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October 31, 2012

What Michael Hyatt’s New Book Platform Taught Me: Part III

Hello All,

Today we’re focusing on Part III of Michael Hyatt’s “social media networking and marketing bible” (or at least that’s what I call it!): Platform.  I’d you’d like to get caught up to speed, you can also read Part I and Part II.  No matter what your Platform is, Michael Hyatt’s wisdom will help YOU create and maintain it.

In this post, we’ll be focusing on the gems of wisdom that stood out to me most in Part III: “Build Your Home Base.”  We already made sure to “Start with Wow” in Part I and prepared to launch in Part II.  I found this section of the book to be particularly packed with information I needed to know or relearn starting with the types of marketing I engage in.

 

Focus Your Efforts Online

For someone who doesn’t have the funds they would like to have, this chapter is important.  I’ll even go as far to say that if you have the funds you’d like, it still won’t make the best impact and give you your money’s worth if you’re not spending on the right things and putting it in the right place(s).

Internet marketing is the next best thing to word-of-mouth marketing as it concerns reach and cost.  It costs you nothing to tweet.  It also costs you nothing (or a little bit) to maintain a professional page on Facebook.  Pinterest, personal blogs, etc. the list goes on.  These are all free outlets to use as “borrowed platforms” for your brand and products.

You can also start implementing cost-efficient advertising with the likes of Google Adwords, Facebook, and other similar options.

 

Create the Content Yourself

Unless I ask someone to guest on my blog, I will never have someone pushing out content for me as a rule.  The only exception to this would be if I hired an intern or other team member for one of my growing enterprises—yet they would still represent themselves on behalf of the my company—not as a ghost-blogger, tweeter, etc.

Michael Hyatt’s very keen on this point: if you’re not going to maintain your blog (or Twitter account) yourself, then don’t bother at all.  People will interpret a ghost-blogger, etc. inauthentic and it will ultimately hurt your brand.

 

Create a Better About Page

This is something I have to work on myself.  My About Pages read just like a bio that you would have in the back of your book, submitted alongside and press release, almost like a resume in prose.  Ouch.

Michael elaborates on the fact that an About Page should be written in first person (yes, this is against EVERYTHING your English teachers and professors taught you!).  It should also be written in a conversational tone which is much harder to do in second or third person.

Your About Page should be about what the reader wants to know as well as what you want them to know about you and your blog.  It should also invite them to subscribe to your blog.  This is a no-brainer, yet so overlooked in many About Pages.

He also gives other wonderful ideas, but I’ll let you buy the book to check out those.

You may also view Michael’s About Page for reference here.

 

Build a Speaking Page

Now I literally just finished Marshawn Evans//ME University’s Ready 2 Speak tele-event (conference call) and it was all about the importance of pushing aside fear and all of its tactics, preparing yourself, and embracing the voice and message which God has entrusted YOU to deliver to the world.  She also has a brand new boot camp, Speak 4 Pay, which you may register for here.  (Trust me, it’s worth every penny!)

While in Miami, FL at my spiritual father’s conference, his good friend, Dr. Renny McLean spoke these words: have faith in your voice.

Now, if you’re reading my blog, tempted to purchase Platform, or have some other type of business, book, ministry, or invention, you must prepare yourself to speak that which God has given you to the world.

Proverbs 18:16 tells us that a man (or woman’s) gift makes room for them and brings them before great men.

This is the essence of Platform and preparing yourself to speak to these “great men” will not only expand your Platform, it will expand your wallet!  It will also place you in a position of authority that others will position themselves to learn and glean from.

Isn’t that the point of everything we’re doing?  Preacher or curator, author or inventor, it is our job to do our part to get the word out and God will do the rest through divine appointments, connections, and more.  Building a Speaking Page will encourage those who didn’t consider your speaking abilities to explore them and invite you.  Others will be happy to find if because they were expecting this “product” from you all along.  Do you really want to disappoint them?

As my new eBook Godly Government releases (more info to come soon!) on Election Day 2012, it is my opportunity to start building, not only a writing, but speaking Platform for myself.  Creating a Speaking Page on my blogs will help push me mentally, emotionally, and logically in that direction.

