Dead Dogs Don’t Bark & Dead Lion’s Don’t Roar by Tolu Akinyemi Blog Tour

Hello! I’m Tolu A. Akinyemi and this is one of my tour stops during my one-month book tour for Dead Dogs Don’t Bark and Dead Lion’s Don’t Roar. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. The tour runs Nov 5-30, 2018.  Authors book your own tour here.

Genre: Poetry

Introducing Tolu Akinyemi

Tolu Akinyemi was born in Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria and currently lives in the United Kingdom. Tolu Akinyemi is an exceptional talent, out-of-the box creative thinker, a change management agent and a leader par excellence. Tolu is a business analyst and financial crime consultant as well as a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) with extensive experience working with leading Investment banks and Consultancy Firms. Tolu is also a personal development and career coach and a prolific writer with more than 10 years’ writing experience; he is a mentor to hundreds of young people. He worked as an Associate mentor in St Mary’s School, Cheshunt and as an Inclusion Mentor in Barnwell School, Stevenage in the United Kingdom, helping students raise their aspirations, standards of performance and helping them cope with transitions from one educational stage to another.

Tolu has headlined and featured in various Open Slam, Poetry Slam, Spoken Word and Open Mic events in the United Kingdom. He also inspires large audiences through spoken word performances, he has appeared as a keynote speaker in major forums and events in the United Kingdom and facilitates creative writing masterclasses to all types of audiences.

In March 2018 he was endorsed by the Arts Council England as an ‘Exceptional Talent’.

About The Book

Dead Lion Don’t Roar is a collection of inspiring and motivating modern day verses. Addressing many issues close to home and also many taboo subjects, the poetry is reflecting of today’s struggles and lights the way to a positive future. The uplifting book will appeal to all age groups, anyone going through change, building or enjoying a career and facing day to day struggles. Many of the short verses will resonate with readers, leaving a sense of peace and well-being.


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Excerpt for Dead Lions Don’t Roar

A motivating and inspiring book of poetry should always leave the reader with thoughts about personal development and doses of inspiration … and that is exactly what Dead Lions Don’t Roar does. Whilst the poem entitled the name of the collection speaks volumes about using our gifts and talent and finding our own unique roar, there are a number of other poems that share the essence of the book. Here is a sneak peak of one such poem:

If Men were God

There would be no more us,

Long Dead and buried,

Forgotten with the times,

An atonement for our sins

If men were God….

This poem makes us think about what each of our individual role and purpose is in life, which will then motivate us to achieve…our very best. This is the entire purpose of Dead Lion’s Don’t Roar.

About The Book

Dead Dogs Don’t Bark is the second poetry collection from the acclaimed author, Tolu A. Akinyemi. With a similar tone and style to Dead Lions Don’t Roar (Tolu’s first poetry collection) this follow up masterpiece is nothing short of pure motivation. The poems cover a range of topics that many in life are aware of, that the Author himself has experienced and that we all, whatever our age, need support in. Beautifully written, the poems speak volumes to all age groups as they feature finding your inner talent, celebrating your individuality and distinct voice. The poetry collection has didactic elements for evaporating the effects of peer pressure and criminality amongst many others. Also covering mental health, relationships, career focus, and general life issues, the poetry is bitter sweet, amusing and thought provoking in turns.

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Excerpt for Dead Dogs Don’t Bark

A follow on to the success of Dead Lions Don’t Roar, Dead Dogs Don’t Bark goes one step further. As well as self-motivation, Dead Dogs Don’t Bark digs deep into society, into behavior and into relationships that make existence worthwhile. An insight into the true power of the collection rings strong in the following snippet:

Cuddle up to Excellence

Else Mediocrity can catch up with you like a heatwave

Released in full force like a loaf oven baked

The days of long service awards are over

If your dream is to buy a Range Rover

Then you have to embrace excellence

This poem reinforces that it is healthy to have dreams and ambitions but that we must remember to strive for them and not just expect them … not taking things for granted and putting your best foot forward in life encapsulates the resonating theme of Dead Dogs Don’t Bark.

