It only took Precious Williams two and a half months to pen Bad B– and Power Pitches: For Women Entrepreneurs and Speakers Only, a book that is really personal for Williams who deliberated over it for nearly three years before it reached bookshelves and e-book platforms.
Williams is a 13-time national elevator pitch champion, successful serial entrepreneur and an international professional speaker of 24 years, who has been featured on “Shark Tank,” CNN, Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, ABC and in movies.
The graduate of Spelman College and Rutgers School of Law vaunts, “I am the female McGuyver of business. I can make a way with two toothpicks and break down any door to get to the top. [I am a] full-figured diva who takes on the business world and wins big!”
A former attorney, Williams started entering pitch competitions so she could scale her Curvy Girlz Lingerie business. It was her dream to have national independent sales consultants on her team. Six years ago, she won $10,000 as the first place winner of the 2013 Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch. Since, she’s spoken on world stages and at major corporations. Power Pitches is Williams’ personal gift to women who haven’t taken that leap of faith because they are aiming for perfection.
Here, the Brooklyn resident shares insight on her new book and some personal success strategies that have helped her defeat hopelessness and homelessness.
Why did you write this book?
I wrote Bad B– and Power Pitches to help women entrepreneurs and speakers see their greatness and power and be reassured that with “killer” pitching, they can take their brands, books, businesses, products, and services in a way that no one, not even their competitors, can touch them. They stand in a league all their own.
What was your regimen to complete this book?
Writing everyday at a time that is quiet and I was in my zone. I also had my book coach, Charron Monaye, guiding, pushing and challenging me to be on point. I was given no excuses and a weekly plan.
Name two of your top role models: one from your industry and one from outside of it?
My grandmother, who encouraged me when no one in my family wanted me. She told me I had the gift of speech and she always knew that she would mother me at some point. Her love is the reason why I am still here today. Cardi B, Rihanna because she is who she is unapologetically.
Name three books, works, performances or exhibits that changed how you view life and/or yourself.
- Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice
- The Ultimate Sales Machine
- “Biography,” “Intimate Portrait,” “Behind the Music” and “Unsung” are my go-to shows for the real behind the glamour of success
- Museum of Natural History in NYC
What affirmations do you repeat to yourself that contribute to your success?
I am a money magnet. Money flows to me effortlessly from infinite resources. I am a poet. I am the greatest salesman in the world. I am unstoppable and flawed and beautiful. I am a child of the Most HIGH GOD.