Please see Michael’s Speaking Page here.

Tune in next week for more wisdom from Platform and until then, PLEASE be sure to visit Michael Hyatt’s site and buy your very own copy of Platform!

 

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October 24, 2012

What Michael Hyatt’s New Book Platform Taught Me: Part II

This week we’re discussing Michael Hyatt’s new book Platform and some pointers that stood out to me as a soon-to-be-published author, blogger, columnist, and entrepreneur.  I know that if his book helped me, it will help you as well and I want to shout it from the rooftops that Platform is what I consider the “social media networking and marketing bible!”  If you don’t have your own copy, PLEASE get it today!

Today we’re discussing Part II of Platform which is entitled “Prepare to Launch.”  We already discussed “Part I: Start with Wow” and will now focus on getting that “wow” ready for the world to see.

 

Create an Elevator What?!  An Elevator Pitch. 

Before picking up Platform, I had never heard the term “elevator pitch.”  An elevator pitch is a “short summary of your product offering, including your target market (the people most likely to become your customers) and your value proposition (what you have to offer those customers).”  This consists of 4 integral components—which I will not list here (buy the book!), but I will show you what mine looks like and you can glean from there.

1) I have written a new book called The Final Hour: [Understanding the Mandates and Position of the Church].  2) It is written for anyone in church and government leadership as well as anyone with a call to ministry on any level.  3) I teach my readers three things: the mandates and mantels upon the Church, the strongmen and strongholds against the Church, and the glory of God in the last hour of the Church.  4) I thoroughly breakdown how each point operates as well as how it applies to each and every one of us. 

Elevator pitches are meant to be memorized—organically, not robotically—so when you do find yourself on an “elevator,” escalator, plane, etc., you’ll be able to “pitch” your product.  It’s brilliant really.

 

More Chinese: “Online Media Kit.”

This section of Michael’s book “Chapter 16: Develop an Online Media Kit,” he discusses several components, that—I don’t know about you—but I need to implement and update.  Some particular pointers that stood out to me are:

  • Navigation in the Table of Contents:

I thought this pointer was nifty as well.  To my knowledge, I am not currently able to employ this on my blogsite, but once I get a stationary website, this is definitely something I’ll consider adding.  Just like in a book, a Table of Contents helps one to “navigate” where they want to go, whether it’s reading in order or going straight to that section that stands out to them.  It is the same on a website accept instead of telling you where to navigate, it does the navigating for you!

You can see Michael’s Table of Contents on his Speaking Page.

  • Interviewer Resources:

I thought this was so nifty because sometimes interviewers may not exactly know what makes you, your product/ministry/organization/company/etc. special in the world.  So this is where you help them out by steering them in the right direction.  It comes to mind that this could help to steer away individuals who may not want relevant interviews done with you (i.e. “messy” interviewers—people who want dirt on you, people who are in irrelevant fields to yours and your interests, etc.).

  • “Wall of Fame”:

Some of you may refer to this as your testimonials, reviews, etc., but the concept is the same.  Dedicate a place on your website to the “raving reviews” of your clients, customers, patrons, etc.  It works just like it does when you’re shopping online.  The likelihood that you buy into a brand or product that has great reviews is much better than the same that has either no reviews or, worse, bad reviews!  Employ these reviews to serve as references for you and your brand.  Can’t go wrong with word-of-mouth-marketing!

Welp, I hope this helps you.  Next week, we’ll go onto Platform: Part III.  And please, please, please buy your very own copy of Platform!

 

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October 16, 2012

What Michael Hyatt’s New Book Platform Taught Me: Part I

Some of you may or may not know that I follow Michael Hyatt, former CEO and current Chairman of Thomas Nelson, on his blog. (I highly recommend that you subscribe to it as well.) But what you may not know is that he is the author of the new, highly acclaimed book Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. I’ve read this phenomenal book and consider it the “social media networking and marketing bible.” Yep. It’s just that wonderful.

