Everything Relative to You, Your
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According to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
(an organization that
promotes entrepreneurship & education) there are approximately 10
Americans involved in starting a new business at any given
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R O S E T T A S T O N E R E P L I C A
P R O J E C T ~
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Loves You..." is general market book, appealing to entrepreneurs
The "purple" workbook (above) is
designed for personal reflection and/or group
This workbook connects the contents of the book specifically to
A beautiful "membership" coin for every entrepreneur club member.
Interested in learning
(We're also working on a general market workbook designed for the
Does Every Church Need to Consider Establishing
an emc2 Entrepreneur Ministry Club Connection?
Developing and enhancing a small business is the stuff of life. The
journey challenges an individual and/or family members on a number
P U R P O S E
O F emc2 C L U B S
Discerning the difference between a
viable business dream and a nightmare.
Personal doubts, hopes, goals, self-talk
Investment, saving, insurance and
Responding to valid and/or
“uncalled-for” criticism from family and friends.
Personal work ethic. Challenging the
extremes, like workaholism and laziness.
Learning how to work both hard and
Long hours, stress and family
relationships…especially during the first few ramp-up years of
any business venture.
Can husbands and wives work together in
the same business? If so, how?
The development and on-going care of
questions to ask when researching various legal issues and
Embracing the purpose of business.
Taking time to count the many blessings
– gratitude for the God-given skills, abilities and
relationships necessary for the development of a successful
Developing group and personal
definitions of success that are motivated by values that will
still be important a thousand years from now.
Applying eternal truths to time-measured
goals and objectives.
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BENEFITS: The entrepreneurial journey provides a
wonderful gateway for Connecting Now With Later. Some
will attend because they are wanting to grow their
business. Others will attend because they are in a
reinvention mode. Still others may be doing quite well,
but they want to encourage others who need help.
Character development, personal accountability,
flexibility, core values, ethics, perseverance and a
sense of humor are some of the topics that emerge as
important concepts to be considered.
I will also have an
interactive component so that leaders around the world
can share what’s working and what’s not working in their
church-related entrepreneur clubs.)
Facilitators: Understanding the individual
expectations of each participant will help group
facilitators design an atmosphere that meets everyone’s
needs. Some will attend because they want to grow their
business. Others will attend because they are in a
reinvention mode. Still others may be doing quite well,
but they want to encourage others who need help.
Engaging everyone will be the challenge. When forming
the group ask each participant express his or her
expectations for being part of such a group. Takes
notes. Common business sense, creative marketing and
branding ideas/implementation, balancing home life with
busy schedules, character development, personal
accountability, flexibility, core values, ethics,
perseverance and a sense of humor are some of the topics
that may emerge as important concepts to be considered
View yourself as a
coach. Facilitation is an art – designed to develop
a group dialogue, with the facilitator stepping
forward if the conversation is getting off-track or
needs to go to a deeper level.
questions that foster more than “yes” or “no”
responses. The “5 Ws and an H” kinds of questions
(Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How) will help
enhance the clarity of issues at hand and will help
to draw the maximum number of people in to any
Use ice-breakers at
the beginning of some meetings. Example: “Two Truths
and an Exaggeration” – Each person in the group
shares two real events that happened in his or her
life, along with one fanciful story. Here’s an
example: “Number 1: I once met the actor, Robert
DeNiro, at a ski resort in Utah and we rode up the
ski lift together. Number 2: When I was 19 years of
age I traveled on a sailboat from Los Angeles to
Samoa with my father, my
mother and my older brother. Number 3: I ran in the
Boston marathon when I was 29 years of age and was
in the top 100 finishers.” The group then determines
which one of the three stories is not true about the
person. This is an engaging way for people to get to
know each other, having a bit of fun while doing so.
The "Ah" and "Um" Game -- Give an overview of your
business for, let's say 60 seconds without saying
"ah" or "um." It's very hard for, ah, most people,
um, to do. Someone with a stopwatch can make sure
that everyone keeps to their time limit, so that the
game doesn't drag into a long time-waster. Small
prizes (pen, candy, etc.) can be given to those who
manage to give the overview of their business
without "ahing" or "umming." You can also add the
word "like" into the mix, especially if the
entrepreneur club is made up primarily of next
Some groups have at
least one person who loves to talk and who is adept
at highjacking the evening by introducing topics
that have nothing to do with the subject matter of
the evening (“it’s all about irrelevant topics”).
