What Might Jesus Say on the Same-Sex Marriage Survey Result?

WITH around eighty percent of eligible Australians having taken part in the SSM postal survey, it’s clear that most consider it an important issue. So significant, in fact, that it almost appears that the bell curve of views is inverted – everyone believes passionately at either side, fewer remaining middle of the road than ever. It can make for social war.

The result, therefore, polarised many of us. Many were elated and many, though fewer in number, were exasperated. Both the elated and the exasperated have the opportunity to conform back to the thinking of Christ.

Jesus challenged almost everyone he ever engaged with. Some were challenged for their encouragement. Others were rebuked, given cause for reflection. Others again received God’s wrath for the audacity they showed in abusing the powerless (i.e. chief priests and scribes). Few people are well at ease with the historical Jesus, except the powerless or those for whom life had crushed, who were also humbly ready to be nearer to God.

God does not change. Jesus does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, forever (Hebrews 13:8). His nature is how the Holy Spirit works. We stray off-line a tenth of a degree and the still, small, silent voice of the Lord counsels us back to the true and ancient path (Jeremiah 6:16).

I’m not entirely sure what Jesus would say. I’m not sure others can identify with precision what the Lord would say either. But I’m sure he would have many things to say – all truth-filled, balanced, wise, and challenges for us all to mull over. As we read the gospels, he was actually amazingly unpredictable in what he said, when he said it, and to whom he said what he said. Sure, we can say what he said makes so much sense, but wisdom is always logical from hindsight.

Simply posing this question helps us Christians check ourselves, before we respond – in the tradition of Psalm 139:23-24. In such a case, we might be counselled by the Holy Spirit to do what is always blessed and resist what is only occasionally blessed and at other times harmful.

Acting justly, being kind, and walking humbly –

these are always right.


It is good to ask unanswerable questions. They get us to stop and reflect into the mystery of life, which is God. And where we arrive at isn’t a set viewpoint, but acceptance for what is. That is God’s blessing for us, today and every day. It is great to know that we don’t know.

A safe position we as individuals can arrive at on complex matters like SSM is:

· acknowledge it’s complex, and that none of us owns every corner of truth on this issue or any other issue;

· understand our role is to act justly, be kind to others, and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8), which means:

o we bear one another, our differences and inclinations, in mind, with respect;

o we watch what we do or say to avoid hurt and augment healing;

o acknowledge our opinions are just that – filtered through our limited way of seeing things;

o and, by doing these things, we hope to glorify God, which is our chief aim.

It’s good to avoid certain subjects socially so we can simply focus on being present with people. And if we really need to process the issues, it’s good to go to someone who will lead us to relief; someone who will listen, validate what we feel, but not fuel the fire.

We do not have to have something to say on every issue.

When everyone is respected, no matter their opinion or the strength of their view, everyone is loved.

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Makler Heidelberg

Source by Steve Wickham

The World Pride and Power Conference

The World Pride & Power Organization will host the First Annual World Pride & Power Conference in an effort to foster unity, empowerment and inclusivity in SGLBT communities of African descent and their allies. Why should you attend? You should attend if you are a person of color, an activist, a poet, a writer, a politician, or an entrepreneur. You should attend if you are wise elder or a youth. You should attend if you are seeking inclusivity and wanting to connect and commune with your own kind.

Tashia Asanti

I had the absolute privilege to speak with one of the Founders of the Conference. Ifalade Tashia Asanti! Tashia Asanti is an award-winning activist, journalist, fiction writer, filmmaker, poet and initiated Yoruba/Ifa priestess. Tashia is the author of two best-selling books, The Sacred Door: A Spiritual Guide to Power Living and The Seer: Legacy of Stone and Spirit.

Azaan: know you are an Award Winning Journalist, Poet, Author, and Film maker, what are some of the other things you are involved in?

Tashia: One of my deepest passions is African history (pre-slavery) and African spirituality. I have founded a Yoruba temple in Denver, the first Ifa temple in the State of Colorado. Our membership has expanded to several states. We hosted an international conference in 2003. The healing work of my temple brings me indescribable joy. Another of my passions is being a grandmother. I’m blessed to have grandchildren at a young age and therefore my partner and I get to do lots of fun activities with our three grandsons. This too is among the greatest pleasures in my life.I am also working on the sequel to my first novel and I am still touring with and promoting my first novel, The Seer. I am also working on the film adaptation to The Seer…

Azaan: Tell me about WPP Conference, when did you get the idea to create it and why?

Tashia: There was, in my humble opinion, a gap in the services that other LGBT organizations were providing to our community. Many orgs seemed to cater to a single audience. I wanted to create an agency that would reach across social, class and cultural lines–one that would unite, empower and heal communities of SGLBT African descent and other communities of color. I also wanted to create an org that would reach out to and create bridges with organizations across the African Diaspora and one that would connect our struggles to the struggles of our brothers and sisters on the continent of Africa. I feel strongly that we have a lot to learn from their work and vice versa.

Azaan: Who are some of the conference organizers and what roles do they play in the community?

