[Picture: Black Actresses & Cast from “Black Panther”]
Women History Month -Celebrate the great women entrepreneurs and market place influencers or world change agents in your life or those you admire from afar and near and just “see them”; or just those who have blessed your life, sown time, love, wisdom and support in your life; or the woman you admire because she models the message of Christ because of their fruitful spirit and are Doers of the Word. You admire the way she manages her household, raises her children and takes care of her family and still does what she does; or the woman who is unassuming, but is there when you need her , you can trust her and she can step in at a moment’s notice.
1. Pray for them. Pray that women will be honored in their unique, God created glory; that every kind of injustice toward women will cease .
2. Let them know what you appreciate about them.
3. Ask what can you do for them.
#BLACKWomen have come a long way. They have made and continue to make their presence, power and skill evident in the marketplace, community, ministry and workplace. They are shattering stereotypes and glass ceilings and are thought leaders, CEO’s , change agents and influencers. They do not let others limit them. They make good lemonade out of lemons, collaborate and make their own way. Sarah Breedlove “Madam C. J. Walker, the first self made woman millionaire, not just the first black woman millionaire , had these wise words to say:
-“I got my start by giving myself a start”.
-“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them”.
Indeed many unsung women have taken her lead and have made their own paths to success, fulfillment and service to others. Celebrate them!
Linda Fegins, “The Prayer Leader” and Law and Appeals.
“I don’t understand why we don’t get more calls from our website,” Linda Lawyer said to her brother, Lance, at their monthly marketing meeting. “The content is good and the design is attractive. Why don’t visitors contact us?”
“Maybe our call to action isn’t effective,” Lance said. “It’s only on one page.”
Lance is right. Effective calls to action encouraging contact must be easy for prospective clients to find and use.
What is a call to action?
A call to action (CTA) is any section on a website that inspires a visitor to do something. Your CTA should be short, simple, and action-oriented. It should be on each page of your website. It can be a button, text, or a combination of the two. The most common CTAs on an attorney’s website are invitations to call, click to chat, schedule an appointment, or download an e-book.
Making Your CTA More Effective
Personalize your button language. If you offer a free booklet, the download button could read:
Studies show using pronouns like “your” or “my” is personal and more effective in convincing people to act. Test each word to see which works best with your audience.
Try different words for consultation, case evaluation, or appointment. Those words sound too formal and are too overwhelming for some potential clients who simply want to ask questions. Try phrases such as, “We can help,” “Talk to an attorney,” or “Call us” added to your link to call or complete a contact form. Test to see which terms your readers prefer.
Offer various methods of contact. Some people like to call; your phone number should be on every page. Others prefer e-mail, meet face-to-face by using Zeekbeek’s appointment scheduling feature, or use live chat if you offer that feature. Make sure these options are easy to find.
Speak to your visitors. CTAs should engage your audience. Use active words. Your appointment scheduler can say, “Make an appointment in less than a minute.” Or “It’s easy and takes 40 seconds.” Tell them when they will hear from you and what to expect during that first meeting.
While these suggestions can help, experiment to determine which words, placements, and buttons work best for you. Calls to action are some of the most important language on your web page. Using few words and indicating a minimal time commitment will encourage visitors to act. They can’t be an afterthought. Take time to produce the best CTAs for your firm.
Roberta Gubbins has served as the editor of the Ingham County Legal News. Since leaving the paper, she provides services as a ghostwriter editing articles, blogs, and e-blasts for lawyers and law firms. She is the editor of The Mentor, SBM Master Lawyers Section newsletter.
Walk Like A King or Queen
As we celebrate Black History Month remember –Inventors, entrepreneurs, financial wizards, and those who had a great impact on social changes and social justice. Their dreams can be achieved by those of you who make the bold decision to apply your knowledge, your energy and your talent to humanitarian goals. Think of how those we honor today gave to make a difference for others.
If it is encouraging, let him encourage;
if it is contributing to the needs of others,
let him give generously; if it is leadership,
let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. Romans 12:8 NIV
As we celebrate great African American men and women this month I want to recognize today and thank those whose foundation we walk upon. Those who pressed forward and did not allow challenges and pain to stop them.
Victory of Spirit- Black Quotations- Persevere- Don’t Quit
“You never know which key unlocks the safe” .Bryant Gumbel, former Morning News Host #persevere
Success is achieved by those willing to persevere beyond the point where the majority stop and turn back. Today is your day.
God has given you talents, gifts and His Word. Take another step closer to your goal. Hold fast to the hope, the Word, to “doing” your dream if God put it there. (Hebrews 10:35-39)
I thank God for men and women who have grabbed the baton to make the world a better place and are stepping forward to make the dream work and to pursue their individual dreams. Take for instance husband , father, mentor , leader , instructor and businessman Jessie A. Cole , Jr.
