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The Gospel of Business Integrity

One of the principles we should all hold dear as Kingdom businesspeople is “Conduct Yourself with Complete Integrity in All Things”. Here’s an interesting article from a Seventh Day Adventist report by the president of their South American Division about church-established and operated companies. It demonstrates how we witness every day through the ways we conduct our businesses:     Institutions That Serve In the perspective of the South American Division, its institutions give examples of extreme evangelism. It is in the details that a company’s concern with spiritual values is noticed. Superbom (Brazil Food Factory) and Granix (Argentina Food Factory) food factories established in Brazil and Argentina, and managed by the division, have a combined number of 1,152 employees who fulfill the mission through the production of healthy food. Among the products manufactured is 100 percent pure grape juice, with no chemical additives, in harmony with biblical health principles. This caught the attention of a university professor, Maria Auxiliadora de Oliveira. Maria Auxiliadora wanted to prove that all companies lied about the use of harmful substances in their products on the description labels of the cartons and bottles of the products. She was surprised with the veracity of the information shared about our product. Known as Dora, she discovered that the labels were factual, and she discovered that behind the product there was a church. And behind this church she learned about God in a most extreme way. On the label of each of the products appears the name of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the evangelistic Web site, esperança.com.br in Portuguese and esperanzaweb.com in Spanish. She was...

From the Grave…

by Jeff Walker   How do you publish a book 100 years after your death, and have it become an instant bestseller? Mark Twain just did that. Yesterday when I purchased his just-released autobiography, it was ranked #4 on the Amazon bestseller list… which is completely amazing. After all, Mark Twain died 100 years ago… in 1910. And all this without an “Amazon book launch”… without an appearance on Oprah… without a book tour… how do you do that? Well first off, Mark Twain was an enormously popular and influential writer in the 18th and 19th centuries. His novel “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is clearly one of the seminal works of American literature. Second, Twain left explicit instructions to NOT publish his work until 100 years after his death. And even with a 100 year delay, the interest in Mark Twain and his work was enough to turn the book into an immediate best seller. There is so much here that is just so rich… what would Twain have thought of me buying the book from my home via Amazon? Or the fact that I had to decide if I wanted to buy the physical book or the Kindle edition? (I’m sure he would have been fascinated by all of it since he was keenly interested in new technology, especially new technology in the publishing industry.) But the thing that kept running through my mind as I ordered the book was “the long view”… in an age where everyone is a publisher the minute they sign up for Facebook or Twitter… where people blog about what they had for...

ROI of Social Media [Videos]

I originally posted these videos to my personal blog when they were first released in 2011.   Q: What is the ROI (return on investment) of Social Media?   A: Your business will still exist in 5 years!   (which, at the time, meant 2016)   Can any company approach marketing today without using Social Media?   Actually, many companies today ONLY use social media.   Watch these videos…and comment below to share what you are doing to promote yourself online:...

Stop, Don’t Shoot!! Until…

QUESTION Regarding how to script, what you have to say? Is there a method that the professionals use? -Richard When you say “scripting”, it can mean a bunch of different things, depending on the type video. If you are just doing what’s called a “talking head” — you, on camera, like a news anchor at a desk — a typical Vlog (video blog) — then you just need a narrative script. If you are producing a video with graphics, supporting video images (called “broll”), titles, voice-over, music, etc., then of course the scripting process is more complex. In this case, the basic script format is two columns, one for video and one for audio. But, let’s stick with basics for now, as you are just getting started, and talk about scripting a Vlog (video blog)….. In this case, the format of the script is not complex at all, and will basically be just what you want to say and how you want to say it. OK, duh! But if you think that is so simple, then you must also think that copywriting for your squeeze page and sales emails is simple too. NOT!! We all know those things are not so simple, but are a skilled combination of art and science. The beauty of producing Vlogs is that it can be done more informally, with flaws you would not want in written copy, and so it’s often much faster to produce a Vlog than a text blog. As well, delivery and tone of voice, face and body language, and many other factors make video a superior communication platform. The...

Find Your Passion (of a Biblical Kind) – Video

  I’m very passionate about passion! Why? Because that’s where it all starts! Now, before we go any further and you think I may be encouraging some kind of lustful self-gratifying behavior, let me absolutely clarify that I’m talking about the passion that your Maker put inside you.  It’s the unique reason He created you, the thing that drives you, the message you MUST bring forth!! And when you let this passion flow out of you in the proper way, your Kingdom work is given life.  And not just life, but LIFE with POWER to minister to others, positively impact the world, and glorify our Father in heaven!! Wait….are you not sure what your passion is and are wondering how to figure it out?  Or maybe you do know, but don’t understand how that translates into God’s plan. Well, it’s a good thing that MY passion is to help fellow Believers discover and exercise theirs, because that brought me to make this video. This is the time of year that a lot of people are considering their true purpose.  I hope this helps you walk in yours.  Enjoy! (click image to play) http://kingdomconsulting.s3.amazonaws.com/kc_syv_fyv1_passion_1.1.mp4   WHAT’S NEXT As I mentioned above, I didn’t stop here.  I also made two more videos in this “Find Your Voice” series. Then I produced 11 more full-length classes that comprise the 12-week “Share Your Voice” Kingdom Business Course. In it, we cover everything from how to find your voice, to the Biblical view on business, to how to identify and reach those who want to hear your special message, to even internet and video...

“The Reason” in Season (and Out)

“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season.  Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.” 2 Timothy 4:2 This time of year, many people are proclaiming their take on what the “reason for the season” truly is. Whatever your opinion, Paul’s words to Timothy remind us that WE must be ready in all seasons to bring the word effectively. He further instructs his young disciple, “Be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” As Christians around the globe celebrate the birth of Jesus, all of us who call him “Lord” need to consider what OUR ministry truly is. Where do we fit into the Body of Messiah? What special message has our Maker given us that we are to evangelize? Thankfully, I’ve found my specific calling….and it’s to help other Believers walk in theirs. Now, as I work as a professional business coach, hiring me to consult with you one-on-one is a pretty pricey investment. (An excellent investment, I must add, but not for everybody.) I want to help everyone in his or her Kingdom calling, but since there aren’t enough hours in the day (or in my life) to do that, I decided to develop and offer super-affordable group coaching.   Well, I just finished taking our first class of students through this 12-week “Share Your Voice” Kingdom Business Course, and it’s being rereleased on January 1st. If you are not yet sure what your calling is, or are feeling stuck, or unequipped, please consider joining me and other Kingdom-minded Believers for this transformative coaching and...