Platform is divided into five sections and thanks to my pc crashing, I was able to read it—and take mad notes, doing several bits of “upgrading homework”—in 6 days. Basically, I took a section a day and let it all sink in. I recommend you do the same or if you busier than I was while reading it—which most of you are—you can read one or two of the bite-sized chapters a day. Each chapter is the length of a blog post which makes for great, quick reading.

I’ll be devoting my next five posts to Platform and what I gleaned most from it. I hope it helps you and encourages you in your own endeavors.

• The Ins and Outs of the WOW Factor.

Chapters 2: “Bake in the Wow” and 3: “Exceed Market Expectations” focus greatly on the “wow experience” and overall, outdoing yourself in the process of presenting your “compelling product” (see Chapter 1: “Create a Compelling Product”) to the world. The “wow factor” should be a given, yet for many it is not.

In Chapter 2, Michael illustrates a meeting with his team wherein he asked them all to think of a wow factor in their own lives—the birth of a child, an adrenaline rush, travelling abroad, etc.—and to brainstorm a list of what each experience had in common. The purpose of the list was to create a list of wow factor pointers that could be translated to the marketing and presentation of your product whether it be a new book or innovative creation. Whatever you offer—even if it’s yourself (your personal brand)—you should always have a wow factor.

• Hold Out for the Wow.

As the former CEO of Thomas Nelson with years upon years of experience in publishing, Michael Hyatt is no stranger to various mindsets and events that cause one to come up with a non-wow-factor-product. Time constraints, family emergencies, unforeseen circumstances/factors, etc. Michael is no stranger to any of them. Yet at the end of the day he recognizes that whatever excuse we have, it’s not good enough to present a product that simply isn’t ready. Don’t move on to the next project. Don’t comfort yourself with excuses. Work until you reach perfection. Nothing else is acceptable.

How many of us are guilty of the same thing? How many of us turn in projects that are half-heartedly done and hope our clients won’t notice? How many of us try to pretend that the clients are the ones with an issue because they aren’t happy with the completion of their project? You could have looked over it one more time. You could have scheduled more time to complete the project. You could have…so why didn’t you? There is never an excuse for presenting something less than excellent. (See Chapters 4: “Beware of Obstacles” and 5: “Don’t Settle for Less than Great.”)

• What’s in a Name? EVERYTHING.

Shakespeare posed this question before anyone else.

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” (Shakespeare, “Romeo and Juliet”)

Well whether or not a rose named a “skunk thistle” would smell as sweet, most of us wouldn’t bother to find out. Why? Because we are innately prejudiced as human beings. If something sounds nice, we presume that it is nice. Similarly, if something sounds bad or tacky or cheap, then we presume that it is. Hence the importance of a name.

Whether it’s a book, business, or Bar-B-Que recipe, it must sound enticing to the people you want it to entice. If the name of my new book (#thefinalhour, *crossing fingers* soon to be published) doesn’t cause my target demographic/audience to run out and buy it and tell their friends about it, then the name is a failure. “Give your product a memorable name.” (See Chapter 6.) Otherwise, no one will bother to find out what it is.

Platform is AMAZING. I’ve recommended it several times over to friends and social media followers. I hope you all will run out and buy it today either in stores or online. What do you all think about Platform: Part I? Are these pointers you can agree with and relate to? Let me know!

Buy Platform.

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August 29, 2012

What Obama’s America 2016 Taught Me about Entrepreneurialism

My father and I went to see Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie based off of his book: Obama’s America 2016 and I admit, it chilled me to the bone.  Uniquely researched, precisely prophetic, and overall an excellent film, I recommend it to each and every one of you.  And although 2016 was a political documentary, there are some points in it that I believe every entrepreneur and writer can learn from and employ in their own career practices.

History Matters

The absentee father, the activist mother, the questionable “Founding Fathers”…these are those who formulate the history of President Obama.  Good, bad, or ugly (in nature, not appearance), these individuals made our president who he is.

His mother, despite the temporary existence of an Indonesian stepfather, praised Barack Obama Sr. to their son despite his bigamy, despite his absence, despite his true character, she created a laudable figure for the young fatherless boy to cling to and cling he does, even to this day.

