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Why the #AskGaryVee Audiobook is a Whole New Book

When it comes to reading out loud, I am atrocious. Really, truly terrible.

For whatever reason, I can’t seem to get it down.

If you give me a piece of paper to read from, or any kind of notes, I freeze up. I can’t do it. It becomes impossible for me to perform. A while back I had to read a commercial on a radio show before being the guest, and they gave me a piece of paper with everything I had to say. I completely botched it. I kept messing up. Finally, one of the guys on the radio show suggested I lose the paper and just talk.

That did the trick.

In fact, one of the big shifts I’ve made in 2015 is to schedule a lot of 5 and 7 minute meetings with my staff instead of them just emailing me because I don’t read fast enough for the value of my time. It is better for me to hear it in person, aloud.

Even reading my daughter a bedtime story feels a bit intimidating. I’m still a bit hesitant. If I had to just come up with the greatest story off the top of my head, I would be calm. But hand me a copy of Goodnight Moon and I’m a mess.

So as you might imagine, when it came time to record the audiobook for my newest book #AskGaryVee, things weren’t looking great. I was nervous about it. I hadn’t done an audiobook for my last book so it had been a while. I was nervous.

So what did I do?

I just answered the questions all over again.

Because the format of the #AskGaryVee book is Q&A, it was so easy for me to hear the question and then answer right on the spot. No reading necessary.

That’s why the audiobook is a whole new book. My answers remain the same, but the examples I give, the anecdotes, the way I explain things, the format in which I answer: all that changed.

And, I’m gonna be honest, some of the answers probably changed to. It will be interesting to see who can point out places I say different things. 🙂

Not sold on it? Check out some snippets from the audiobook in this video here, and make sure to download a copy if you’re intrigued:


Still not convinced? Maybe this list of guests who helped me record the audiobook will do the trick:

Featured Guests on the #AskGaryVee Audiobook

Adam Braun
Al Harrington
Alan Belcher
Alexis O’Hanian
Andy Dunn
Beth Comstock
Black Coffee
Casey Neistat
Charlie Ebersol
Chase Jarvis
Cristie Kerr
Dana Anderson
Dave Ramsey
Dennis Crowley
Draymond Green
Dustin Keller
Erik Dellenback
Jack Haber
Jack Welch
Jason Calacanis
Jason Fried
John Legend
Kevin Jonas
Leo LaPorte
Leslie Blodgett
Phil Rosenthal
Seth Godin
Shonduras (Shaun McBride)
Steph Ruhle
Steve Sadove
Tom Ferry
Troy Carter