An Interview with Scott Schwertly, Author of How to Be a Presentation God

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:

  1. With all the other presentation books available, why did you feel the world needed one more?
  2. In your opinion, who are three examples of great presenters?
  3. You say that creating great content begins with respect. Can you elaborate on that?
  4. What does a basic outline for an effective speech look like? What are the components?
  5. Why does the presenter matter?
  6. Why do speakers need to understand about audiences?
  7. You talk about various methods of presentation. What is your favorite?
  8. 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.

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  • http://www.leahadams.org Leah Adams

    As a speaker, I would be foolish NOT to read and consider a highly recommended book that could help me become a better presenter. You have earned my trust on this blog and so I take seriously your recommendation.

    • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  • Timothy Fish

    I like that he puts focus on content. That was something I was preaching back in 2007 when I wrote Church Website Design, but rather than tell you why I want the book, I’m going to tell you why I don’t want the book. The title is a non-starter for me. I realize it is “just an expression” but God deserves more respect than to be treated as a metaphore. It also brings to mind Herod, who was eatten by worms and died when he allowed people to call him a god. I would rather not die while I’m giving a presentation.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, it is just an expression. Herod took it as more than that.

      Scott, by the way, is a terrifically humble, Christian guy.

  • Timothy Fish

    I like that he puts focus on content. That was something I was preaching back in 2007 when I wrote Church Website Design, but rather than tell you why I want the book, I’m going to tell you why I don’t want the book. The title is a non-starter for me. I realize it is “just an expression” but God deserves more respect than to be treated as a metaphore. It also brings to mind Herod, who was eatten by worms and died when he allowed people to call him a god. I would rather not die while I’m giving a presentation.

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    Scott Schwertly’s ‘How to Become a Presentation God’ should be a tremendous inspiration to aspiring and budding professionals like me. I make presentations to our management day in and day out. By bringing in a systematic and disciplined approach to this process, I can make outstanding presentations that will pay off good and favorable results from all the stakeholders.

    True, presentations can make or break a deal. Hence, I yearn for honing my presentation skills. And, I love to learn the art of presentation from a trusted expert like Scott and try to make a difference in my delivery.

  • http://twitter.com/samgamgee Tom Roepke

    as a pastor to students i’m always looking for new and creative ways of polishing the presentations of life changing messages. would be grateful for the consideration of receiving a copy of scott’s good work…the Message is core, but creative and meaningful presentations are critical to leverage the Good news.

    • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

      True… presentation is key!

  • http://twitter.com/duffbert Thomas Duff

    I do a fair amount of public speaking, and I’m always looking for new approaches and tips. This would help me immeasurably.

  • http://navigateyourmarketing.com/blog/ David Tonen

    I am embarking on a new career to help pastors and church leaders strategically communicate with greater effectiveness, impact, and excellence by integrating a focused marketing planning process into their church communications. One key aspect is through educating leaders of the importance and value of church marketing. I figure if I am presenting to them in an education process, I better be clear and effective in that opporunuity. If you Michael, feel you wish you had read this book before other “presentations” books – then I had better heed and implement that advice!

    • http://twitter.com/BobEwoldt Robert Ewoldt

      David, I think what you’re embarking on is really needed. Church leaders and pastors oftentimes don’t communicate well. God bless you!

  • David Guion

    Good morning Michael,

    Thank you for posting the video interview with Scott.

    As an Associate Pastor, Worship Leader, and Speaker, I have many opportunities to make presentations in various settings. Being effective with my presentations is a passion.

    Scott, in my opinion, is right on target with his emphasis upon content. While “how” a presenter says something is vitally important, at the end of the day, “what” he or she has to say is where the real test comes.

    I also appreciated that Scott mentioned how much his audience mattered. I believe this is so important, as well.

    For example, my friend, Clint Swindall (he and I serve as chairmen of two different committees for the San Antonio Livestock Exposition here in south Texas) is a professional presenter through his company, Verbalocity.

    Clint says, “…an employee is engaged or disengaged based on the culture of the organization, leaders must build a culture to overcome employee disengagement.”

    From your post and this video interview, I think Scott’s book may well convey a similar message that “PRESENTERS must build a culture to overcome AUDIENCE disengagement.”

    Thank you for sharing this informative post, Michael. I’d enjoy an opportunity to read Scott’s book, How to Be a Presentation God.

    Have a great week.

    David

  • Anonymous

    The Ethos3 team is awesome, I love their sense of humor and the work they produce. Working for a small employer I end up presenting frequently and could learn a lot from Scott’s book.

    Thanks for sharing the Skype interview, it alone is a valuable resource!

    • http://twitter.com/scottschwertly Scott Schwertly

      Thanks, James! Really appreciate it!

  • Rick Hinze

    In the next two months, I am going to Belize and the Sudan to speak to hospice workers and pastors about leadership, spirituality, and making effective presentations!! I would like like to receive the book, How to Be a Presentation God, because I need all the help I can get!!

  • Anonymous

    As a person being trained to go into ministry, specifically looking at becoming a pastor. This book would be a great asset to my collection, and a great reference for me

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    Great interview, Mike. As a long time Toastmaster, I give a lot of presentations. I’m always experimenting with new ideas and trying to find better ways to interact with an audience. I’m really interested in Scott’s book, because he deals with the content piece. I think this is a missing element in so many of the books I have read.

    In the interview I like the fact that he talks about the rule of three, and practicing your presentation at least 7 to 8 times. Something I’ve been doing lately is video taping my practice sessions. This was very hard at first, but I find that it helps me get rid of annoying cliche’s and gestures that can crop up. I tend to practice 3 to 4 times, but I will agree with Scott that 7 or 8 might be the right number for excellence.

    Overall, I would love to read Scott’s book and pass it on. I just devour books like this. I just ordered Nancy Duarte’s two books and this would make the perfect trifecta. We do a lot of educational presentations in Toastmasters for our new members. This would be GREAT information to pass along. Thanks for providing great resources like this.

    • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

      7-8x seems like a lot, but I am sure he knows what he is talking about. I now will have to strive to reacht he 7-8x mark!

      • http://twitter.com/scottschwertly Scott Schwertly

        7-8x seems like a lot but it is definitely worth the time and effort.

  • http://danielsparks.com Daniel J. Sparks

    Thanks for sharing about how to give better presentations. Your remarks about this topic in a couple of recent posts have been helpful. My work as a military chaplain, Anglican priest, teacher, and writer requires me to speak to large and small groups. I continuously revise and critique my own presentations in an effort to make the content understandable and to ensure that I am communicating in an intelligible way. I’ve found that doing so helps me keep the presentation focused on the right content to the right audience in the right context.

    This week and next, I am leading 8 classes to my Soldiers as we prepare to return home after a year in Afghanistan. Soldiers in today’s Army make up the hardest audience I’ve ever faced because they don’t want nonsense to waste their time, and they’re critical of poor presentations by poor speakers. The tips you’ve provided on your blog have helped a great deal.

  • Luis Estrada

    I need this book. I really do. I need all help I can get to change a culture of bored-out-of-your mind presentations!

  • http://twitter.com/BenDempsey Ben Dempsey

    I would love to be chosen to receive this book. As someone that is taking on more leadership roles in my church that involves teaching and also in my professional life I would like to learn more. Especially since Scott discusses how to deal with anxiety and how to prepare content. Great interview.

  • terriberri

    Dear Mr. Hyatt –
    Just before seeing your post I was speaking on Facebook with a friend who was excited about a VERY important speech she had to make in honor of a very loved person that has passed on……she conveyed that she hoped everything would come out beautiful in this person’s honor. This friend has been working tirelessly for four long years in order to open a state of the art – Not-for-Profit …..Neuro-Rehab center in N.Y. The Grand Opening is in April. I met my “new” friend by offering to volunteer & help the Community Center with computer work from home. I am a former nurse who has 3 children and is disabled & housebound for the past 4 years……still I wanted to help make a difference while here on earth so I connected with my “friend” & her beautiful facility so that I could help in any small way. The even more beautiful side bar to this whole story is that…….she……is helping me to find physical therapy I have been needing for a long time as well as helping my family with housing. She is an amazing angel……I would LOVE to be able to give her this book as she will be needing to make thousands of presentations especially that she is working night and day on acquiring corporate grants and funding. Thank You for posting this lovely offer….;-) – Terri

  • Frances Sefo

    I believe that with God, knowledge, and experience is the key to success. And this book is the outcome of the reality of prosperity, when a person exercises his/her faith with works. Gaining wisdom from experienced people, will be a great encouragement, to put fuel on my aspirations, dreams and hope, to be that positive representative of God’s prosperity in my life, for the benefit/welfare of my family, and to be used by God to be a blessing in the lives of others.

    Thank You & God bless,
    Frances Atumata Salave’a Sefo
    Leone, American Samoa

  • Tobi Florence

    I want this book for a variety of reasons. To begin with, when I was in high school, I avoided oral reports by any means necessary. Seriously, my senior term-paper was never presented to the class. I lied to my teacher for a few weeks saying that I was too ill to present and finally she said I must do something and I manipulatingly and pathetically asked her if I could just present it to her alone. She graciously allowed me to do that. I got an A, so it is not the work that was the problem, just a lack of confidence and tools to get the job done. Today I am 42 years old and work at Southland Christian Church in Kentucky. I am a Groups Director and have 75 volunteers that I lead and train. We are moving into an intentional season of Discipleship. Though I have grown through some of my fear of public speaking, I tend to say things that I haven’t really prepared the audience to hear. I guess I kind of start at the quarter way mark instead of the beginning and I tend to cut the ending off abruptly. I am ready to tackle this obstacle in my life and offer myself as a greater tool for the Kingdom of God.

  • http://twitter.com/EricSwann Eric Swann

    As a seminary student and youth minister, my speaking and presentation skills are alway in need of improvement. I seek to be more dynamic and to reach the maximum number of people with whatever message of the Word of God that I may have. Speaking and communicating are something I feel naturally drawn to, even gifted in, but I need to continue to amass the tools necessary to grow and improve. All signs (being mentioned on this blog!) point to Scott Schwertly’s book being a great tool to implement immediately. Thanks for sharing the information and I hope to be reading this book soon!

  • http://twitter.com/B_Schebs B_Schebs

    Great interview and thanks for introducing us to Scott. The book sounds like a great read about getting backto good presentations. I was a bit blown away by the number of slides he would use for a presentation, but then you gotta know what works for you.