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A Season of Thankfulness

This month November Think and Thank the Lord for his many blessings. We have been on bragging on God for 14 days now. During this 30 Day Season of Thankfulness, Brag on God for 30 days of thanks. Everyday give thanks. Of course we should always give thanks unto the Lord. Of course we should have grateful hearts all the time. Giving thanks is remembering what the Lord has done for you and to you, your family and the community. Praise is honoring the Lord for who He is – the Lord of Lords, the everlasting King.

We should have thankful hearts for the great things God has done in our lives.  In Psalm 107 some verses state:

“O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever”. Psalm 107:1

“Oh, that men would praise the Lord for His goodness and loving-kindness and His wonderful works to the children of men! Ps. 107:21

“And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and rehearse His deeds with shouts of joy and singing! Ps 107: 22

Remember to give thanks unto the Lord for all that He has done. Thank God for his timing and faithfulness in provision. Thank God for His peace. Think about His goodness to you and how He has allowed you to see another day .He has protected you from dangers seen and unseen. He has….

Begin to think and thank the Lord. Think and meditate on his loving kindness to you.  Then begin to thank God and brag on Him.


A Season of Thankfulness: Brag on God
Day 14: Brag on God. Think and Thank. Think of how the Lord worked things out. Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever. Psalm 136.1 #thankful #bragonGod
What do you have to be thankful for? This month and everyday praise and thank the Lord for His daily benefits. How many of you know that it was God who “did this or that” for you.? Say thank you

Day 15- Be Grateful. Brag on God with a grateful heart. Be grateful, thankful and know, walk and talk like you are blessed.
Think about the grace of God in your life.
So much to be grateful for (in spite of the violence in this world)
O give thanks unto the Lord! Call upon His name; make known his deeds among the people! (1 Chronicle16:8-10) #BragonGod

Season of Thankfulness: Brag on God. Think and Thank #begrateful #bragonGod #seasonofthankfulness #thinkandthankGod #grateful

A Season of Thankfulness: Brag on God series. Think and Thank.
Day 16- Brag on God with thanksgiving and praise. Think about His goodness to you. Thank Him for all He has done for you. What are you specifically thankful for?
Thank Him for all He has done!
Ephesians 5:20 – Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
#thankGodforeverything #thankGod #BragonGod #ThinkandThank

Day 17

Season of Thankfulness- Brag on God series. Think and Thank
Day 17- Brag on God and be Grateful. Tell Him how grateful and thankful you are. Think of His grace and greatness. Now let Him know you are grateful.
Walter Hawkins Lyrics from Be Grateful
(Be-e-e-e-e-e Grateful) Grateful
(Be-e-e-e-e-e Grateful) Be Grateful
Because there’s someone else who’s worse off than you
Be Grateful (Be Grateful)
Because there’s someone else who’d love to be in your shoes
Be Grateful ( Be Grateful)
Oh yeah!
My God said he’d never, never forsake you!
Be Grateful (Be Grateful) oh yeah!
God said he would, he would never, never forsake you!
Be Grateful (Be Grateful) oh yeah!
Be Grateful Hallelujah!
Oh! Be Grateful


Linda Fegins aka “The Prayer Leader” copyright 2017-2018

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10 Tips to Build Your Self-Confidence so You can Manifest Your Ideal Client

10 Tips to Build Your Self-Confidence so You can Manifest Your Ideal Client and Collect with Confidence

It’s all about energy, attitude and consistency. These ten tips will help you magnetically draw clients to you and make you happy in the process:

  1. Use Music

One of the simplest tricks for helping yourself to both take action and feel more confident: Creating your own inspiring musical playlist, and playing it whenever appropriate. (Athletes know this secret and use music all the time, while training at the gym.)

Just as sad music in minor keys can help us process feelings when life deals blows like relationship breakups, so can energizing music or inspiring music actually raise our confidence level to the point where we take action.

Choose your own favorite “theme song.” It will automatically boost your confidence whenever you hear it.

