Birmingham Author, “People Scholar” Says It’s Time to Tackle Toxic Relationships

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Birmingham Author, “People Scholar” Says It’s Time to Tackle Toxic Relationships

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Pastor Van Moody serves on the board of directors of Joel Osteen’s Champion’s Network

(DALLAS – December 3) Birmingham minister, author and motivational speaker Van Moody says this is the time of the year to find out which relationships are worth keeping, worth changing or ending.

“Relationships either lift you up or weigh you down,” said Moody, author of “THE PEOPLE FACTOR”, a new book that offers insightful advice on building great relationships and ending bad ones. “In light of this universal truth, it’s absolutely critical that you know two things: how much you need to invest in a relationship and which ones must come to an end.

Throughout the pages of “The People Factor,” (paperback, ISBN: 9781400205028, $16.99 U.S.) Moody lays out the steps to building and maintaining genuine, authentic relationships – and how to end toxic relationships.   In a flowing, engaging, attention grabbing style, he provides a beyond-the-basics guide for the critical task of evaluating our relationships intelligently and taking decisive action in kind. Take a look at this video that will give you a preview of the book, and Moody’s approach to this sensitive issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03F-FjsDsbY

Moody, who travels the world teaching people how to raise their relational IQ, offers a basic framework for individuals to evaluate their relationships.  As a people scholar, Moody says most people tend to avoid dealing with relationships – good and bad.  Based on his research over the years, he is available for interviews, seminars and speaking engagements to discuss any of the following topics:

  • Is helping you hurting me? How to know
  • How to have healthy relationships with unhealthy people
  • Sure-fire signs of a toxic relationship
  • Essential elements of a successful relationship
  • ‘Relationship boundaries’: why they’re needed and how to set them
  • Signs a relationship is heading south
  • Exit strategy: when and how to end an unhealthy relationship
  • 5 fundamentals of a constructive relational transition

Field expert Van Moody is an author, motivational speaker and media expert source who advises on matters related to relationships as they pertain to friends, family, significant others and the workplace. Moody is an associate trainer in Japan for EQUIP, the world’s largest and most comprehensive grassroots leadership, personal growth and development organization founded by Dr. John C. Maxwell.  He also serves on the board of directors for Joel Osteen’s Champions Network.  Moody earned a B.A. from DePauw University and has lectured in the classrooms of Harvard and Oxford Universities where he, himself, has also studied to further his quest for knowledge in business, economic and community Development.  Moody and his wife reside in Birmingham, Alabama with their two children. Learn more online at www.vanmoody.com.

To book Van Moody, you can contact Neil Foote, neil@neilfoote.com, 214.448.3765


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Houston Bishop Says It’s Time to Create a Safer Place in America for Our Kids

 

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(HOUSTON – July 2) As the nation plans to celebrate the Fourth of July, it’s time for parents to have a plan to keep their kids busy, and more importantly, safe at a time when all forms of violence are fueling fears in communities around the country.

Bishop James Dixon, the Houston pastor who is the founder of Create A Safer Place For Me, is offering his 10 Safer Place Power Tips for the summer and encouraging parents, churches, businesses, community and civic groups to share and implement these helpful ideas how best to keep kids safe, happy and active during these hot – and often – more violent summers.

Bishop_James_Dixon_Headshot_Web“The Number One concern for kids in the summer is safety,” said Bishop Dixon of the Community of Faith Church in Houston. “Most parents don’t have a safety plan, but they definitely need one. These 10 tips are just a few suggestions to help create that plan.  But I know if we all come together, we can make our communities and neighborhoods safer places for our families and kids.”

The 10 Tips were released today as part of a national movement to empower families and communities all over the country to protect their kids from gun violence.  Bishop Dixon is urging parents, teachers, and community leaders to share their tips on the Safer Place For Me Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ASaferPlaceForMe

A Safer Place for Me is a national campaign to encourage all families of all races, incomes and politics to sit down to talk to each about how they eliminate violence in their communities, particular against children. The foundation is asking people to join him and thousands of others to fight violence.  To raise money for the foundation, Dixon II wrote and co-produced with Ernest Walker of Walker Entertainment Group, a powerful song and music video performed by a multicultural children’s choir, “Create a Safer Place for Me”. You can watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVWjan1hW9Y

To interview Dixon and learn more about A Safer Place for Me, contact Neil Foote, Foote Communications, LLC, neil@neilfoote.com, 214.448.3765.

10 Safer Place Power Tips

1. Connect your child with positive people, in positive places to do positive things: A camp, a church program, a youth recreational program.

2. Schedule regular times to speak with your child by phone while you are away at work. For example, every two or three years. The important thing is to communicate. Ask the right questions to get truthful responses.

3. Restrict children from going beyond safe zones. Clearly define the people and places that you consider safe. Try and keep them playing with the same kids, in the same places everyday. Know those kids and know the adults in that place.

4. Partner with the parents of your children’s friends. Ask your kids for a list of their friends. Then reach out to the parents of those kids. Form a parental partnership. Discuss expectations, work and activity schedules, and share daily updates. Create a friends’ list with their name, address, phone number and email address.

5. Give your children a daily list of chores that must be performed in order to keep privileges. Expect and inspect to be sure they are done. Reward success and lovingly punish failure to perform.

6. Talk with kids each day to get details of that day’s experiences. How was it? What did you do? Where did you go? What time did you get there? How long did you stay? Who was there? Who did you see? Did you enjoy it? Where did you go from there? How did you get to the store? Were there any fights? Did anyone get into trouble????