There are also some hyper-needy individuals who are
like bottomless pits, pulling everyone’s focus in
his or her direction (“it’s all about me”). Be aware
of these types of personalities and develop a
strategy for keeping the meeting moving in a
productive direction, without stripping anyone of
his or her dignity or self respect in the process.
schedules of busy professionals by always starting
the meetings on time and ending on time. If people
want to hang around afterwards, that’s wonderful,
but at least the ending time is honored for those
who need to get back home.
Chairs in a circle
may work the best until the meeting gets too large.
It might be good
each week to have someone communicate for 3-5
minutes on, “The wisdom lesson(s) God has taught me
through my business this past month/year.” The
individual then gets to pick the next person to
share on the same topic the following week.
You may get the
sense that at the end of a particular meeting that
you have only covered a fraction of the designated
material. Feel free to continue with the same
material the next meeting(s).
business is the extension of the person you may be
amazed, at times, by the emotional pain some are
experiencing in their personal lives. Marriages and
family relationships can get out of balance as
entrepreneurs are struggling to build their
businesses. And sometimes an entrepreneur has
invested so much emotional and financial capital
that it is hard to hear the gut-level truth about
his or her failing business enterprise. Be conscious
of the reality that the emc2
is not designed to do “group therapy.” Embrace your
limitations. You can be a good listener and may even
offer some practical advice one-on-one after the
main meeting is over. But deep-rooted therapeutic
issues may be best handled by a trained Christian
counselor. Have a short referral list of
pre-qualified (by you) counselors, who understand
the unique struggles of entrepreneurs, handy for
tend to be fast-paced, quick-thinking people who do
not have the time to waste attending another boring,
irrelevant meeting. Some have very short
attention-spans. Keep current with the issues at
hand and occasionally ask your members to
communicate how things can improve, so that your
entrepreneur club is time well spent for everyone.
any ideas that work for your group
here and we will publish them on the open
forum of emc2
website so that other groups around the
world can benefit from your experiences.
Once a month you may
want to turn your emc2
meeting into a special event with a local
entrepreneur coming to share his or her story, along
with wisdom lessons learned over the years. You can
include an open forum with audience members asking
questions and sharing ideas. This may turn out to be
a favorite event. Emc2members can
invite others to attend that meeting to get a flavor
of what your group is doing.
What a Typical
Meeting Might Look Like (should run like clockwork):
Here’s a meeting agenda
that may work for your Entrepreneur Club [90 -100
minutes total for meeting]:
i. Start on time with prayer. [3 minutes]
ii. Personal “laser-introductions” of all the
participants (e.g. name, what business you are building,
number of years in business, and what brought you to
this meeting today.) [60 – 90 seconds for each person,
depending upon the number of people in the group.]
iii. Have someone communicate on “The wisdom lesson(s)
God has taught me through my business this past
month/year.” That person then selects the person who
will share next week. [3-5 minutes]
iv. Read the chapter of the book out loud together. This
can be accomplished by one person or by having different
people reading one paragraph until it is finished. (Be
sensitive to the reality that some in attendance may
deal with dyslexia or are challenged by reading in
public. Make sure that there is an honorable way for
people to bow out of reading in public.) [10 minutes. If
it is a longer chapter, you may want to plan to read
only the portion of the chapter you will be covering
during that meeting.]
v. Break up into small groups by having everyone count
“1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3” until all have an assigned number.
Each of the three groups go to separate parts of the
room or another room to discuss the questions of the
workbook. Each group appoints a leader whose job it is
to make sure that the group keeps on schedule and then
to report back to the whole group. [20-30 minutes]
vi. After the separate discussions, each group comes
back to the main room and a designated person from each
group expresses a summary of the feedback from his or
her group. [15 minutes...5 minutes for each group]
vii. Problems, Questions and Solutions: A few people can
share a brief overview of current challenges they are
experiencing in their particular businesses. The rest of
the group weighs in, sharing wisdom lessons they have
learned in similar situations. The Club leader must use
excellent facilitation skills to make sure that time
spent on each problem and solutions is maximized. If it
is a complicated personal issue, either the facilitator
or a volunteer from the group can arrange to talk with
the individual after the meeting or on the phone the
next day. [Depends on how much time is left. If the time
is gone, you can state that you and a few others
seasoned entrepreneurs are available to talk
viii. Close on time with prayer – cookies, coffee and
soda provide an opportunity for some to hang around for
a while and talk if they want. [until you get too tired
and want to kick everyone out of the place]
Groups function best with questions that help them
observe, interpret, and apply what they find in the
Bible text. The questions should be forthright enough to
allow each person to take a turn as moderator, moving
the group paragraph by paragraph through a chapter. The
material must not assume that everyone understands
Christian jargon or can easily comprehend a religious
Confine the discussion to the chapter being studied.