Here’s one of my theme songs:

It’s by Mary J. Blige- Just Fine

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  1. Dress for Success

This doesn’t mean putting on a formal business suit. It does mean dressing in a way that boosts your self-confidence and makes you feel good about yourself.

Don’t try to copy your ideal client or niche influencer unless that’s a look you totally relate to. It’s more important to dress in a way that makes you feel you have already achieved your top goal.  If you see yourself with gypsy-style earrings and Afrocentric skirts in many colors and layers, go for it. If you see yourself as edgy and trendy, go for it. If you see yourself in a red coat, wear that!  And take note of how it makes you feel, when you dress for success.

Change your hairstyle. Buy those shoes you’ve been wistfully drooling over. Don’t worry about what other people think. Wearing what makes you feel successful and confident will attract the right client—for you.

  1. Make On-going Learning Part of Your Business Life

Knowing you are ahead of your peers (and abreast of top influencers) in the latest changes, improvements or information in your field is another good way to automatically boost your confidence. Sign up for our Virtual Conference, here. 

Take innovative courses, attend lectures, keep your certifications updated or upgraded, and subscribe to—and read—industry journals, in order to keep ahead of the pack and provide your clients with the best service. Proactively do primary research yourself. Contact organizations, companies and experts. That way, you won’t just be following top influencers: You’ll BE one.

  1. Start Small

Do you have a big change to make? Don’t wait for the “right time”—start small. For example, if you want a new office but can’t afford it, try buying a new piece of furniture or an accessory for your office that will make your life easier—like a bookshelf; or even just a shelf. Or a new lamp, to reduce the chronic eyestrain you suffer. Or even just some flowers because you deserve them!

When you start to surround yourself with things that signify success or make life easier, you are sending yourself a strong message – “I CAN have this in my life! I deserve this!”

  1. Make Confidence a Habit

Contrary to what others might think, no one is born with supreme self-confidence. It has to be learned. And it CAN be learned.

So consciously work on changing your habits. Take actions you need to take, change negative self-talk to realistic and more positive talk, and actively adopt the attitude of what you define as a successful person.

Confidence is not only for the few who “succeed.” Anyone can have it—all you have to do is make it a habit.

  1. Practice Makes Perfect

My number one way to walk in confidence is to be prepared – or over prepared if necessary. There is nothing better for increasing confidence than knowing you are absolutely ready to give that speech, approach that media personality or promote your book.

So read over the notes or listen to the recording you made for that new client’s free consultation, in plenty of time for their first appointment. Write down what you need to accomplish before tackling some event or project or task that makes you nervous. Make sure you try everything out in advance.

Practice that speech (many times!) Practice using that new webinar software. Anticipate questions. Make sure you have everything you need assembled and ready to go.

Being prepared is the best way to step out in genuine confidence. You will avoid that “imposter syndrome” that tries to kill your confidence.

  1. Do It until It’s a Yawn

Does phoning people to ask for interview opportunities terrify you? Remember that doing it once is only an ice-breaker. Once you’ve done it, the next one is easier (even if only marginally)—but if you don’t get straight back on the horse, the effect will wane.

Resist the urge to make just one phone call, or send one custom email, or approach one person at a conference. Set a goal of reaching ten, or twenty, or even fifty (if there are enough people to converse with). Sure, it’s a great breakthrough if you do something like pitch the media or do a book-signing for the first time—but the way to REALLY start enjoying these activities is to do it again and again, until you feel confident and sure of yourself.

  1. Realize Your Clients Need—and Want—Your Coaching

Instead of expending energy trying to attract new clients, focus on the ones you already have. They already trust you. They have “bought” from you and they are still coming back for more.

Make sure you meet and exceed their expectations. Be proactive. Anticipate their needs at the next level. Provide aides, extras and resources at the right time. Go over their notes, think about them. Empathize with their problems and dreams.

If you do this—if you treat your existing clients as if they are diamonds—you will automatically attract the same type of client who already wants your services.

  1. Know Your Own Value

The most confident people are those who know their own worth: What their time is worth, what their life experience and expertise is worth and what their services are worth.