His maternal grandfather introduced “Barry” Obama to the first of many unsavoury characters who would come to form what D’Souza “affectionately” refers to as the president’s “Founding Fathers”.  People, events, and ideas shaped the history of the great nation that we are today and it is the same for the man comfortably seated in the Oval Office.

What is your history?  Whose influence makes you who you are today?  What kind of blood runs through your veins?  Were you conditioned to be hardworking and trustworthy or are you wishy-washy and self-centered?  Do you appreciate the morals and values you’ve been taught or do you hide certain belief systems when it’s not socially convenient?  What you are taught; what flows through your veins is exactly what your empire will be built upon.

Your Values=Your Motivation

D’Souza relied heavily on President Obama’s book: Dreams from My Father for the documentation of his own book.  He points out intelligently that the book is entitled Dreams from my Father, not “Dreams of my Father” indicating that the president’s book—and, in fact, his entire life and career—is based off of his father’s dreams; not the American Dream; not a personal dream, but a paternal dream.  There is nothing wrong with this in and of itself; however, the substance of the dream(s) is what makes it good or bad.  It is the motivation behind every speech and decision made from the Oval Office that drives Barack Hussein Obama Jr. to be who he wants to be and to make America into what he thinks it should be.

So the important question is what are your values?  Whose values drive you, your business, or your literature?  Hopefully, you are not basing your goals off of someone else’s unrealised dream or something with no true substance.  Are your values godly?  Do they concern excellence, honesty, servant-leadership and other important qualities or are they more superficial or godless in nature?  You decide.  But whatever you decide will permeate through whatever you build.

Honesty Counts

At one point of the film, Dinesh speak about President Obama’s pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and the aftermath following the distance made between the two of them following the Reverend’s “God damn America” comments.

President Obama: “You know what your problem is?”

Reverend Wright: “What’s my problem?”

President Obama: “You have to tell the truth.”

Reverend Wright: “That’s a pretty good problem to have.”

Agree or disagree with Rev. Wright (and just for the record, I disagree strongly), he is true to what he believes and maintains that honesty with everyone he encounters.  President Obama—and many politicians—change as the scenery dictates.  Obama doesn’t just adjust to suit his surroundings, he transforms and there is distinct difference between the two.

When Rev. Wright became an embarrassment to the soon-to-be-president, he “put him away” as an archaic man or king would put away a shameful or barren wife.  It didn’t matter that the president actually agrees with his pastor; he would rather present a carefully fabricated façade to present that is more wholesome and American in nature to secure his presidency.  And guess what?  It worked.  Yet now, he’s got numerous groups of people—many of which voted him into office—that are displeased with his unfulfilled promises and beginning to see him for who he really is.

Honesty is important.  Honesty does matter.  People still get mad when their trust is broken or disproven.  Is this how your clients feel about you?  Do you overpromise and under-deliver?  Do you promise them one thing and give them another?  Do you have hidden fees and rates that snag your customers and leave them angry and upset?  Or do you give your clients what they expect?  Your personal and corporate level of honesty matters to your clients and if you or your employees develop a reputation of under-delivering and dishonesty, then your best and free marketing—word of mouth—will advertise an undesirable—although earned—presentation of your business.  Is that what you really want?

Cultivate honesty; it’ll take you further and farther than you could ever imagine.

Things Are Not What They Appear

A carefully crafted image; an award-winning piece of fiction.  This is the increasingly clear picture that we are drawing from our president.  Important sealed records, “authentic” birth certificates, denials of close associations…  D’Souza’s film answers a lot of questions that the American people have or should have about our president (his family, friends, upbringing, worldview, etc.).  In truth, the man we elected was an enigma—a beautiful enigma—but an enigma just the same.  We didn’t really know anything about him or what made him who he is.  We only knew what we were allowed to know.

Crafting a reputation or appearance is not a bad thing.  However, there is a thin line between “putting your best foot forward” and putting a false foot forward.  It’s like make-up: make-up is meant to be an enhancement, an accessory if you will, of what is already there; it is not meant to be a full-on mask to transform completely what is seen.

Be sure that the image you personally and corporately present is, in fact, who and what you are as a person and entity; not a completely other person/entity.

