Joel Schwartzberg has been teaching effective presentation and messaging techniques to corporate, group, and individual clients since 2006 and is the author of the upcoming book "Get to the Point! Sharpen Your Ideas and Make Your Words Matter" (October 2017, Berrett-Koehler). As a public speaking competitor, Joel won the 1990 United States Championship in After-Dinner Speaking, the 1990 Massachusetts State Championship in Persuasive Speaking, and that same year was ranked among the ten top public speakers in the country. After coaching public speaking/forensic teams at the University of Pennsylvania, Seton Hall University, St. Joseph’s University, and the City University of New York, Joel was inducted into the National Forensic Association Hall of Fame in 2002. Currently the Senior Director of Strategic and Executive Communications for a major nonprofit organization, Joel is also the author of two award-winning essay collections: "The 40-Year-Old Version" (June 2009, Wyatt-Mackenzie) and "Small Things Considered" (June 2014, Wyatt-Mackenzie). Joel's essays have been published in Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, New Jersey Monthly, The Star-Ledger, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Babble.com, and Parents.com. He also currently blogs for The Huffington Post and The Good Men Project.