    I am transitioning into a position at work where I am begining to have to give presentations to higher level managers on a regular basis. I am getting ready to join the local Toastmasters to get more practice and guidance in speaking before a group, but having an in home reference for how to focus on the content to deliver would be great.

    Thanks again for all the time in effort you put into your blog.

  • http://twitter.com/kpalmer71 Kerry Palmer

    I would love to see if I could really become a presentation god. Great title!

    In my line of work, presentation skills are a must. Falling flat in this area could literally sink my ship! I would love to hone my skills when it comes to presenting to my students, parents, faculty, and board of trustees. I also do some outside presenting, so this could help there too.

    Thanks for making me aware of the book and thanks for posting the interview!

  • http://twitter.com/KoenMarichal Koen Marichal

    I reflect, develop & connect on leadership. Leadership in essence is developing and telling your story. I’m currently developing my story in a business school and learning to tell it to different audiences. The key messages of Scott in the video resonate very much with me. Design & delivery, that’s the easy part. Develop a story that contributes and matters, that’s the key. I want the book because it’s just in time.

  • Kenny

    As a person doing presentations for both business and community, a book like this would be a great resource for me, as well as others in my work group.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FJRLITL5IEFHDDFURAESLXOOZ4 Jim Whitaker

    Good video. I like the review of the book and what he has to say about presentations. He takes it to a step that is not just about the creating a great presentation or PowerPoint, but emphasizes the need for a good presenter. There just as much about how you say it as what you say. I think that this goes along well with your post about Nancy Duarte’s video from Ted. I think that the point is that you have to have a passion for what you are talking about (i.e. you platform) and you have to have a compelling way of selling where you want to go in the presentation based the where your are now. Selling that where you are now is not the best place to be and why travelling on the road with me to there is better. As a minister, professional and teacher, presentation books are always a plus and I would be honored for a copy of Scott’s book.

  • http://twitter.com/mhmcintyre Mark McIntyre

    The first time I was asked to do the Scripture reading in church 25 years ago I nearly hyperventilated and passed out.

    I now preach and teach at our church with an increasing degree of comfort. I am not one who naturally enjoys being in front of people, but feel called to do so. For this reason, I would appreciate the opportunity to learn from this book.

  • http://dianneguthmuller.com Dianne Guthmuller

    My husband and I need both this book! He’s a 356-slide kind of guy who can’t talk without a powerpoint presentation and I’m a Christian speaker who sees Powerpoint as impersonal and disengaging. Needless to say, we have trouble getting on the same page when it comes to presentation preparation. This book could save our marriage!!!

  • David Spell

    As a teacher, I am constantly having to rethink my presentation methods. Every age group has different ways of listening and learning. I am always looking for new ways to freshen up my delivery methods, as well as content.

  • Jim D

    As a presenter in both the public arena and for my local church, I too am always trying to improve my game and make it more relevant for the audience. I love to learn how to impact others more than just how to improve me. This books appears to be a vital resource for just that. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • http://www.stanleyjward.com Stan Ward

    I’d like a copy of this book for two reasons: (1) I’m writing my PhD dissertation on storytelling as a leadership tool, and so any book on presentation skills piques my interest. (2) As a hobby, I create free “napkin theology” videos for Christian educators to use, and I want to improve my videos! See http://www.napkinvideo.com for examples.

  • http://davidsantistevan.com David Santistevan

    I feel that presentation is something I need improvement in. From preaching a sermon to casting vision to conducting a meeting to leading a breakout session, I don’t want to merely go through the motions and expect everyone to grasp what I have to say. I think this book will help me become more effective. Also, I blog daily for a community of worship leaders and I feel this will help me take my communication to the next level.

  • http://joeandancy.com Joe Abraham

    I love coaching people to excel in career and life. So I am always searching for smart ways to do a better job in helping them. I believe Scott Schwertly’s “How to Become a Presentation God” is a great tool that will help me coach people more effectively. Thanks Michael.

    • http://joeandancy.com Joe Abraham

      To do a great presentation, great content alone won’t help. It takes other skills too. Recently I wrote a post on a similar principle – why we need knowledge AND wisdom. It’s about theoretical knowledge and practical knowledge. I think it connects with this post. Here’s my post: WHATEVER IT TAKES, PURSUE WISDOM! http://bit.ly/jaWisdom

      • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

        Awesome! I will check out your post…it’s loading right now!

  • http://twitter.com/StephenSauls Stephen Sauls

    Presentation is HUGE! I always try to go the extra mile and realize on a weekly basis that my impact is directly related to how well I present my idea. As a pastor, my goal is life-change for myself and everyone listening. It is a necessity that I spend large amounts of time getting a presentation right!

  • Btolander

    My job entails many opportunities to speak to smaller groups every day. They deserve my best. This book will help God to shine through in those interactions.

  • Karl Mealor

    I pastor a church and I teach high school mathematics, both of which require regular presentation. Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated.

    At church, we are currently making decisions about adding more audio/visual elements into our worship services. One concern I have is not allowing the presentation to drive the content, but allowing the content to drive the presentation. (Reading a book by Tim Keller. He shares an anecdote about a visitor asking “where are the dancing bears?” In other words, the focus of their services is the Scripture. I want to avoid dancing bears. Please help.) Based on your article and the comments, I think this book could be a valuable resource in our decision-making process.

    Thanks for your generosity.

  • Don Boyles

    I would love to have this book. I am an executive pastor and do a lot of teaching monthly in our assimilation classes. More significantly, I recently had to fill in for my pastor for 6 weeks on Sunday morning due to an illness. I know I need improvement.

  • http://www.meeklabs.com JPM

    I’d be curious to hear his thoughts on video blogging presentations and how that type of presentation might be different than a live presentation on stage.

    • http://twitter.com/scottschwertly Scott Schwertly

      Feel free to DM me on Twitter and I’ll be happy to share my thoughts.

  • Michael John Cusick

    Your recent post on feedback from Ken Davis whetted my appetite to sharpen my skills at presenting more powerfully. Scott’s new book cinched it for me. I’ll be reading this book asap. Thanks for more great resources Mike.

  • http://www.joetye.com Joe Tye

    For the past three years I have been eaching other people to teach our 60-module course on personal values. We will soon begin working with the Veterans Health Administration to teach Master Certified Values Coach Trainers, who will be prepared to teach other teachers how to teach our course. I’d like to see this book both to become a better presenter myself, and to share more best practices with my students.

    Some years ago Art Bauer, who was then CEO of American Media International, told me that if you really want to reach an audience, you have to have sex with them. I nearly choked – “All of them?!?!?” He laughed and replied that the only way you can effectively get a message across is by creating a Significant Emotional eXperience. He’s right – that is ultimately the underpinning of a successful presentation and the most important skill for any speaker who has a message important enough to not only entertain but to engage, educate, and ultimately empower people to make profound changes in their lives.

    I am also a Wiley author (“All Hands on Deck: 8 Essential Lessons for Building a Culture of Ownership”).

    Joe Tye

  • http://www.JanetOberholtzer.com Janet Oberholtzer

    Great interview – I learned some good stuff! Here’s three reasons why I need the book:
    1. I’m beginning a speaking (and writing) career, so I need to read the information in the book.
    2. My presentations have been going okay – I’ve nailed it sometimes and I’ve blown it sometimes. I’m sure the book would help me improve my presentations, so I have more winning ones.
    3. My audiences will be learn more and be happier if I read this book.

  • Meritfink

    I am just beginning my ministry. I wanted it to be with unwed mothers, however God keeps putting me in hospic situations. Possibly because I have recoverd from an auto accident that landed me on life support, burned and broken I spent so much time in ICU hanging on and then to a nursing home and finally I have made it back home now. I am still scared and cripple on the outside but the work that God did on the inside is one that I plan to share. My scars that were on the inside of me and my soul have just moved outward, leaving the inside clean and scare free. God gets the credit for saving me and giving me a calm loving spirit that seems to non-believers magical.

  • Renee Bates

    As someone who gives presentations for my job, and for my hobbies, I need a guideline to help calm the nervous voice in my head, and a methodical plan to convey the message in a way that is interesting and memorable for the receiver. I want to move past ordinary.

  • PK

    I’m a trainee minister and am:

    1) passionate about sharing the good news
    2) an OK presenter, not great, but wanting to improve
    3) financially poor

    A free copy would be a blessing to me, and my hearers as well.

    Thank you for your consideration! I appreciate your blog very much.

  • Rpaton

    Would love this book because after 20 years of creating business presentations I still have a lot to learn. A great presentation is critical to getting the audience to buy into what your telling them. Whether it’s a presentation to executive officers for buy in on a project, staff members at a team meeting or teaching kids a new skill or truth the power of the message will be determined by the strength of the presentation.

  • Joe Lalonde

    Great hearing from Scott in this vlog.

    It would be great to receive this book so I could improve my presentation skills. Just listening to him speak gave me some great insights. I learned things like keep it specific with three points and to practice, practice, practice. I think reading his book would give me more knowledge in the field of presentation.

  • http://twitter.com/SaintMattress Chris Parks

    Here I sit me down to read
    Hoping Michael Hyatt will see my need
    for this new book that will change my presentation
    and give me insight to change my nation

    Humbly submitted by an organic pastor

  • http://www.naomimusch.com Naomi

    I’m a writer with a small publisher. I don’t have a publicist. Starting at the grassroots level, I need to learn to be a presenter. You said on FB that I should “start” with this book by Scott, so I’ll take your word for it if you’d be so gracious as to send me a free copy. Thanks!

  • http://www.steppingcloser.com Nancy Ferrin

    SO thankful for a resource like this to help as I prepare and speak to groups of women. Without finances for a “coach” (yet!), this resource will be instructional and empowering!! It speaks to my passion and ongoing heart’s desire to impart to others a hunger for Christ and His Word…

  • http://twitter.com/dhatfield danielle hatfield

    I would love to read this book for many reasons. . . I think the biggest is learning how to gain the respect of the audience so that they are more interested in the message from me rather than the message on their phone.

    A huge challenge as a presenter is competing with technological distractions. . . and learning how to connect on a personal level with the audience and gain their respect is a valuable tool to change lives.