Hope Sells

President Obama was elected on hope.  “Hope” in “Change” and moving “Forward” are natural desires and inclinations.  We want change and we want to move forward.  These are natural desires and inclinations of any human being.  Hope will always sell.

Do you sell hope?  If so, what kind of hope are you selling?  The hope that you will look better, sound better, or be better after purchasing your products or reading your books?  Is it the hope that this product will boost your business your hone your ministerial skills?  Hope is important.  Without it, you don’t really have anything that’s worth selling.  Just make sure that your product is actually worth selling (or worth writing).  You don’t want to disappoint your client’s hope in your or your company.

Love him, hate him, Dinesh D’Souza’s 2016 film is a must-see and will teach you a lot about a lot.  History, values, honesty, hope (or the lack thereof), this is what makes you the person and brand that you are.

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July 18, 2012

Beauty AND Brains

Esther, like Daniel, the three Hebrew Princes, Joseph, and her cousin-uncle Mordecai, found herself in the court of a foreign king.  Her people were brought to the Babylonian kingdom, soon overtaken by the Medes and Persians, and under the rule of Xerxes I a.k.a. Ahasuerus.

Esther’s Dual Captivity

Ahasuerus’ wife, Vashti, embarrassed him in front of his likely drunk princes, government officials, and military men by not appearing and thus bought herself and one-way ticket to former “queendom”.  Beautiful virgins were taken from all over the empire and dragged to the royal citadel to become part of the king’s harem in hopes that one of them would be worthy enough to land the newly vacant role of Queen.  Esther, formally known as “Hadassah”, was among these women.

Now most PG-rated ministers will tell you that the king simply wanted to look at the women, pick who was prettiest, and make her queen.  They would be wrong.  The king spent one night—not sleeping—with each virgin, allowing them to cross over from the virgin’s harem to the experienced women’s harem to remain indefinitely until the king called them by name.

This, as I’m sure you know, is against everything Christians and Jews—especially ancient, traditional Jews—believe in.  Sleeping with a man you were not formally married to or at least not considered married until after the [sexual] intercourse took place; marrying a foreigner, etc.  There were rules against that kind of thing.  And yet God allowed it.  Could it be that the king’s acquisition of Esther was made to mirror the acquisition of the entire people?  The prophet Jeremiah prophesied time and time again that those who gave in to the Babylonian captivity would flourish and be blessed while those who resisted it brought themselves under a curse (Jeremiah 29).  Likewise, had Esther fought the king and his servants or allowed herself to sink into the depths of despair, then she would have missed her blessing and ultimately been destroyed.  But Esther knew her God.

Esther’s Smarts

Another Babylonian “acquisition”, Daniel knew the benefit of knowing his God as well.

“But the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits,” (Daniel 11:32).

Like Daniel, Esther understood that her situation was not traditional or even desirable, but she also understood that she could choose to make the most out of it and allow God to do “exploits” through her.

Esther put on a positive attitude and through her amiability, God gave her favour with the eunuch who ran the entire harem.  It was he that instructed her on what she should wear for her encounter with the king.  I don’t know if the king liked a certain kind of jewelry, perfume, Medo-Persian lingerie or what, but whatever the eunuch gave Esther to wear, she apparently wore it very well and I believe that her willingness to adapt and learn coupled with her optimism and favour was what moved the king to select her.  Of course, God’s hand was in all of this from the beginning; however, Esther played her part in the grand scheme of things very well.

Eventually, Esther won favour that had her king-husband overruling himself, countering edicts, and offering her up to half his kingdom on multiple occasions.  Needless to say, Esther had Ahasuerus in the palm of her hand.  I can imagine that they had a very long, happy life together despite his non-Jewish heritage and religion.  God absolutely used Esther “for such a time as this” and through her position and favour, allowed her to save alive her entire captive people and set the stage for Nehemiah and Ezra to lead the people back to Israel.  Today, Esther’s tomb is still guarded and lauded by the Muslim, sworn enemies of Israel and Christianity in Modern day Persia [Iran] despite her Jewish-captive status.  If that isn’t a lasting legacy, I don’t know what is.

