“The World Would Love His Own”

Jesus told us that the world will hate us...
Jesus told us that the world will hate us…

Now, what do you suppose it was that spurred this attack? Do you think I was bashing this ‘author’ over the head with pronouncements that he’d better repent? Was I picketing the funeral of his loved one who happened to be a sinner (like the rest of humanity)? Did I put up a replica of The Ten Commandments or a nativity scene where he would have to look at it? Did I threaten to remove his head for his stubborn refusal to bow before His Creator?

I could go on with these questions seemingly forever. While I do feel sorry for the person who typed that message, I wonder what has gone on in his life to poison his soul so. I didn’t reply because I saw that he was so settled in his thinking that reaching out to him would have potentially made him dangerous. Perhaps it was his alcoholism speaking. Who knows?

The ‘spark’ that (I imagine) connected with the fumes from his drink was an appeal to generosity. Huh? What? You ‘heard’ me correctly — GENEROSITY! We live in a selfish society. I am SO glad that Jesus freed me from that way of thinking. Below, I’m reproducing the exact message I sent out. His reaction, though unexpected, gives me a ‘warm and fuzzy’ feeling all over because of what Jesus said about hate. If sharing Biblical principles makes me a target for the hate of worldly folk, I have been paid the highest honor they can give!

From: Brother Tony O
Sent: Monday, July 20, 2015 10:46 AM
Subject: A Personal Appeal to Start a Conversation

Good morning,

I pray that all is well with you and yours.

I’ve developed a unique, Bible-based approach to business and I invite you to discuss it with me. The core is to be Rich Toward God (from the lesson of the rich fool in Luke 12). Whatever I earn that’s beyond my personal operational budget is to be invested in others.

I’d like to know what you think about the topic. Consider joining the ‘Rich Toward GOD’ LinkedIn group: http://bit.ly/b_RichTowardGOD

Either way, thanks for taking the time to read this message.

To Your Health and For His Glory!
Brother Tony O
THE Christian Internet Marketing Consultant

Building “Credit” on LinkedIn: Connect Your First Level Connections

What?

Your first level connections on LinkedIn are often not connected. You can introduce them.

Why?

By reviewing your first level connections carefully, you can uncover common interests and complimentary skills… in other words, you can identify people who might benefit from knowing each other. If new friendships are created among your close contacts, your bond with them will be strengthened.

More than that, you’re influence among those closest to you will increase as being helpful naturally triggers reciprocity.

How?

Contact both parties and let them know you want to introduce each to another close contact of yours. When they both reply positively, choose which one will receive the introduction and go to the profile of the other contact and…

  1. Select the “Share Profile” option from the down arrow next to the buttons in the header box.
  2. Enter both recipients’ names in the top box of the compose message page,
  3. Modify the message to explain how they could benefit from knowing each other, and
  4. Click “Send Message”.

The message will go to both and include contact information so the two members can connect to one another.

Further reading:
LinkedIn Help: Introducing Two Connections

Embrace “Trite Fright” in Your Social Media Profiles

What does “trite fright” mean? It’s just a goofy little rhyme for you to remember that you don’t want your profile to look, sound, and feel like all of the other profiles.
terror by pagedooley on flickr
For the past few years, LinkedIn has shared a top ten list of the most common words, “buzzwords”, to avoid. Why should you avoid them? Because they’re fluff; they don’t reveal anything about you. So, the next time you feel tempted to type that you’re “creative”, be very afraid because you’re about to sound like anything but creative.

What should you do? Show & Tell. Show us, let us know how much creativity is within you by illustrating your creative experiences. Tell us stories (we LOVE stories!) that will make you memorable. A quick example for you: Instead of saying that I was “responsible for Web site development” in my profile summary, I might say “After hand coding Web sites for over a decade, I found and fell in love with what was still a relatively new tool called ‘WordPress’. From that moment about a dozen years ago forward, I’ve had the ability to quickly build robust sites like https://brothertonyo.com/ that can easily change appearance similar to the way you put on a new outfit every morning. Plus, I can add new features like blogs and shopping carts (or remove them) about as quickly as you can accessorize your outfit.”

If you don’t have a LinkedIn account yet or if you do but your page hasn’t been optimally set up, use my contact form to ask for my help. For right now, consider the following lists of trite words (and phrases) that ought to stir up the fright in you:
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The Cost of a Foul Mouth

…be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
from 1 Timothy 4:12

There are a lot of gurus out there teaching the latest and greatest Internet marketing strategies and many (most?) of them wear profanity like some kind of badge of honor. They claim that if you don’t like hearing “real language” then you’re weak and they want to weed you out.

That’s just pure nonsense and I put up with it so that you don’t have to. That’s one of the main reasons that I make it clear up-front that I’m THE Christian Internet Marketing Consultant. That’s also why I rarely direct traffic to them. If I tell people to listen to them and they refuse to act professionally and respect their audience, their bad behavior reflects on me. It’s guilt by recommendation.

Soap in Mouth adapted from photo by https://www.flickr.com/photos/armydre2008/A very large portion of our population claims to be Christian and most Christians appreciate the Biblical principle of taming your tongue. For you (Christians that want to do business intelligently online), I’m here to help. I readily teach you what I learn from the foul-mouthed gurus.

If you can’t be interesting without profanity then let’s face it, you’re not that interesting.
says Michael Hyatt

This morning, I woke up to an email from one clean and upright Internet marketer that had the subject “How Much Business is Your Profanity Costing You?” His email caused me to type this post at this time. I could have or should have done it long ago because this topic has been eating at me, for years.

He argued that 1) profanity alienates people, 2) profanity hurts your brand, and 3) profanity doesn’t work. He points out that using profanity can pack a punch when it’s reserved for extreme situations but when it’s routinely used it desensitizes the audience.

He quoted Joel Comm as saying, “If you are disrespectful of your audience, the impact of your message is going to be diminished.” I totally agree. Don’t disrespect me like that, bro… or your mother (surely she taught you better).

And, I ask you, why would a marketer want to intentionally shrink his/her audience over something so easily controllable? Is opportunity cost forgotten?

If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
from James 3:2