Melvin Pillay is an East Indian, born in poverty during the deep years of Apartheid in South Africa. His mother, a secret convert to Christianity, kept her family fed during those lean times – not by scrounging for food or begging, but through prayer. She would pray fervently through the night, and by 8 o’clock, food would show up. Much like the legendary George Mueller.
Melvin had deep ambitions for success, which were only further fueled when his older brother; law student and sole economic hope of the entire family, tragically drowned. Melvin moved to New Zealand and started in the world of sales. For a long time he was an abject failure. His boss secretly allowed him to sleep on the company floor, as long as he was dressed and ready for work before the other employees showed up.
Melvin hit a major turning point when he discovered a Zig Ziglar cassette tape in the Auckland, N.Z. library. He rented it with his last two dollars (instead of eating that day) and dug in with fervor. As he listened to Zig – he began to detect the spiritual foundation behind Zig’s message – he made a vow: Someday I will stand on the same stage with Zig Ziglar and speak.
Just seven years later, Melvin found himself at a Born to Win Seminar in Dallas, Texas where the vice president of Ziglar personally invited Melvin to become one of a few Endorsed Ziglar Speaker and Trainers. Melvin is also a Ziglar Ambassador.
Melvin ties together three powerful streams: His Eastern culture and lineage, which uniquely honed his spiritual perceptions even before he met Christ; the Christian upbringing which he received from his mother, from Bible school and professional ministry; and the Ziglar business culture which empowers him to cross many lines and move among many kinds of people.
Today, Melvin not only does keynote speeches and trains and equips men and women to sell and to run their companies with fervor; but he mentors them in the ways of the Holy Spirit and brings a unique, fire-branded prophetic voice that must be experienced to be grasped. His one-on-one personal prayer ministry is a must for those who carry large loads in today’s pressure-cooker, high-speed economy.
What people say about Melvin
"Melvin I love your enthusiasm. What a privilege it is for you to be here with us where you also honored God so wonderfully well and so excitingly."
Understanding success is one of the major challenges of today's world. Melvin shares how you gain true success not only at work but also at home. This teaching is the result of Melvin's practical living which came out of more than 25 years of research on this topic.
Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia
“Melvin Pillay is a rare find. For all who read these words, I hope that sometime in your life you have at least one chance to encounter Melvin. He is unstoppable and dangerously contagious; and reminds me of his late mentor, the great sales trainer Zig Ziglar. I've encountered many intuitive people, but almost none with the keen ear and perception that Melvin has painstakingly cultivated.
Author, Ultimate Guide to Google AdWords, Evolution 2.0 and 80/20 Sales & Marketing
“I have witnessed first hand Melvin Pillay move and ignite a room, giving everyone a dose of hope and inspiration. If you work with him you will experience this as well.”
-Tom Ziglar, CEO, Proud Son of Zig Ziglar
Melvin Pillay’s interpretation of his personal story, enhanced with thoughts on leadership and vision further reveal the mystery of divine unfolding of God’s purposes for our lives. You too can take deep joy that God is for us despite tremendous odds and obstacles, whether Biblical or contemporary, across histories and geographies.
-Professor Ramesh Richard PhD, ThD
President, Ramesh Richard Evangelism and Church Health Founder & Board Chair, Trainer of Pastors International Coalition
“Having heard Melvin Pillay address various groups, I feel qualified to recommend him as a speaker, trainer, and facilitator. Melvin has a passion for people. This is evidenced by his enthusiasm when he speaks. This passion comes from his heart. He is sincere, genuine, and has an amazing ability to focus on the participants and not on himself. His presentations are well prepared, well delivered, and well received. He understands management’s expectations and he never disappoints. Your team will listen, they will learn, and they will laugh. Melvin is a triple-threat speaker and trainer: He is inspirational, he is educational, and he always finishes on time!”
-Bryan Flanagan, Vice President, Sales and Training,
Zig Ziglar Corporation
I have had the opportunity to hear Melvin Pillay speak on several occasions over the last few months, both in a seminar setting and more informally to small groups. He is an excellent speaker and quite inspiring to listen to. He makes you believe you can reach your goals no matter how far away they seem. He puts his heart and soul into his talks and leaves his listeners
wanting more from him. I have used him as a speaker once, and based on audience response, I plan on using him again in the future.
-Michele Jones, Executive Director
Evans Area Chamber of Commerce
Melvin is the ultimate professional. Melvin has worked with myself, our leadership team and the rest of our employees in one way or the other for four years.
Melvin has had a phenomenal impact professionally on our employees, whether it's one on one, in small groups, or when they're all together as a group.
Melvin encourages and makes a life-changing impact on people that he comes in contact with! Melvin has made a difference in our company's core values and culture!
Owner, Herbies Auto Sales
I have worked with Melvin for over a year and he totally blows me away. He is a man of integrity and insights who can help you with cultural changes with in your company. If this is what you are looking for, then he is the right guy for the job. Melvin speaks from the heart and is unique and this is what sets him apart from other speakers and trainers. I would highly recommend you book him right now.
Speaker, Best Selling Author & Decorated F-18 Fighter Pilot
After working with Melvin for over six months, we can tell you that Melvin opens a path and takes your spiritual and practical life and synthesizes the two for your success in a way you would never have thought possible. Working with Melvin has been very powerful and we would encourage any business or government leader to work with Melvin Pillay.
-Brian & Susan Kruger
Best Selling Author, Soar Learning