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In the survey I sent out a few weeks ago, several of you asked me to share personal stories and mistakes I have made and what I learned from them. So here is an update!

In the the past few weeks I have had multiple people reach out to me, letting me know I have had grammar and spelling errors in my blog posts.

I will admit I am not the best speller, nor did I do the best in my English classes (C-). Even with the easy to remember rules, it is hard for me to distinguish the simple things like… then and than or their and there. I can’t remember if I put the quotation marks before the punctuation or after? I still have trouble with grammar and spelling but that is not an excuse.

This is embarrassing for me because I am a professional speaker and published author. Some people might wonder how I can be a published author and not know these skills? Well I have a lot of help from copy-editors, line-editors, managing-editors, a co-author and team of people helping me.

Until recently, that is the biggest mistake I have made with my blog. I have not had the proper team helping me deliver you the highest quality content and I have been treating this blog as a hobby and not a business (which is not a good thing as this website is where a majority of my speaking leads are generated).

I have also not wanted to spend money on an editor. Instead I have been asking my friends, family and Chelsea to look at articles on a occasion, but that is no more. Starting next week, I will have a managing editor to work on to proof-read all pages and posts before they go out.

I will deliver you quality content that is geared towards helping you be a better speaker and leader. I made a mistake. I took for granted that this blog is not a place for me to share my stories or ideas but rather a place people come to learn and if there are mistakes in my writing, that does not produce a conducive atmosphere for learning.

I needed to ask myself, “Do I want this to be a hobby, or a business?” If you say business, are you treating it like one? The answer as no so I am ready to do something about it.

Thank you to those who have reached out to let me know about my grammar/spelling mistakes. Thank you to those who have stuck around, subscribed to the blog and shared an article. I know many people can leave a blog once they see one or even two mistakes and I appreciate you following me along this journey. I write for you. I would hate to know you leave because of my inability to catch simple mistakes.

Let’s keep making things happen and work towards reaching our goals! As always…

Dream BIG,

Ryan Avery

Author Ryan Avery

Hi, my name is Ryan Avery! Every Sunday I share the "notes" I use to build my keynotes. They are personal stories and tangible strategies we can use to improve the way we communicate at work, at home and with ourselves.

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Join the discussion 8 Comments

  • Louise Nottingham says:

    Keep up the good work! YOU ARE AMAZING and very inspiring! And I feel your ‘red ink’ pain!

  • Cathy Gidley says:

    It’s not easy to admit you made a mistake. I know :). Great philosophy on moving forward as a business.

  • Ryan Avery says:

    Thanks Gidley! Hope you are doing well and glad to see you read the blog 🙂

  • Ryan Avery says:

    Thank you Louise and thank you for always reading and investing in my resources! You rock!

  • Terry Marran says:

    Ryan, I am so happy that you’ll have an extra set of eyes on your copy before you post it. It really irked me to see you misuse “lay” when it should have been “lie” and to confuse “who” and “whom.” The World Champion of Public Speaking should have those usage items nailed before she/he completes AC/Bronze (IMHO).

  • Marc Gabris says:

    Wow your vulnerability and commitment to excellence is inspiring Ryan! You rock!

  • Ryan Avery says:

    Thank you Marc! I am excited. I found the editor and she will help so much!

  • Ryan Avery says:

    Thanks Terry. It is hard for me and embarrassing I can’t tell the difference between those but I have found a solution and am working towards producing high quality content for all readers.

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