IndieView with Mohibul Nahar, author of The Teacher & the Salesman

Are you a compelling speaker? How do you get through to inattentive people or negative, skeptical customers and co-workers? Hopefully what I’ve written will serve to help those communicate whatever ideas they have. If you think about the latest wave of programming it’s all about modularized coding. There are so many tools for self-publishers out there that I figured it was the way to go, particularly since I have no writing background otherwise. I designed my own cover using Canva.com. This was my first book and I didn’t realize how challenging it is to put together a cohesive set of thoughts in a book in order to convey my messages to my audience. If so can you please describe it? How do you know you are delivering it in a way that will make your audience open to listening? Are people looking at you and asking questions when you speak or are they on their phones and laptops? I’ve always been passionate about how we convey knowledge to others effectively. No, I decided to self-publish. End of Interview:
For more from   Mohibul, visit his website or blog. Where did you get the idea from? When did you start writing the book? I’ve been a consultant for over 10 years and have two master’s degrees so my characters and stories are based on my experiences with professors, classmates, co-workers, and customers that I’ve worked with over my career. People who could benefit are those in teaching, consulting, corporate training, sales, and marketing careers for example. Every time I participate in an online course or sit in on a presentation, I think to myself how it could be done better. The teacher and the salesman face these questions every day. When I read Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People, I was really touched by his effort to influence how we treat others. I have lots of music inside to get out of my system and this was a song I simply had to write. Now that my book is published I’ve been working on compiling a marketing plan. I had several editing cycles between the final “draft” and the final completed version. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? My style is definitely more structured. Yes, I found two freelance editors on Upwork and they greatly helped edit my original draft and final version. He essentially had a core concept in each chapter that he taught with stories and examples. No vocals. I’ll probably use a professional for my next project. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? The main inspiration I had was from a former teacher. I’ve read about the writing style of different authors. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Use this guide to better-engage and better-inform your audience, and have an impact on their lives in a way that they will listen, remember, and most importantly, come away inspired and more curious then when you started. You’ll learn so much from simply going through the process so just focus on getting it done. I did a little bit of research and finally decided just to go at it on my own. How long did it take you to write it? I outline out in as much detail as I can because that’s the style that simply works better for me and how I write. His style for how to provide guidance really resonated with me. The parts where you’re writing with emotion. I’m still early in the journey but the learning has made it all worth it. About the book
What is the book about? Some have a “flow” they seem to get into and simply write in blocks until they have a draft ready. That’s how I view writing, at least in the non-fiction structured space. Learning by doing is one of the best methods so if you have something in you that you’d like to get out, go ahead and start writing. I modularize my writing so that I can independently write any component the first time through and then focus on flow as a whole once I’m complete. Happy to share back my results once I complete
Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? Then I review over and over again until I have a version I’m happy with. We all know how important it is for writers to read. The introduction and the conclusion where I focus on why the topic is so important to me came easy because you write from the heart and your passion begins to flow out of you onto paper. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) I try to then fill in those components as I go along until I complete my first draft. Occasionally, I always prefer classical and movie soundtracks when I’m writing productively. This book serves as a guide in how we can improve our communication, particularly when it has to do with communication of knowledge. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Most of us aren’t. What came easily? Sitting in his class, I truly felt inspired, despite not initially being interested in the topic (finance). This book is for anyone who has to present, have informative discussions, or communicate in writing, as part of their job or otherwise. Do you listen to music while you write? But set a goal, have a timeline, and do whatever it takes to finish. I had two editors review my book after I was complete and continued to edit throughout after the first draft. And when done ineffectively, those discussions can leave us feeling drained and uninspired. And this professor wasn’t overly charismatic or witty. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? It was one of the best decisions I ever made. And both require attention and engagement to maximize effectiveness. This book aims to answer this question using a tool:   the POETIC framework. I had taken a course in business school once where I sat in on a professor simply because of his reputation. These two skills, when delivered correctly, entail listening, empathy, and educating; dealing with challenging views, and persuading an audience to accept knowledge and take action. Do you outline? He made you think, he challenged you. Do you have a target reader? I’m still in the research phase on marketing but I’m piecing together a plan as I investigate various methods. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? We find ourselves in these scenarios too often, because while many people love to learn, few know how to communicate in an effective way. I plan out my book from the beginning and form a detailed outline and even a set of objectives for each component of the outline. I wrote on-and-off for a few years and then took some time off to complete the book during the summer of 2017. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself?  
Mohibul Nahar – 7 January 2018
The Back Flap
Communicating knowledge is one of the most important contributions we make as individuals and as a society. In the modern world, we spend countless hours of our lives in classrooms, meetings, and presentations to gain knowledge. A structured approach and a hard deadline definitely helped me finish. I edit mostly after I’ve completed the first draft, and all the chapters are organized in the proper sequence. But since we all have to communicate in our daily personal and professional lives, I believe most people could benefit from the communications framework in this book. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Did you hire a professional editor? We can all greatly benefit from becoming better teachers and sellers, and this reference guide will show you how. The entire process. How do we convey ideas and concepts in a way that gives our audience the right information for understanding, in a way that they will remember what they’ve heard/read, and also stay engaged during the conversation? About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? The POETIC framework is a dynamic set of methods based on observations from many years of consulting to C-Level business leaders and military leaders, years of experience in organizational training, research in the readiness training and influence space, and interactions with learning and development specialists at one of the world’s largest and most innovative technology companies. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Teaching and selling represent two of the most fundamentally important occupations in our society, as well as two of the most important skill sets anyone in any occupation hold. I tried to take the same approach with my book. I started writing this book 3 years ago in 2014. Your first work doesn’t have to be a masterpiece. Get your copy of   The Teacher & the Salesman from Amazon US or Amazon UK. It is at the core of human progress and collaboration, and fundamental to what makes us human in the first place. I began to wonder whether the way he taught could be replicated and adopted by other teachers and presenters in general. I had content that I wanted to release because I thought it could be beneficial to others, but I also wanted to learn the process of writing, publishing, and marketing my book. But, since my book was on a framework to help do precisely that, I began to follow my own framework to help organize the content and that helped me to get through it. I usually have a design in mind, and then I see how I can bring it to fruition. I get others to review my work and continue to review/edit until I’ve gotten to a final version. I’m an extensive outliner. It will serve as your instructional trainer to help you reach your audiences for structured discussions using the POETIC framework. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? It’s a non-fiction book so my characters are purely from real world experience. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? He just had a way of conveying information that was really effective and engaging. The time and effort represent not only sunk monetary investments but lost productivity as well. But what are the key steps in delivering an engaging discussion? That’s where the idea for the POETIC framework was conceived. He said some of us go through life with “music” inside of us that needs to be played and you don’t want to have gone through life without having played that music. I’ve been a consultant for over 10 years and have two master’s degrees so my characters and stories are based on my experiences with professors, classmates, co-workers, and customers that I’ve worked with over my career.