Love Liberty & Lip Gloss with Donna Lyons, Jefferson Keith Langley and Ima Sumac Watkins on Cyber Bullying

Love Liberty & Lip Gloss with Donna Lyons, Jefferson Keith Langley and Ima Sumac Watkins on Cyber Bullying

Last night, Love Liberty & Lip Gloss host Donna Lyons welcomed guests Jefferson Keith Langley and Ima Sumac Watkins to discuss their horrific ordeal with cyber bullying. Thanks to the malicious intent and actions of one disturbed individual, these two entrepreneurs nearly lost everything: their businesses, reputation, and personal relationships — even their ability to obtain a menial “pay the bills” job to tend to the most basic necessities.

It’s bad enough in a Digital Age that vulnerable teenagers are targets of this vile crime, but last night, listening to these two professionals share their story made me realize that no one is immune. And the worst part is, the way the law works, the burden of proof is on the victim, not the criminal. Furthermore, because the internet and social media make it easy for anyone to hide behind a computer screen and keyboard, producing the evidence that will stand up in court is next to impossible.

As the co-founder and co-owner of Writestream Publishing and Writestream Radio, I deal with a variety of clients and personalities. Some projects are more time-consuming and challenging than others. And although I always do my best and strive for excellence in every effort, I am only human. I’ve had to correct mistakes. Thankfully, everyone I’ve dealt with so far understands this.

But Jefferson and Ima’s story opened my eyes to the reality of running a business in an era of new technology. Much to their credit, they never gave up and battled their way back. You can listen to their full interview below, which I highly recommend.

Listeners of Writestream Radio know that Jefferson joined the network last November as the host of The Formula. As Donna’s friend, he’d been a guest on her show before, which led him to inquire about hosting his own program. After speaking with Jefferson and hearing his ideas, I happily offered him a monthly slot, which I produce. I could tell right away that he was a person of good character — and not just by virtue of the fact that he was a friend of a trusted friend.

As Ima mentions in the interview, most human beings today do an internet search on people, whether out of natural curiosity or palpable suspicion. With respect to Jefferson, I did my own internet search because his background and accomplishments were so impressive, I wanted to know more. That’s when I came across some alarming, vicious posts about him and Ima, which I dismissed outright. After thinking it over, I decided not to confront Jefferson, figuring he’d already spent countless hours and energy reclaiming his life and reputation. Besides, my intuition told me he was a man of honor. I had no reason to take the word of a coward with a computer and an intention to smear. I’m grateful he and Ima had the opportunity to give a detailed account of their experience on the air. Rather than wallow in the unfairness of it all, they have chosen to rise above it and become even better people.

Ultimately, their cautionary tale has inspired me to be increasingly mindful in all of my interactions, to continue documenting all communications, and to practice discernment with every client, potential client, and person who crosses my path. It also reminded me of a recent caller to Just Believe with Ilene Gottlieb, who had also been a victim of cyber-bullying. My heart broke for this poor woman as she explained that her reputation had been shredded, thanks to a liar with a keyboard and an internet connection (paraphrasing slightly). Since forewarned is forearmed, I’m reaping the benefits of others’ experience and encourage my readers to do the same.

To learn the truth about Jefferson and his work, visit ABETHIA.com and Artitechtronix.com. To learn the truth about Ima Sumac Watkins, follow her on Instagram and click on About.me.

 

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Four Years of Writestream Radio

Four Years of Writestream Radio

Thanks to LinkedIn, I received a reminder that Writestream Radio is now  four years old. Between out-of-state visitors and Writestream Publishing projects, I’d forgotten all about it. It’s hard to believe, but at the time I was freelancing as a ghostwriter, copywriter, content writer and blogger. I thought an internet radio network would help my clients (and other authors) become more comfortable with discussing their books.

After publishing the first edition of Water Signs in 2008, I soon discovered that people were as interested in me as they were in my novel — which surprised me a little. That’s when I realized how critical it was for indie authors to put themselves out there in cyberspace and real life. Having spent the previous four years co-hosting a political show, I saw firsthand the power of internet radio to connect authors with their audience. And since many authors I knew had an aversion to public speaking, it also provided a non-threatening forum to discuss their work since it’s off-camera. (Ah, the days before Facebook Live 😉 ).

With that in mind, I contacted Lisa Tarves and John Gresham to ask if they wanted their own shows on the network. After they happily accepted, we began airing the Sunday of the first week of March 2013 with Just Believe with Lisa Tarves.

Sadly, our friend John Gresham passed away in July of 2016, but his memory and voice live on in the form of multiple excellent Military Monday broadcasts, which can be accessed on our Blog Talk Radio Show Page.

Today, our network broadcasts a variety of unique, uplifting, and informative programming:

Just Believe with Ilene Gottlieb ~ The Heart Healer

The Mentor In Me on Writestream Radio

Create Your Life with Tasha Chen

Partners in Crime with Sue Coletta and Kimberly McGath

The Formula with Jefferson Keith Langley

Love Liberty & Lip Gloss with Donna Lyons

Speculative Fiction Cantina with S. Evan Townsend

Get Fit Feel Fabulous with Britt

 

After a several month hiatus, I’ll be back to weekly hosting on Wednesdays at 11 AM Eastern, beginning on April 5 with The Writestream with Daria Anne. Write. Publish. Succeed. And soon, Kris Kees will be hosting a weekly money/finance program, Kees to Invest. I’ll post more details as we get closer to his debut.