Tashia: I invited conference organizers from 14 U.S. Cities and 9 Countries. This model is already being imitated by other groups. The organizers are social justice activists, journalists, agency directors, mothers, fathers, partners and supporters of the vision and mission of the World Pride & Power Organization.

Azaan: As a conference organizer, I’m sure you have a vision and high expectations, what are your goals for the conference?

Tashia: To facilitate a conference gathering that will increase unity, empowerment and inclusivity among SGLBT people of African descent and other communities of color.

Azaan: Who would you like to reach; is there a specific age group, level of education, financial background, etc?

Tashia: Everyone and anyone who identifies as same gender loving bisexual and transgender and everything in between, as well as our allies and supporters.

Azaan: As a passionate activist, what is your objective for the community as a whole?

Tashia: To do my part in making ours a more whole, healed, unified community in which individuals and families may thrive and coexist in peace and cultural understanding.

Azaan: Some of the invited key note speakers are World Renowned Spiritual Teacher, Best-Selling Author Dr. Malidoma Some, and Nationally celebrated Civil Rights Activist & Author Michael Eric Dyson, who are some of the other invited speakers?

Tashia: Carrie Broadus, one of my sheroes, whose activism and dedication in the field of HIV/AIDS has saved thousands of lives. Cleo Manago also laid the groundwork for work around the idea of, “same gender love” and affirming our culture as SGL people of African descent from an afri-centric perspective.

Azaan: Tell me about some of the workshops and the Conference Highlights?

Tashia: Highlights of the World Pride & Power Conference include:

Historic World Pride & Power SGLBT Pan African Forum with activists, journalists and anti-racism workers dialoguing about the primary issues impacting African-Americans and effective strategies to cultivating productive responses to oppression and discrimination;

Amazing Keynote Speakers From Around the World–Invited Speakers include

• WNBA Basketball Star-Sheryl Swoopes,

• Best-selling Author & TV Personality-Dr. Michael Eric Dyson,

• New York Times Best-Selling Author & Renowned Spiritual Teacher–Dr. Malidoma Some’,

• The amazing Bishop Yvette Flunder,

• Cultural Gatekeeper, Health Educator & Founder of AmASSI Cultural & Mental Health Centers-Cleo Manago,

• HIV/AIDS Pioneer-Carrie Broadus,

• West African Activist and Spiritual Teacher-Rev. Davis Mac Iyalla and

• Director of Behind the Mask South Africa-Thuli Madi!

World Pride & Power Awards honoring veteran and emerging leaders of color in the SGLBT community hosted by the one and only Jade Esteban Estrada and another surprise guest;

Conversations in Tongue & Spirit: The Ultimate Spoken Word Concert with feature performances by celebrated poets, Emanuel Xavier and Samiya Bashir and others TBA;

Late Night Eleda Discussion Circles for Brothahs Hosted by Ken Johnson, Cleo Manago and Rev. Benjamin Reynolds; Late Night Eleda Discussion Circles for Sistahs Hosted by Ifasade Queen Hollins, Onifa Adeola Karade and Torrena Dye.

Premiere Film Screenings Including African SGLBT Presence in Hawaii, Standing in Truth Documentary, Black Women & Breast Cancer and More!

Black is Back Fourth World Party featuring performances by groundbreaking recording artists;

An Authentic Interfaith Service & Gatekeeper Healing Ceremony celebrating Dagara, Agape, Buddhist, Native Indigenous, Yoruba & Liberation Theology hosted by the one and only Dr. Malidoma Some’ with Gayle Fuhr (Buddhist), Iyanifa Onifa Adeola Karade (Ifa Priestess), Jan Ford (Agape), Joey Criddle (Native Indigenous) and others TBA;

Groundbreaking workshops on racism, media, anti-violence, holistic health, publishing, film & TV, spirituality, relationships, sexuality and more!

Azaan: How long is the Conference and what does each day consist of?

Tashia: 3 & ½ Days and each day is designed take participants deeper into self-reflection and collective introspection.

Azaan: Tell me about the Standing In Truth Documentary?

Tashia: This is a profound documentary featuring some of our nation’s brightest minds. Tim Daniels, Tadhi Coulter and Brother Rory have master-minded a film that will touch every viewer regardless of age, cultural identity and spiritual background.

Azaan: Tell about some of the many Awards, and the selection process?

Tashia: The award committee received dozens of nominations from across the world. We were deeply moved by the work that many have put in behind the scenes with little to no acknowledgement. We selected recipients whose work has not always been recognized by the mainstream but has had a transformational impact on the communities around them. We are very honored to pay homage to the first World Pride & Power Award Recipients at our 2008 conference.

Azaan: Bishop Yvette Flunder is an absolutely amazing woman, can you tell me about the Award she received and about the impact of her Mother’s passing?

Tashia: Bishop Flunder is an amazing force in the ministry and in the SGLBT community. Her work as touched thousands and the fact that she has remained an accessible leader despite her success and notoriety speaks volumes to the depth and power of her work. And I can only imagine the pain of losing one’s mother in the midst of the never-ending work of the activist life. But I believe that such a loss would strengthen one at the same time it humbles you to the realness of our human existence.