Jesse A. Cole, Jr. stepped up to the challenge of training and working with young males to provide guidance and direction. Cole’s book Walk Like A King: The Young Man’s Guide To Conquering The World was written specifically with the young man in mind to answer questions about: Integrity, Self-Control, Goal Setting, Love, Personal Hygiene, Spirituality, Community Service and Education. The book addresses real life issues with practicality and offers clearly outlined solutions from a male perspective. The imbedded workbook gives the reader an immediate opportunity to implement what they’ve learned and they can track their development with ease.
Respected as “a voice for today’s generation”, Jesse has proven that he is a thought leader and a source of substance. He has published several books on personal development and executive produced the Maximize Your Greatness dvd project. Jesse uses his influence to help teenagers live the type of life that is far above what they could ever imagine. His message helps youth to transform their attitude, boost their self-esteem, overcome peer pressure and enhance their leadership ability. For over a decade, Jesse has worked as a youth counselor, basketball coach, and certified deputy instructor. His motto is K.I.N.G: Keep Investing In The Next Generation.
Jessie was inspired to write the book because of the lack of male presence in the lives of the young men I work with. He found that young boys and men are so hungry for direction and it seemed as if they were receiving little guidance, Therefore Jessie decided to step in and provide hope and fill the void.
When Jessie wrote the book “Walk Like A King” Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday was approaching, Black History month was a the next month .Jessie thought about the men who had deposited into his life. Believing that black young men and men of color need to feel like they belong to something bigger than themselves, the concept of “walk like a king” rose up in his spirit. A king represents not only royalty, but power. So in essence, Jessie tells young men that they have the ability to walk in power.
Jessie shared that he has had the privilege of seeing his father and other great men walk out there manhood before him. He stated, “I’ve seen them at their highest points as well as their lowest. And the way they handles the pressure of manhood was kingly. Because of their examples, I am able to do the same and deposit back into the next generation of young kings”.
I encourage you to walk like the King or Queen God designed you to be a blessings as others.
Go to Jesse Cole’s website www.WalkLikeAKing.com
“What you want to become depends on your willingness to become it.”
– Jesse A. Co
Linda D. Fegins, The Prayer Leader, email@example.com
On this Marvelous Manifestation Monday 2018- As you walk in this New Year on this Marvelous Manifestation Monday the first Monday of 2018 do so with great expectation of new beginnings, new opportunities, blessings , favor, renewal and victory. Know that God is going to do great things through you. May God grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans that line up with His will for you and may we shout f or joy over your victory.( Ps 20:6 RSV).
Praise God for His unfamthonable love for you!! Praise Him for daily loading you up with benefits. This is the year of victory and favor for you. Praise Him for the fact that you are still here and looking forward to GREATER in 2018. God is amazing and can “ fix it”, bring you through ,will never leave you ,will help see you through and He listens and answers prayer. Believe and obey His Word. Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17. Keep praying, pressing forth and pursuing the dreams God has placed in your heart. Don’t be afraid to shine with love and the spirit of excellence.
On this Marvelous Manifestation Monday, praise God for His unfamthonable love for you! What is your expectation for this week, month , and year? Think Big, Do Big and Think Victory! Praise Him for daily loading you up with benefits. This is the year of victory for you. Praise Him for the fact that you are still here and looking forward to GREATER in 2018!! Even if things are not what you want for now, shout for joy with Praise now, because you have a God that can “work it out” by working all things –good ,bad and ugly together for your good (Rom. 8:28-30) if you believe.
New Year Blessings from Linda Fegins of the Fegins Report aka Linda “The Prayer Leader” firstname.lastname@example.org
By Pam Perry
Building Blocks for A Solid Corporate ID Kit
1. Design a simple logo that attracts attention. Keeping it simple keeps it easy to produce and easy for branding. A good trick is to fax it to yourself and see how it shows up. If it’s confusing over a fax, it’s not a good logo.
2. Create a tag line that encapsulates your brand. Make it succinct and “catchy” so people can remember it. Make your tagline inviting without it sounding too “cutesy.”
3. Choose your brand colors as a reflection of the personality you want to project. Know that you will live with these colors forever. Put thought into why you’re choosing specific colors. Keep the same color-scheme in everything you do.
4. Hire a professional graphic designer to produce your corporate ID kit. That kit includes business cards, letterhead, envelopes, labels, and web site (even if it is just a contact page). Visit something like GoDaddy to buy the URL that will be your web site address. This investment is under $10 per year.
5. Get several professional headshot photos to use in ads, blogs, program books and other media. Image is everything. Investing in a professional photo shoot is the foundation of many graphic items that you will use over and over again.