Take a Cue from Esther

What I love about Esther was that she was not religious; that would have cost her her life or at least her favour in the royal harems and court.  Esther was discerning with her faith; she knew when to keep it to herself and when to display it.  She also did not employ manipulation, fear, or mere beauty to get what she wanted.  If she had, her favour and position never would have lasted.  Esther chose instead to use her brains.  Yes, her beauty was absolutely a tool and benefit, but it was not all she had.  I dare say there were other, prettier girls in the harem with her, but something about her caused her to stand out.

What do you have in your possession?  As women, especially in the corporate world, we are encouraged to act or dress a certain way that will attract the desired attention and help us up the corporate ladder.  That is not God’s way; it’s manipulation.  Then there is the other extreme who try to equate themselves to men, take no care for their appearance or even hide it, attempting to force the men around them to see only their work and not their face or form.  This doesn’t work too well either.  It is possible to be a successful female entrepreneur and businesswoman whilst being attractive and well-dressed.

Your appearance can be an asset to you just like it was to Esther, but don’t let that be the end; allow it to only be a means to an end.  Think like this “people notice me because of how I look”, (be realistic, not arrogant), “but I will allow it to be a platform for my true gifts and talents”.

Numerous times in the past when I would apply for particular jobs, the hiring managers would verbalize their desire to hire me because of how I looked.  Even back in high school a guest speaker informed me that she would trust me as a [future] wedding planner because of how I looked and presented myself.  And just the other day, a movie executive interested in helping me publish my first book told me that my “great name” was one of the benefits that place me ahead of other aspiring authors.  And guess what?  I have the knowledge and expertise to back up those beauty and name-based remarks.

So again I ask you: what do you have?  Maybe you’re like me and have a good-looking outer shell in your favour.  This also means that many people have probably underestimated you because of your beauty; story of my life.  Most people have no clue of the God-ideas and depth that are within me.

A few weeks ago I participated in a conference call with Marshawn Evans, marketplace mentor and reinvention strategist, who recalled a time when an ex-boyfriend of hers doubted her ability to write a professional column for a magazine saying, “What are you going to write about?  You’re a pretty short book”.  WOW.  I’ve had a lot of things said to me in my day, but never anything so ugly.  Luckily for Marshawn, she’s written that column, SKIRTS in the Boardroom, had a successful law career, and now has a thriving branding and marketing business; all by her early 30s.  Sucks for him whoever he was.

Marshawn Evans

So for the last time, I ask you: what do you have?  Beauty is a God-given gift from the Father of Lights who desires that you use it for His glory (James 1:17).  That beauty will serve as a “foot in the door” which will lead to a platform to display the full set of gifts and talents God has given you as well.  Don’t be a Vashti and hide behind your religious convictions, false humility, and futile desire for the world to judge you based on your talents and not your beauty.  The world will see your outer shell before they ever give you the time to display what you are gifted to do.  Don’t fight it.  Go with the flow, put your trust in God, and allow Him to make you and Esther in your realm of influence!

For the entire story of Esther, see the Book of Esther.

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July 12, 2012

Wisdom in the Workplace

Since we’ve been on a “captivity kick” lately, first with the four Hebrew boys and refusing the king’s negative influence, next with the young princes keeping the God-Factor, then with Joseph’s integrity, we’re going to continue the theme with Mordecai’s wisdom.  When most people think of the Book of Esther, they think of the woman’s fortitude or Haman’s anti-Semitism, but they don’t really think of Mordecai.  Yet he was truly a remarkable man.

Mordecai the Guardian

From the scriptures, we know that Mordecai was Esther’s elder cousin who raised her after the demise of her parents.  Some commentaries even think that he might have possibly been even raising her to be his wife.  Whatever the situation, Mordecai set his face to raise this young girl with godly morals, a level head, and a true sense of family.  He had no idea his little “Hadassah” would one day become the queen of the Medo-Persian Empire.  But Mordecai was not just a good Jew and family man; he was employed by the royal court of Ahasuerus.