Track your time. Look over your achievements and credentials. Read your client testimonials and emails. Identify the area where you help people make the biggest shifts.

Realizing how truly unique and valuable you are to clients can give you the confidence to set a realistic and healthy value on your services… so you can stop over-delivering and under-charging, and have the confidence to know you deserve your fees.

  1. Take Action

Speaking of small steps, one of the best you can take for yourself is to stop thinking and “just do it”—whatever “it” is.

Thinking leads to over-thinking, which leads to procrastination, which leads to a loss of self-worth. So be the person who takes action when others are still tossing around possible solutions.

Taking action is empowering. So, give your clients the best example, and be that “action person” they look up to, and admire. Tidy your desk. Send that email. Make those phone calls. Feel accomplished and gain momentum – and you’ll collect with confidence.

Pam Perry one of the speakers at the conference featured above. She is an award-winning PR Coach & social media strategist delivering online branding and marketing solutions for best-selling authors, nonprofits and entrepreneurs/authorpreneurs.  She is also the publisher of SPEAKERS MAGAZINE.

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So Vote and Pray!


The Election 2018, November 6,  2018  is 7 days away! So Pray and vote! Want to stop the racist tactic of gerrymandering ? So vote! Don’t want medical marijuana dispensaries or recreational drugs in your neighborhood where the owners don’t live in or would not allow into their neighborhoods? So vote!

Many hearts have been troubled, angered and disappointed with all that we have seen and heard on the news and in our community and nation this election year. Yet you must not let the enemy deter you from voting. God established government. He told us to pray for those in authority, 1 Timothy 2:2 and arguably to pray for those who seek  to rule over you. Pray and vote. Trust in the Lord and seek his wisdom and discernment for whom to cast your vote . Pray then vote.  Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” –John 14:1

I challenge to encourage everyone to vote  and help get the elderly, youth and those without transportation to the polls.

It is imperative the we pray for and then vote in the 2018 local and state elections. We want to make wise decisions. However, we must pray for our cities local elections. Yes our hope and trust is not in the election but in God. But God states in  Jeremiah 29:7-” Seek peace and well-being for the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its peace (well-being) you will have peace”. Yes, pray and vote.  We need peace , effective social  and economic  services , a good educational system , and  to stop the violence that plagues our cities.

The Bible tells us to pray for those in authority over us and are in leadership. 1 Timothy 2: 1-2. This includes those who are seeking position in leadership. Throughout the Bible we see that when men and women of integrity were chosen by God’s standards the people and the nation fared well , were delivered out of adverse circumstances or diverted evil. “Righteousness exalts a nation..” The selection of leaders according to God’s leading and not out of racism and favoritism , can bring great blessing to a nation, city and state.


Pray that people will vote with integrity and wisdom devoid of racism.
Pray that the attempts at election fraud or to stop minorities from voting by political schemes is thwarted and void.
Pray for divine order.

  • Pray for the election process- integrity, against voter suppression and racist tactics.
    • Pray for honest, compassionate, and concerned  for the poor  leaders. Pray for wise leaders with integrity will arise.
  • Pray for the judges of this nation, that they would seek the wisdom that comes from above.
    • Pray for the salvation of local government leaders.
    • Pray for the salvation of national government leaders

Pray for wisdom to vote for those who will provide a just government and not a government that exists to serve and profit itself.


Cry Out!

Remember we are God’s ambassador’s and we should take righteous action to carry out His purposes in the earth for the protection of the  poor, oppressed and hurting. God is concerned about government and nations, especially as they relate to issues of justice and oppression of their own people and obeying His Word.  We as a nation, even the church or the body of Christ have allowed our prejudices, racism and hatreds to divide us. We have tolerated and justified unjust and evil conduct from government and business leaders, and even in the church!

As God’s  ambassadors, we must believe God ‘s Word.  “‘Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.” –Jeremiah 33:6 We need the healing that only God can provide.

So Get out and vote!

Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader.


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Is Instagram for Lawyers?


