Bill Perkins is a dynamic, engaging, and powerful speaker with over 35 years of experience appearing in churches, at business events, and before groups.
As the former National Director of Education for Promise Keepers I’ve heard the best men’s speakers in the United States. And I can tell you, without reservation, that nobody is better at connecting with men from the platform than Bill.”
Dr. Rod Cooper, Professor of Leadership/Discipleship Gordon-Conwell Seminary
It’s sometimes tough to decide on a speaker. After all, the success of your event will rest on how they do. If they hit a Grand Slam then everyone will agree the event was more than just a success—it changed attitudes and lives. If they bomb, well . . . people yawn, and nod off and momentum is slowed and you’re disappointed and embarrassed.
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An Overview of this Page
Here is an overview of what I offer and what you can expect. Please click on any of the links to get to the relevant sections.
- Prompt, professional, and personal replies to your calls and emails.
- A personal consultation with me prior to your event so I can better understand how I can serve you and your audience.
- An announcement about your event on my blog and social media channels—if your event is open to the public.
- A dynamically delivered presentation that has been customized to meet the specific needs and achieve the outcomes you desire.
- Resources that I believe will be helpful for your attendees.
- A personal and quick follow-up after the event to make sure I met your expectations.
I’ve been speaking publicly for more than 35 years and have spoken at hundreds of events across the United States and internationally. I’ve appeared on over 200 radio shows and scores of television shows, including The O’Reilly Factor.
The Ministry Side
I was a lead pastor for 24 years in growing churches in Texas and Oregon. I’ve served on the faculty of Man in the Mirror and spoken at MIM seminars throughout the United States. I’ve also spoken at events for Promise Keepers, Iron Sharpens Iron, Million Mighty Men, Young Life, The Gathering of Men and Campus Crusade for Christ. The list of churches who have hosted men’s event’s where I’ve spoken include almost every brand in the country including—Baptist, Christian Missionary Alliance, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Foursquare, Assembly of God, Friends, Lutheran, Church of God, Willow Creek Association, Missionary Alliance, Methodist, Christian Reformed, Calvary Chapel, Community, and Independent Bible churches.
I love to write and speak. I’ve written or collaborated on 22 published books, including notes for the PK Study Bible, The Leadership Bible and The Journey—a Bible for spiritual seekers. My two best sellers are When Good Men are Tempted and Six Battles Every Man Must Win and my most recent books are, The Jesus Experiment and Why Naked Women Look so Good . . . understanding and meeting a woman’s deepest needs.
The Business Side
In 1995 I wrote Give’em the Pickle! with restaurateur Robert Farrell. This book has transformed the way companies do business. It’s a catchy title and most people wonder what it means. Actually, the “pickle” represents service that exceeds the customer’s expectation and causes them to utter those three magic words: “I’ll be back!” After the publication of the book I traveled the country with Bob Farrell teaching companies how to build a pickle factor by creating an environment where every employee’s pickle jar is so full they’re able to give pickles to their customers. It’s been fun interacting with some of the best service companies in the world.
I’m greatly blessed with an amazing wife and a happy marriage. I mean that. I remember on our 13th anniversary Cindy said, “Well, that’s 12 happy years of marriage.” I thought I had caught her forgetting our wedding date and mentioned it to her. She smiled and said, “I didn’t think the first year was happy.” So when I say a “happy marriage” she’s nodding her head in agreement–except for the first year. Cindy and I have three sons and two grand-children. We live in West Linn, Oregon and enjoy biking, cooking, working out, reading and scuba diving.
I speak on topics related to men’s issues, leadership, and customer service. Most of the events are based on one of my books. When I speak at men’s events 70% of the men who are not in a small group at the time of the event will commit to a follow-up group. This is crucial because lifestyle change occurs best in the context of community. I’ve also done leadership seminars for churches as well as church-wide events. When I speak for corporations the focus is on leadership and service, and every keynote and seminar is customized so well that attendees often think I’m part of the company.
Keep in mind that I can present these as a keynote or seminar. Most men’s seminars occur on Friday night through Saturday noon. However, seminars can be scheduled for all-day on Saturday or as a weekend retreat.
|The Jesus Experiment: An experiment is an operation or procedure carried out under controlled conditions in order to test or establish a hypothesis or illustrate a known law. The hypothesis of this book and seminar is that Jesus Christ gives a rich and satisfying life to those who follow him (John 10:10b). At this seminar participants (men only, or men and women or the entire church) participants will live the Jesus experiment and discover the reliability of his promise when they follow in his steps. This seminar is life changing because it transforms how participants feel, think, speak and act.
|Six Battles Every Man Must Win: If you’ve read any of my books or heard me speak then you know I challenge men to break free of spiritual passivity and win the fight for their heart, their home, and the helpless. I offer churches and men’s ministries more than an event. I offer them a strategy for a sustainable men’s ministry of which the event is one part.
|6 Rules Every Man Must Break: By breaking six specific rules you can throw off the shackles of other people’s expectations and pursue a more authentic and liberating faith. If you’ll refuse to be handcuffed by rules that aren’t God given you can: Strengthen your friendship with God; fight the battles Jesus fought; experience the true purpose of your life; tap into God’s power; get mad when you should; and, boldly pursue your God given dream.
|Mission: Integrity: Even Good men face sexual temptation. What they need is a way to resist it. Men who fall sexually have suffered the worst kind of identity theft. Since that’s the case, lasting victory rests on an understanding of their new and true identity in Christ, coupled with the insight needed to tap into the wisdom and power of God. This seminar provides a strategy that will help men think and live in accordance with their true identity. As that happens they’ll resist sexual temptation. And every temptation resisted will vitalize their walk with God, buoy their self-respect, strengthen their marriage, and provide an example for their children and friends to follow.
