Hire Popular Speaker, Author,
Business Book Coach, and Business Expert
Virginia Bailey Parker
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Virginia Bailey Parker, president of EnVision Associates, LLC and a national award-winning author, is an expert in written and verbal communications. She helps other business professionals and writers improve their processes and accomplish their dream of becoming a book author. She shares her expertise and perspectives through presentations for groups and in one-on-one book coaching.
She spent years honing these skills while working in a number of related fields. Over the course of her career, Virginia earned a Master’s degree, and she has received many honors. A polished interviewer, she produced an award-winning series of archival oral history videos. She, herself, is often interviewed as well.
Drawing from her broad experience, Virginia shows others how to use the power of storytelling to capture the audience’s interest. Starting out as a high school teacher, she engaged her students by weaving the human experience into her history classes. As an author, she won a coveted Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Magazine and an Honorable Mention from Writers Digest for her multigenerational novel. She wrote two other books, was a freelance writer, a book reviewer for Publishers Weekly, and she penned a popular monthly county-wide column for the Observer and Eccentric Newspapers. Virginia brings the writer’s and business owner’s experience, as well as the rich layer of having worked as an editor and book coach on a wide variety of publications, including an international award-winning publication and a bestseller.
Virginia speaks to business and community organizations, at universities, and at statewide and national conferences. Her high-content presentations and workshops cover a variety of entrepreneurship, professional development, and writing topics.
By leading workshops—often in return engagements—and working individually with clients, she’s shown thousands of people how transform their dream of owning a business or writing a book into reality. Because there is so much more to writing a book than just committing words to paper, Virginia’s presentations focus on:
- Demystifying and streamlining the process for business professionals who want to tell their stories.
- Why authors need to think like entrepreneurs.
- How to use storytelling as a powerful writing tool.
- How to make your story relevant and compelling.
- How to bring clarity to your message.
- What you need to know about writing a book so you don’t waste your time.
- How to structure your book.
- Which marketing strategies you have to consider before, during, and after publication of your book.
- How to evaluate which of today’s publishing options is best for you.
As a business expert, Virginia also talks with audiences whose members want to explore whether business ownership is right for them—and how to improve their chances for success if it is!
- Ford Motor Company
- Ann Arbor SPARK’s “Starting Your Own Business” forums
- University of Michigan
- Eastern Michigan University
- Wayne State University
- Lawrence Technological University
- Oakland University
- Lake Superior State University
- Schoolcraft College
- Wayne County Community College District
- Huron Shores Writing Institute
- The national IWWG Writers Conference (Manhattan)
- National Oral History Association Conference (Buffalo, NY)
- Midland Writers’ Conference
- Detroit Working Writers (DWW) Writers’ Conference
- Many professional, community, and library events
Newspaper, Radio, and TV Interviews
- Million Dollar Mindset on TogiNetTMRadio with host Marla Tabaka
- Michigan Big Show with radio and television host, Michael Patrick Shiels (WQXT 92.1 FM, Fox 47 and affiliates, www.mibigshow.com)
- The Divalution Show on W4Divas.com with host Deb St. Hilaire
- “Art in the Air” (WPON)
- Canton Contact” (CCTV)
- Metro Art and Book Talk” (BCTV)
- Detroit News
- Canton Observer
- Canton Eagle/ Journal
- Novi News
- Milford Times
- Community Crier
Making the Most of Your Memoir: How to Use Your Business and Life Experiences to Inspire Others
You will discover:
- How to use the art, power, and passion of storytelling to make your book relevant and riveting.
- 5 types of stories that resonate with readers.
- Factors that affect memory itself—and how that impacts the way you write your book.
- What you can include in your memoir—and what you can’t!
- What you can learn from your competitors.
The Entrepreneurial Author: How to Write a Book that Will Boost Your Business
You will discover:
- Key factors that turn book browsers into book buyers.
- The No. 1 mistake to avoid that will sink your story.
- Why writing the book is only the first step.
- What you absolutely must do BEFORE the publication date.
- How to make your book stand out from the crowd.
- Why authors should write a business plan for their book.
- The difference between an editor and a book coach—and how to decide which one is right for you.
Beyond the Written Word: What You Need to Know about the Business of Books
You will discover:
- Why writing is really a business.
- How the face of book publishing is changing today—and how that affects your choices.
- How to know whether your book may be a good match for a major publishing house.
- How to decide if self-publishing is right for you.
- What the hidden costs are for authors—regardless of who publishes their book!
- Why the 3 months before publication are absolutely critical to the success of your book.
- What the real shelf-life is for a book—and what that means for you as an author.
- What you can do to increase your chances for success as an author.
- More than 950 books are published every day of the year in the U.S. How can a first-time author get noticed among all that competition?
- Authors today have so many options to publish their books—from being published by a major publishing house to self-publishing and e-books. How can authors know which the right choice is for them?
- Readers browsing bookstore shelves typically spend about 20 seconds looking at a book’s covers. With so little time to catch the readers’ attention, what can you as an author do to turn book browsers into book buyers?
- There’s a difference between an editor and a book coach. How can you decide which one is the right resource for you?
- Anyone who’s starting a new venture is bound to make some mistakes. What are the top 3 mistakes first-time writers tend to make that our listeners (or readers) should be sure to avoid?
- Authors enjoy the creative process of writing, but you say that they also need to think like entrepreneurs. How will thinking like a business own make an author more successful?
- Many people who’ve been in business for a long time want to write a book to share what they’ve learned along the way. Since writing a book is probably new for them, what first steps do you recommend?
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