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Talks by Dr. Steve McSwain

Sampling of Talks by Dr. Steve McSwain

LIVING AN AUTHENTIC LIFE: On the Nurture and Care of Your Soul
This is one of Steve’s most requested talks. He describes himself as “a recovering Baptist minister.” He shares the stories of his remarkable childhood, his travels to nearly every continent before graduation from high school, his early adult life as a professional minister, the tragedy and triumph that changed it all, and the life of wholeness and joy he’s known ever since.

Talks: Dr. Steve McSwain

Talks: Dr. Steve McSwain

While still devoted to the faith of his upbringing, Steve is an advocate for interfaith unity, training people in the art of living together peacefully. As a prolific student not only of Christianity but Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, Steve shows his audiences how there is far more that unites people than what divides them.

In this talk, Steve outlines what he calls the “lessons” he’s learned from Jesus, the Buddha, Lao-Tzu, as well as Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett and a Few Other Spiritual Masters.

This talk is appropriate for any setting.


LIFE MAP: Creating the Life You’ve Always Wanted
“Did you know some

people spend more time preparing a grocery list,” asks Steve, “than they’ve ever spent developing a plan for life…what I call, a Life Map?” In this talk, Steve arms the audience with the tools for creating the life they’ve always wanted. His presentation outline is organized around the three most important questions in developing a life map or a plan for one’s life.

1. Who Am I? “The life you live today determines the legacy you leave tomorrow,” says McSwain. “How do you wish to be remembered? This is where you must begin in developing a life map. You must start from the end. You must write your own obituary. And, I would recommend you do that today!”

2. What Are My Strengths? “The satisfaction you feel about your life,” explains McSwain, “is inseparable from the strengths you use in life. If your chief strengths are not being used where you are, burnout is your only destiny. When you are living into and from that place of your innate strengths, however, the job you’re in is secondary.”

3. What is My Plan…My Map? Steve shows his audience how to get where they are to where they want to be…how to work backwards from the desired end. The audience is provided step-by-step guidance in developing their own life plan…their personal map to the destiny they desire.

This is an inspirational talk designed for those organizations interested in communicating to their employees or congregational members the importance of living a balanced, focused life. This talk works well in almost any setting. It speaks to everyone at whatever place they may be in life – from CEO’s to Soccer-Mom’s, from bankers and brokers to small-business owners and congregational members.

This talk is appropriate for any setting.


LIVING LIFE BACKWARDS: Pathway to Authentic Happiness
“Why Are People So Unhappy?” asks McSwain. “Full of humor, as well as insight, Steve explores why the paths so often followed do not take people to that one place everyone wants to go – the place of happiness, fulfillment, and joy.

In what is perhaps his second most frequently requested speech, Steve explores the latest research on “the science of happiness,” as well as its limitations. Then, he takes his audience on a wild and hilarious pathway toward a life of inner peace and lifelong happiness. While audiences will burst into laughter at the stories he tells, they feel his warmth and see his wisdom in ways that help them to discover the secrets to a full and rewarding life.

Steve’s rich repository of life experiences, travels worldwide, and his knowledge of other cultures and traditions give him a perspective that listeners quickly recognize, respect, and seek to model in their own lives.

This talk is appropriate for any setting whether a company event or congregational gathering.


WHY ARE PEOPLE LEAVING THE CHURCH: Creating the Church Unchurched People Will Attend
“The religious landscape in America is changing,” says McSwain, “and it’s scaring the kazoobies out of congregational leaders. And, it should.”

According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life in America, while most Americans still believe in God, on any given weekend, only slightly more than 35% of them will occupy a seat in the congregation. Furthermore, researchers say the

Talks: Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore

Talks: Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore

actual percentage is probably much lower than this – since, in most polls, whenever people are asked about their religious practices, they almost always inflate their actual practices.

In this informing but inspiring and uplifting talk, Steve explores the reasons why people so seldom attend the faith of their choice…if they attend at all. Then, to help congregations and religious leaders, Steve explores the practical things leaders can do…indeed must do…in order to reverse the declines and reinvigorate a culture of interest and involvement in their congregations.

This talk is suitable for a variety of congregational settings including congregational conferences, especially those committed to renewal and growth.


CREATING A MORE COMPASSIONATE WORLD:  Diversity is the New Normal in the 21st Century
Steve is a diversity expert. He helps companies, community and business leaders, as well as congregations, know how to create a more conscious, compassionate, and charitable place in which to live, work, and interact.

This is a practical talk from one of the most religiously-aware, diversity speakers in America. Steve has visited nearly every continent on planet earth. His first trip around the world occurred at the young age of fourteen. By the time he had graduated college, he’d been to Europe and Middle East three times, the Scandinavian countries, including Russia, as well as the Far East and dozens of other countries.

Steve was raised in a Christian home and is a follower of the religion of Christianity. However, he is a student of almost all the major world religions, having seen first-hand and up-close the religions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and many others.

This rich repository of experience has helped shape Steve’s message of unity, tolerance, and respect for all spiritual traditions. Steve is an authority on diversity. His experiences with these varied spiritual traditions has given him a keen and unparalleled insight in how CEO’s, community leaders, business owners, company managers, as well as congregations can and must create a higher degreee of understanding and respect, especially since the world will only become more and more culturally and religiously diverse.

“America is now one of the most religiously diverse nations in the world,” observes McSwain. “Shouldn’t Americans learn how to successfully coexist and then show the rest of the world how to do it?”

“Talk about providing leadership to the world! What could be more important than this agenda in your company…or, in your congregation?” asks McSwain.

Steve says he borrowed his mantra for life from Mother Teresa who was frequently heard to say, “I love all religions but I’m IN LOVE with my own.” “That spirit,” says Steve, “will create a more conscious, compassionate, and charitable world. What could be more important than this?”


SUCCESS IN THE 21st CENTURY:  A New Paradigm
What is success? How do you achieve it? Is there a way to make it more certain? Even to guarantee it? “Yes!” says McSwain. “What people think about success, however, as well as what people typically do to achieve it, is almost certain to result in just the opposite…failure.

“I can show you how to avoid the pitfalls almost everyone makes in seeking a successful life,” says McSwain. “There is a NEW paradigm you must follow. I’ll not only show you what it is but how to appropriate it into your life plan.”

The new paradigm is best expressed in what Steve calls “the four Pillars of Wisdom.”

1. The Law of Leadership
2. The Law of Life
3. The Law of Love
4. The Law of Legacy

“Build your company…your team…your congregation…but, most importantly, your LIFE on these pillars” says Steve, “and success will cease to be the destination you seek.”

“Why?” asks McSwain.

“Precisely because, you will have succeeded already.”

This talk works well in a corporate setting, sales meeting, banquet, awards event, and even a congregational setting.

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What People are Saying

“Awesome…absolutely changed my thinking!” (Robert B., Retired/CEO Executive, New York City, NY) “Incredible talk on joy and happiness!” (Wendy W., Administrative Assistant, Naples, FL) “Most inspiring talk on spirituality I’ve ever heard.” (Jonathan J., Business Owner, Santa Clarita, CA) “Steve’s talk spoke to my soul…” (Matt M., Business Owner Jefferson, GA) “I like what he said and I like the way he said it…amazing!” (Jerry R., Business Administrator, Denver, CO) “Tremendous!  Inspiring, even!” (Cynthia B., Lawyer, Philadelphia, PA) “Far and away the best leadership talk I’ve ever heard!” (Mark O., Business Owner, Gainesville, GA) “Steve makes you feel you are deeply connected with something grander and greater than any of us!” (Fr. Michel J., priest, St. Paul, MN)

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