Interview With Author D. Scott Smith
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Scott is the author of the publications: “Influence: Creation of Credibility – Publish a Book, Course, and Webinar in 12 Weeks (or less), “Relationships: Grow Your Business. A Method and Process for Networking”, “Motivational Listener: Be Interesting by Being Interested. Practical Skills to Be Successful at Business Networking Events”, and most recently, “FREEZE: Inaction in the Face of Business Crisis, How to React When the Unexpected Happens”.
He has created and published the “Independent Planner”. An analog calendar with a unique daily Goal Tracking system. This planner was created specifically for solo entrepreneurs, freelance professionals, and small business owners.
Prior to becoming a full-on entrepreneur, Scott worked in large and small companies in leadership roles which include CEO, COO, and General Manager. He has lived and breathed financial services, agriculture, and manufacturing. Scott is involved with joint ventures because he believes in the power of networking.
Broadcasts hosted by Scott include:
– “Virtual Global Tea Break” with co-host Alan Hennessy
– “The EXPERIENCE Live with Russ and Scott” with co-host Russ Hedge
– “Empty Nest – Ultimate Guide” (Amazon Live) with co-host Christine A. Smith
– “Author and Inventor” Interviews (Amazon Live)
– “Publish Your Book” Podcast
Scott and his wife, Christine, celebrate their 39th wedding anniversary in 2023. You may see his bass or guitars on a video call. He plays music as often as he can.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
FREEZE: Inaction In The Face Of Business Crisis, How To Prepare & React When the Unexpected Happens
I’ve worked with hundreds of small businesses during my career and been part of many business crises. Most small business owners are unprepared. During the pandemic we witnessed the loss of too many businesses. Yet some companies are able thrive and expand during the same situation. In this book we lay out a method to mitigate risk and capitalize on the opportunity each risk presents.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I create an outline, but the book will often arrive at an unexpected conclusion
What authors, or books have influenced you?
C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Isaac Asimov, Charles Dickens, A Smaller History of Rome (Wm. Smith)
What are you working on now?
Beyond promoting FREEZE, I am working on a concept which involves the perception of time. The basis being that when we are young time feels longer and as we age it feels like time is moving faster. I am exploring my theory to explain the concept and share practical applications.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Being a guest on podcasts.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
If you want to be good at something, follow the Nike tagline: Just Do It
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t “wish your life away”. Too many people wish it was 5 o’clock, that it was Friday, that they were on vacation, or that they were retired. Today is enough.
What are you reading now?
J.R.R. Tolkien (Lord of the Rings series), Great Cities of Ireland (pub. 1916)
What’s next for you as a writer?
Promoting the current book jointly written with Veronica Jeans.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Bible, The Complete works of J.G. Holland (19th Century Poet), Space Trilogy by C. S. Lewis
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