Mordecai the Scribe

Mordecai sat in the king’s gate or court which meant that he was a man of intelligence and knowledge; very likely a scribe.  His wisdom of the Medo-Persian culture and palace life gave him the wisdom to counsel Hadassah into taking a Babylonian name, and not disclosing her lineage or religion.  It was also this wisdom—coupled with his palace access—that allowed him to save the king’s life.

“In those days, while Mordecai sat within the king’s gate, two of the king’s eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh, doorkeepers, became furious and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus.  So the matter became known to Mordecai, who told Queen Esther, and Esther informed the king in Mordecai’s name.  And when an inquiry was made into the matter, it was confirmed, and both were hanged on a gallows; and it was written in the book of the chronicles in the presence of the king,” (2:21-23).

Mordecai reported an assassination attempt on Ahasuerus, the culprits were captured, and executed.  This was an excellent example of Mordecai’s wisdom.  And although it took him a while to be rewarded for it, he was when the timing was right.  And my, was it an honour!

“‘What shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor?’….And Haman answered the king, ‘For the man whom the king delights to honor, let a royal robe be brought which the king has worn, and a horse on which the king has ridden, which has a royal crest placed on its head.  Then let this robe and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that he may array the man whom the king delights to honor.  Then parade him on horseback through the city square, and proclaim before him: “Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!”’  Then the king said to Haman, ‘Hurry, take the robe and the horse, as you have suggested, and do so for Mordecai the Jew who sits within the king’s gate!  Leave nothing undone of all that you have spoken.’  So Haman took the robe and the horse, arrayed Mordecai and led him on horseback through the city square, and proclaimed before him, ‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!’” (Esther 6:6-11).

This honour foreshadows the honour God would give him in the form ascension in government.

Mordecai’s wisdom is also shown in his unwavering faith to God—he refused to bow before the enemy of God’s people: Haman.

Haman, a descendant of the Amalekites and sworn enemies of the Jewish people, was the second highest man in all of the empire.  It ate him up that Mordecai refused to bow to him so he sought to take him out.  But God honoured Mordecai and in the end, Haman and his sons were hung on the very gallows he built for Mordecai.

Mordecai the Governor

Mordecai was made governor, a.k.a. “prime minister” over all the empire in place of Haman.  All that Haman had: his position, his authority, and his property was given to the man of God.  His position combined with the wisdom he instilled in Esther to conceal her ethnicity and religion until the right time was what preserved the entire Jewish population of the Medo-Persian Empire from destruction and brought about the Jewish celebration of Purim.  God justly and greatly compensated his son Mordecai for properly employing divine wisdom.

The Principal Thing

King Solomon, like Mordecai, knew the importance of wisdom.

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom.  And in all your getting, get understanding,” (Proverbs 4:7).

This means that whoever you are, whatever you do, wherever you work, you must get wisdom and understanding.  It could be the difference between a new client and a miss; a new business venture and a business failure; a promotion or a demotion.

Wisdom can steer you from bad investments, bad partners, bad employees, as well as bad people to share your dreams and aspirations with.  Wisdom gives you the discretion to temper your faith with your career and professional associates.  Proverbs is full of the promises that can be given due to the hearkening to and application of wisdom.  And just like Mordecai, God can and will prosper you in a “strange land” and you will flourish in your sphere of influence.  But you must exercise wisdom!

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June 6, 2012

Write to Connect

As a human being and especially as an entrepreneur, you absolutely need to harness the power writing to connect.  Now that connection could be to yourself or to other people, but the connection—whatever it may be, is paramount.  Let’s look at the three different ways you can connect through writing.

Connect with Yourself

Connecting with yourself through writing is absolutely important if you expect to connect with other people.  Often at the beginning of English or writing classes, the teacher/professor will have the students start of by answering a question about themselves; other times, the students are required to keep a journal.  Answering the indicated questions and keeping a journal allows the students to connect with themselves further than they would have without the journal.

I have kept a journal off and on since I was 11 or 12.  Oftentimes, I am able to look back at my journals throughout the years and see where I was—good or bad—at that time because it was plainly expressed in my writing.  Sometimes I cringe, other times I’m thrust into a state of retrospection, and other times still I am astounded at what God has brought to past or revealed to me over time.  You see, as I began to mature in Christ, I started to keep journals of that relationship specifically.