Azaan: What does creating the WPP Conference mean for you as a person?

Tashia: It means that I will be bettered in the process and that I will have the deep blessings of reconnecting with many friends of old and meeting many new friends too. It means that I will be transformed by the work as much as I hope this work will transform others.

Azaan: One of the main goals of the conference is to create unity and inclusivity among people of African American Decent and communities of color, what can you add to that? What do you want the world to know?

Tashia: I want the world to know that we cannot afford to be divided. That we must find bridges to each other. And that we must move in a way that is kind, supportive and giving if we are ever be healed individuals and empowered communities.

As Tashia continues to raise the bar, we are called to do and become many things. Number one, whatever we can believe and focus our attention on, we can achieve! We can do absolutely anything, and become anyone! Number two, It is our inherent responsibility as SGL, LGBTQ people to strive to build and maintain a better community. As people of color, we have been segregated for far too long. It’s time to break the chains of separation and unify.

Register today! It’s not too late! Send your check or money order payable to World Pride & Power Organization, 9249 S. Broadway, #200-423, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129 Want to be a sponsor of World Pride & Power?

The World Pride & Power Organization is proud to offer this first glance into the list of powerful recipients of the distinguished World Pride & Power Awards:

• Bishop Yvette Flunder,

• Carrie Broadus,

• Cleo Manago,

• Jeffrey King,

• Thuli Madi,

• Reverend Davis Mac Iyalla,

• D. Lisa Powell,

• Barbara Smith,

• Stephanie Dakara Wynne,

• Emanuel Xavier,

• Monique Davis & June Cummings,

• Angela Odom,

• Ifasade Linda Queen Hollins,

• Rayceen Pendar A’vis,

• Iya Omilade Ashara Ekundayo,

• Iya Osunaye Karen Nanina Ra Heard,

• Azaan Kamau.

Congratulations to all of our award recipients!

In Remembrance of Rev. Mother Ruth Langston 1933-2007

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant” Martin Luther King Jr.

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Source by Azaan Kamau

Building a Writer’s Portfolio

Freelance writers, new or old-hat, need writing portfolios as an addendum to their resume. The published writing samples contained in their writer’s portfolios, like the artwork in the artist’s portfolio, is a way of sharing their body of work with prospective employers. Having their writing clips collected in one place – a portfolio or e-portfolio – keeps their writing samples available at a moment’s notice.

What to Collect

It’s best to keep all writing samples old and new. However, once the writer’s list of writing clips expands beyond a certain point it is no longer practical to carry them all in their portable portfolio. Older samples are best archived. When does a writer begin archiving writing clips? When is the cutoff point? That’s a decision best left to each author. But keeping an index with each year’s clips or samples, will help writers find older writing clips that may be appropriate for showing to future employers. (You know, that travel article you wrote 3 years ago? Your next employer is looking for evidence you’ve written travel articles).

For freelance writers just starting out, and who have few if any articles published, volunteer to write as many freebies as you can afford until your begin having clips with your name on them. These include local neighborhood newspapers with small budgets, favorite causes, startup magazines and e-publications, screenplays or stage play scripts for startup production companies. Even blogs can fill a writer’s portfolio. It’s advisable even for published writers to write freebies on occasion just to keep your name out there, especially when paid writing opportunities are on the lean side.

Anything that has your byline, a publication name, and a publication date (if possible) is fodder for the writer’s portfolio. For freelancers who can write on a number of topics, or in more than one genre, can sort their portfolios by topic or genre to be used for different jobs, matching the clips to the job being applied for. Setting up your own website and/or blog site is an ideal way to showcase your web skills as well as your writing skills, and acts as a way for potential employers to locate and contact you as well as place to provide links to your writing published on other websites – all for little or no cost.

For clips published in print, keep one entire copy of the publication with your story printed in it as evidence of which edition the story was published. The publication shows the publication number, the name of the publication and the date as well as the writer’s byline. For stories published on websites, print a hard copy of the article which will show the website name, the URL, the writer’s name and date that it was published (in most cases). If you print it out the same day it appears on the website, the printing date appears at the bottom of the page next to the URL. Keep an index of all stories written, categorized by website, and be sure to include the URL to link to that story. You may have to go through the index occasionally to see which stories are still available online, and which ones have been deleted or archived by the website.

How to Carry Writing Clips to Jobs

Writer’s Portfolio – The Paper Version: Purchase a 3-ring binder, preferable one that zips closed and has handles to carry it (check office supply stores). Insert clear plastic slip sheets meant for carrying 8.5×11 inch pages or 8×10 inch photos in a binder (also available at office supply stores).

Make 2 to 3 copies of each print or e-clip, and place them the plastic sheets. The 2 to 3 clips for story #1 go in to the first plastic slip, the copies for story #2 go in the second plastic slip, and so on. They are ready to carry with you. Save one of the plastic slips for copies of your resume and a second plastic slip for types references.

