Dave Sweet is the founder behind MeetingMastery. Dave has over 30 years of experience designing, planning, and leading meetings, presentations, and events. Whether it’s facilitating and engaging a group of two or two thousand, Dave has done it all – and still does. In fact, when he’s not passing on his knowledge and understanding to others, Dave still leads events and meetings of all kinds – a fitting pursuit for a highly-skilled communicator. Frustrated by the worldwide practice of “PowerPoint Karaoke” and “Death by PowerPoint,” Dave’s passion is to see people grow and develop their personal communication skills and help them maximize participant engagement. This desire, coupled with decades of meeting and event leadership experience (corporate and otherwise), inspired Dave to create the MeetingMastery program.
Dave’s path to mastering the art of the meeting began as a student, studying Marketing and Psychology at THE Ohio State University. After a steady career progression at Caterpillar and Ford, Dave received “an offer he couldn’t refuse” from an automotive retailer in California where he had the opportunity to sit in nearly every chair through general management. In 1990, Sweet received another “offer he couldn’t refuse” from J.D. Power & Associates to serve as a consultant, facilitator, and instructional designer. This was the genesis of automätik, where Dave still serves as an owner and President to this day. Automätik meets its multi-national clients’ needs with unique, custom-tailored events, and training programs that epitomize the principles taught in MeetingMastery – and reach tens of thousands of people annually.
Dave’s Personal Creed: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…”
Colossians 3:23 ESV