About - J. Richard Byrd
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886403_10151952133944847_397396182_oHi my name is J. Richard Byrd. I am a father, husband, church launcher, entrepreneur, musician, and marketing consultant.

I am the author of several books most recently ByrdOlogy.

This is my personal blog. It is focused on “Being Bigger – My mission is to help leaders especially preachers to leverage their God-given platforms. As a result, I write on personal development, leadership, productivity, platform, systems, and publishing. I also throw in a good mix of social media tactics and technology. On occasion, I write about stuff that doesn’t fit neatly into one of these categories.

This blog is for the leader/entrepreneur that is looking for a systematic way to do business and stay integral. I am a minister and entrepreneur and sometimes finding the right balance is hard. In this blog you get to watch me work through those issues.

If your goal is to Think Bigger – Be Bigger and Do Bigger Things —then this blog is for you.

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Ultimately this blog is my rantings and ravings as I try to figure out my purpose in life. Sometimes irreverent, it is still relevant to the duality of the man.

I am currently certified in the following digital marketing disciplines —

For Speaking Opportunities please see my Speaking page

The Entrepreneur

The Entrepreneur

J. Richard Byrd is a man that loves God, music, and business. He is a highly sought after consultant, speaker, and business coach, specializing in urban marketing, business development, leadership, and church growth. He has served as a guest lecturer, panelist or workshop facilitator in such prestigious places as, UCONN, Boston College, Eastern Ct State University, St. Joseph’s College, and Wesleyan University.

His company, The ByrdOlogy Group, LLC (formerly RealSource Marketing) has designed and consulted some of the largest ministries and companies in the country, such as, Yolanda Adams, Crystal Aikin, JaRule, Common, Rev. Charles Jenkins, Stephen Hurd, Lady T’Mil, Dr. Jamal Harrison-Bryant, Dr. Rita Twiggs, Rev. Tony Lee, Dr. Frank M. Reid III, Ja’Rule, William Murphy, BlackGospelPromo.com, The Joint College of Pentecostal Bishops, Bishop J. Delano Ellis, the late Bishop Kenneth Moales, Bishop Iona Locke, Dr. Cindy Trimm, Bishop Clifford “Technorev” Frazier, and Pastor AJ Wright, just to name a few.

It is as a business man that Mr. Byrd has garnered some of his greatest accomplishments. As a principal and COO of the Walker Group of Companies (an entertainment and real estate powerhouse), Mr. Byrd has worked with and advised some of the greatest legends in the entertainment industry, including, Jamie Foxx, Africa Baambaataa, Dr. Bobby Jones, Donald Lawrence, rapper DMX, Hezekiah Walker, Freddie Jackson, Dr. Shirley Caesar , Twinkie Clark, Forbes Magazine, Foxwoods Casino, and many more.

Mr. Byrd’s past and present clients have garnered over 19 platinum, 40 gold records, and millions of dollars of sales. As an associate producer of the Dr. Bobby Jones Gospel, Live at Foxwoods Series, as seen on the Word Network, Mr. Byrd’s television work can been seen in over 54 million households across the US.

His clients have been on the Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Late Night with Jimmie Fallon, Headline News, Essence, Billboard, Gospel Today, GospelFlava.com and XM/Sirrius

Mr. Byrd is an accomplished composer and songwriter whose credits include scoring plays and musicals across the country. Mr. Byrd has performed for heads of state and many luminaries.

The Minister

The Minister

Let’s see\\– April 2011 My wife and I along with a great team (still looking for team members) launched The Experience Charlotte church plant. This will be the biggest venture I have ever undertaken. In January 2012 I became an ordained elder. So I guess I am legitimate, although I still feel inadequate for this responsibility.Whew that is a lot.

As I stated before I am married to a wonderful woman, Yvette Byrd. I am the father of 5 boys and 3 girls we have adopted in to the family. We are an eclectic and zany bunch of people. Everyday I find more and more of myself in my boys and I want to personally take this time to apologize to my mother. If I was half as crazy as my kids, I know I gave her a run for her money.

I didn’t aspire to be a pastor. I have been in churches all my life, and spent a lot of time with pastors . Believe me it was not my first calling or, so I thought.  There has always been a burning deep in my belly that told me this was the avenue that I should take. I remember as a little boy, I would preach to the weeds and grass in the field in front of my great aunt’s house. I guess you can say the seed was planted.

My first thought was to write about the many accomplishments I have been blessed to receive, or to discuss the absolute failure I have been in many areas of my life. When it is said and done, I think what really does describes me. In fact, I think that describes a lot of people I have come in contact with over the years. Successful and failures. Oh, how you have to love the ironies of God. In a nutshell, I have been up and I have been down, I have been to jail and I have run multi-million dollar corporations. I’ve sat at the table with killers and I have sat at the table with billionaires.

You know what? People are people. We all have issues. I may have more than most. But if you are willing to follow this imperfect man with issues as I follow Christ; then I welcome you into the family. The opinions on this page are my own and as such should not be considered the gospel truth. These are my unfiltered thoughts about life, leadership, children, ministry, and just trying to stay sane in an insane world.

More importantly, I love God, I love my wife, and I love my family.