  • Allen Marsh

    I work in service line development in healthcare. All of my work is done without direct line authority. I study leadership constantly from theory to practical. The one thing that this post has shed light on for me is that I have not spent time studying how to be a better presenter. I make many presentations on strategy and new directions we are going to persue. I usually get good reviews, but I know I could be better. Thank you for sharing this book with us and the new interview format that you are using. Keep up the great work and may God continue to bless you and us through you!

  • http://wwwpatecounseling.com Spate1

    In this changing world, to reach an audience, one must understand classic thought about presentation, but also adjust to one’s audience in fresh expressions that bring respect to a speaker with an important message to deliver.

  • Agsteward

    Excellent Michael, just the kind of practical skill-thing I’m looking for.
    David

  • Gary Al Lewis

    I’m a 17 year old who has been called into the ministry of God. I believe I have been put into His will to expand the Kingdom of God here on earth to a growing youth culture. I have already spoken once before in front of my highschool, I did alright and got the message out there, but I could have done better.

    I like how Scott focuses on the third key for speaking (content) which is very essential. I also like how he mentions his three favorite speakers, out of this I found
    – A simplified message is good(no one wants to hear someone preach an essay, it gets boring!)
    -Being Conversational is great (its not only about creating convos, but being interactive with your audience so they feel they’re a part of the message and won’t get bored.
    – And most of all being Passionate is awesome (if a speaker has no passion, how could you expect your audience to be passionate about your message?)

    If Scott wrote his book inspired by these things, his book is definitely something I would want!

    Scott mentioned that we should be ourself on the stage, he is right that you can spot a poser when faced with one, I’ve experienced that. Be yourself, speak the message from your heart, so that people will feel that you’ve put action into your words previously and you’re not just babbling on about things you’ve never even done.

    I would love to have a copy of this book Michael Hyatt, since I know as a spiritual baby in speaking(just starting), this would help me grow into places I know I could not go before, and could teach me a whole lot of new things to help me speak about the word of God in front of so many people!

    Thank you for your time.

    – Gary Lewis

    • Karl Mealor

      Ok. I really want this book. But if you come down to me and Gary getting the last book, please pick Gary. This is awesome.

  • Benny Baggott

    I have primarily done presentations internally, within my own company. Most of those presentations have been to small groups, though I have have done one large presentation in an auditorium full of people. I am getting more and more opportunities to speak publically and to give presentations both internal and external to my company. I have one coming up at a major software conference in May and I am anxious about it. I want to do a good job, and while I have attended many of these, I know that the game will change when I step to the podium. This book may save my life (more likely my pride). I really enjoy your posts on the subject, as an experienced presenter, blogger, and student, your guidance is greatly appreciated.

  • Richard Wanjema

    As a student, this material is definitely a plus for my advancement. This is a skill that needs constant honing and any help I can get, I will take. Great interview as always.

  • Joe Foltz

    I became a pastor in June after graduating from seminary in May. Though I am overall a good public speaker, I often feel that I am not connecting with my listeners.

  • Agsteward

    Sorry, I forgot to be “creative”! After completing the Dale Carnegie class I’ve come very close to taking their two-page Dynamic Presentation class. It’s very important for me that I perform well when before clients, often very wealthy charitable givers, who expect me to know my stuff. It is my sincere prayer that this book delivers the goods by helping me develop my skill…and become an exemplary charitable quanto-zillionaire myself! :-)
    David Rockett

  • Helen Lee

    This is a terrific follow-up to the last post on why authors need to build their platforms, because speaking is definitely one way to do so. I used to think I was decent at presentations. I am a whiz at PowerPoint and Keynote. But listening to Nancy Duarte’s talk on this subject has opened my eyes.

    I am good at presentations. But I want to be great at them.
    I give interesting talks. But I want to give compelling talks.
    My words are passionate when I speak. But I want for them to be life-changing.
    I know how to be charming. But I want to understand how to charm an audience.

    For these reasons and more, I would love a copy of this book!

    Thanks yet again for a great post and giveaway!

  • Wanda Simpson

    Recognizing the difference in personalities in your audience is key. I liked the definition of introverts and extroverts using the battery analogy. I do a lot of training/presenting and I found Steve’s process very helpful. His book, in addition to Nancy Duarte’s books, would balance out my presentation skills library.

    • Wanda Simpson

      Sorry, Scott, not Steve. Early morning brain cramp!

  • http://www.jdeddins.com JD Eddins

    I’d love to get a copy of this book because as a new blogger who is trying to build a platform there in order do more public speaking, particular seminars for marriage and parenting. I think this book presents the opportunity to improve the content development on the blog and craft the first set of seminars that I could present in the future.

  • Anonymous

    I have been waiting for this book to come out. As a pastor and blogger, this book will help to hone my presentation skills.

  • Brandonwood2002

    I believe this book would be a tremendous asset to further my knowledge in speaking & presenting, literally from nil to well-able. Throughout my career I have been exposed to extremely limited opportunities to speak & present. Although I am very comfortable with the social aspect, very outgoing, communicate well, I have struggled with the preperation piece, & more times than not end up winging it. This would serve its most useful purpose as I pursue my ULTIMATE goal,which is making a CAREER in the industry of what most would call a “life–coach”. As I further my knowledge in leadership, communication, self-development, etc, it is CRUCIAL that I have the skills to get on stage & communicate my messege effectively. Who knows, maybe I’ll be on the other end of that interview one day. GOD BLESS !

  • Harry Bryan

    As a public speaker and presenter in our industry (pest control), it’s difficult to cut “through the clutter”. The focus should be on the message…not the messenger. But if the messenger is boring and dry as dust, then the message becomes uninspiring. Several years ago, my mother came to hear me speak about termites to over a 150 people. Afterwards, my Mom looked at me and said, “Honey, you are Jerry Clower with an evangelical bent.” To this day, I’m not sure if that was good…or bad. So of course I want to be a Presentation God! How else can I make termite control fun and engaging? Make it a great day!

  • http://twitter.com/cktygrett Casey Tygrett

    I teach and present regularly in the local church and I find that the quality of presentation helps my folks who aren’t “classroom” types to engage the material both visually as well as with the auditory senses. I’d love to have this book to use alongside Reynolds’ “Presentation Zen” which has also been helpful. I know that becoming a better presenter means getting exposed to better presentations and it sounds like this book would be that type of experience.

    As a note, I want to become “A Presentation God” not “THE Presentation God.” Just wanted to get my theology right on that score. Thanks!

  • Nathan Claycomb

    Hello Michael,

    I would greatly like a copy of How to Become a Presentation God to assist me in my work. I am an instructor and present to soldiers on a regular basis. Sometimes connecting with soldiers can be challenging as I have never actually served in a miliary branch. I would like my presentations to captivate this unique audience and drive home my messages with an energy that they cannot help but actively receive.

    Thank you for your consideration.
    Nathan

  • Ross Denton

    As a speaker and teacher I would love to get a copy of this book. It sounds like Scott is very Wiley in his profession, that the book captures the very Ethos of presentations, and likely will soon have a full (Thomas) Nelson on the presentation book genre.

    Thanks for considering me, and thanks for informing us of this great tool!

  • Ken Porter

    This is the first time I have looked at your BLOG. i found it through the Christian Leadership Group on Facebook. It was a good interview and my interest is peaked. As I listened to it I was thinking how the book couples with Church marketing 101.

    I teach high school age boys and there seem to be a lot of things that I could share with them to make them successful. I would love a copy and would teach the skills I learn.

  • http://twitter.com/ThatGuyKC K.C. Pro

    I have been looking forward to the release of Scott’s book since October! The only reason I don’t have a copy yet is I’m on the Dave Ramsey plan. :(

    As I’m exploring opportunities to speak publicly and at work it would be amazing to have this book to learn the “mad skills” of a presentation master.

  • http://www.honoracademydirector.com Heath Stoner

    I give talks around 10 times a week. I have not read a presentation book in about 8 years so it is time for me to sharpen myself again with fresh ideas. The thing that I need to work on the most is maximizing my presentation.

    If I am given this book, I will read it and give a review on my blog.

  • Peggy Barons

    I would LOVE to have this book because one of my jobs is securing speakers for a women’s group in the area in which I live. I am always looking for engaging people with a presentation that allows the audience to see things in a new light. I am also looking for speakers who can inspire and motivate their audience to act – not necessarily on what the topic at hand is, but on their own calling. I think this book will help me to know what to look for when searching for qualified speakers. I also have given (just a few) presentations myself, mostly on keeping Christmas sane and blessed and would love to know how to give the best talk/workshop possible. Hope I make the cut! ~Peggy

  • http://twitter.com/dscottwilke Scott Wilke

    In my role, I have opportunities to present pretty regularly. I want to move past simply presenting content/material and know that I am connecting with an audience. I’m not usually presenting to really large groups, but I think good, effective presentation skills are just as important for small groups. Audiences of 2-10 people still deserve great presentations. I think I could really benefit from this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Robin Williamson

    I am an administrator at a Classical, Christian school in Texas. I have the opportunity to present workshops at conventions and schools for teachers. I have few people or resources to help with this so I am an avid reader of your blog. Be a Presentstion God would be a huge help to me. Thanks so much for your great blog.

  • Terry Strickland

    I could use the book to help my SS teachers who are beginning to use PowerPoint in SS.
    I will be teaching about using PP at a major SS training for our area in August.
    Thank you for considering me.
    Terry Strickland

  • http://twitter.com/jeffreyMurias Jeffrey Murias

    I’m a business major which means I will need to be presenting often, especially when I start to work in my field. I’m looking for some new materials in order to perfect my presentation skills. I would like to know how to make clear and concise points in order to gain the audiences undivided attention. ‘How To Be A Presentation God’ would be a great read and I’m sure I could learn a lot from it.

    Sincerely,
    Jeffrey Murias

  • Derek

    Thanks for the post Michael. Professionalism and presentation lead to reaching a greater audience. To present effectively, we need to understand and relate to our audience…make it relevant. Lives are impacted when these components intersect. Thank you for your consideration as I develop my own “impacting” skills.

  • Pete Ryder

    I’m a pastor who presents biblical content every week. I am also drawn to to great design and I’ve been known to spend almost as much time on the design elements as the content. I am always trying to better myself and this book sounds like it’s going to help me hit the sweet spot each week to bring about eternal results. The content drives the design…the design enhances the content… Both/And…

  • http://twitter.com/TracyStoller Tracy Stoller

    I am an academic librarian, so I teach college students and I would love to be a better speaker. After I read the book, I will put it in the university library for others to read.