Writer’s Portfolio – The Electronic Version: Scan in paper publication writers clips to your computer and store them in a folder on your hard drive and in a secondary location like a thumb drive or a CD, to be kept separate from your computer. If need be, sub-categorize them by publication, topic, or genre.

For stories published online, keep an index file by e-publisher that includes story name, month and year of publication, and URLs for each story. Also keep a copy of your story where you wrote it on your word processing program and saved to computer before copying and pasting it to the e-publisher’s website. Keep these stories in folders by publisher, with sub-folders categorized by month and year of publication. Save these files to the hard drive and to the secondary source (thumb drive or CD). Make sure these files include any photos you uploaded with your stories. Keep a hardcopy of the word processing document along with the downloaded copy from the website.

Electronic Sharing of Your Writing

Since you indexed the URLs for your stories, you can copy and paste them to an e-mail body to send to potential employers. They can also be pasted to your blog or website either as links or as references that others can copy and paste into a search engine to look up. This is a way of turning your personal blog or website as an online writer’s portfolio. The URLs for your e-stories can also be added to print articles, newsletters, etcetera, for readers to type into search engines.

The advantages of having an online writer’s portfolio include: not having to provide paper copies, or go through the cost of mailing them and the stories in your portfolio can be viewed in their original format rather than faxes or copies. Among the disadvantages? E-published stories are ready and waiting for someone to plagiarize, which is becoming a real problem. How many times have your researched a subject online and found the same article, word-for-word, supposedly written by three different authors – or more? There’s also the problem of virus’s being transmitted either from an e-publisher’s website or across e-mails. With this in mind, some potential clients or employers may prefer to have a paper copy of stories from your portfolio rather than an electronic one.

Producing Appropriate Clips for Job Applications

Whether online or on paper, keep your clips organized so that you can find your articles by topic, category or genre. That way you can provide copies of specific stories to match the clients’ or employers’ expectations and needs. Don’t put all of your stories in an online portfolio. Separate the stories by genre, subject or category and linked to a button on your site. Provide readers with the only the best 2 or 3 stories under each genre, subject or category button.

Send links to your stories or e-mail attachments as self-promotion to potential new clients or employers. Try to have a variety of samples that show the different writing styles that show off your writing skills – ads, articles, newsletters, promotional material, press releases.

Periodically update both your paper and online writer’s portfolios, archiving older articles and replacing it with newer material. As your writing career progresses, your portfolios will expand and your writing skills mature exponentially. Creating and updating your writer’s portfolios seem like daunting tasks, but they are necessary ones. And if you make a habit of regularly updating both portfolios, you will always be ready when new clients or employers come calling and looking for new writers with current and exciting writing samples and a wealth of experience.

By Joan Whetzel

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Source by Joan Whetzel

Two Useful Copywriting Tips That Are Easy To Apply

I get it, you’re looking to improve your writing for the web or writing for flyers and brochures but you don’t want to hire a freelance copywriter. You want to do it yourself. No problem. I hope this helps.

Basically I want to point out two key little tips that can drastically improve the writing for your business. One of them is selling benefits and not features and the other is all about changing your writing from being focused on you or your business to being focused on your clients.

Sell Benefits Not Features

A feature is a description of something while a benefit is the advantage of that feature. Benefits can range from emotions, monetary gain, security or saving time.

BMW, for example, understand that their clients purchase their car to feel valued, rewarded, cool, and successful and looked upon with praise. The BMW purchaser needs to understand what the features are; however it’s the benefits or feelings of those features that make him open his wallet. Here’s how you can do this for your business.

When writing copy for your business, just remember one simple thing. Always ask yourself, “Why should my customers care about this?” You can also ask questions such as “How does this ultimately help my clients?” Freelance copywriters will always tell you that is very important.

It takes a lot of hard work, however in the end you have copy that is completely client focused. Here’s another example:

You have a dog grooming service and you’re proud that you’re able to go to your client’s house to trim their dog; a mobile service. The mobile service is the feature. For it to become a benefit, you must ask yourself, “Why should my customers care about this?”. You might come up with an answer such as “They save time and are able to relax at home.”

Make Your Clients the Centre of Attention

In other words, start using the word ‘You” instead of “us” or “we”. Your clients will love you for it because your website, flyer, brochure or newsletter will come across like you are genuinely interested in them. Be aware though. This is much harder to do than just writing about yourself. Here are some examples to help you out.

Self focused: Kitchen Plus are a customer friendly company and we are proud to have fast delivery.

Client focused: You’ll receive all the advice and support you need, plus delivery within 2 hours when you deal with Kitchen Plus.

Self focused: Kitchen Plus has been established since 1995 and we serve the greater Sydney area.

Client focused: You know you’re in safe hands with Kitchen Plus because we have been around since 1995. What’s more, you’ll always get your orders fast since we serve the Greater Sydney area.

I hope these two tips have helped you. Remember, keep your writing simple and always remember about your client’s needs. Put yourself in their shoes and think about their needs before yours. After all, they are the ones who will be buying from you.

