Friday, October 13, 2017 at Richmond Public Library – Main Branch, 101 E Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23219
Saturday, October 14 – Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 North 3rd Street, Richmond, VA, 23219
Join us October 13-15, 2017 for our 15th annual conference
in Richmond, Virginia
On Richmond TV news
Learn about JRW’s 15th Annual Conference from award-winning children and young adult author, Gigi Amateau and Executive Director, Katharine Herndon, on Virginia This Morning on 6News WTVR.
Hear about JRW’s 15th Annual Conference from JRW’s Executive Director, Katharine Herndon on News8 WRIC
On the radio
Writers dream of the moment they step up to the stage. But how can our voice, our stance, our speed, and our substance live up the potential we want to share? Speech coach and media expert Joan Bowling will share her best advice to let your words shine, whether they’re said in an elevator with an industry pro or in front of a television camera. At this specially designed pre-conference event, attendees will have a chance to give their brief book pitches or share a mini reading to gain personalized advice from a pro. You don’t want to miss it!
Joan Bowling is a top motivational sales trainer, speaker and presentation coach. She is passionate about the world of sales, is a skilled teacher and loves the spoken word. As owner of Joan Bowling Presents, LLC, her witty style and easy communication inspire others to make the changes they need to communicate more effectively to engage more fully with customers, clients, and staff.
Her devotion to selling was recognized with a coveted Sammie award for broadcast sales. She is a five-time Sterling Club winner for direct marketing sales and was twice nominated as the National Association of Women Business Owners’ (NAWBO) Member of the Year and is the recipient of the coveted National Speaker’s Association/Virginia 2011 Idol Virginia award. She received Second Place in the 2017 Toastmasters District 66 International Speech Competition.
Joan’s career began in broadcast sales for nearly two decades, live television hosting for 10 years, and co-founded a successful Richmond advertising agency.
If her voice sounds familiar in Virginia, you’ve probably heard Joan’s radio commercials for Strange’s Florist. Or you might have visited a gas station, where she was the voice of the gas pump!
Based in Richmond, Virginia, Joan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Pittsburgh in English Education. She is immediate Past President of the National Speakers Association/Virginia, former Area Director for Toastmasters and attends Powhatan Community Church. She is also proud to serve on the development team of GraceInside, Virginia’s Prison Ministry.
Balancing roles within her blended family, she enjoys quilting, working out and making cheesecakes (thus the reason she works out!) and cheering on her beloved Pittsburgh sports teams in her free time.
Kristi Tuck Austin
Kristi Tuck Austin