Welcome! I’m Greg Vogt, public speaker and author of, “The Battle Against Yourself.” My mission is to help students and young professionals make mental health a priority. From struggling with mental health challenges to being admitted to several treatment facilities as a teenager, I now equip people with strategies, education, resources, and language to position them to more effectively talk about mental health and address its challenges, in what has become a growing issue nationwide.
I wrote this book during my tenure as a student at the University of Arizona. This is the story depicting my mental health journey; from depression, suicide attempts, and an 11 1/2 month stay at a treatment center. The book was written with the focus to provide hope to those who feel stuck and helpless. Following the publishing of the book, I’ve joined the nation’s premier nonprofit mental health organization, Active Minds, as a Professional Mental Health Speaker. I also speak in partnership with Greek University, and am a Board Member for the Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance- CA. I reside in Sacramento, California and speak at universities, high schools, companies, and non-profit organizations. I’d love to connect with you and support your organization in making mental health a priority!
I hosted the event and was ‘in’ the audience but was not ‘the’ audience that Greg was addressing. From my perspective Greg was professional, confident and did an excellent job of addressing each of the audiences for the two speeches he gave. He did excellent at holding the attention of the students. The students are a tough crowd with limited attention spans and some attitude. While telling his story, because it related to the students, he had their undivided attention. The message was very good for both audiences who primarily were interested in his experience as adolescent and how it affected him; what worked and what didn’t. The overall experience for both parents and students was very positive.
Greg was incredibly cordial, flexible, inspiring, and eloquent. I am so happy we connected at the Active Minds National Conference, and would love to collaborate more with him in the future! His presentation style was incredibly captivating...10/10. I am especially thankful that he was so honest about his personal trials with mental illness. This is not only very brave, but also really meaningful for attendees who have had similar experiences.
Greg did a great job before, during, and after Province Council in all aspects of his work; planning, contracting, speaking, engaging, and follow up afterwards. Very relatable content and message to our audience. I would rate his content and performance an "A," well received and organized.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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