  • Jamie

    I train small group leaders at our church, and also have started working with a direct-selling company. I look forward to learning new ways to get ideas and thoughts across to diverse groups of people.

  • Jamie

    I train small group leaders at our church, and also have started working with a direct-selling company. I look forward to learning new ways to get ideas and thoughts across to diverse groups of people.

  • http://twitter.com/lbrmceo Jim Lewis

    I don’t know about becoming a god, but help with my presentations I could use.

    Half my staff say I don’t communicate enough . . . while the other half say I give too much information. Rather than becoming a god, perhaps this book will at least help me be a King Solomon and I can split the presentation baby in two — and give each group what they want.

  • http://www.melissaknorris.com Melissaknorris

    Without the risk of sounding crazy, unless you go for that (Grin), I have been asking God if I was to begin launching my speaking career. Can’t think of a better way than to read the must have book to prepare me. Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/bigmet Metric

    I’m a budding speaker/presenter who has yet to read an presentation book. I really desire to grow and be the best I can be at speaking and presenting and believe this book would be a great tool to help me along my journey. I loved Scott’s comment about practicing an presentation 7 times before presenting. My greatest fear would be practicing 7 times the WRONG way! I believe this book would help me prevent that.

  • Derek Worthington

    A haiku:

    Presenter am I
    Growth I greatly desire
    Free books always help!

  • Revjason2

    I would love a copy of the book, because I believe it would be a good foundation for the leadership group I am teaching at my church.

  • Merrilou Harrison

    As a presenter/trainer of Educators, I need to always be on top of my game. These Educators present to students and audiences all of the time, so when they come to a professional development, they expect better than what they think they can do. In order for them to hear and learn from me, I must always bettering my own skills. I must have a clear message that is presented in a new, creative, and concise way for the audience to interact with and take away.
    After listening to the interview with Scott, I think he has many ideas that I need to learn and incorporate into my training presentations and as a result impact more of the educational world. So with high expectations, need to learn more, and urgency of learning more – I need to learn how to be a Presentation God!

  • http://dennarr.com/ Dennis Arriaga

    As a young corporate director at a non-profit research institute, as well as a chapter chair and aspiring board member for another non-profit, I am always seeking to improve my leadership and management skills. A large part of those roles is making presentations. I know there is no one-size-fits-all, “secret sauce”, but every little bit helps!

    I appreciate the blog and thanks for the interview!

  • Heidi

    My husband was an assistant pastor for 24 years at a small church. He lost his job about 1 1/2 years ago and has been working on his masters and Ph.D. Even though his job was eliminated due to finances, it still messed with his (and my) head and heart. Rebuilding back up to being used again by God is a process that it taking time and I think this book would be a big help to him in giving him an additional tool and helpful information to help him. He has a heart for God and has helped many people through personal counseling. Sure would love to surprise him with a special gift of this book.

  • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

    Insightful interview!

  • http://www.globaltribe.com Robert Michaels

    As a presenter for a non-profit, I have to make my point quickly, because allotted times can range from 2 minutes to 30 minutes, and in places from a coffee shop to churches or concerts. Listening to Scott and Mike, my take away will change the way I present Global Tribe. I appreciate this lesson in my journey to never stop learning. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/bigwalnutfly Cory Zurcher

    I am launching a new project in my current role and want to infuse new thought and energy into a business that is old and tired. Enough with Power Point and Business Speak I want inspiration.

  • http://twitter.com/RichardDedor Richard Dedor

    I am currently in the process of re-vamping all my presentations and seeking to expand in the New York City market so this book would provide the final piece in this re-development and branding process. Plus, I haven’t read a presentation book since Presentation Zen and could use an energetic and passionate refresher. Finally, I love Ethos3’s Presentation Tips App. I often flip through it just to remind me of key points to remember.

  • http://www.globaltribe.com Robert Michaels

    Sometimes as one goes through seasons of life, confidence in one’s ability to present can become distorted or just plain stale. The interview with Scott helped reframe my thoughts on how I present in short or long time spans and small or large audiences. Thanks for the refresher.

  • Devon

    It seems like we are constantly bombarded with presentation after presentation these days. Everyone has information that needs to be distributed to a group, and everyone is in a group that needs to be presented to. Because everyone is exposed to so many presentations, those few presenters who really hit a home run are very easy to notice. They stand out like the biggest building in town. Those people who can present well will be in high demand. If this book can improve your presentation skills and make you a “presentation god”, it would be well worth the time invested.

  • Amy Houts

    Although I’m the author of 40 books for children, I’ve never become comfortable giving presentations. While sometimes my school visits and other talks go well, sometimes they don’t, and I don’t know why. In fact, I’ve thought about declining my next invitation to give a talk because I’ve become so nervous that I feel sick. Reading your blog post, Mr. Hyatt, related to how an author must build a platform reminds me and encourages me that I do need to figure out how to rise to this challenge. Your book, Mr. Schwertly, sounds like it would be extremely helpful in conquering my fear and figuring out what I’m doing wrong so I can give successful presentations and look forward to sharing my life as an author, rather than wanting to go and hide.

  • Edwina Cowgill

    I recently began a speaking ministry and need all the help I can get! I want to make my presentations memorable, offering as much take-away as I can; I want to know how to market my presentations to draw in the most; I want to know everything in this book and apply it to my ministry.

    Thank you for this opportunity!

  • http://twitter.com/treydarbonne treydarbonne

    In the first 1:20 of the interview, Scott already pointed out to me that which I had failed to notice: the focus of almost all presentation advice on only two of the three elements of a talk or presentation. If he hooks me that quickly, I want to read all he has to say about each element of presenting. I don’t need to be a presentation god; being a presentation jedi will do just fine. Help me, Obi-Wan!

  • http://twitter.com/ThackersCrackrs Lisa T

    I read How To Be A Presentation Dud, and frankly, it sucked. I want Scott’s book so I can head in the *right* direction.

  • http://needmorewordscs.blogspot.com Diane Marie Shaw

    What a timely blog for me. I have been asked to speak to a group of women in May. I will be attending one of their meetings next week to observe how they are structured. When Scott mentioned thinking about the generations and personalities you are speaking to, I realized by attending a meeting before I speak, I am giving myself the opportunity to better prepare my talk.
    My calling is to write and to speak. I am a Christian and my goal is to do everything in a way that gives glory to God. A large part of that is learning the craft of writing and speaking. My library of writing books is increasing and it is time to begin adding books on becoming an effective speaker. I believe Scott’s book would look good on my shelf.

  • http://twitter.com/TylerRedden Tyler Redden

    I work on staff at a church here in Montana. I’m on the preaching team and have a PASSION for communicating. I agree with Mark Batterson who said, ” The most important truths ought to be communicated in the most memorable ways.”

    As a communicator, I am passionate about developing my craft. This book would help me tremendously. PICK ME, PLEASE!

  • Anonymous

    I am being asked to speak more and more often. It is not what I was trained in, but I am enjoying it so much! With this new opportunity comes great responsibility to continue to grow. This book sounds like something I definitely need to read. I would love to get a copy of it!

  • Anonymous

    I am being asked to speak more and more often. It is not what I was trained in, but I am enjoying it so much! With this new opportunity comes great responsibility to continue to grow. This book sounds like something I definitely need to read. I would love to get a copy of it!

  • http://twitter.com/TylerRedden Tyler Redden

    I work on staff at a church in Montana. I am on the preaching team and have a passion for communicating. I agree with Mark Batterson who said, ” The most important truths ought to be communicated in the most memorable ways.” I am passionate about communicating the truths of the Bible in memorable ways.

    This book would help me tremendously as I develop my craft of speaking. PLEASE, PICK ME!

  • http://twitter.com/TylerRedden Tyler Redden

    I work on staff at a church in Montana. I am on the preaching team and have a passion for communicating. I agree with Mark Batterson who said, ” The most important truths ought to be communicated in the most memorable ways.” I am passionate about communicating the truths of the Bible in memorable ways.

    This book would help me tremendously as I develop my craft of speaking. PLEASE, PICK ME!

  • Dot Bast

    The City of Delray Beach is ready to launch I.M.P.A.C.T. Delray: Individual Mentoring And Collaboration Team. A group of about ten “high potential” employees will be brought together for a year-long program that will enhance their leadership and managerial skills. One of the topics is presentation skills and Scott’s book would provide valuable guidance for this module.
    Thank you for your consideration as we endeavor to be good stewards of the public dollar

  • Drcstecker

    My life mission is to equip, train and empower leaders to impact generations yet to be born. As a result, a book given me will have generational significance as it will be poured into leaders of this generation to pour into leaders of the emerging generation who will touch generations yet to be born. I would love to receive a book and will report back to you if it is really as good as you say or if you are enamored because the author is in your mentoring group.

  • http://twitter.com/bethanyplanton Bethany Planton

    I love when you present new books on your blog! I am always looking for new books to read on leadership and presentations and communication. I am eager to learn as much about the field I am in as I can.

    I read PresentationZen last year for my communication presentation class and learned so much from it. I would love to have another presentation book on my shelf to be able to reference and use.

  • http://twitter.com/btotherock blair roberts

    i want this book because i suck at presentations. it’s difficult to be creative. i can write a great speech, but to get what i want the audience to hear across is something i struggle with greatly. having a tool like this could make all the difference. thanks for the offer!

  • Jason Larsen

    Great presentations are hard to come by. Thanks for spending time talking about them and recommending great resources!

  • Magstan16

    I am a member of toastmaster club in my place and I would love to have this book so that I can share with my fellow toastmaster friends on how to give effective presentation.

  • http://twitter.com/mycaalford Myca Alford

    As a female who does a fair amount of presenting, I’d prefer to be called “Presentation Goddess”, but I suppose I can deign to learn from a “Presentation God”.

    Plus, my birthday is on March 18th, and a great present to myself would be to improve my presentation skills in any way possible.

    Great Skyped interview! Thanks for shining the spotlight on another great resource.

  • http://twitter.com/Muerte_tsd Michael

    Teaching is presenting and my ultimate goal in life is to enter academia and teach at the college level. In my current job, I also spend time presenting training classes and teaching, and would love to be able to do things more effectively. I see something like this as an investment in both my and other people’s future.

