Reading and Writing Addiction was able to catch up with Rom Gayoso, Author of How to Win in Every Scenario: Using Scenario Planning to Create Win-Win Solutions in Ukraine and in Other Complex Situations for an interview. We are excited to share this interesting interview today with our readers.
RAWA: When did you first discover that you were a writer?
RG: Actually I discovered my passion for writing in Primary school! I had a wonderful teacher
|Rom Gayoso, Author|
who encouraged me to write more and more, so I started creating my own stories.
RAWA: What is your favorite part of writing?
RG: My favorite part is when the dots are connected for someone else and they see the inner work of the plot, so they can guess the end of the story. I put a lot of effort on creating a cohesive package for the book, so it makes sense.
RAWA: What do you think is the most challenging aspect of writing?
RG: I believe it is right before the writing process takes place, that is organizing one’s thoughts in a logical way for creativity is often untamed and goes everywhere, whereas writing requires a lot of discipline and organization.
RAWA: Tell us about your latest release.
RG: In this book is about a strategic planning method called Scenario Planning, which equates to storytelling. I teach people how to use a 5-step process to create their own scenarios and I run the reader through three different cases: 1) an ethical dilemma: Stem Cell research, 2) a large problem: renewable energy deployment to reduce carbon emissions, and 3) a conflict: the crisis in Ukraine.
RAWA: How did you come up with the title of your book?
RG: If we can make sense of the future, the new can put our energy into creating it and in this process we can always find a winning solution, hence “How To Win In Every Scenario”.
RAWA: Who are some of your favorite authors?
RG: I like the classical philosophers because they help me think. I also like many economists: Robert Reich, John Kenneth Galbraith, Hayek, also Robert McNamara.
RAWA: What do you think has influenced your writing style the most?
RG: Many people along the way, but certainly my students, because I concentrate on bringing practical applications to the discussion, and not just some theory.
RAWA: As a writer what is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
RG: The accomplishment I am most proud of is the next project… I use it as a motivation tool: if I am certain to be working on my biggest accomplishment, then I can pull heart and soul into it.
RAWA: How did you get published?
RG: I decided to put together a set of materials that go along with the seminars I teach, so I ended up deciding to pursue a formal publishing process.
RAWA: Do you have any advice for writers looking to get published?
RG: Use a “board of directors” to help you organize your thoughts. I invested many hours tossing around ideas, concepts and stories with a close group of friends, so that they would operate as a sounding board. Only select people who can give you constructive and candid advice, avoid “yes” people at all costs.