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Makler Heidelberg

Source by Caetano Lima

10 Commandments for Technical Writers

The main goal of a technical writer is to convey an idea in a terse and concise way. A good technical writer need not be a Masters in English or Communications. All a technical writer needs is a clear understanding of the software/product/application and basic grammatical knowledge. We are here to make your technical writing job easier by presenting the 10 Commandments for Technical Writers.

1. Understand your Goal

Before you start writing, try to understand the goal of the technical document you are planning to write. Ask yourself “What you will write” and “Why are you writing it?” When you get the answer, start making the outline of the technical document.

2. Know your reader

The main purpose of a technical document is to serve its reader. So, it is very important to identify your reader. Remember that your reader is someone does not know about your product/application and this is the reason he/she is reading the document. Concentrate on the key ideas that the reader will look for in the document. Plan it accordingly.

3. Plan the flow of Information

Once you have planned the structure of the document, think about the flow. Decide which sections the document should contain and write a little outline of each section as well as its subsections. Plan it in such a way that your reader move from familiar information to new information. Moreover, never write the document in first person, use third person while narrating. Make your writing to the point. Delete anything that does not support your point.

4. Use a template

A good technical writing is done on a template. A template contains paragraph styles, layout for every page element such as headers, footers, headings, tables, paragraphs, steps, notes, precautionary messages, etc. It also contains every book element like front cover, title page, TOC, chapters, glossary, back cover, etc. Apart from all these, a document written on a template is easy for the reader to read and to edit it in future.

Templates are reusable. Design it once and use it when required. This will save time and money.

5. Add a nomenclature section

Always add a nomenclature section in the beginning of the document and use the said naming conventions consistently. It is always better to name a concept based on what it does. Apply this for the file-naming convention too. Always name figures or diagrams and give a good caption. This may contain multiple sentences which provide context and explanation. Moreover, do not use different terms for the same concept. You can use synonyms to distinguish concepts that are unrelated.

6. Use Tables, TOC, Glossary, x-refs and caption numbers

A good technical writer always summarise procedures in a table. Name the table and give a description for it. Include a glossary as the technical terms may confuse the reader. A glossary is useful in this case.

Make it a habit to create table of contents (TOC), cross-references (x-refs), and caption numbers electronically rather than typing them. Number all the equations in the document, even if there is only one equation in the document.

7. Be consistent

Always be consistent; be it in style, selection of words (British or American), numbering system, naming of concepts etc. Make it a point to refer each significant character (algorithm, concept, language) using the same word everywhere. Give a significant new character a proper name. Moreover, stick to one tense as it brings clarity and allows the reader to skim along.

8. Follow basic grammar rules

Put the concepts and all important terms in subjects. Then join each subject to a verb that expresses a significant action. Always prefer singular to plural number. To distinguish one-to-one relationships from n-to-m relationships, refer to each item in the singular.

Do not use passive voice. Use past tense when describing an experiment or some other action that occurred in the past.

9. Avoid acronyms and abbreviations

In technical writing, avoid acronyms and abbreviations. If you are using them, clarify the acronyms and abbreviations the very first time these are used.

10. Proofread

Do not forget to proofread the document you just created. You can ask one of the team members to read it aloud for you. Rewrite words/ phrases/sentences that you find confusing. Look at the style and the structure from the user’s point of view. Do a double spell-check, replace contractions and look for punctuation errors. Do not use jargons and colloquial English.

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Makler Heidelberg

Source by Meera Jensy Moorkoth

Are You Being Beaten by Resistance?

When you start to reach out of your comfort zone for things you have never had or done before, then you are stretching yourself – and that’s a good thing. When you stretch yourself and start to go in directions that you have never ventured into before you will come up against obstacles and challenges. So, this is where you remember that choice plays a huge part in your life now. Your awareness is increasing around what really is possible and when the obstacles start showing up that’s exactly when you must decide how much you want this new direction, new you, new and scary anything that is so unfamiliar to you right now.

The resistance and obstacles will tend to be subtle. For instance if you have decided that you want to re-train and change direction, you may find that something happens to try to stop you getting to your first training course – it could be your children getting ill, a train strike or something as random as a flood! It really is that eclectic and apparently unselective.

When these things start to show up in your life, this is exactly the time you really need to start asking yourself searching questions that help to put you in a place of growth.

Are you finding reasons not to do this thing out of fear? And you need to be really honest with yourself here.

If the reason you are saying ‘No’ is out of fear then this really is the time that you shouldn’t be saying ‘No’. If the only reason you are saying ‘No’ is out of fear then you should be saying ‘Yes’. You need to ask yourself, ‘Am I not doing this because I just don’t want to do it anyway? It’s not that big a deal’ or ‘Am I doing it because someone has told me that I should be doing it’, – or ‘Am I feeling resistance to it because I am scared?’ and if it’s because you are just scared then that can be the biggest thing that holds you back from going in new and bold directions, and you need to make it the one thing that drives you forward.

