Interview with Oli Monk

What is your e-reading device of choice?
Usually my phone - i do a lot of travelling by train, so its where i consume the most ebook content
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I've only tried Kindle up to now, so it'll be interesting to see how this works out!
Describe your desk
Messy with periodic purges. I tend to pile stuff up for a while, then get hugely frustrated with the mess and have to organise everything.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Mainly in the south of the UK (Sussex) and early career in Cornwall and Reading before a move to the midlands, where i now live with my wife. I think the main influence on my writing is through engineering. As a rule, engineers are really bad communicators. It is a cliche, but one I've found to be true - they're into such a level of detail its hard to summarise and remember that communication is about the audience, not about you. Like all cliches, there are exceptions, but I speak from experience here - i'm a chartered engineer. I've been forced to learn how to "clean up" my presenting and (being an engineer) i'm into standard processes - i thought it was worth sharing. We now just need to see if you as the audience agree!
When did you first start writing?
I've always written on and off. I just discovered that i had some things to say that i thought might be useful to share as well as for my own edification.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This one is dedicated to the engineers amongst us who occasionally forget that actually an executive audience (generally) doesn't want to see details, they want answers, they want to fit those answers into their mental picture of the world and move on. I've seen it so often and its cringe-making when the presenter gets it wrong, i thought a standard process might help - so i wrote one.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Trialling it out - I've got a few ideas for books and I've always been an avid reader. The way i consume books, stories and content has changed, it seemed logical to go down the same channels.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Ask me again in a few months time!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There's a satisfaction with re-reading something you've written that really flows and gets a point across. When someone else reads it and nods to themselves, or just slightly raises their eyebrows but keeps going - it means that they're thinking about the content and it either strikes chord or its made them think - magic!
What are you working on next?
I'm looking at writing some more to try and make other common business tools a bit more interesting to learn and use, using worked examples and a practical approach of learning by doing - its relatively early days yet, but it's coming together slowly.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love fiction, lots of classics, but am reading Jim Butcher and a large number of Indie authors at the moment.
Published 2017-12-23.
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Books by This Author

Compelling Presentations: Winning Over and Executive Audience
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 12,370. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business communication / meetings & presentations, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal success
An essential business skill is being able to present. Whether briefing staff, asking for funding, consulting with senior executives or pitching for more sales, time pressures mean that clear, concise communication is key. This book aims to teach you the essential principles and a tried and tested method that will allow you to generate clear, compelling presentations quickly, easily and repeatably.