Clear & Convincing Feature Article

Instagram is for Lawyers

“What is Instagram?” Lance asked Jennifer, an associate at L & L Law Firm. “It’s a social networking app,” she answered. “It’s made for sharing photos and videos from your smartphone.”

“Some of the lawyers were taking pictures around the courthouse this morning,” said Lance. “They said they were going to post them on Instagram. Should we be doing that?”

Instagram is a visual platform, based on pictures and videos. Like other social networks, you can interact with users by following them, being followed by them, liking, tagging, commenting, and private messaging. According to Instagram’s website, there are over 800M users and 500M daily active users. Eight out of ten users follow at least one business.

Instagram is good for building your brand by creating a visual story of your life in and out of the law. While the law may not be photogenic, the people working with the law are. Take pictures of the people behind the scenes at your office. Share a picture of a new associate coming in the door ready to work, or upload an image of your office manager blowing out the candles on their birthday cake.

Look for pictures of the firm’s community involvement. Take photos of lawyers and staff running in a marathon or distributing bicycle helmets. Some images might be connected to your legal expertise, such as a short clip of you speaking at a seminar. Others could connect to your niche practice, such as landscapes for environmental law, or office buildings for employment law. For a few ideas, spend some time researching to see what other lawyers are posting.

The law is a service business that’s all about building relationships. Using Instagram can help build a complete picture of who you are as a person and as a lawyer, making you more accessible to your clients.

How to Get Noticed on Instagram

Instagram users categorize their images using #hashtags. These hashtags help users find your posts. To help their search, the caption of your picture and the hashtags should be related. You can check out a hashtag before posting it by using Instagram’s search feature to see what other images and posts appear. You may find more hashtags that are applicable to your post.

Remember, Instagram is a social network, so keep ethics rules in mind, follow people, comment on their posts, and reply to the comments you have received.

Instagram is another marketing tool to have in your social media tool box. If you have clients who are in businesses such as food, fashion, design, or hospitality, they may be active on Instagram. Simply commenting or liking their post will help build a relationship with that client. Consider posting your own images and take some time to enjoy the images posted by others.

Roberta GubbinsAfter years practicing law, Roberta Gubbins served as editor of the Ingham County Legal News. Since leaving the paper, she provides writing services to lawyers ghostwriting content for websites, blogs, and articles. She is editor of The Mentor, the SBM Master Lawyers Section newsletter.

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How to Turn Your LinkedIn Headline from Blah to Memorable Part 1

How to Turn Your LinkedIn Headline from Blah to Memorable

Ana Hoffman

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Ever tried to pat yourself on the back? Awkward, right?

So why are you still doing it in your LinkedIn headline?

I, me, my…

I am glad (and not suprised) you know who you are, but I am here to see what ‘who you are’ can do for me.

You see your LinkedIn headline should really be all about me.

When I read an ‘I, I, I…’ headline, I want to connect with you to see what I can do for you.

When I read a ‘You, you, you’ headline, I want to connect with you to see what you can do for me.

See the difference?

So how do you create that perfect headline that says ‘connect with me because of what I can do for you‘?

LinkedIn Headline Need-to-Know’s

First things first: what’s your LinkedIn headline?

It’s what appears right under your name.

A few quick LinkedIn headline pointers:

  • Your headline is the 1 – 3 lines underneath your name.
  • you have 120 characters including spaces for your headline.
  • Don’t just describe who you are and what you do.
  • Write a headline that contains a benefit to the viewer.
  • Use keywords others might use when needing your services.
  • Use commas or vertical bars (|) to separate phrases.
  • I suggest to avoid using symbols like ◊, ➤, etc – they certainly make your headline pop out, but not always in a good way.
  • NEVER use all uppercase letters.

Also, according to LinkedIn User Agreement, you agreed that you wouldn’t:

Add content that is not intended for, or inaccurate for, a designated field (e.g. submitting a telephone number in the “title” or any other field, or including telephone numbers, email addresses, street addresses or any personally identifiable information for which there is not a field provided by LinkedIn);


  • Don’t add your email address, phone number, URL, etc. to your headline, since that’s not what it’s intended for.

