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Swen is quite an accomplished individual both personally and professionally. We asked him to share his insights with our global leadership team and couldn't have been more pleased! Swen's accounts of perseverance, continuous improvement and the critical role of leaders to be coaches and teachers for others was powerful! Swen has our highest endorsement for those interested in a powerful speaker on life's lessons that apply to all of us.

—Max Mitchell, President & CEO, Crane Co.

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I am sill hearing compliments and comments about the message you shared with us at the Americana Awards banquet.  I want you to know that you have started a trend of people borrowing your words, "The Spirit of Cypress."  Your statement about the importance of Cypress College to your life and the spirit you so powerfully referenced in your speech continues to resonate.  Your speech was a wonderful blend of humor, tragedy, insight, and inspiration.

—Robert Simpson, President Emeritus, Cypress College

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I heard Swen speak on the subject of being successful against the odds. If anyone is qualified to speak on that subject, Swen is. I learned some things from his speech. I highly recommend Swen Nater as a speaker, that is, if you really want to make an impact on the audience.

—John Wooden, Head basketball coach, UCLA

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Swen Nater was one of our character speakers for our high school. His story of perseverance and patience completely captivated our entire student body, including teachers and staff.

—Doug Dodge, High School Principal, Indiana

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Don’t be fooled by Swen Nater’s ability to thoroughly entertain an audience; I’ve heard him speak. While he gets them laughing, he provides his powerful and life-changing message. And Swen has lived what he presents, something rare in the motivational speaking circuit. You must have Swen Nater at your next meeting.

—Pat Williams, President, Orlando Magic, NBA


Swen Nater is very entertaining, compelling and inspiring!  He addressed the members of our organization as if he knew them personally.  His life experiences he portrays in his message are extremely motivational.  He will guide your attendees to see, no matter what the obstacle in life, there is nothing you cannot do.

—Benny Ellerbe, Executive Director, Optimist International


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Praises for Swen Nater  ​As Keynote Speaker

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Swen Nater encompasses all the qualities one hopes for in a keynote speaker. He connects, engages, and inspires through the telling of his journey. His story is inspirational but it’s his delivery that is truly a game-changer. When Swen finished his keynote speech, he left 300 of our most-important clients and prospects on their feet, which in turn helped lift our event and business to new heights. 

-Tami Lucius, President, Gradient Financial Group, LLC



I think often of your acceptance speech at Americana and, in fact, just watched it again last night on the college's website. It was magnificent! I have attended 16 Americana Awards Banquets and no honoree has ever given a better speech; actually, I can't think of one that even came close to yours.

—Marjorie D. Lewis, Ph.D. President Emeritus, Cypress College

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Swen Nater is a true champion and athlete with outstanding character. But he has become a highly-polished and entertaining speaker, not just for an athlete, but for anyone. As the Keynote Speaker for the California State Athletic Director’s Conference, where 800 attended, Swen had everyone on the edge of their seats as he presented vivid, true stories about the Wooden years, and many of his NBA experiences. In addition to his informative quips and dry humor, he also entertained the audience with own poetry and his guitar/singing finale. With such remarkable authenticity and diversity, Swen was a delight to all in attendance.

—Tom Danley, President, California State Athletic Director’s Association​

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What more could you want in a speaker than the combination of entertainment, unique life experiences, gifted coaching and communication skills, creative flair, and a genuine heart for bringing out the best in every person. That is Swen Nater. Hiring Swen was one of the best business moves I’ve ever made.

—Lynn Guerin, President, Guerin Marketing Services

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Without question, Swen Nater has been to most effective keynote speaker we have hired. I say that because his message on John Wooden’s leadership has literally changed the way we do things here at Cost U Less. We understand, managers get results through people and that, developing people and teaching are the two most important things we can do to ensure our success as a competitive company.

—Brian Rose, Vice President, Cost U Less

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Securing Swen Nater as keynote speaker is a slam dunk for any occasion. Whether sharing timeless lessons from the greatest coach of the 20th century or telling his own inspirational story, Swen’s message is invariably funny, insightful and motivating for audiences from sports to education to business to any group I can imagine.

—John Shook, Chairman & CEO, Lean Enterprise Institute

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