About Ryan

Ryan is a comedian, speaker coach, writer/editor, and new dad.
1502, 2017

In the driver’s seat

February 15 2017|

I sat in the driver’s seat and looked to my right. Not a shoulder check, just a look to the side. The driving examiner seated next to me slapped his hands on his thighs. “Alright,” […]

2501, 2017

Spending days and lives

January 25 2017|

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” Annie Dillard

I’ve been reading The Writing Life by Annie Dillard recently. It’s a slender book that offers lots of rich insights into […]

2912, 2016

Seven states for 2017

December 29 2016|

My next year isn’t so much about accomplishing things, or reaching goals. Because goals are apparently about creating habits. Do the right things and stuff gets done.

Well, I’m dialing it back slightly. Next year for me […]

1812, 2016

Baby’s first Christmas

December 18 2016|

Our baby is just now three months old, so this is her first Christmas. And my first as a dad. So my wife and I have great reasons to reinvigorate some holiday traditions — and […]

1112, 2016

The three steps to influence

December 11 2016|

Last week I stood in the middle of Amsterdam’s Centraal Station, yelling instructions at a group of 20 Nordic pharmaceutical managers. Then they put on goofy costumes and fanned out into the station, as instructed. […]

311, 2016

My NaNoWriMo is a NoNoWriMo

November 3 2016|

It’s early November first, which means it’s now NaNoWriMo. Since a few months ago, I’ve been keen on participating. I spent some time in October preparing an outline. Then, on the evening of the 31st, […]

2810, 2016

Project parenting is ongoing

October 28 2016|

Today marks seven weeks since my life changed forever. That sounds quite dramatic, but there’s no other honest way to talk about becoming a parent. One day: BAM! You’re responsible for a mewling poop factory, […]

410, 2016

7-Eleven: A haiku story

October 4 2016|

My high school published a poetry journal. It may have been annually, or it may have happened just the one time, but it definitely happened at least once while I was a student.

This was in the […]

2308, 2016

Canadian Universal: The Hip

August 23 2016|

The first time I heard The Tragically Hip I had just started high school, working the occasional evening at the local radio station my dad managed. My job was plugging in commercial cartridges when the station […]

507, 2016

The un-casual editor

July 5 2016|

You know me: I’m laidback, friendly, and casual to the extreme.

Which makes sense: as a middle child I’m naturally pre-disposed to people-please, as a Canadian I’m polite to a fault, and as an improviser I’m […]