Ryan Avery is an award winning speaker, best-selling author of the new book published by McGraw-Hill, Speaker Leader Champion: Succeed at Work Through the Power of Public Speaking. At age 23, Ryan won his first Emmy Award for producing Colorado State University’s first ever multimedia package. He currently lives in Portland, OR with his wife Chelsea and they have been together for over six years.
Ryan: I would highly recommend co-authoring your first book. There are so many benefits to doing it this way. The main reasons are it keeps you accountable for writing and delivering your word count, it pushes you to be a better writer, you get double the reach when you start marketing, you get double the brain power when you are creating content and both of you bring strengths to the entire process from writing, to marketing, to design. You create a better book when you work together. I was lucky to partner with Jeremey. He is talented in many ways and we share similar values of family, commitment and the power of public speaking. Working with him sounded like the right thing to do at the time and still does today.
Throughout this process we have grown as speakers, writers and marketers helping each other out along the way. I consider it to be one of my favorite partnerships. With Jeremey’s writing background and my marketing experience, we knew we could develop a resource that reached the masses and educated many.
Geetesh: What’s the most important takeaway for the reader in this book?
Ryan: The most important takeaway from this book is to understand that if you improve your communication skills, you improve all areas of your life. Specifically, if you want to be more successful at work, learn how to become a speaker who can wow any audience!