The Confident Presenter, a yellow book on public speaking by Ryan Millar, stacked in a pile

I wrote a book on public speaking in the fall. It’s called The Confident Presenter, and I’ve been in the editing process for a few months. It’s actually been a very smooth and supportive process, but it’s going a little slow. In fact, it’s slowed right down.

The reasons are all mine. I outline a few of them in the last two episodes of Remote Pep Talks. It all boils down to the following two reasons

  1. Fatigue
  2. Busyness

Hitting the Fatigue Point

So the fatigue point I hit in late October. It lasted about a month and I didn’t address a document full of edits that my editor sent. They just sat there while I did… other stuff. But then I worked through what I’ve termed “The Big Project Blues” got through them and sent the book for proofreading. Then I started working on the cover design process.

It was at this point that I got a very cool and very time-consuming contract to create an online course with Amsterdam-based online educational institution Growth Tribe. They’re looking to close the digital skills gap, and I’m helping them with a course in Digital Communication skills.

They reached out to me in December to ask if I would like to create a course on digital communications skills, including topics like copywriting, storytelling, knowing your audience and brand, and more.

I said HELL YES.

And here we are. Halfway through the project. I’m creating content, planning new content, reviewing the already-created content and preparing to get in the studio and record in early March. All so the course can launch by the end of March.

I’m literally working every day and every evening on this. I was not prepared for this all-consuming aspect of the course. But I’m loving it, and the course is looking beautiful and I’m focused on the task at hand.

Thus, when I’m sitting in front of the computer, there’s no thought given to tucking into the editing process for The Confident Presenter. But that time is coming. At the end of March, or start of April. In the meantime, I’m recruiting for my Launch Team, which you’re welcome to join.