7. Assign one child to be your eyes and ears. Be wise about this. A good way to keep kids focused is to make them responsible. “Call me at 12noon”. “I’m counting on you today”. “Can I depend on you to be honest”?

8. Address anything that looks, sounds or smells suspicious. Assume that something is happening that your kids are not telling you. They are kids! Investigate! Monitor their activities and associates very closely.

9. Visit the places they like to go. Make sure your presence is known by the people they associate with. Distinguish yourself as the parent who cares, is concerned and committed to your children’s well being.

10. Have as much of your children’s day spent at home or in another environment that is well ordered, supervised, positive and safe. Free time and open access to unprotected places and unknown people spells danger.


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Houston Bishop Calls for National Dialogue on Keeping Our Kids Safe, Gun Violence

(HOUSTON – May 3) Prominent Houston Bishop, James Dixon II, is calling for a national conversation on keeping our kids safe as the National Rifle Association kicks off its 70th convention.

Bishop_James_Dixon_Headshot_WebDixon II, who leads the Community of Faith church in Houston, said the nation has to get serious about protecting its children from violence.

“This is an issue that’s not about politics, about religion,” said Dixon II who recently founded the Safer Place for Me Foundation to raise awareness about violence in communities throughout Houston and around the country, “it’s about families and our children.”

A Safer Place for Me  (http://www.asaferplaceforme.org/index.html) is a national campaign to encourage all families of all races, incomes and politics to sit down to talk to each about how they eliminate violence in their communities, particular against children. The foundation is asking people to join him and thousands of others to fight violence.  To raise money for the foundation, Dixon II wrote and co-produced with Ernest Walker of Walker Entertainment Group, a powerful song and music video performed by a multicultural children’s choir, “Create a Safer Place for Me”.

“Just last week, I held two funerals for two young men who didn’t deserve to die,” Dixon II said. “It’s time we set up, stand tall, take a stand and start talking.”

To interview Dixon and learn more about A Safer Place for Me, contact Neil Foote, Foote Communications, LLC, neil@neilfoote.com, 214.448.3765.

 

 


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Jacquie Hood Martin featured in I Messenger Magazine

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — 86400 Faith announces the appointment of Jacquie Hood Martin as CEO. Hood Martin is a leader with over 33 years of experience in the faith, education, and business sectors. An ordained minister of twenty years, Hood Martin has been inspiring individuals in the U.S. and abroad with her matter-of-fact teaching and leadership style.

86400 Faith seeks to effectively put the iconic saying “It Takes A Village” into practice by helping to facilitate wellness, economic growth and leadership in communities worldwide. The company works with churches and faith-based organization through 86400 Faith’s, “Be The Village” program. Key components of the “Be The Village” program includes Getting Fit:

*THE MIND – Purpose Management and Servant Leadership seminars, workshops and events.

*THE BODY – Wellness activities and support around the adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”

*THE SPIRIT – Spiritually focused mentor and mentorship program that utilizes technology to get connected.

*FINANCIALLY – 86400 First Sunday Financially Fit Program and the 86400 Faith Partnership with Subway® Corporation that offers franchise opportunities to churches and non-profit organizations.

Hood Martin related, “Infusing integrity in the work you do daily is part of our aim to provide sustainability in communities through church and business partnerships. We are able to arm the community with economic, entrepreneurial, and empowerment skills through collectives. Community leaders will have access in their bundle of services to hands-on training, technology driven programming, and wellness days to impact overall community health.”

As part of 86400 Faith’s “Be The Village” initiative is an agreement penned earlier this year with Subway® to give back to the community through franchising. Talks with churches in the South and Midwest are yielding favorable results. Hood Martin has her stilettos on the ground visiting sites and meeting with church and community leaders.

“Churches and businesses have been anchors in communities that thrive in harsh economic climates. And now, we are able to deal strategically with obesity, purpose management, and balance, seeing a real chance at changing lives,” says Hood Martin.

The 86400 Initiative’s vision is expansive, reaching through the United States into Europe, Asia, and Africa feeding Mind, Body and Spirit, all while teaching principles that improve personal and financial positioning. Hood Martin will be fielding interviews on the value of the “Be the Village” Initiative and its influence in creating overall wellness into the communities being served. Strategic dialogue for seminar series at conferences, conventions, and organization meetings is already underway to expand the role faith and wellness plays in the success of a community.

About 86400 Faith 86400 Faith provides wellness, economic growth, purpose management and servant leadership programs and events to faith-based communities worldwide. The “Be The Village” initiative is one of the company’s flagship programs that partners with churches and faith-based organizations in crucial areas by offering services that improve personal and financial positioning.

About 86400 Movement There are 86400 Seconds in each day. The 86400 Movement mission is to bring people together to use their gift of 86400 seconds to make a positive difference in the world. The movement strives to awaken the social consciousness of individuals thereby encouraging volunteerism and social action in the areas of education and health & wellness. The movement serves as a resource and a platform for individuals to move from thought to action, to take up social action, learn new skills, generate ideas and express their views, ultimately using their unique purpose to effect change that will lead to a better life, a better 86400 seconds for all. 86400movement.com

To learn more about 86400, go to http://86400faith.com/. To interview Ms. Hood Martin, contact Neil Foote, Foote Communications, LLC, neil@neilfoote.com, 214.448.3765.

Source: PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1ffN8)


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