About Joel Schwartzberg
Joel Schwartzberg has been teaching effective presentation and messaging techniques to corporate, group, and individual clients since 2006, and is the author of Get to the Point! Sharpen Your Message and Make Your Words Matter (October 2017, Berrett-Koehler).
His clients include American Express, Blue Apron, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Comedy Central, the American Jewish Committee, the Brennan Center for Justice, and North Point Ministries. He has also presented public speaking seminars for Yeshiva University's Stern College for Women, Seton Hall University, Emerson College, and Georgetown University's Executive Global Strategic Communications Program.
Currently the Senior Director of Strategic and Executive Communications for one of America's longest-standing nonprofit organizations, Joel has delivered major presentations at conferences including the Ragan Speechwriters Conference, the ALI Leadership and Executive Communication Conference, the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference, the World Conference of the Professional Speechwriters Association, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Annual Conference.
As a public speaking collegiate competitor, Joel won the 1990 United States Championship in After-Dinner Speaking, the 1990 Massachusetts State Championship in Persuasive Speaking, and that year was ranked among the ten top public speakers in the country. After coaching public speaking teams at colleges including the University of Pennsylvania and Seton Hall University, Joel was inducted into the National Forensic Association Hall of Fame in 2002.
Joel’s articles on effective point-making have appeared in Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Toastmaster Magazine, and The Huffington Post, and his personal essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, New Jersey Monthly, and several Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies. He has also blogged for The Huffington Post and The Good Men Project.
Joel's books have been awarded as finalists or winners by the IndieFab "Book of the Year" Awards, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards. His body of work also includes two creative nonfiction collections: The 40-Year-Old Version (June 2009, Wyatt-Mackenzie) and Small Things Considered (June 2014, Wyatt-Mackenzie).