  • http://bringonthebooks.blogspot.com Jaymie Dieterle

    Fascinating interview. I was with you on the question of why we need another book on presenting, but I really liked the points covered in the interview. As someone who enjoys the Myers-Briggs and how it can help groups work together, I am interested in hearing how to design a presentation to work with both introverts and extraverts. I would love to read the book and discover better ways to relate to a group, whether it is for a congregational presentation or a classroom presentation.

  • http://twitter.com/theronmathis Theron Mathis

    There is almost nothing I enjoy more than getting up in front an audience and delivering a message. Thankfully, I get to do it on regular basis in Church life, and occasionally in business situations. I would love to do it more.

    Because of my passion and love, I am always tweaking and working on ways to be more effective, more energetic, and more persuasive. Action and change not just information is what I strive for, and this can be difficult at times.

    This book would be greatly appreciated, and would put to great use.

  • Garrison

    I really enjoyed the video interview. It a nice change to view on a blog and I think that videos are a very important tool to engage people when they are done well. The interview was packed full of good information that made me want to read the book to expand on how to become a better presenter. I have some public speaking experience but it is more off of the cuff and not planned out or rehearsed as it should be.

    I hope to be one of the lucky 50 to get a copy of the book so that I can learn more on the topic. Giving books away on a blog is a great way to get comments added to get the message out and spark excitement. I think that a follow up after the books are given out to remind people again about the book if they did not get a copy would again spark interest and remind people to go out and get it.

    I have been following the blog for a few months now and have to say that I think the survey that was recently done is producing great results. Seeing so many different approaches on the blog after the survey does show that you are keeping the content fresh and take your readers seriously on what they would like to see.

    Thank you for the opportunity and thank you for the blog.

  • http://www.watersedgegathering.com Adam

    I do A LOT of presentations in my day job and in my Church Leadership role. It is so difficult to maintain attention and communicate even incredibly important material sometimes. Even more so if the material is somewhat dry.

    I know that my continued growth as a communicator is in some ways dependent on who I listen to and what tools I obtain, I hope to get a chance to review this resource!

  • Rich

    I often speak and teach in front of groups and I would love to learn more about how to improve my presentations to make a more meaningful impact on the listeners. I currently work in a non-profit organization in fund raising and this will also help me to be more effective in persuading donors to give their support. I loved Scott’s focus on content, design and delivery.

  • Anonymous

    Leaders are learners and I am always trying to improve my speaking and knowledge as a pastor. Study to show yourself approved…I think that is more than just studying the Bible, I think it relates to all aspects of ministry. After all, when we are speaking, teaching or preaching, Jesus is in attendance sitting in the first row. :)

  • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylereed

    I love to communicate, but I don’t always do the best job at it.
    The main reason I want this book because it will help me communicate and present in a better way through speech, writing, and one on one dialogue.

  • David

    I am helping with a startup classical Christian school and we are continually making presentations in order to gain support and inform families about this invaluable educational choice. Scott’s book would be an excellent resource for our leadership team.

  • http://www.mikebone.net Mike Brennan

    I think it’s always important to keep refreshing the ways we present things within the church. We should be constant learners of how to present the timeless unchanging truth of the Gospel message in ways that are engaging & creative. I’d love a copy of this book to see what insights I could grab for those purposes. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure I’d make the cut for the blog conference that’s taking a look at my proposal without this best of book!
    Blessings!

  • mmm156

    I am not a professional speaker, pastor or presenter. This can create a problem because my job requires me to public speak and present more frequently than I would like. However, it’s not all bad, at least my presentations (or lack there of) provide some comic relief. This book would help… a lot!

  • Van Klimetz

    Scott’s book would be wildly helpful in my responsibility and ministry as Creative Director at Hillcrest Church in Pensacola, FL. I never want to stop learning and want to communicate in the most effective ways I can. Thanks so much for what you share on this site!

  • Stevegillis2010

    I just left a secure ministry position to start a non-profit working with orphans. At the same time I left, I had a son born with a cleft palate and Pierre-Robin syndrome. It has been a 7 month struggle. He has surgery on Monday. Telling my personal story will not be a problem. Telling the story on behalf of orphans all over the world is very important to me and I want to do it as best as I can. Thanks!

  • Stevegillis2010

    I just left a secure ministry position to start a non-profit working with orphans. At the same time I left, I had a son born with a cleft palate and Pierre-Robin syndrome. It has been a 7 month struggle. He has surgery on Monday. Telling my personal story will not be a problem. Telling the story on behalf of orphans all over the world is very important to me and I want to do it as best as I can. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    I would LOVE this book. I present regularly at engineering conferences, where it is pretty easy to look good because everyone else is so bad. ;) But I’d like to get more into presenting at blogging conferences and other social media events where it’s much harder to be impressive because so many other people are simply charismatic and awesome.

  • John

    I am an engaging story teller when I’m in an informal social setting, like a dinner, or party. I can be funny, speak passionately about my opinions, win people to my way of thinking, but as soon as I’m in a formal speaking setting I dry up and I merely convey information with no emotion. I’ve long wanted to improve my ability in this area especially since I am a youthworker for a Christian organization called Kairos North America. A decent part of my job involves making presentations, and judging by the sea of glazed eyes whenever I speak publicly, this is something I need to take more seriously. Therefore, I would love to read Scott’s book.

  • http://refreshmentrefuge.blogspot.com Gina Burgess

    I have a deep desire to be a better speaker and presenter because God has called me to shout a message. I would love to study the principles in this book. Thank you for the opportunity, Michael!

  • Dparker

    I am very interested in the book because I am NOT a professional speaker, in fact, I have quite a bit of anxiety about presentations. I have some great opportunities coming to share insightful information that will empower people in their daily lives, I can write about it all day long, but when it comes to presenting it…I feel am monotone and boring.

  • Mike McGinnis

    How do you become a Prezi-dent without Powerful Points in the speaking Ethos(3)? Good question. Let me offer up a response.

    Wear black turtlenecks, change your last name to a color, and be more passionate than a powerpoint.

    Or….you can straight up ask for Scott Schwertly’s How To Become A Presentation God.
    Despite my advice, I’m going for the latter. (This college kid’s got his fingers cross)

  • http://twitter.com/timage Tim Milburn

    Here’s my “top ten” reasons why I’d like to receive a copy of this book…

    10. I’ve never been described as a “god” in anything.
    9. If I don’t communicate clearly, people die (not literally…but a little bit on the inside.)
    8. Two words that always bring a smile to my face: Free Book!
    7. I’ll post an honest review of the book on my website and link back to this site.
    6. It will be a nice complement to my book: How to be a Presentation Dog.
    5. I believe receiving this book will help my NCAA Tournament Bracket.
    4. Whatever I learn, my student leaders learn. I can’t stop growing.
    3. I have dedicated my life to two causes: a) more cowbell and b) better presentations.
    2. All of my presentation clipart books were recently destroyed in a bizarre fire.
    1. “Schwertly” was my nickname on my high school lacrosse team.

  • http://twitter.com/synectics Kevin Pashuk

    Look at me. Now back to the audience. They are disengaged. Now, look at me. I’m holding a copy of Scott’s book (dog-eared and well read). Now back to the audience. They are engaged and excited (in a very good way). This is all wishful thinking without a copy of the book. My audiences deserve better.

  • http://twitter.com/rphteach Mary Gurney

    Teaching 150 pharmacy students in a large lecture hall format — I can use all the ideas I can get to become a better presenter and keep the students engaged. I teach courses on two widely different topics — health care from a patient perspective and pharmacy law and public policy. Therefore, new ideas are always appreciated and looked for.

  • http://mollyfulton.posterous.com Molly Fulton

    Well, since you say you wish you had read this one of many books on presenting first, I will actually read this one first. I am jjust starting out in a public speaking/ministry chapter in my life, and I want to be a good steward of the opportunities God gives me and of the time His people give me. I think I’m pretty good at presenting which probably only speaks to how little I know!

  • W4TMN

    Wow, this sounds awesome! I wish I could read it before having to teach at the police academy in two weeks! I teach a lot (mainly public safety topics) and I often hear people complaining about boring presentations. I don’t want to be someone that they are talking about!

  • Colin

    I am moving more and more into speaking roles for our men’s ministry and also feel called into different avenues, but like Moses I keep saying I can’t speak my ideas or opinions! I would love to get some help in this arena of how plan a speaking engagement to take away any ackwardness and nervousness that I may feel.

  • Francarona

    I am a Clinical Psychologist and I am trying to incorporate more speaking into my schedule. I want to learn to communicate with my audience in an effective manner.

  • http://wayne.holly.myopenid.com/ Wayne Holly

    I need all the help I can get. My presentations are so boring they put me to sleep!!

  • http://twitter.com/brandonschmidt Brandon Schmidt

    As a youth pastor, I am constantly communicating with all different types of people: unchurched teens, discipled students, parents, youth staff, and the whole congregation. I am interested in developing and enhancing my presentation skills, especially when it comes to dealing with all these different types of audiences.

  • Clara Rose

    I am a fellow writer and blogger, having done a great deal of teaching and presenting in the past I am always interested in learning more about our trade!

  • http://twitter.com/Woodchic Jennifer Woodward

    I am blessed to work in a small charter high school in southern Oregon. This school (EagleRidge High School) is focused on teaching communication and collaboration. As such, much of their course work is designed in curriculum projects segments that culminate in public presentations. A student who attends EHS from 9th-12th grade will make, on average, over 140 public presentations by the time they graduate.

    Part of my role within this school is leadership guidence (Student Council advisor, internship development and training, leadership class development, etc…)

    I would love to be able to share this book with our studens.

    • http://twitter.com/Woodchic Jennifer Woodward

      That should readh “I would love to be able to share this book with our students.” :)

  • TNeal

    Official book request: all other TNeal comments have been reviewed and sanctioned but do not represent this official one-time request.

    My wife gave me a large, wooden cutting board last month for my birthday. I thought, “I don’t need a cutting board. I already have two that work just fine.” My gut reaction to nine out of ten of my wife’s gifts starts with “I don’t need a…”

    I think it. I don’t say it. Wise move on my part.

    Three weeks later (which is about how long it takes me to adjust to “new” stuff) I’m saying, “Thanks, Honey. This cutting board is great.” Which happens to be the truth and reflects my usual delayed response to her gifts.

    When I started the video, I thought, “Presentation? I don’t need to know anything more about presentation.”

    And, as in the case with my wife and her insightful gifts, I have to say thank you for the offer. I do need to learn more about presentation.

