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.

I gave away 50 copies of How to Become a Presentation God, courtesy of Wiley Books. To qualify, my readers had to comment below. You can find the list of winners here.
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