Robin Manley is our kind of motivational speaker, published author, radio host, and accomplished writer. She is raw, honest, and so courageous about her spiritual journey and her desire to help others publish their stories and the revelation that inspired her to start her own publishing company. You will see it in her divine new book, and in all of her dynamic books that have a purpose that is guided by God. Robin Manley is positively inspiring and Mother of the World had the pleasure of chatting with this empowering game-changer to discuss the challenges of family, marriage, motherhood, faith, and career.
Robin is a motivational speaker who speaks to groups, schools, church groups, and is often asked to be a panelist on forums that deal with topics dealing with relationship issues such as, date rape, domestic violence, self-esteem building, educational empowerment, and many other topics. Additionally, Robin is the host of the Relationship and You talk show which airs on the BFTM Christian Radio Network every Wednesday from 6-6:30 EST.
She writes, produces, and directs plays and often uses this creative talent as a means of delivering messages on the topics that she speaks about. It is Ms. Manley’s hopes to write, produce, and direct movies and films that will minister to those in need of solace, to encourage them to believe in themselves, and to inspire them to discover and reach their full potential in life. Robin Manley is a published author. To Hungry Souls Every Bitter Thang Tastes Sweet is Ms. Manley’s first novel. Ms. Manley in conjunction with her church is working on producing a movie based on her book. This book is based on Robin’s toxic marriage and was written to help men and women to see the things that they are doing which is causing destruction to the marriage. The book is laced with the Word of God, as it her desire to promote God’s Word in all everything she does.
Robin’s desire to help others publish their stories and revelation inspired her to start her own publishing company. She self-published her second novel, Entangled Again in the Yoke of Bondage, which was released June 2014. She self-published so that she could learn the publishing business and hopeful teach others to self-publish.
She is currently working on her third book Blind Fate, a romance novel which teaches many life lessons though the lives on the characters. Robin has also written many works of poetry and a few songs. She is prayerful that she will be a songwriter and produce good R&B songs for a Christian audience.
Robin was told many years ago that she has a prophetic gift and it has been confirmed several times, but she ran from this calling because she did not like the things she saw and heard. However, she is no longer running and finally sees what an honor it is to be chosen by God as his mouth piece. Ms. Robin Manley feels her biggest accomplishment is simply accepting God’s calling. She wants all the work that she does to advance the Kingdom of God in some way.
MW: Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a motivational speaker? Maybe someone who has been a mentor to you?
RM: People who know me will tell you that I never needed any influence to speak, if anything, I need influence to shut up. However, it one thing to rattle on and on about nothing or to talk about things that I want to see change, but am not being an influence to change. As I got older and began to mature, I realize that I talked a lot because I witnessed a lot and I did want to see things change, I was just speaking about things with not solution. After writing my first book (a book I never published), I realized that I wanted to use my experiences to help others. But how? I asked myself. Other than sharing what I went though, how was I going to help others? Well, I began to realize what helped me the most, or shall I say, who helped me the most. I was influenced most by the word of God and that word of God was taught to me by my pastor, Dr. Bernard Grant. The word he taught me, the push he gave me, and the confidence that grew in me, made me realized that all the talking I have always done was because God put it in me, I just had to use it the right way. I wrote my books to share my experiences and help others. I was then asked to speak about the books and my experiences which led me to the service as a motivational speaker.
MW: How do you encourage creative thinking in your writing?
RM: As I mentioned before, I use my personal experience to write about, mostly. I often think about what I should have done and what other should do in a similar situation and I find a creative way to include it. Sometime I think about what I feel others need who are going through a similar situation as the character, such as laughter. Many time people need a good laugh, even in the midst of a bad situation, so I find a creative way for the character to laugh. I am currently writing a Romance novel in which the entire book is a work of my imagination. My creativeness stems from the desire to incorporate the word of God.
MW: How do you balance your faith and family?
RM: My girls, Jasmyne and Jerika, and I attend church together, so they are easy. My mother grew up in a very Godly family, so there’s not much imbalance there. Other family members whom I am around during family gatherings are aware of my devotion to the Lord, and because being a loving family is important we respect each other’s faith.
MW: How do you encourage others to follow their dreams?
RM: As a writer, I am always telling people that we all have at least one story to tell and there are many ways to tell it, book, songs, poems, skit, plays, etc. I even started a publishing company and production company and I help plenty of people pursue their dreams of writing, acting, or other aspects of the film industry. However, not everyone has a dream to write, act, or be a part of the film industry, so I use my dreams and my aspiration towards them as a spoken testimony about following ones dreams.
MW: What is one characteristic that you believe every writer and public speaker should possess?
RM: When I think about characters in the Bible, I think about Joseph and his integrity and how even ending up in prison, he kept his integrity and began the ruler over the prison. I think integrity and faith in God will put us all in an honorable position, if we keep out faith in God.
MW: What is the biggest challenge you have ever faced in your life? How did you overcome it?
RM: When I realized that I was in a loveless marriage and that I was unequally yoked, I thought I was facing the biggest challenge- raising my girls alone. It too realizing that my real resource to survival was not my husband, friends, or even family. The source I needed was God. When I realized that God was my the one who was lining up all the sources and that once I stop relying on everyone else and depend on God, things began to improve. Often we say we trust God, but we depend on everyone else. We either trust our faith, but we have to put our trust in God. We have to learn to know when God is providing. We cannot reject the help he sends because our pride won’t accept help, then we continue to cry to God for help. We I began to let go and let God, my situation was better for me as a single woman raising to children, then it was a married woman with a working husband. Have faith in God and not just faith in your faith. Once I overcame my obstacles, I realized that I wanted to help others, I began to speak about my situation as a learning tool and not just hardship I endured. I began to talk about my huge character flaws that I needed to improve.
MW: What advice would you give to someone going into writing, public speaking, or desire to have their own radio show?
RM: If you want to write, just start. Journal about your day if you need a jump start. Write every day. The more you write the more you become accustomed to writing and the more you will want to write. If you want to become a published author, decided what message you want to spread.
If you want to speak publically, practice privately. Study proper grammar, posture, and message you want to share. Speak at small functions in order to get use to speaking in a crowd. Say the grace at the dinner table, make announcements at church or other functions, become the spokesperson in study groups, or plan and host private events in order to gain experience.
In terms of having a radio show, things aren’t like they use to be, anyone can do radio, especially internet radio. I suggest that you carefully plan your show. Decide what your main focus will be, make sure you have enough topic and subtopics, you don’t want to do one or two show then feel you don’t have anything else to say. It takes some time to generate a following, to be prepared. Find topic that interest people and not just topic that interest you. Build your following by using social media.
MW: What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow as a writer, author, speaker, and radio host?
RM: I am working on book 3 and building a film industry. I have begun posting mini skills on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites. I am doing this to build a following, so when I start producing movies I will have people interested in supporting my company. Due to my job, I took a break from radio, other than being a quest speaker for another show. I learned that one way to success is by helping others. I learned from Dr. Grant to “sow were you want to go,” so I help others who are doing what I want to do. I have a lot of friends who are writing books, I broadcast them on my Facebook page. I have purchased so many books from other writers and have even called on them to speak at a program. I am encouraged through my local library called Writer’s Fellowship. This helps them not only promote their books, share what they know about writing, and becoming published with future authors, but it also gives them the opportunity to begin developing their speaking skills.
MW: What one word would describe you for 2016?
I am passionate about doing what God called me to do. Spreading God’s word though skits, plays, books, and though motivational speaking is a awesome position to be in.