DOZ Issue 31 May 2018 - Page 19

B etty Parker is a professional speaker, author, and trainer. She holds a degree in broadcast journalism from Louisiana State University which affords her the educational background to write and speak professionally. She is a communications expert with nearly 30 years’ experience. Betty began her career as a trainer in 1998 in the biotech industry after which she started Sharper Development Solutions, Inc., a training, and development company, in 2006. Betty has educated thousands of leaders and staff across the country in a variety of performance areas. As a leadership consultant, she specializes in the following topics: communications, teamwork, diversity, conflict management, employee engagement, coaching and mentoring, customer service, and more. She is a regular guest host on WLXC-FM’s “N Touch” community affairs program in Columbia, SC and hosts a community show on KISS 103.1 on Sundays. She is an often sought out speaker for conferences and events and is currently working on her next book, “Defeating Goliath: A Lesson in Problem Solving.” She is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) through the Association for Talent Development and a Certified Professional Coach. She is a Christian and is very active in her local church where she is on the leadership team, the ministry development team, and the Christian Education department and where she is the training coordinator. She also leads the church’s annual marriage seminars. She and her family support Children of the World, and one of the photos below show the family hosting two children, one from Nepal and one from Uganda. She is an avid long-distance runner, and there is a photo of her in a 10k run where she finished in third place. It was indeed an honour and a pleasure to interview Betty and not because of the amazing work which she does but mainly because several years ago, when her child’s life hung in the balance, and fear tormented her with the frightening possibility of his death, she showed remarkable courage and declared war on fear and deployed her Christian faith along with seven effective strategies that helped her win the fight. After this, she wrote the book, “Waging War on Fear: Strategies to Overcome a Scary World.” This book reveals her personal battle against fear, and how she fought it and won. Anyone who is bound by fear and desires freedom will find courage and power within the pages of this book, and indeed many have. In this interview, Betty shares the strategies for overcoming a scary world and tells us a little more about her personal battle with fear. She hopes that her story will inspire you, and I do too. DOZ Magazine May 2018 19 «