Thank you to all of our exceptional hosts and listeners. We appreciate you and look forward to many more years of top-notch broadcasting!

 

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The Formula with Jefferson Keith Langley, Episode 4

The Formula with Jefferson Keith Langley, Episode 4

When you’re a host on internet radio, you learn to improvise when a scheduled guest goes missing or announces at the last minute that they need to reschedule. Such was the case the other day when it was Jefferson Keith Langley’s turn to host on Writestream Radio Network.

If you don’t know him, here’s an excerpt from his bio on Writestream Radio.com:

Jefferson Keith Langley always had the winning mindset from a young age when he excelled in sports all the way to semi-pro status. Moving to Los Angeles from Texas at 19, he began his twenty-year career in entertainment, TV and media working as an assistant for numerous top people and companies on such projects as Gatorade; Smashing Pumpkins; Orbit Gum; Coors Light; Dave Mathews Band; Quentin Tarantino’s A Band Apart; Propaganda; Sony Pictures; Kaye Films; Emmy-award- winning director/TV showrunner Paris Barclay; Wayne Isham; Nigel Dick; Kinka Usher; Silver Pictures; and recognizable films like Starship Troopers, Tales From the Crypt and NBC/Universal series The Chang Family Saves the World for Misher Films just to name a few.

He co-founded a boutique production and finance company with an investor from Silicon Valley where he was President of Development and Production for over two years handling day to day operations, business affairs strategies to diversify the company portfolio, optioning material, negotiating deals, leading writer meetings, while managing, developing and raising funds for the slate of projects. He has been hired by film financiers to consult and write materials for fantasy thrillers and comedies as well.

This led to Jefferson expanding his spectrum and becoming a top adviser/consultant across all industries. His clients consist of financiers, producers, venture capitalists, creative types, pop singers, actors, oil and gas execs, sport athletes, jewelry designers, celebrities, entrepreneurs, global brands, top political aides, former intelligence officers, and many more. His unique, cutting-edge, one-of-a-kind techniques and innovative applications continue to garner rave reviews from his colleagues and clients through their referrals and recommendations. Jefferson’s knack for seeing to the core of things, coming up with innovative solutions, and providing guidance and execution all the way through to reaching the finish line garnered him the personal title, “THE HUMAN ARCHITECT.”

Since I produce his show The Formula, which airs every fourth Tuesday of the month on Writestream Radio, I decided to turn the tables and interview him. We spent an interesting, informative 90 minutes discussing his “blueprint” philosophy for individuals, which he incorporates into his one-on-one coaching sessions with entrepreneurs. To listen, click here.

Would you like to connect with Jefferson? Visit ABETHIA.com and Artitechtronix.com.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Writestream Publishing and Writestream Radio

Happy Thanksgiving from Writestream Publishing and Writestream Radio!

Wow, are we really at the end of 2016 already? It’s been a great year of growth personally and professionally, between my participation in Tasha Chen’s Science of Getting Rich Academy and my work as co-owner of Writestream Publishing and Writestream Radio.

Learning to be and live in the Certain Way has been a blessing. If you haven’t read The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles or watched any of the videos on Tasha Chen’s You Tube Channel, I highly recommend both.  Among many other gifts, this course, along with Tasha’s outstanding one-on-one coaching, has led me to develop important, mutually beneficial business relationships.

amazon-bestseller-badge-transparentThese include:

Being a believer in “relationship marketing”, Wattles’ concept of being “a creative center, through which increase is given to all” resonates well with me. My favorite way to attract new clients and projects is through engagement with talented, influential people of integrity. I’m thankful that this past year has been successful in that regard. I love being part of Tasha’s community as well as the one we’ve created via our efforts on behalf of Writestream Publishing and Writestream Radio.

I’m also thankful to Radnor Studio 21 host John Ricciutti for his unwavering support. He interviewed Lisa and me back in 2015 when we were just getting started, then invited us back twice in 2016. He’s an excellent interviewer who asks relevant questions and allows his guests to complete their answers — which makes his show informative and entertaining.

As noted in my blog post at Writestream Publishing:

createyourlife_logo1_white-2In 2016, we released the following books.

Additionally, we will be releasing The Mentor In Me by William Todd in the coming weeks. With a Foreword and handwritten notes by Bob Proctor, it is sure to be a mega success and inspire millions of readers around the world!

Two other books, Driven Soul and Mind Your Chatter: Mind Tools to Survive and Thrive in an Unpredictable World are set for release in early 2017, along with two compelling fictional novels.

It’s definitely a dance, maintaining the right balance between working in your business and working on your business, but one I wouldn’t trade for anything. I’m grateful to my family, friends, clients, colleagues, and biz partner Lisa for their trust and confidence in my abilities and look forward to even bigger and better achievements in 2016.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

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