About 4 years ago, I was a year into my business and I was at a conference in Nashville. "Would you ever want to get up there on stage and speak?", one of my friends asked me. I thought about it. "Ummm, I think I'd rather be behind the scenes. But Ryan, Ryan would be great up there." A throwaway conversation I remember vividly. "Would he even want to speak at an event like this?" It was a funny thing to even consider, my CPA husband speaking on stage at a conference about the business of oils. He had next to no interest in any of it at this point except to encourage me to go for it. He was invested in his own career, and didn't really give a second thought to joining me in mine. Everyone who knows Ryan knows he was wasting his charisma as an accountant. "You know, I don't know. Maybe one day." I could see it.
Fast forward to today. I'm getting ready to go to my 6th Young Living convention, Ryan's 4th. This time, though, we're not just spectators. This time, Ryan was asked to give a talk to the over 40,000 people in attendance. 45 minutes, 4 times in one day. Full on presentation - no teleprompter, no notecards. Not only a presentation, but basically a stand-up comedy act, written word for word for this group. Have you seen The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? Pretty much that, but jokes about oils.
He's been speaking to smaller groups around the world about building residual income with Young Living, but this is obviously a whole other level. I'd say he's been working on this talk since they asked him a few weeks ago, but in reality he's been working on it since he left accounting almost 3 years ago - designing, writing, and refining. Always improving it, always thinking about how to make it more impactful for his audience. They may have switched up the topic on him at the last minute, but he's pretty adaptable and he can always make it work. I'm insanely proud of this guy for stepping into a role and doing whatever it takes to freaking own it.
Nervous and excited is the understatement of the year (my face in this picture says it all) - we really have no idea what we're in for Saturday. But, say yes and figure it out later, right? - 14 minutes ago