Your LinkedIn Headline = Your “So What”

Here comes my favorite part of the post – the part where you and I are likely to disagree on.

When you first create your LinkedIn account, your LinkedIn headline is populated with your current job title and company name.

If you think that’s what your LinkedIn headline is for, you are sorely mistaken.

When I see headlines like that, I say to myself “So what?” and quickly move on.

Now some of you might’ve gone a step further and actually updated your LinkedIn headline to ‘better reflect who you are and what you do’.

Unfortunately, now you are just one of the multitude of…

  • Digital Marketing Experts,
  • Entrepreneurs,
  • Speakers,
  • Brand Evangelists,
  • Social Media Consultants,
  • SEO Consultants,
  • Internet Marketing Consultants,
  • Founders,
  • Coaches,
  • Experts,
  • Gurus,
  • …and so on and so forth.

I say that’s the quickest way to bury yourself among LinkedIn’s 30M users.

A successful LinkedIn headline should tell me what your value proposition or your ‘so what?’ is.

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Social Media Consultant? So what? So I can show you how to master social media presence no matter what your niche is.

Coach? So what? So I can help you see the bottlenecks in your business you are too close to home to see.

Speaker? So what? So I can convert your next conference attendees into your brand’s raving fans.

See my point?

Feature (who you are) vs benefit (what you can do for them).


Examples of LinkedIn Headlines that Stand Out

You know that LinkedIn tool that shows you examples of what other users in your industry are using for their LinkedIn headlines? (it’s accessible in the ‘Edit Profile’ mode after you click on the headline editing pencil)

I think it’s a great tool to see what not to do.

However, I wouldn’t recommend trying to learn how to be memorable from those examples.

I did find a few interesting headline examples that stood out to me as I was going through comments on my latest LinkedIn posts, specifically the one about dumping Facebook.

(yes, it pays to comment on my posts… always!)

So here we go – the LinkedIn headlines that stood out:

Dan Stuart goes right for the benefit in his headline

Dennis Brown (one of my favorite peeps on Google+) – benefit-driven headline as well, even though I’d work on polishing it a bit more.

Russell Faust – definitely memorable, made me want to click on the link to learn more about him.

I also pulled some interesting headlines from my fellow takers (the challenge is headed by Sarah Santacroce).

Not surprisingly, our first challenge was to create a memorable LinkedIn headline.

Let’s see how we did.

Susan James – short and to the point.

Catherine Crow – a great alternative to a ‘Social Media Consultant’, don’t you think?

Stephanie Calahan – creates powerful imagery through great descriptives in her LinkedIn headline.

Angela Edwards – if you want your team to be strategic, productive, and profitable, you can’t pass that headline.

About Ana Hoffman: 90% of your problems can be solved by smart marketing. Solving the other 10% just requires good procrastination skills. Can’t help you with the latter, but I do know a thing or two about smart marketing.Want me to prove it? Get my free “Mommy, Where Does Traffic Come From?” traffic report and we’ll go from there.

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Positions Aspiring Black Authors to Ink Their Next Bestseller

Thursday, July 26, 2018


Positions Aspiring Black Authors to Ink Their Next Bestseller

Red Ink Conference for Black Authors

Authors attending last year’s event

Atlanta, GA — Whether you’re an aspiring author with only a creative idea for a book, or you have 20+ books published and you’re ready to take it to the next level, The Red Ink Conference – the premier conference for authors and editors is for you!

This one-of-a-kind conference empowers attendees to write, edit and market their next bestseller – at a fraction of the cost. It all takes place in Atlanta, GA at the Hilton Garden Inn–Wildwood on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Attendees can expect a time of quality information, food and fun as they experience on-screen editorial exercises, writing prompts, professional headshots and an industry-specific vendor showcase!

The conference will cap at 96 attendees. Collectively, conference speakers, Tenita “Bestseller” Johnson, Sulondia “Sue-Ham” Hammond and Lakeisha Dixon have over 30 years of industry experience and run successful businesses that support indie authors nationwide. Attendees will learn new, innovative information that will position them to build a solid platform as an authorpreneur and speaker.