  • TNeal

    Michael,

    Thanks for the Scott Schwertly interview. His metaphor, “everyone has a battery in his chest,” illustrated a truth I already knew from life experience (I’m an extrovert, my wife’s an introvert) but is one that’s easy to picture and therefore easy to share.–Tom

  • Jonathan Brantley

    I would love to read this book, one is to always be a better communicator. Since I am a student pastor and a Christian, I have the greatest news to share and want to do the best at sharing it. And since I am not much of a reader, I need to be better at reading.

  • DMS

    I need a copy of this book. I have been subjected to too many bad presentations to count & don’t need to perpetuate the problem.

  • http://twitter.com/obihaive Joseph Sanchez

    I’ve been preaching sermons that I don’t think have been as powerful as they can be. I do my best to prepare but I feel like something is missing. I pray and do my best to explain Scripture the best way I can but I think my sermons can be better. If this book can help me be a better preacher I would really appreciate a copy. Thanks!

  • http://elkayadvisors.com Lisa

    Excellent interview and great information. Why do I want a copy of this book? Because my audience deserves it! I always need to be perfecting my presentation skills because I need to be providing the best of the best to my audience. The only way I can do that is to continue to learn and practice. Scott provided some great nuggets of information, but I definitely need to read the entire book. My goal is to increase the number of speaking engagements I book this year, and I know that word of mouth, testimonials and my presentation skills are key components to making that happen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/middletree James Williams

    I’m still fairly new in management, and I have so much to learn, both in communicating with my reports and with presenting ideas to my supervisors. This book appears to address some areas in which I have a lot of room for improvement.
    OK, that’s not creative, but the need is a real one. :)

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    I loved this interview! I found so much useful information in these few minutes; and I’m sure I’d find a ton more in the book. I am a youth minister pushing 40, and an aspiring writer, and new blogger. As I strive to better my content and build my name, I think a resource like this would be a tremendous help. It may even be what I need to help me identify and travel to the next level, although I’m sure not any one resource is the end-all resource…

    Thanks for the chance to receive one of these!

  • http://jaxn.org Jackson Miller

    I have seen two of Scott’s presentations before and have learned a TON from them. One of them was an hour long workshop as part of a business plan pitch competition I was in.

    I find myself giving pitches, presentations, and now even keynotes on a regular basis. I would like a copy of this book so that I can do a better job. I would actually really like to hire Ethos3 one day, but unfortunately that is not in my startup budget.

  • DMC19

    I am interviewing for a great position as a sales rep and if I learned “How to be a Presentation God” I know I will get the position. When interviewing if you can present well it goes a long way to obtaining my sought after position.

  • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

    Just out of curiosity- is it hard to record a video using skype?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      No. I just use a software program called Call Recorder for Skype. It handles the split screen and the whole thing. I then edit in iMovie.

  • http://www.pgardnernz.com Paul Gardner

    As a long time reader I’ve been very much impressed with the advice I’ve seen to date on this blog and I suspect your recommendation for this book is sound.

    As a Pastor who has just taken leadership at an older church I’m currently planning a strategy to “steer the ship” onto a different course. To achieve this I need to have people come with me for the trip.

    One of the major factors in the success or failure in getting these folk to see the need for change, (and therefore accept the associated pain), will be how well I communicate with them. Presenting the vision to larger groups will be key to this.

    I’d love a copy of this book to help me on my way in this venture.

    God bless
    Paul

  • Mary Corbin

    I’d love a copy of the book because my work is in training presenters to present to my audience (I program webinars and live education for a trade association), and I work with people who don’t present for a living. Where I can better understand how to reach an audience, I can better equip them to reach our audience, which means a better, more effective experience for everyone— the presenter, my organization, our members, their clients… and so on. Also, I’m in a position to recommend great resources to our presenters, so one free copy could result in direct sales opportunities.

  • Alan

    I give presentations–sermons and classes–multiple times each week. Recently I purchased both ‘Presentation Zen’ and ‘slide:ology’ based on recommendations here in order to develop my approach. Both have been very helpful. Adding Scott’s book to my presentation knowledge base is sure to have me striding with the Titans.

    ‘Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’?”‘

  • http://twitter.com/chrisfromcanada Chris Vacher

    Thanks for posting this, Michael. I watched the video and although I’d never heard of the book I’m pretty excited about getting it – whether or not I win!

    I’m a worship leader and on a typical Sunday morning I usually have as much “mic time” as my pastor does but I was never coached or trained on presentation the way that pastors are encouraged through public speaking. I’ve realized over the past few years that part of what I do as a worship leader is the presentation aspect.

    Even when I’m asked to go and speak places, I often have an idea of how I’d like extra content (slides, photos, video, etc) to support what I’m saying but I have a hard time getting the ideas from my brain on to paper and then in to keynote. I think a book like this could be pretty helpful.

    Thanks again, Michael!

  • http://twitter.com/larzmarshall Larry Marshall

    I need an infusion of ‘new’ in my speaking, and this resource sounds perfect for my role working primarily on a college campus, but with many weekend church speaking opportunities.

  • http://twitter.com/DustyWRobinson Dusty Robinson

    I work for a civil engineering consulting firm. The engineering industry needs to take a huge step towards better communication and presentation of what we do. I continue to find helpful resources, and this sounds like it would be a great foundation.

  • http://stephan-einsichten.blogspot.com/ 2_sgauhl

    Just watched the video. Sounds like a useful source for presentation, especially as it is focusing on content. I feel to many books out there focus purely on design. If the content is not solid and a message of its own, then whatever design and fancy template you use – it won’t be a success.

  • http://twitter.com/RenaissanceEgg Tom Eggebrecht

    I have been a pastor for 20 years and have NEVER practiced my sermon 30 times! Wow! I desperately need more tips like that to enhance what has become a tired pattern in my preaching style. Scott’s book would bring life and joy to the people of my church as I learn from such a master as he! I’m itching to improve my skills as a presenter. The book would be devoured within hours of receiving it….

  • Cara Putman

    I love speaking, but it’s definitely an area where we can grow. I’ve been asking God if now’s a time to start developing this part of my ministry. And He’s been giving me opportunities to speak to women’s retreats and MOPS groups. This looks like the kind of tool that could help me make sure I’m not getting in the way of the message.

  • Peter B

    People like me would benefit greatly from this book because we
    Report things to our bosses all the time. We report growth, productivity, and
    Efficiency. In addition, I’m constantly selling ideas to parents
    Since I’m a children’s pastor by trade. If I knew how to present better,
    Even in a recession I’d be able to make winning presentations. It’s
    Not that I’ve been working my presentation strategies forever, and
    That’s just the problem. I could really use help in this area. Can we
    All agree that money is tight these days? Spending additional dollars brings
    Tumult and a gnashing tooth or two to our budget. How great that via
    Internet, we can share ideas, information, and even a free book!
    Optimist I may be, I still feel like I’m one of those people that
    Never wins anything! Man I hope someone notices this is a

    Giant acronym. What a waste it would be otherwise. Once in a while
    Our great church staff (my coworkers) lets me borrow books, but
    Don’t be fooled – I’d much rather own one.

  • Cnguadagno

    Thank you for highlighting Scott Schwertly’s book – I wish I had known about it earlier this year when I was giving my presentations on the American First Ladies. I look forward to blending his comments on the elements of a good presentation, the basic outline, the composite of the audience and design into my future presentation. While these are all good reasons to buy Scott’s book, knowing the other 7 Anxiety Reducers could be the biggest!

  • http://kristenmarble.com/ Kristen

    Why me? I love to speak, have been told I’m gifted, but always am looking at how to improve. I don’t figure Scott Schwertly would be willing to conduct a special session in far eastern Montana (WHO would?!) so reading his book will have to suffice! Why free? Oh, I could sing and dance about being a volunteer ministry leader, having 10 kids, going to seminary…(which is all true), but let’s face it, who doesn’t love a free book?!

  • http://twitter.com/victoruni victoruni

    Really impressing the point about the personality and the generation of the audience. I want to figure out more on that !!!

    I do lots of presentations and this book seems to get valuable and innovative tips !!!

    Kind regards :-)

    Víctor M Rodriguez

  • Duke Dillard

    Who does not need a book like this. I am regularly making presentations for our ministry and know that I have so much to learn. This is an area in which my MBA program was woeful. As I head back overseas this would clearly be good resource to have.

  • Carl

    I really don’t want to spend 11 minutes watching a video.

    Your printed summary would be appreciated!

  • http://twitter.com/frodo242 Bob Hudson

    As a pastor I obviously have ample opportunities to speak in front of people… however, I am beginning to do interviews for television and film and the presentation skills that Scott presents would be a game changer for both of the works that I am involved in. Thank you.

  • Jude Sears

    God is preparing me for a speaking ministry and has promised that He will give me a penetrating word. I understand that my part in this preparation is to learn the skills I need to bring a spirit of excellence so that the words God gives me to speak don’t fall on deaf ears but truly penetrate the hearts of people and change lives. This is why I need this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

  • http://twitter.com/RachelleGardner Rachelle Gardner

    I really don’t want this book. But for the sake of writers everywhere, who sit through my hours-long presentations, I definitely should have it. I mean, their time is valuable and we don’t want them to die of boredom while sitting through my workshops, do we? Please, Mr. Hyatt, have mercy on writers (who are, you have to admit, some of your FAVORITE people) and choose me to win Scott Schwertly’s book, which as we all know, SHOULD be titled, “How to Be a Presentation GODDESS.”

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Rachelle, you are too funny!

      • http://twitter.com/RachelleGardner Rachelle Gardner

        Funny? I was being TOTALLY serious.

  • http://blog.ashleypichea.com Ashley Pichea

    I am an “aspiring” speaker – and what better way to learn how to be a great presenter than to read a book about it?! I would love to win a copy of this book!

  • Dan Brubacher

    I am a local church associate pastor who regularly communicates in front of both small (5-10) and large (300+) groups. I am always looking for ways to improve my craft and do a better job for the glory of God. Plus, you (Michael) are an effective and well-respected communicator yourself, and you rate this book very highly, so it is definitely worth a read. Please consider me for one of the free copies.

  • RachTurner

    I recently completed my college education (at the age of 42!) with a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. I am currently coordinating digital marketing efforts for a personal care products manufacturer. I have high hopes of advancing into marketing management with this company, but as someone who leans more toward an introverted personality than extroverted, I need to continue to develop skills that will help me excel. Delivering compelling presentations is one key component of every great marketer’s skill set. I would love to read Scott’s book and learn from his experience!