This keeps the newcomers at equal advantage. As the
weeks go by, of course, everyone’s scope of knowledge
enlarges, and the group is able to refer back to
chapters previously studied.
Expect everyone to be responsible for keeping the group
focused on the topic being discussed. The facilitator’s
job is greatly eased if others in the group help by
saying, “We’ve gotten onto a wonderful tangent. Let’s
get back to the chapter.”
These suggested guidelines keep a group focused:
Ground Rules for the Group: Early in the formation
of an emc2 group, each may want to set up
their own purpose statement and a set of ground rules
that everyone accepts. Below are some suggestions, which
can be built upon:
Everything discussed within the meetings is absolutely
confidential. Because small businesses are the direct
extension of individuals, personal matters may be
brought forward to the group. If there is to be the
expectation of honesty, there must be a pledge of
absolute confidentiality among the members of the
group. Trust, emotional safety and mutual respect are
the foundational building block.
No one will use put-downs or personal attacks.
Treat others as you want to be treated.
God has given each person has two ears and one mouth.
Listen carefully before speaking.
The meetings are for networking, but using the
meetings to recruit others into a network marketing or
direct sell-type business is discouraged. I have
genuine respect for these business models, but
sometimes new and excited MLMers can turn off their
friends and can appear pushy -- as though they are
viewing their friends as potential members of their
downline. Chill. Keep it genuine and simple.
Hidden agendas can hinder honest relationships.
The emc2 meetings are designed to be an emotionally safe place for people to
sometimes share what others may perceive as an
off-the-wall entrepreneurial idea. Judgments are not
to be a part of these meetings. Treat others the way
you want to be treated.
Meetings will start on time and will end on time.
Participants are encouraged to talk afterwards, if
BEFORE the first meeting:
i. Develop a core group
of a few people. Meet several times with them for prayer and
strategy. These are the people who will help to make this
group a success. It is during these initial meetings that you
will create the name for your group. Feel free to use the
concept in your name. For instance, if your church is Maple
Community Church, you may choose to call your group: Maple
Use your collective imagination. If your group is going to be
more of an outreach to the community, feel free to develop
something that resonates with your mission statement.
ii. Come up with a
collective list of all of the hopes and concerns. Use the
items on that list for group discussion.
iii. Read or
re-read the book, "If Nobody Loves You, Create the
Order a signed copy at
WorkHardWorkSmart.com, if you do not have it
already. Also, order a copy of the workbook (due out in
March/April, 2009). The workbook connects the contents
of the book to the Bible, with a spiritual
application...along with excellent nitty, gritty
information for becoming successful in business. And my
hope is that everyone attending the emc2
meetings on a regular basis will become wildly
successful on every level.
iv. Develop vision and
mission statements for the group, with input from the the rest
of the people you have brought together. This is what
you are all about as a group, which is important for the
leadership to cobble together.
* (In one of the first regular meetings you will want to
develop a collective understanding as to how
you will function -- your core values and a set of operating
guidelines, which is important for the entire group to cobble
v. Develop a website,
which will help you determine exactly what you want the group
to look like and then
publish the website.
vi. Now you are ready
to publicize your emc2group to the rest of the
congregation and surrounding community.
book/workbook combination should give you at least 6
months of material for your emc2
group...perhaps more. Some weeks are so content rich
that you may discover that you will need an extra
meeting or two to cover the material. Feel free to add
any material you think helps increase everyone's
knowledge. if it works, please communicate to us so that
we can add it to our open forum exchange of ideas.
viii. You also
will want to take the Personality Profile (photo album)
MyGreatPersonality.com. You can also order
The Freeman Institute workbook on the same website,
which will give everyone an overview of how someone's
personality impacts their entrepreneurial success.
What to do the first meeting (especially if you are
just starting an emc2
1.This is a
very important meeting. Most of the time can be spent
getting to know each other. If the group is small enough
(under 12), perhaps every person can share the story of
his or her entrepreneurial journey briefly with the rest
of the group. Plus in this meeting it might be a good
time to establish the expectations. Using a flip chart,
write down the hopes, the fears and the expectations of
the group interested in developing an emc2
Here are some questions you may want to ask:
i. What do you hope to receive by attending these
ii. What do you hope to give to others by attending
iii. What would cause you to either stop attending or to
hang back, not wanting to participate.
iv. Tell us of your past experiences with groups (the
bad and the good).
v. What are some of the elements that help groups like
this remain relevant and a wise expenditure of
everyone's time and how can we utilize those elements in
Important: In anticipation of the following meeting, you
will want to encourage everyone to take the Personality
Profile (photo album) at
MyGreatPersonality.com. They can also order
The Freeman Institute workbook on the same website,
which will give everyone an overview of how their
personality impacts their entrepreneurial success. If
someone attends the next meeting without taking the
Personality Profile, they will probably feel left out of
that one of the next moves of God is going to be through believers
in the workplace." --Billy Graham
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Purpose of the Entrepreneur
Ministry Club Connection in your Church
Regularly scheduled meetings of people
representing the various stages of the entrepreneurial
journey committed to speaking the truth about faith, works,
encouragement and grace.
