About Steve Kaye


You may have seen me.

I’m the guy with the big lens.


Steve Kaye, Walking up the Dune at Morro Bay, CA, in About Steve Kaye

Steve Kaye, Walking up the Dune at Morro Bay, CA


Often I’m standing still, waiting for a bird to appear.


Steve Kaye in Zion National Park, in About Steve Kaye

Steve Kaye in Zion National Park, UT


And other times I may be letting people look through my camera to see something they have never seen before.


Steve Kaye Showing Wildlife, in About Steve Kaye

Steve Kaye Showing Wildlife


Or maybe it looks like I’m holding a class outside.

That’s because knowledge has value only when you share it.


I’ve been taking photos since (about) 1954 when my parents gave me a Brownie Hawkeye camera.

And I became fascinated with taking photos of Nature in 1965.

In 2010 I began to focus on taking photos of birds (although I still take photos of landscapes, plants, and wildlife).


Steve Kaye in Arches National Park, UT, in About Steve Kaye

Steve Kaye in Arches National Park, UT


I use these photos in presentations, books, and articles to inspire respect for Nature.

Find these by clicking on Presentations, Books, Blog, or Articles.

Through these I hope to inspire greater respect, and then compassion, for all life. This matters because our future depends upon building a foundation of compassion.

I was accepted as an Environmental Partner with the Charter for Compassion. See my page here: Environmental Partner


Photo Ethics

I follow the guidelines for ethical photography cited by Audubon.

See them here: Audubon’s Guide for Ethical Bird Photography

Thus, I cause no damage and leave an area the way it was before I arrived.


I started a professional speaking business in 1992.

That business was named Personal Quality, and then One Great Meeting, with the mission to: Create Success. This mission also defines my life: It reminds me to live in ways that help others become more successful.

This business helped leaders become more successful by teaching essential leadership skills: How to Hold Effective Meetings, How to Design and Deliver Business Presentations, How to Communicate Respectfully, How to Understand Others (based on the DISC Behavior Styles system), and How to Manage Time.

I also worked as a Meeting Facilitator, helping groups find solutions. In 2003 I earned the Certified Professional Facilitator designation from the International Association of Facilitators (which is based on a full-day, rigorous, skill-based assessment that includes demonstrating skills in a meeting where one of the attendees had been assigned to disrupt your process).


Steve Kaye speaking at a conference, held in the Disneyland Hotel, in about Steve Kaye (bio)

Steve Kaye speaking at a conference, held in the Disneyland Hotel


I’ve written books on effective meetings plus hundreds of articles on leadership skills that appeared in commercial publications, my monthly newsletters, and my blog posts. Find my books at: Books by Steve Kaye

I served as the 1996-97 president of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the National Speakers Association (now NSA Los Angeles), won the 1995 Connie Award (their speech contest), and was honored as the chapter’s 2002 Member of the Year.

As you might expect, I have extensive experience in helping meeting planners hold successful events.


I also worked as an employee.

I began working as a research engineer in 1972 with a Ph.D. in chemical engineering.

During this time I worked on a variety of assignments that included basic research, manufacturing R & D, field tests, administration, and software development.

So I’m familiar with the way business works.

Before that I earned spending money by raking leaves and shoveling snow for neighbors. Then I had summer jobs stocking groceries, wrapping meat as an apprentice butcher (2 summers), working general labor in a steel mill, and performing research as a lab technician (3 summers).

So I’m also familiar with hands-on labor.


More Info about Steve Kaye

If you’d like to know more about what I’m doing and why I’m doing it, please read my Mission and Ethics pages.

And if you’re interested in a bit of fun, please meet my Staff.

If you’d like to know about my photo equipment, see: Steve’s Photo Gear.

And if you’d like to know how I resolve challenges, see: The Other Side of the Speaking Business.

Thank you for visiting,

Steve Kaye