6. Put your best foot forward on your business cards. This says plenty about you before you even open your mouth. Invest in good, heavy paperstock, Use both sides of the card. Consider putting your “tag line” on the back.
7. Print brochures in mass to send to those that ask for more information when considering you as a guest speaker or to hire you. People want information they can touch, feel, and walk away with to read later, even though you have a website containing all that information. Invest in a simple yet high-quality piece for multiple uses.
8. Design CD or DVD labels to match your corporate ID kit or book. Make sure your web site, social media tags and phone number are on everything that goes out. Yes, that means everything!
9. Order a standard podium cover to match your corporate ID for special meetings in venues like hotels where their name is displayed. Show your own “brand” not the hotel’s. Have people in your audience stare at your name not a hotel’s name.
10. Invest in the special touches that make you stand out in a crowd at places like tradeshows, conference exhibit halls, and conventions. Order items like table cloths, acrylic holders, portable exhibits, retractable floor banners, tabletop displays for your book and tape table.
11. Order premiums that promote your brand or book. These are small details that set you apart from the pack. Get bulks items such as ink pens, bookmarks, magnets, post-it notes, notepads, or mints, to distribute at special meetings or at your book/tape table when you travel.
12. Have postcards or note cards printed to send to media after interviews or to personally keep in touch with select people and prospects. Have the postcards or note cards match your business card in style, prompting brand recognition in the mind of the receiver.
Ministry marketing pioneer, Award-winning social media strategist and PR Coach Pam Perry helps African American Christian authors garner publicity and leverage online strategies. As a 20-year PR veteran, she is also the co-author of “Synergy Energy: How to Use the Power of Partnerships to Market Your Book, Grow Your Business and Brand Your Ministry.” For a free MP3 of “What Every Author Should Know,” go to http://www.PamPerryPR.com. She offers help through her private mentorship program at http://www.PamPerryMentoring.com
Article Source: https://EzineArticles.com/expert/Pam_Perry/267934
Posted November 8, 2017, 1:27 pm CST
Former President Barack Obama was dismissed from jury duty on Wednesday when he was selected for a jury panel that wasn’t needed for a trial.
While lawyers at Chicago’s Daley Center evidently didn’t need his service, he was a big hit with jurors and others at the courthouse, report the Chicago Tribune, CBS Local and NBC Chicago. Several people took photos or videos and posted them on Twitter. Civil cases are heard at the Daley Center.
Obama traveled to the courthouse by motorcade and shook hands with hundreds of people after his arrival. “Obama worked the jury room,” CBS Local reports, “greeting and thanking other citizens for their jury service.” He signed autographs and copies of his book, but did not allow selfies.
Potential juror Walter Palmer said he felt like he got a golden ticket when he was summoned for jury service on the same day as Obama. The former president’s appearance shows that jury service is “an important duty for all of us,” Palmer told CBS Local. “So if he’s going to show up, I guess we all have to show up for this.”
A Season of Thankfulness: Brag on God series. Think and Thank God.
Thankfulness is being so full of thanks that you can’t keep it inside! You need to tell someone and that includes telling the Lord. We just have to tell God “Thank You”. “Thank you Lord for all you have done for me.”
Sometimes people confuse praising the Lord with thanking Him. When we praise the Lord we celebrate Him for who He is. He is Omnipotent. Love. The Almighty God. When we thank God, we celebrate Him for what He does. We praise Him for He is Jehovah-Repheka , God ..Our Healer. We thank Him for healing us.
Join us daily and tell God and us why you thank Him.
Day 11- Brag on God during this Season of Thankfulness – Think and Thank. Think of how you have sooooo much to be thankful for. Thank the Lord. Tell the Lord what you are thankful for. #Seasonofthankfulness #thinkandthankGod #BragonGod
I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise. Psalm 138 : 1-2
Brag on God : Season of Thankfulness Think and Thank.
Be thankful. #seasonofthankfulness #bragonGod #whatareyouthankfulfor
Day 12 Brag on God -Think of the Lord’s loving kindness to you. Think of His goodness to you. What are you thankful for?
Now thank the Lord.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 107:1
Season of Thankfulness #seasonofthankfulness #bragonGod
Day 13 Brag on God. Think and Thank. Think on all that He has done for you. Thank the Lord for His grace and mercy Praise Him and/or tell him how thankful you are for Him.
Thank Him for the Blood that saves, heals and delivers. I Plead the blood….
We are commanded to enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise (Psalm. 100:4). The giving of thanks and Praise is the key that opens these gates more quickly than anything else. Try it….Tell it.
Thank God fervently,
Linda Fegins “The Prayer Leader”