of images that they intuitively or literally connect to the topic. For example, a person may choose a picture of a winding road and think, “This symbolizes the changes and redirections that face our team.”

As they later relate the connections between the topic and their selected images, group members tell their own stories or create metaphors about the topic from their point of view. Likewise, they hear the perspectives of others. This conversation brings about a more thorough and shared understanding of the topic, which can then lead to further action like establishing a vision, reaching a decision, assigning critical tasks and so on.

When does See the Solution work?

When a group is engaged in these (or similar activities):

  • Engaging in comprehensive facilitated strategic planning
  • Looking for patters in complex issues and making connections
  • Exploring different perspectives
  • Asking new questions
  • Crafting stories and creating metaphors
  • Tapping into the personal experience of group members
  • Articulating what is known to the group, but not discussed openly
  • Exploring new ideas
  • Imagining alternatives

See the Solution is an excellent way to set up and move directly to No More Excuses so your team members fully understand the accountable implementation of the achieved outcomes.

Facilitated work-sessions are suitable for all levels of staff and Sam is effective working with all levels of staff, ranging from blue-collar workers to executive teams. Sam knows facilitation and strategic planning from both sides as he is the former president and chairman of the board of a large organization. He knows what does and does not work in facilitated sessions designed to tackle complex topics. Your session will yield an enjoyable experience and deliver critical outcomes.

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Sample Client List

  • 1-800 Dry Clean
  • PI Worldwide
  • RE/MAX
  • Gundaker/Coldwell Banker
  • Prudential Insurance
  • AFLAC
  • National Kitchen and Bath Association
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Pfizer
  • AXA
  • Pfizer
  • Petronas (Malaysia)
  • American Diabetes Association
  • Public Mutual (Malaysia)
  • FAA Managers Association
  • Great Basin Mining
  • Plexas
  • MIT Sloan School of Management
  • National Human Resources Association
  • Westar Energy
  • Asia HRD Congress (Malaysia)
  • TVS & Sons (India)
  • Singapore HR Congress (Singapore)
  • Venue Management Association (Australia)
  • Mechanical Contractors Association of America
  • Gate Petroleum Company
  • Lucent Technologies