As small business owners
enhance their success, they can tithe/donate more
money. The more money given, the more the church can
reach out to the needs in the community.
church-related relationships are one-dimensional.
“Hi. How are you? Fine. See you next week.” An
Entrepreneur Club allows the participants to see
other unique aspects of each other and to look for
ways to let people know of the various businesses
represented by the participating church.
genuine relationships with men and women who may
not be inclined to attend a church service may be
more open to attending an Entrepreneur Club that
is designed to scratch “real-world” itches.
entrepreneurs who have experienced success and are
willing to share their stories with the group.
A V E R E V I E W S
"I have at least 50 books people have given me to read and
really felt nothing would probably come out of reading
Joel Freeman's new book. But the title intrigued me. As
I began glancing over the book, the book really began to
speak to me and my current situation and it became a
real 'God moment' for me. As I continued to read, I was
pleasantly surprised. Finally a book that really gave me
something besides trying to get me to attend another
conference or buy the author's next book! Much of the
information in Dr. Freeman's book was new and extremely
insightful. The book has help fill my speaking calendar
and has given me a major strategy going into the
future. This is an extremely helpful book for anyone
trying to better market what they do. Anyone, young or
old, will greatly benefit from reading this book. I am
especially interested in the Entrepreneur Ministry Club
Connections (emc2). It is my opinion that every
church can benefit by using this book and workbook
combination -- developing a regular meeting especially
designed for entrepreneurs in their churches. It will be
an experience that will bring practical entrepreneurial
wisdom to all of the participants and also will allow
everyone to better apply spiritual principles to their
Ken Johnson, Chaplain, NFL Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis
don't consider themselves "entrepreneurs," but the word
simply means "a person who organizes, manages and
assumes the risks of an enterprise." If that doesn't
describe what Christian workers do, what does? In Joel
Freeman's book/workbook combination you will find
valuable information and motivation to help make you
the best possible servant-leader and will also provide
the necessary resources for entrepreneurs in your church
to start an entrepreneur ministry club connection
(emc2). Let's learn from the business world as we carry
on the Lord's business!"
-- Warren W. Wiersbe, Author, former pastor of Moody
Born in Maine (1954) and raised in a small town in Alberta, Canada,
Joel A. Freeman brings a rich reservoir of personal experience
blended with contagious enthusiasm, clarity and down to earth humor
to empower people from diverse walks of life with improved
communication skills and maximized productivity.
Institute™ (TFI™), of which Dr. Freeman is CEO/President,
is a Maryland-based company with an international impact -- with four main arenas of expertise:
II. Long-term organizational culture change.
III. Executive coaching, specializing in Critical Incident
IV. Cultural Competency and Black History.
With a Ph.D. in counseling, Dr. Freeman served as mentor/chaplain
for the NBA’s Washington Wizards (formerly the Bullets) for 19
wonderful years ('79-'98). Freeman facilitates many
including the popular:
-- "Dealing With People Who Drive You Crazy!"®
-- "A White Man's Journey Into Black History"®
-- All Stressed Out and No One to Choke
-- "Diversity: The Value of Mutual Respect"
-- "When Strangling Someone Isn't An Option." -- "If
Nobody Loves You, Create The Demand!"
With six books currently in 28 foreign translation editions and
listed in Marquis Who’s Who in the World, Freeman facilitates
seminars with leaders in the Federal Judiciary, music and
entertainment industries, corporations, business management, government agencies and
heads of state of other nations. Interested in bringing Joel to
speak to your organization?
Email or Cell: 410.991.9718
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Freeman resides in Maryland with his wife, Shirley and their four
David, Jacob, Jesse and Shari.
Leaders, Christian Businessmen Association, Christian CEO, Christian TEC,
Wise Council, Young Presidents, Young Presidents Organization, The
Executive Committee, TEC, BBL, C-12 Group, Os Hillman, ROI Leadership,
CBMC, marketplace ministry, fellowship of companies for Christ, corporate
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