Many times God will speak to me and I will immediately record it in a journal and if I keep it before my eyes, it is an encouragement, instruction, as well as indications of what to look and hope for.  It helps me connect in my relationship to God which rebounds and allows me to connect with myself.  I also have a Promise Journal which I employ to record the manifestation of God’s [prophetic] word to me as it comes to past.  I find it very encouraging and also believe that it increases my faith and in turn encourages God to keep doing what He’s doing. It’s wonderful really!

In some cases, I will write letters.  These letters could be to God or to an actual human being.  I find that especially in these letters to other human beings, it helps me make plain and connect with my emotions and heart concerning that person and I can say things that either do not need to be said verbally or need to be tempered with wisdom, discretion, etc.  Then I either keep the letter in my journal or destroy it so no one will ever find it.  You see, these letters are more for me than they are the other person.  It helps me deal with my pain or frustration without drama or angst and then when it’s all said and done, I can throw it in the trash, shred it, or if I’m feeling particularly dramatic—burn them and flush the ashes down the toilet.  Works every time.

Journaling—whether about everyday life or you relationship with God—is an excellent way to connect with where you are spiritually, mentally, and emotionally.

Connect with People

Writing to connect with people is also utterly important.  Just think if God had never decided to inspire the prophets of old and apostles of the new dispensation to write the Bible.  We would only have myths and legends passed down by word of mouth for thousands of years that would have been so skewed by the time they reached our generation that there might not have been any truth left.  But instead, God in His infinite wisdom understood the power of the pen and caused His Holy Spirit to infiltrate the minds of His people to have a living testament of His Words and will in the form of the Bible.

When any kingdom or nation wanted to implement their government and law, whether it was the ancient civilizations or newly formed democracies, each ruling class will make constitutions and decrees for the people to understand and implement.

Whether it is the business plan for your company, the manufacturer of your new shiny car, the college you apply to, or the text message from your significant other sent at just the right time, writing allows people to communicate and thus connect with other people.  We would be very likely clueless without this connection, especially in a day and age where we are always on the go, working virtually/remotely, and rely on technology to communicate on all plains.

Connect through Translation

Now that we understand the importance of writing to connect with people, we must understand the importance of translation in that connection.  When your church’s prophet stands up to deliver a message in tongues [heavenly language] chances are—and proper order indicates—that the said prophet or another prophet must translate the message so all present will understand what exactly was said in tongues.  My spiritual father his fromHonduras, but pastors inMiami,FLand in order to reach all of the people under his church and influenced by his apostolic network and ministry, he translates his books into English and Spanish.  If I were to teach a writer’s workshop inHolland, I would need a translator to interpret what I am saying to the participants and vice versa.  But translation does not just deal with different tongues of men and angels.

I visited my best friend’s law school a couple months ago and to me, the professors might as well have been speaking Chinese.  It is the same when someone starts rattling off on the topic science or math or finances.  Since I do not “speak” the languages of government, science, math, and money so I need someone to “translate” it into terms that I can understand.  And similarly I can go a million miles per hour talking about the things of the Spirit, fairytales, and weddings and you may need an interpreter because you do not speak those languages.  So you see that translation is paramount.

The Jewish Torah and the Greek Septuagint had to be translated so that people who could not read Hebrew or Greek could still know what God was saying to them.  I have a very good friend who is a private banker and I keep telling him he needs to put his wisdom and experience into a book because when he teaches and writes about finances, he puts them in terms that anyone—even children—can understand.  In my wedding blog, DA Weddings, I do not typically use highfalutin, academic, or spiritual words or terms because it’s a wedding blog. I use conversational, informal language and style of writing because that is what communicates what I need to say about weddings best.  And as you can see, I use an entirely different style of language for DA Inspires and my column, A Different Generation.  Writing styles must also be translated for the best level connection with the anticipated readers.

If we expect to make an impact in this life, we must write to connect.  Whether by blog or article, interpretation or translation, business plan or book, we must do it.

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