  • http://www.meganstrange.com megan strange

    Hey Mike…Please pick me! Several times a week I stand up in front of high school students to share information with them as a high school principal. My desire is to catch their attention, hold their attention, and tell them something memorable. Keep in mind that I have about a 12-second attention span to work with! Please pick me for the book…I want to grow as a presenter and I think this book will be a great resource for that!

  • http://twitter.com/dltucker dltucker

    I just started a new job and I have to present more than ever. I appreciate the consideration.

    Thanks

    Dave

  • http://www.walkwiththewise.wordpress.com Gail

    A book to develop all that is me,
    Even better when it’s offered for free!
    I love to write and present and speak
    At church and work any day of the week.
    My first love is telling tales big and small
    To inspire others to be Godly all the more.

    Thanks for the pointers in the clip,
    Now I want to dive in for a deeper dip
    Into all I can learn from guru Schwertly
    Then practise each lesson more surely
    Giving it everything I’ve got
    To be a presentation god!

  • http://www.walkwiththewise.wordpress.com Gail

    7 seconds to get respect from your audience! Wow! You’d want to be sure you’re not distracting them with a bad hair do or mismatched shoes 8-S

  • http://twitter.com/mdmaurer MaDonna Maurer

    I’d want this book to give to my husband who is going to start presenting more. I think he’d LOVE this book and and learn a few tips from it.

  • http://onecurveatatime.com Chris R. Smith

    As someone who is presenting more than ever (and increasing every day) I’m always looking to improve. I’ve taken a couple of classes and I’m always looking for a way to improve. I’m starting to do some self discovery and find a way to shape my own “brand.” So to speak. One of the best ways I think to do this will be to give great presentations. Honestly, I already get decent feedback. Compared to most people that present around the same time or subject matter, I would say I’m slightly above average. But who wants to be average and who wants to be decent? I want to excel and exceed at everything I do. Thus, I’m always looking for new ways to improve. This looks like a great way to help make that happen! Thanks for posting this interview!

  • http://www.vplegal.com Virginia Prodan

    I am working on my first book that will present & glorify God and his power as I had experienced him as a Christian attorney defending churches and Christians under coomunist government of Nicolae Ceausescu and its persecution in Romania. God’s work, power , protection in my fight and life and His message should be amazing presented by me. I pray that I will be able to do it as God wants it. My book should encourag Christians in US or any part of the world, in particular those who never experienced the struggle, joy & victory of being persecuted for Christ. I feel so responsible to do a verygood job.

    I take the book ” How to Become a Presentation God” as well as Michael & Scott’s interview as God’s answer to my prayers.

    To God be the glory.

    virginiaprodan@gmail.com

  • http://thejeffbrown.me Jeff Brown

    To me, it’s about overcoming fear. I’ve had opportunities come my way the last couple of years to speak. Some I’ve accepted (typically within my own organization), but many of the ones I passed on, I did so because I just didn’t think I’d be able to get past the anxiety of it all.

    Based on your recommendation, I recently purchased Nancy Duarte’s latest book Resonate about presenting visual stories. I’d love to add Scott’s to my arsenal as it really seems to hone in the area in which I am most weak.

  • http://twitter.com/drrandywillis Randy Willis

    Well, today my wife and I had an extremely challenging/exhausting day–being interviewed for ordination in the UMC. We’ll find out on Thursday if we will be ordained in June. This book would make a nice reward!

  • Anonymous

    Because I want to be like Mike!

  • http://www.krissi.wyss.wordpress.com Krissi Wyss

    BookGiveaway (a haiku)

    I should love to read
    a good book with good info
    to help me grow

    • http://www.krissiwyss.wordpress.com Krissi Wyss

      I would like to correct my haiku to the 5 syllables needed for line 3:
      to help me grow lots

  • Amanda

    I would love a copy of the book! I am in my second year teaching in a graduate Christian program and my husband is a Community Pastor at a church plant. We would both benefit from Scott’s book. Checked out the Ethos3 website and LOVED it! Thanks for the recommendations.

  • http://www.yuriartibise.com Yuri Artibise

    Any help in sharing my passions and ideas with other would be great. Even better would be increasing the values that my audience receives for their attention.

  • http://storiesfor.us Amelia

    I love how Scott emphasizes the importance of content. I’ve heard that content is King. I’m an aspiring author and speaker and for some odd reason, my family’s resident eulogy giver. I’d be happy with being Content Queen, or even Princess!

    Great interview and tips! Look forward to reading the book!

  • http://www.kndino.com Keri Andino

    Hey Michael! I soo need to have this book as a blessing to an invitation that I have accepted to speak as keynote for 400 business people at an upcoming event in my community promoting the platform that I represent as a Social Media Manager! As a Christian, I know that I am called to shine the Light of Jesus wherever He leads me, and although I’m confident that I am called for such a time as this~ I could sure use this extra oomph & wind in my sails to fly as high as an eagle! So I am asking and believing!

  • http://twitter.com/rtimbuc Radu Timbuc

    I am currently a Bible College student and would benefit greatly from reading this book, which I should probably purchase, but being a student its hard to find room in my budget. I also love the fact that the video addressed the issue of anxiety in presentations which is the one thing I struggle with the most and am looking for ways to deal with it in a more productive way. Thank you for the consideration.

  • Melody_dubois

    OK, this book is definitely going on my “books to get” list! As a missionary, making presentations is not an optional skill (and how much better to actually be adept enough to bless the audience in the presentation!) As a trainer of missionary presenters, I am excited about benefitting from (and passing on!) the comprehensive yet straight-forward treatment Scott gives this topic. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic video. Really enjoyed. Loads of useful info. I would love a copy of the book as I speak to groups, but will buy a copy anyhow. You are appreciated Mr. Hyatt. Thank you for what you do!

  • Jeff Gibson

    I would love to have this book for a variety of reasons, and can use the book for a variety of purposes. First and foremost, I am a minister of the Gospel. Having the burning desire and call to preach GOD’s Word, I am constantly seeking resources to grow me and make me better at my craft. Through technological advances in presentational aids and communication, and a young generation that learns and retains differently than previous generations, we communicators and presenters need all the help that we can get to make our messages retainable by all. Secondly, I also do coaching for church leaders, Bible teachers, and preachers. As you have experienced, it is an incredible honor to be allowed to speak into leaders’ lives, especially leaders whose main desire is to bring others closer to CHRIST. Thirdly, I am an instructor at a local university. Since 2008, I have been teaching Introduction to Public Speaking and Introduction to Interpersonal Communication courses. Not only will Mr. Schwertly’s book help make me a better communicator and presenter, it will help me help others to be better communicators and presenters. I can’t express how much I value such resources. Mr. Hyatt, you are at the top of an incredible industry, and your recommendation is priceless.

  • Todd Hash

    Once upon a time, I was known in high school as a Geometry King. Seriously, my geometry teacher would refer to me as “The King” in class and, admittedly, I loved it. I was on the shy side so it was nice to get the attention and praise.

    Today, I’m still a on the shy side and a bit awkward speaking to audiences so I would love to add the title of “Presentation God” to my resume. It would really help in the coming months as I spread my wings with some new, more public endeavors. Plus, I think it would go nicely on the shelf next to my Geometry Crown.

  • Todd Hash

    Heads up: I think the automated Twitter Link (above) is posting to “@scott schwerly” rather than “@ScottSchwertly” because of an inserted space in the name.

    On the bright side, if you did tweet it out that way, you’ll likely be directed to this fun little page: http://www.scottydoesntknowyou.com. He is the original @scott and gets lots of misdirected Scott-like tweets. :-)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for the heads up. I have fixed the link. (Pretty funny about the other, Scott!)

  • Caleb

    Every once in while a ‘Phenomenal Resource’ connects with a ‘Generator’ and something profound happens…true innovation.

    A ‘Generator’ is someone who possesses both the desire and capacity to innovate. “Presentation God” may be a ‘Phenomenal Resource.’ As a ‘Generator’ I will find out.

    Option #1 – Deliberately pick me to receive “Presentation God” and receive my sincere gratitude.
    Option #2 – You reject my creative plea for the aforementioned and I have to buy the book myself.

    I strongly encourage you to pick Option #1.

    • Caleb Brown

      I didn’t win the book. However, I purchased the book on Kindle for iPad Friday. Stayed up late and finished the book. I will tweet recommend this book tomorrow. Thanks for the great interview and recommendation. Blessings.

  • Anonymous

    [I tried this once already but very often my "comments" don't take -- so here goes again...] This one is definitely going on my “books to get” list. As a missionary, making presentations is not an optional skill (and how much better to improve the skill enough to be a blessing to the audience!) As a trainer of missionary presenters, I am eager to benefit from Scott’s straight forward, comprehensive overview and practical tips, and then to share them with colleagues. VERY glad to see the focus on content — the best design and presentation is empty without good content!

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  • Nortonbiz

    Hello Michael,

    Great blog! I just subscribed yesterday. I will be spreading the word!

    I am a homeschooling mom. This year I started a debate team of teenage boys. We are competing this semester at several tournaments. This video is GREAT! This book is just what our team needs! I will be telling my debaters about it today.

    I also lead a robotics team, which is more within my skill set. These team members make presentations and are interviewed by judges at tournaments. It is often said that technical people need to improve their communication skills. I believe one reason is because they are detail people and have so many details inside their head! Learning to be clear and concise will be very helpful to them in communicating complex ideas.

    From watching the video, I believe this book could be a great asset to both teams. The material in this book would help these young men build skills, equipping them for leadership. This information will also help me become more effective in communicating, which is sure to benefit all my relationships! Last, but not least, a free book would encourage us in our work, especially me!

    Thanks! Looking forward to following you blog.

    Blessings,
    Cari

  • Perry

    When I read your comment that you still have a lot to learn I was really convicted that I have not spent enough time learning more about how to improve my presentation skills. I present a lot and I get very positive feedback and I think that fools me into thinking I have arrived. I have not arrived. Thank you for reminding me that I need to continue to grow and learn. I would love to have a copy of Scott’s book.

  • Tony Dinon

    Todays interview gave me more of the puzzle pieces that I have been seeking out. I have gotten over the fact that some folks in the audience will “throw stones and sling arrows.” Today Scott made it clear, if you are going to be a presenter, you will be judged. It now gives me an opportunity to understand my audience as introverts or extroverts, WOW!