Complete with information on marketing, crafting a solid professional bio and book synopsis, as well as self-publishing industry secrets that save both time and money, writers will leave inspired to take their book from the page to the stage and beyond, if they so desire.

Early bird tickets are just $97 until July 1, and general admission tickets after July 1 are $167! VIP registrants and vendors will receive an on-site professional headshot photo shoot.

To purchase tickets, visit For interviews or more information, please contact Tenita Johnson at, or 313-999-6942.   from

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Social Media & Lawyers in 2018 By Roberta M. Gubbins

Clear & Convincing Feature Article

Seven Common Mistakes

The lawyer sitting next to you at the conference is busy writing a tweet, another is taking a selfie to post on their Facebook, LinkedIn, or SBM Member Directory profile. It seems to you that everyone is busy using social media to market their practice. You could be right.

Although the legal profession has been slow to jump on the social media bandwagon, the 2017 Legal Technology Survey by the American Bar Association showed that more lawyers are maintaining a social media presence. Consider that 81% of lawyers use social media for professional reasons and that 77% reported their firms also maintain a presence.

The survey asked about practice areas and found that:

  • Employment and labor law lawyers are the most active (93%).
  • Personal injury and litigation next (84%).
  • Commercial law is third (82%).
  • Contract law is fourth (81%).

Career development, networking, and client development were the most popular reasons given for using social media.

What Social Media is Most Popular with Lawyers

The social network most used for professional purposes was LinkedIn; 90% have a LinkedIn profile, Facebook was second with 40%, and Twitter came in third at 26%. 99% of law firms with 100 or more attorneys used social media for career development while solo practitioners reflect a still impressive 81%.

The Advantages of Using Social Media

  • Social media builds relationships.
  • You will reach consumers that never come to your speaking events, read your newsletter, or view your blog. Your tweets can find new readers who will comment or retweet your message to their followers.
  • You gain name and brand recognition.
  • People come to know you by your choice of words, style of writing, and the topics you pick. Use an easy to read style, offer real information, and show them you are approachable and they will be loyal and frequent readers.
  • Use visitor analytics and reader comments to learn more about your audience. Knowing their interests will help you find topics for them.
  • You can post a link to social media on your website and your SBM profile, making it easy for readers to find you.

The Disadvantages of Using Social Media

  • Time is money and time spent on social media is not billable, which means if you start a social media platform be sure you understand that time must be set aside to continue posting.
  • Content must be written, edited, and revised.
  • Social media creates demands on your talent, so posts must be relevant to your practice and interesting to a wide variety of readers. Fortunately, you have access to many topics with the weekly e-Journal and SBM NewsLinks posted daily.
  • You lose control of your content, since everything is available for comment.

Statistics show that 81% of the surveyed lawyers thought that the advantages of social media outweighed its disadvantages. If you decide to add a social media account, you’ll be in good company.

Roberta GubbinsAfter years practicing law, Roberta Gubbins served as editor of the Ingham County Legal News. Since leaving the paper, she provides writing services to lawyers ghostwriting content for websites, blogs, and articles. She is editor of The Mentor, the SBM Master Lawyers Section newsletter.

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Celebrate Fathers! Share Your Story.

Father’s Day does not get the same overwhelming celebration as Mother’s Day. Fathers have an important role in the family and in the lives of their children. There are many quiet good  fathers and specifically good black fathers  and we  need to celebrate them . This month as we celebrate Father’s Day let’s honor and pray for fathers, who may not be perfect, but who love their children, train their children, protect their children and have good relationships with their children. The week prior to Father’s Day I challenge you to share positive comments and reflections about your father, father figures, grandfathers, mentors and committed men. Please share your story and comments.