When you move into a new place, step into the fear AND come out the other side in one piece you will be so much stronger to continue your journey, building confidence, power and wisdom as you go.

Don’t allow your fear to hold you back from anything you decide you want to achieve.

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Source by Wilma Allan

The Work-A-Holic’s Wake-up Call – Four Steps to Effective Stress Management

The world of journalism is reeling with the sudden death of Tim Russert, famous for NBC’s Sunday interviewer on Meet the Press. Praise is pouring in from all directions for this excellent journalist, a loving family man, a generous, kind human being, a devout Catholic, who enjoyed baseball. So why did he die so young? Not a word has been said about that.

Russert was only 58, a vulnerable age group for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart attack, all of which he had. He was surely taking all the appropriate medications. His doctor probably cautioned him to ease off, maybe take a vacation. He had just come back from Rome with the family. But did his brain take a break as well? At 7am he had done his radio show and was preparing for the next task. It was not to be.

The most important legacy he left to all those workaholics out there is “stop, take note and change. You might be next.”

I caught a glimpse of Tim Russert about three years ago moving fast to catch a plane at Washington’s National Airport. Since I make it my pastime at airports to look out for stress profiles, he caught my attention before I quite realized who he was. Raised shoulders, a slight paunch, loose neck muscles suggesting sleep apnea, flushed face – maybe from high blood pressure or running – looking anxiously at the board completed the familiar but not unusual picture. Airports are populated with workaholics.

Workaholics put in many hours and their brain works non-stop 24/7. They crave for their work. Their highs are work-related which make them feel indispensable. They wake up early to get to work ahead of the rest, maybe catch up with someone in another time zone. They do not get enough quality sleep. They get their boost of energy from coffee and a donut. The day is filled with problem-solving tasks, preparing and worrying about the next event, sending adrenaline, cortisol and other stress hormones pouring through their veins.

Most of the day is spent sitting at meetings or in front of the computer. A token exercise break may help or cause even greater stress depending on what thoughts run through their brain while pounding the treadmill. They stay late to catch up, take a briefcase home, have a meal without listening and call it parallel processing. Then back to the computer. When not following this routine they are running to catch the next flight, have a drink, a junk meal and an uncomfortable night in a strange bed. Their drive is self-perpetuating.

Workaholism is an addiction like any other. Something has to give and often does. With any luck it is only poor health. Or it takes its toll on the family, who are left confused and perplexed. Relief found in having a drink or a relationship with a work associate only complicates matters. Men are more vulnerable because they have a higher dose of invincibility and single-mindedness.

Workaholism kills. Like any addiction it is treatable:

1. Step one is to recognize it for what it is.

2. Step two is to address harmful lifestyle changes that individually have unhealthy consequences, but together are disastrous. Cumulative sleep loss causes weight problems and may, in fact, lead to poor performance. Poorly managed stress involves unhealthy coping styles such as overeating, drinking, or aggressive behavior. Unhealthy diet with high fat and carbohydrate and inactivity from sedentary habits lead to obesity, diabetes, sleep interrupted by snoring and apnea, high blood pressure, cholesterol, heart attacks and stroke.

The solutions include restoring activity habits throughout the day such as standing up often, finding a reason to move about, walking up and down stairs, taking a short walk break. Ban junk food, crackers, potato-chips, sandwiches, donuts, cookies or other favorite office fare and lead by example.

When feeling anxious or stressed take a few deep breaths, pull your elbows back, shoulders down, sit up straight and relax your face dropping your jaw slightly. You will find that it is very difficult to feel stressed with your mouth open. Decide you will sleep through the night in your bed. Avoid drinking or eating anything within an hour or two of sleep. Do not call or take phone calls an hour before going to bed; lower the lights and avoid any serious discussion.

3. Step three is learning with or without professional help to take frequent time-outs throughout the day. Your brain in particular needs a down time. Shut the door, sit in your chair for five minutes, close your eyes and try clearing your brain of any thoughts. The human body and brain can handle almost any abuse if allowed to recover.

If you want to live, listen to the Russert wake-up call.

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Source by Joan Vernikos

Goal-Setting for Copywriters – SMART Goals

Most copywriters would not want to meet me at a party.

Here are just a few of the questions I’d hit you with:

What medium do you specialize in? Direct mail, brochures, websites, infomercials? Which fields? Do you bill hourly, by the job, or a percentage of direct response sales? Do you license your copy or sell it as work-for-hire? Do you seek out clients or do they come to you? Do you want to make a living from copywriting or just supplement your income? How much do you want to earn? By when? Are you making progress? How do you know? Is what you want to accomplish even possible?

Why am I grilling you with all these questions? Let me explain with an example.

Let’s say your goal is to get a new client. Okay, then walk into any restaurant and offer to rewrite all of their advertising copy for $1. On a bad day you might have to try half a dozen restaurants before someone says yes.

Goal achieved, right? Technically, yes. But that’s not really what you meant by getting a new client, is it?

Before you can ever hope to accomplish your copywriting goals, you must know in detail what those goals are in the first place.