|Awaken the Leader Within: All it takes is vision—a Blow Your Socks off Vision. Exactly the kind of vision you’d expect to get when you follow Jesus of Nazareth. The vision that drove his ministry surpasses all others. That’s why Jesus is the greatest leader of all time, and why following his example can help you lead your family, church, friends, or coworkers—toward dreams worth reaching for and goals worth achieving. In this seminar, Bill Perkins will tell you how. He shows you principles from Jesus’ life that will awaken your character. Awaken your skills.
|Give’em The Pickle…And They’ll Be Back: Both the speech and seminar are based on a book co-authored by Bob Farrell and Bill Perkins. Bill will introduce and educate your organization on the principles of customer service excellence.
In over 25 years as a platform speaker for men’s events, I have come to know a lot presenters. I would put Bill Perkins at the top of the list. His easy-going, humorous, right-to-the-point style, engages men in a way that helps them really get it. There are a lot of speakers … Bill Perkins is a communicator.”
– Vince D’Acchioli, Founder/CEO, On Target Ministries
I can’t say enough about Bill Perkins’ ‘Six Battles Every Man Must Win’ weekend at our church. From the ‘newbies’ to the life-long Christ followers, Bill was perfect at reaching each of the 200 guys exactly where they were in their faith. Engaging, humorous and transparent, Perkins’ ‘call to action’ turned many of us from Christianity ‘tire kickers’ to ‘all in’ for the Lord. Consider me a huge Bill Perkins fan!”
– Mike Wright, Men’s Ministry, Willamette Christian Church
If your vision is to build men with others in mind then my recommendation is to consider partnering with Bill Perkins. Men respond to Bill because of his transparency and because he values men so deeply. Bill knows from his years as a Senior Pastor that when men become fully engaged Christ followers – everyone benefits.”
– Brian Doyle, Founder and President, Iron Sharpens Iron
I’ve heard a lot of speakers and Bill Perkins is the best speaker I’ve ever heard at a men’s retreat.”
– Jack Narvel, President Northwest Four Square Men’s Retreat
Bill Perkins is the best speaker we’ve ever had! His team building message has been right on target for our members who left his seminar with renewed enthusiasm and concretion action plans.
Steve Christie, Executive Director, Automotive Oil Change Association
Bill’s gift enables him to see the needs of an audience and speak with unusual power into their lives. His imaginative way with words makes him one of the most resourceful speaker’s I’ve ever heard. His material is original and he kept our audience spellbound throughout his presentation. I give my highest recommendation to Bill Perkins.
Jerry Sinclair, President and Founder, Faithful and True of Jacksonville, FL
You gave a punch that sent our customer service into orbit! Without a doubt it was one of the most memorable and impactful presentations our team has ever been exposed to.
Jeffery D.Pinneo, Alaska Airlines
Thanks for speaking at our international rally in Las Vegas. Your seminar was right on target. In fact, it was one of the best we’ve ever heard and was just the shot in the arm we needed.”
Marsha Ikle, Domino’s Pizza, Inc.
Way to go! Bill, you hit a Grand Slam Out of the Ball Park Home Run with our independent agents, executives and associates. Your blend of honesty, insight and humor raised the bar for everyone in our company and showed us how to jump over it. We were especially impressed with your ability to identify and clearly communicate the values that encompass our company and guarantee our continued growth and success. Thank you for going the extra mile in researching the insurance business. It makes us feel like you’re one of us! I especially want to tip the hat to you for continuing to challenge us to Give’em the Pickle! That speech and seminar have done more to create a customer service culture than anything else we’ve done.”
Roger L. Looyenga, Chief Executive Officer, Auto Owners Insurance
I feel that your content was exactly what we were looking for, leading the participants to look critically at their own customer service, as well as providing direction on how to foster a stronger service orientation among their staff. The Give’em the Pickle! Philosophy was the perfect complement to our ongoing training goals. I also appreciated the fact that you customized the talk to specifically reflect our company and current issues we are facing. I heard many positive comments about your session from our managers and senior leaders at the end of the day.
James L. Riebsomer, President, Presbyterian Medical Services
The reviewers of your seminar all felt that your message was valuable, interesting and well delivered. Many mentioned how much fun they had at the seminar, while being challenged with the serious issues of integrity, positive attitudes and customer service. They commonly said this was “one of the best seminars” or “the best seminary” they had ever attended. In this era of intense public scrutiny of government operations, I believe that all public employees should pay close attention to how we deal with our “customers.” The concepts of customer service and team building which you bring from the private sector are right on point for public employees. Thanks for the inspirational presentation.
Bruce A. Johnson, Quality Assurance and Training Officer, Oregon State Police and Training Officer
I want to thank you for the fantastic job you did at our recent half-day seminar. I can’t say enough about how well it was received. One of our agents said he had personally participated in hundreds of seminars and yours was the best of them all. You promised we would have fun and learn some things that would help our business become more customer service oriented. You delivered on both promises! I can’t wait to have you back.
Harold D. West, General Agent, Allmerica Financial
The style you used to convey information to our type of employee was excellent. Your method of putting together your presentation so that it was meaningful to our business was much appreciated and intensified the message that we wanted our team members to receive. We will be asking you back in the near future.
James H. Coon, Vice President, Jubitz Corporation
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