    My Business has become my Ministry and the Lord has entrusted many people to my Sheparding, therefor I must read the Book ,”How to be a Presentation God.”

  • Ramesh P

    Thanks for bringing this book to our attention. I personally run into a wall everytime I about to put together a presentation or a talk. I’ve had the privilege to learn from Nancy Duarte & Garr Reynolds. I’d be really interested in learning Scott’s book also.
    Thanks for all the knowledge you share and help us learn from you for FREE and time to time bring these FREE books for us to make it ever better.

  • http://twitter.com/WilliamGJones William G. Jones

    Let’s see. Introvert? Check. Anxiety? Check.Rule of three? Check.

    All through grad school, we were expected to give presentations at least once every two weeks, and I was either on fire or completely flat. Design is not a weak point of mine. Delivery and content are. Yet all the resources I found previously tended to focus more on design than delivery.

    Just watching the interview was quite helpful. But at this point in my life, I’m trying to plug up all the holes in my skillset at presentation is a big hole. Just based on the interview, it sounds like this book would be a great tool for that.

    One question, though. Are there elements of the printed book that wouldn’t translate very well to Kindle? It seems like the Kindle is where I do most of my reading these days but if there are charts and graphs and whatnot, I’d rather spend the extra $3 or so and get the printed version.

    • http://twitter.com/WilliamGJones William G. Jones

      I’m not sure where else to leave this, so I’ll put it here. A big thank you to Michael, Scott, and Wiley Press! I got my copy today, and I totally wasn’t expecting it. It’s a beautiful book and for anybody debating between the kindle and physical versions, I can tell you now, the physical version is worth the extra $3, there are beautiful full-page illustrations throughout the book. However, thumbing through–I just got it, haven’t started reading it yet–I don’t see anything content-wise that would keep me from choosing the Kindle version.

      I must say, though. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a brand new book and I forgot how good they feel, look, and smell!

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        I agree. They did a great job with the design.

  • http://twitter.com/jakemusselman Jacob Musselman

    Yep. I want this book. I am getting ready to transition to a place where I will be solely responsible for creating support (financially and every other aspect), and, while good presentations don’t necessarily seal the deal, bad presentations definitely kill it.

    Second, I have been intrigued by a thought I saw on Quora about why people don’t go to church. The person answering the question said people don’t go to church because churches still communicate in a way that the rest of the world has given up. We have the most important message, and we can’t afford our presentation of the message to be an obstacle. We’ve got to be presentation gods.

  • http://valeriecomer.com Valerie Comer

    I would love to read and assimilate this book because I’m currently trying to learn about public speaking as part of platform-building. My first book is due out in 2012 and I hope to sell other novels that use the local food movement as a backdrop. I believe that Christians should be at the forefront of sensible environmentalism and local issues, and so often we find them either puffing along at the rear or outright scoffing. As a farmer, beekeeper, and local foods activist in my region, I believe I have things to say that others might receive.

    Thanks for the chance to receive a copy of this book.

  • Lankyofficelad

    I am an engineer and as everyone knows when an engineer gives a presentation they are in for a long haul of jargon no one will understand. I would rather be known as an engineer that gives great presentations that real people can understand. This book would help on that path.

  • http://www.idoinspire.com Jody Urquhart

    Can’t wait to read the book. Want it because my whole livelihood depends on being a good speaker.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Saundra-Dalton-Smith/1186043281 Saundra Dalton Smith

    I love to write but not as comfortable with speaking engagements. In connection with my first book being published this year, I’ve been booked to speak to over 700 women at an upcoming conference. The information in this book sounds like just what I need to connect and deliver!

  • Larry H

    Because I regularly present 2 of the most life-changing messages – the Gospel & finances from a biblical basis. People’s hearts & lives are at stake and my dream is to have something like a TED for the Gospel message. Scott’s book might help me realize that dream.

  • Anonymous

    I’m a Children’s pastor, battling with Nickelodeon, Disney, and a plethora of other media outlets. If anything, I need to make every Sunday count given that kids get thousands of messages each day. I need all the help I can get to give messages and presentations that will grab and keep the attention of kids, help messages to stick, and make it portable for them to take home and to their schools. A free copy would help me out incredibly!

  • http://www.creekbank.net Curt Iles

    Martin Luther said, “If you want to change your world, pick up a pen.” That’s still true but the 21st Century provides numerous “pen-dipping” opportunity. Presentations, which combine audio, visual, and more, help get our message of hope out.

    I speak over 100 times yearly and am committed to improving and learning. I’ll put this book to good use.

  • carol layton

    I am embarrassedly bad at it. I need expert help.

  • Jody Fransch

    Dear Mike

    As a youth leader and “Pastor in training” I would love to get my hands on this book so that I can take my presentations to a new level, and as a result have a greater impact on the people I have an opportunity to lead and influence here in Zimbabwe.

    Thank you for this fantastic opportunity. Also, I promise to read this book and share with others what I have learned.

    Kind regards

  • SuzanneBurden

    As a theology student in seminary who just came through preaching class, I’d love to get my hands on a book like this that helps me prepare sermons effectively—and especially—to do so with a multi-generational approach. My first church sermon is on Mother’s Day, so this is timely! Thanks for sharing the interview.

  • Rudy Efendy

    It seems interesting book. I want it, and expect to translate it into our language. Currently I am reading ‘The Magic of Speaking’ from Dale Carnegie, so I want to see and compare the contents itself.

  • Anonymous

    I enjoyed that interview. I’m intrigued by the contrast with Steve Jobs, who uses a minimalist approach and Scott’s personal bias towards hundreds of slides in his own presentations.

    I would certainly read the book if I had the chance and would be most interested in Scott’s thoughts on finding which extreme, or happy medium, would work best for my personality. Until now I have leaned toward concise and minimal but I’m always looking for new thoughts and ideas.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Scott actually presents several styles. The Lessig method is the one he describes using with so many slides. There are other alternatives, however.

  • Bakershesings

    I am a woman in ministry and have been shunned by some and it’s not an easy place to be. I need all the information and guidance I can get and it sounds as though this book would help me tremendously. Thank you so much…

  • http://alexspeaks.com Alex Humphrey

    Why should I get a free copy of the book?

    Because in high school a young man had an opportunity to help several of his friends. People who were lost and alone in the world suddenly had someone who not only listened to them, but was able to give them good advice that, for some reason, they were likely to follow.

    In church this young man was picked early in life to be trained to be a leader. He was encouraged to purchase and read several leadership books by authors like John Maxwell and other influential Thomas Nelson Authors.

    As time went on the young man went into business school. He took every opportunity presented to him to speak in front of groups. He got better. All the while he continued to have a passion for encouraging the hopeless and alone.

    Upon receiving his degree he found the books of Dan Miller and Chris Guillebeau. Although not Thomas Nelson books, they proved to be influential in the next phase of his life. He would become an entrepreneur and create several small businesses. He would teach other people how to do the same. And someday he would speak to auditoriums filled with women and men and fill them with the hope they longed for. Both the hope in business, and the only true hope: the gospel

    He would never stop learning. He would never stop growing. And with your help, Michael, his next step in the process will be reading “How To Become a Presentation God.”

    Will you help him? Will you help me?

    Thanks for reading my story :)

  • Carol Kent

    As a full time Christian public speaker and as the author of the book, “Speak Up With Confidence” and the founder of Speak Up seminars, I train hundreds of up and coming communicators annually. I try to stay on top of the best resources on developing communication skills I can find to enhance my own speaking skills and to train and recommend to others. I respect your recommendations and would greatly benefit from this book.

  • Roman

    Why do I want this book? Simple: I trust a man with skills like YOU, and someday, I hope I can TOO, speak, as well as you DO! Books you recommend I take to heart, I promise you, I ain’t no fart. Will I read this book? You sure bet I will. And when I’m done, I’ll recommend it to phil.

  • Mike Pacchione

    There’s a scene in Almost Famous where Russell Hammond is standing atop a house, ready to jump into the pool amidst prompting from his fellow party-goers. In a moment of inspiration, he yells “I am a golden god” right before jumping in.

    In the movie this happens because Russell is drunk; that actual feeling of intoxication, of feeling like everything in the world is fitting into its right place — that actual feeling need not be alcohol-induced. Anyone who has ever nailed a speech knows this. All the time spent writing, worrying and fine-tuning your speech works out. You feel like you can do anything. It’s what Russell Hammond felt, but without the cannonball into the pool (and subsequent hangover).

    Next to God’s love, that’s the best feeling in the world for me. I’m starting my public speaking career – the big break is a talk at Nike next month – and I soak up every ounce of advice I hear and read. I’m one of the rare birds who enjoys public speaking. Honestly, there’s no place I feel more comfortable than in speaking to a large audience. To me it’s that same intoxicating feeling Russell Hammond felt. This book will help me to continue to chase it. Either that or I can cannonball into the pool.

  • carol layton

    It’s an effective title.
    It makes me think I’ve always wanted to be a presentation god.
    Or should have.

  • Rosella Kasper

    I believe that God is calling me to speak to other women who have gone through the life altering experiences that I have. Women who need to know God’s healing touch and his love and grace. A book of this nature would be priceless to me and would start me off on the right foot.

  • Reverlandson

    I’m a man ordained by God to preach His Word to His people every week and to students at my school every day. Reason enough!

  • http://twitter.com/dbonleadership Dan

    Michael

    I just saw this book at the store but did not get it. I plan on getting it next time. I really enjoyed the interview. I would like this book so I can grow my speaking ability. This is an area I would like to grow and expand. Thank you for taking the time to do the interview. It added value to me.

    Dan

  • Susan Fontaine Godwin

    I present a weekly webinar on various topics related to copyright compliance in the Christian community, (www.copyrightcommunity.com) and I am forever in search of fresh and innovative ways to communicate my message. After watching the video interview, I feel certain Scott’s book will provide new insight and practical ways to bring excellence to my message.

  • Tanyamagnus

    Are you kidding! As a speaker I am in constant search to not only become a better presenter but keeping current and fresh. This book sounds perfect for me. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  • http://twitter.com/BobEwoldt Robert Ewoldt

    Scott, thanks for your thoughts; I resonated with your thoughts on introverts (since I’m one, too), and about practicing your presentation at least 7 times before giving it. This is something I will start implementing.