S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Copywriters

The S.M.A.R.T. goal-setting technique is popular because of its simplicity and power. Clarify your goals according to the following criteria:






Let’s give it a try with the goal of “getting a new client.”

Specific: What kind of client? What type of business? What size business–corporation or Mom-and-Pop? What kind of work? How much work? At what rate?

Measurable: How will you track your progress? Number of leads you call? Number of proposals you submit?

Achievable: How big is this challenge for you? Have you ever done anything like it before? Has anyone else? Yes, there’s always someone who’s first, and you may be that person, but make sure you know that’s the kind of goal you’re setting before you get started.

Results-oriented: What results do you want? A one-time job or an ongoing relationship? Do you want a glowing testimonial from this new client? Referrals?

Time-bound: By what date do you want to sign the contract? By what date do you want to finish the job? By what date do you want to be paid?

Vague goal: Get a new client.

SMART Goal: Call at least 10 dentists every morning to schedule free consultations to review their advertising copy. Submit at least 5 proposals each week. Sign a contract with at least 1 new client and receive 50% of my estimate as a downpayment by 1 month from today.

It’s important to note that with any goal, the details will change as you progress. Goal setting is not about stubbornness. It’s about clarity. The more clarity you have from the very start, the more you can invite new opportunities into the process. Those opportunities can be measured against the original plan and explored (or not) as a conscious choice. And greater choice leads to a feeling of empowerment.

Copywriters who learn to use the SMART goal-setting strategy will get more clients and write better quality copy faster than their competition.

Copyright 2006 Curtis G. Schmitt

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Source by Curtis G. Schmitt

Difficulties Translating Technical Documents

Translating any type of document can be a challenge, but technical texts can be even more difficult. Documents such as instruction manuals, user guides, medical documents, court transcripts, or any type of technical or scientific text require not only an accurate translation of the language used but also an in-depth understanding of the terminology and some of the concepts involved. Whether you are about to hire a linguist to translate your documentation, or are a translator about to take on a technical text, it’s important to understand the specific challenges these documents present.

Conceptual understanding

A translator working on any type of technical or scientific text should have at least a basic understanding of the concept being discussed. This requires some background in the field or experience in translating work generated by professionals in the same industry. A linguist with experience in the medical field, for example, would be much more likely to have a basic understanding of some of the concepts put forth in medical documentation.

Knowledge of terminology

Translating industry-specific terminology also requires a linguist who either has experience working in that industry, or experience translating texts in that field. This is particularly true for the medical and legal industries, for example, each of which involves terminology that may be totally unfamiliar to someone with no background in those fields.

Accuracy is paramount

Whether the technical text is a service guide for a lawn mower or a set of patient instructions for prescribed pharmaceuticals, complete accuracy is absolutely vital for technical and scientific texts. The possible consequences of a poorly translated document can be devastating in the medical and legal fields to be sure. But even with less weighty texts – such as the lawn mower service guide we mentioned earlier – a poorly translated document can result at the very least in customer frustration, and that in turn can damage your company’s reputation and maybe even mean the loss of the customer’s business in the future.

Meeting deadline expectations

Most technical or scientific texts that require translation come with a firm deadline, which means it’s extremely important to work with a linguist who can provide high-quality translations within the timeframe required. This becomes even more of an issue when the text is quite lengthy, such as an operator’s manual, for example. For these types of large-scale projects, the translator will not only need experience as a linguist within the specific industry but also have project management skills that ensure completion of the text by the deadline.

Translating for the global marketplace

If your translated document is intended for use in another country, you’ll need the services of a translator who is also a localization expert. Put very simply, localization involves making sure that the text is appropriate for the target audience, some of whom may come from different cultures and backgrounds. Certain language and images may be inappropriate in other cultures, and the translator needs to be familiar enough with the target audience to be able to identify and modify language and images appropriately.

If you’re a translator getting set to take on a technical or scientific job, make sure you’re ready for the task. Keep in mind everything that’s required for your success. Start with smaller projects, if possible, and always be honest with your client about your level of experience.

If you’re looking for a competent linguist with the experience you need to translate your technical documents, we recommend relying on the services of a reputable translation company. Not only can they connect you with a professional translator with suitable experience; they can also do the “vetting” of that person for you, ensuring that he/she has a proven track record of successful projects completed on time for satisfied clients.

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Source by Marina Ivanova

A Short Interview With Ben Franklin

The following is a fantasy interview with Benjamin Franklin. Franklin was one of the most interesting and amazing figures of the American colonial period.

Host : Our guest today on The Program is Dr. Benjamin Franklin. Dr. Franklin is a native Bostonian, but his adopted cities are Philadelphia , London , and Paris . Dr. Franklin is an entrepreneur, inventor, journalist, publisher, and statesman.

As an inventor and a man of science he invented the Franklin stove, the bifocal glasses, the lightning rod, and he verified that electricity and lightning are one and the same. Dr. Franklin’s many experiments with electricity were published in 4 languages and brought him international fame.

