Scott Schwertly used to work at Thomas Nelson. However, a few years ago, he launched Ethos3, a presentation design company. He has become wildly successful, developing presentations for companies like Google, Pepsico, NBC, Oracle, A&E, and, yes, even Thomas Nelson. He has just written a new book called, How to Become a Presentation God.
If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know that I love presenting and work hard at it. But when I read a book like Scott’s, I realize how much I still have to learn! While there are numerous great books on speaking and presentations, this is the one I wish I had read first. It frames everything else.I recently had the opportunity to interview Scott via Skype. In this interview, I asked Scott eight questions:
- With all the other presentation books available, why did you feel the world needed one more?
- In your opinion, who are three examples of great presenters?
- You say that creating great content begins with respect. Can you elaborate on that?
- What does a basic outline for an effective speech look like? What are the components?
- Why does the presenter matter?
- Why do speakers need to understand about audiences?
- You talk about various methods of presentation. What is your favorite?
- What are three of your top-ten anxiety reducers for presenters?
Even though Scott is in my Mentoring Group, I really did love the book. I found it very helpful and plan to read through it again.