A couple of years ago on Radio station 1200 AM in the city of Detroit, John Mason, of Mason in the Afternoon, was asking for positive reflections and comments about one’s father, grandfather or a father figure. One reflection, by a man who called into the radio station to comment, touched my heart. He stated that his father taught him many things by his actions. ” I learned how to be a father and the protector of my family from my father”, he proudly said.  He went on to  explain that “When I was about 7 years old I went “trick or treating” on Halloween with some friends”, said the caller. “ A bigger boy stole our bags. All I could remember was seeing a flash go by and jump the fence. Next thing I knew I had my Halloween bag back. It was my father who jumped that fence. He had been watching and covering me all the time”.

That story brought tears to my eyes because the actions of the father symbolized the love the heavenly Father has for us in that he watches over us and protects us. For the now grown caller it taught him how to watch over his family. Another gentleman called in and stated he “learned how to respect women because of how he saw his father respect and treat his mother”.

The admiration Kim Bracey has for her father shines through every time she speaks of him. Kim Bracey will tell you she thought her father was “God” for the longest because he provided for her and was there every time she needed him. Rene Wallace shared that her over 70 year old father , who has now passed, still talked as if this middle aged daughter was his responsibility. Jeanette Johnson’s father has been dead for over 20 years but she talks about her father frequently with love and respect. Her honor and respect for his wisdom radiates from her heart for this man who only had a third grade education, but was full of wisdom, strength, and integrity. Her father was a “good Provider” for his children and adored his wife. He owned land and property and feed neighbors who were poor. When Jeanette speaks of him you can hear and feel the respect and honor she has for him. It  touched my heart to  hear their comments.

Please share your positive experience with your father and what your relationship means to you.

Linda Fegins , The Prayer Leader or

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Mission -driven, heart-led:Stormy Wellington shares surviving the storms

Mission-driven, heart-led: Stormy Wellington shares surviving the storms

by Roz Edward

Girl Hold My Hand Event converges in Detroit, June 22-23, will feature Eric “ET” Thomas, Marvin Sapp, Chanita Foster, Annetta Powell, Dr. Missy Johnson plus national motivational speakers that will inspire others to live their dreams


“It’s not how you start, but how you finish,” is the motto of Stormy Wellington. Her beginning was indeed “stormy,” but she is now a multimillionaire living in Atlanta. She was born in New York where her mother initially wanted to have an abortionm but ultimately gave birth and named her child “Stormy” because she that felt captured her pregnancy.

Stormy Wellington refused to let her past dictate her future. “I believe that faith is power. No matter how bad things got in my life, I knew that nothing was impossible,” said Wellington. She now instills that belief system into everyone around her – which is why she created the “Girl Hold My Hand” Tour to spread the message of hope, inspiration and motivation.

The “Girl Hold My Hand” weekend is a two-day event for women to gain clarity and confidence to live their dreams. Attendees can expect networking, giveaways, study materials, local vendors, rejuvenation and more. “It’s a way to have women to connect, collaborate and celebrate each other,” said Wellington.

The first event of this kind was held in Atlanta in March. “That event was amazing and more than we expected. Feedback from everyone said it built their confidence and helped them create connections that they know will last a lifetime. We are more alike than different.  We are all wives…mothers…sisters…daughters…grandmothers…aunties…and bosses – and when we hold each other’s hand, there’s synergy and power,” said Wellington.

Detroit hosts, speakers and panelists include:

  •        Annetta Powell, serial entrepreneur, author
  •       Chanita Foster, star of BET’s “From the Bottom Up”
  •       Eric Thomas, known as “ET” The Hip Hop Preacher
  •       Bishop Marvin Sapp, Grammy-awarding winning artist
  •       Tony Gaskins, celebrity life coach and author
  •        Kimberly Jones-Pothier, known as Real Talk Kim, author and entertainer
  •     &n bsp; Bishop Sheldon McCarter, spiritual leader
  •       Sabrina Peterson, founder of Glam University
  •       Mary Sheffield, Detroit Councilwoman
  •       Fauna Burks, socialite, entrepreneur
  •       Tiffani Rose, author, entrepreneur

For tickets to the event and access to VIP luncheon, go to For sponsorship and vendor opportunities, call 888-369-GHMH (4464).

Mission-driven, heart-led: Stormy Wellington shares surviving the storms

by Roz Edward

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