As an entrepreneur he founded the University of Pennsylvania , the first lending library in America , a fire department, a hospital, and an insurance company. He also owned several pieces of valuable property in central Philadelphia .

As a publisher he is famous for Poor Richard’s Almanac, which published for 25 years, and he became wealthy as a journalist and the owner of the Pennsylvania Gazette.

As a statesman, Dr Franklin presided over the Constitutional Convention in 1776 and was one of five committee members who drafted the Declaration of Independence. During the Revolutionary War Dr. Franklin spent many years in Paris securing financial and military help for the war effort. At the end of the war he was appointed to negotiate the peace treaty with England .

Welcome to The Program, Dr. Franklin .

Franklin : Thank you for the opportunity. As I once said, “To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.”

Host: First of all, how important was your role in founding our country? The French Finance Minister, Jacques Turgot, said that you “snatched the lightning from the skies and the scepter from tyrants.”

Franklin : I do not feel that I should take too much credit for America ‘s founding. The revolution was the work of many able and brave men, wherein it is sufficient honor for me if I am allowed a small share.

Host: That’s very humble.

Franklin : As I once said, “Humility makes great men twice honorable.”

Host : Tell us something about your role in drafting the Declaration of Independence.

Franklin : I was the oldest member of the committee of five who were assigned to draft the Declaration. John Adams seemed the most likely candidate to draft the document, since he had the most experience with writing such documents. But I liked young Jefferson ‘s style the best, and in the end we decided to let him write the draft. Later in June of 1776, while I was at home recovering from the boils and gout, Thomas Jefferson asked for my advice about his draft of the Declaration. He invited me to read it and to suggest any changes that I thought necessary. I only made a few changes, though I did strike out the words “sacred and undeniable” and replaced them with “self-evident,” as in, “We hold these truths to be self-evident.”

Host: Tell us a little bit about your experiments with electricity. They made you famous, but I’m not sure that I know the whole story about your kite experiment.

Franklin : For several years I had been fascinated by electricity. Our Library Company had received an electricity machine from one of my friends in England . My friends and I devised numerous ingenious experiments involving observation and measurement which we described in letters sent to the Royal Society of London. Those letters were later collected into book form and translated into other languages. I actually had to invent many of the terms that are now commonly used with electricity in order to describe my experiments. Some of the words I coined are battery, charge, condenser, conductor, positively, negatively, and armature.

In 1752 it had occurred to me that lightning was an electrical fire discharge between one body with an overquantity to a body with an underquantity which equalized the difference between the two. I wanted to do an experiment with the spire of Christ Church in Philadelphia but I became impatient waiting for them to build the spire. It occurred to me that a kite could get closer to the thunderstorm than the spire ever could, so I devised a plan to launch a kite during a storm to see if I could detect electricity emanating from the storm.

Weather being what it is in Philadelphia , it didn’t take long before storm clouds approached and my opportunity to test my idea was given. My son William, who was 21 at the time, was the only one who assisted me with raising the kite because I didn’t want too many people knowing about what I was doing. A nearby field had a convenient shed where I could sit during the storm and wait for a suitable cloud to approach. A considerable time passed before any promising clouds appeared and all of them proved to be wasted effort. Finally, one good cloud caused the loose threads on the hemp kite string to move and stand up. I touched my knuckle to the key that was within reach and felt the electric spark for myself. This confirmed my belief that lightning was a form of electricity.

Host: Wow, that lightning stroke was a stroke of good fortune.

Franklin : Good fortune, maybe, but maybe good planning. As I once said, “He who waits upon fortune is never sure of dinner.”

Host: The story about how you met your wife is a funny story. Can you tell us about that?

Franklin : Certainly, and this is a story that you can find in my book, Autobiography, which you can find at Amazon.com and local bookstores everywhere. I remember the day well. It was a Sunday, October 6, 17 23 . I was just a young man of 17 and I had not been having much luck in gaining reputable and sufficient employment. I had left Boston in favor of New York , but when nothing seemed providential in New York I went to Philadelphia to become a printer.

On my very first day in Philadelphia , and with only a few coins in my pocket, I stopped at a bakery and for three pennies received three great puffy rolls. I had one loaf under each arm and was munching on the third while I walked up Market Street . As I approached the residence of the Read family their daughter, Deborah, saw me from their front door. I was a frightful sight. As Deborah later remarked, I made a most awkward ridiculous appearance. But seven years later we formed a common-law marriage. We had to do it that way because Deborah had become married while I was in England during the intervening years and then her husband deserted her and completely disappeared. Deborah and I were happily married for 44 years and we raised two sons and a daughter.

Host: Dr. Franklin, we want to thank you for coming on our show today. But before we part I want to ask you one last question if I may. Did you really say, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy?”

Franklin : I’m glad you asked that, because I’ve been misquoted on that for many years. What I really said was in a letter to my friend Andre Morellet in 1779. Here’s what I wrote: ” We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.”

With that parting bit of wisdom I wish you and your listeners and readers a gracious good day.

Host: Thank you Dr. Franklin. It’s been a pleasure having you on The Program.

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Source by Garry Gamber

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