Scott Howard Swain’s Bio

Author, Leader, Coder, Cognitive Empathy Advocate, Shaolin Monk, Download Resume
Author of A Practical EmPath: Rewire your mind, available on Amazon.

Scott Howard Swain has been actively studying communication, and conflict resolution since 1990, and people/systems management since 1995.

He has been designing and facilitating communication and conflict resolution training programs for businesses, at conferences, in schools, and workgroups since 2005. These courses have ranged in length from 13 weeks to one day to 3 hours.

He’s been writing code in various languages/platforms for over 40 years (yes, since early teens). A hobby project is the continued evolution of a highly intelligent LLM “Personal Coach” he created and began training in 2018. No sign-up/sign-in needed. Free.

Professional software developer since 1995.

Finally, Scott has two decades of martial arts training under his Shaolin Kung Fu black belt earned in 2007, awarded title of “Shaolin Monk, Initiate” at that time. Prior to that, four years of karate with two years consensual garage fighting, and numerous tournaments.

Some highlights

– Founded Practical Empathy Practice Group on May 6, 2015, which has met 1 to 4 times per month since that date for a total of over 650 meetings and over 2100 members. Details:

– Leading Voluntaryists of Austin group:

– Training wide range of ages and abilities in self-defense using Shaolin black belt and other experience.

– Teaching NVC* in a class format, from 13 week classes to weekend classes to one day classes to talks and one hour intros, starting in 2006.

– Led “Intro to NVC*” course for Zaaz’s customer service department.

– Created Play to Evolve card game and the EmpathyBot a.i..

– Assisting couples and families in resolving conflicts, increasing responsibibility, understanding, and deepening communication in the home.

– “NVC* in Business: Its TimeHas Come” – NVC * Academy 4-day course – 2014.

– Business mediation between Voice & Exit and a client of theirs – 2014.

– Trained owners (partners) and staff at LIGHTfaktor in clear & efficient communication, internal and external. Included management, negotiation, and client relations – Austin, TX – 2014.

– Trained contract managers, negotiators, and other staff from National Contract Management Association – Austin, TX – 2012.

– Trained staff at Active Life Healing Clinic – Austin, TX – 2011.

– Taught “Empower Your Communication” class at Rethinking Everything Conference – Dallas, TX – 2013.

– Taught using NVC* at Children’s Discovery Center – Austin, TX – 2013.

– Motivational speaking and public speaking at business, parenting, and relationship building events.

– Attended Six-week NVC* course by Pat Siebert – 2005.

*Nonviolent Communication, precursor to the Practical Empathy system I created


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