It’s great to meet other people and see other ways to creatively solve problems. The timeline is perfect, a few days at a time to “refresh.” It was a blend of tangible solutions, time to reflect and incredible nuggets to apply. Amazingly helpful.
Training, recruiting, drafting, hiring, firing, strategy, salary caps, negotiations, therapy, injury, rehab, teamwork, loyalty, dedication, concessions, time-outs, PR, practice, game time, pressure, winning, losing, trading, play books, game films, fans, owners, competitors, haters, trainers, discipline, fatigue, adrenaline, action, downtime, bad calls, lucky breaks, victory and defeat.
All of the above and then some.
I love the NFL. And, I love my life. And, I love that coach gave me a bye week.
I’m headed to Wisconsin with family to eat cheese curds, golf, hike and spend some time with the Green Bay Packers at training camp.
See you after this commercial break.
- Communications Coaching Network | Fall 2014. Once or twice a year, I host a coaching network for a very small group of communication professionals (no more than 12). We band together for a short, intensive learning journey over a few months.
- If you’re interested in being a part of this network, submit an application soon (there are only
fourthree spots left).
- We’ll be meeting three times: Sep. 18-19 | Oct. 29-30 | Dec. 3-4.
- FYI—100% of the alumni who have participated say it’s well worth their time and money.
- Feel free to reach out to anyone on this alumni map if you have questions.
- Tip: be sure to take a look at the executive pastor and connections coaching networks happening at the same time.
Surprisingly, people don’t have passion for knowledge but passion for ignorance.
There is no such thing as ‘society’ — only individual men, women and families. There is no such thing as society; there are people.
Don’t you hate manipulative, self-important headlines like that?
(Yes, I do. I really, really do.) Yeah, me too. But, I click them all the time. If you’re reading this, I have a hunch you do, too. Anyway, I’m glad you’re here.
(Alright. Since you’ve got me here. Answer the question. Where have you been hiding? I haven’t seen or heard anything from you in, like, for-eva.) I haven’t been hiding, but that seems to be the theme of the most-frequently asked question I get these days: “What happened to you? Where have you been?” Here. I’ve been right here.
(Can’t you at least keep me in the loop with some social media love?) One of the ingredients in my recipe for life is variety. Sometimes I feel like being social and sometimes I don’t. Like a little hedgehog, I take a social media hibernation every once and awhile. If it’s good enough for a hedgehog to conserve energy, reduce stress and renew focus, it’s good enough for me. I’ll see you online—sometimes. Sometimes, I won’t.
(Are you still speaking or teaching workshops?) When life leaves the margin to take on the extras, I do. When my dance card is full with responsibilities at home and with my team here at Granger, I say no to the extras. My frequent-flier miles are at an all-time low right now, but I’m still committed to share what I’m learning to help equip and encourage others when and where I can. If you’re looking to connect, here are a few upcoming dates I’ll be available.
- Webinar Q&A | Aug. 28. This is free, but you’ll need to save your seat. Tip: be sure to look at the list of other webinars on the schedule. I’ll be talking about communications, but other Granger team members are hosting webinars on different dates to answer questions about finance, HR, series development and service planning, guest services, kids ministry teams and more.
- Communications Coaching Network | Fall 2014. Once or twice a year, I host a coaching network for a very small group of communication professionals (no more than 12). We band together for a short, intensive learning journey over a few months. If you’re interested in being a part of this network, submit an application soon (there are only four spots left). We’ll be meeting Sep. 18-19, Oct. 29-30 & Dec. 3-4. FYI—100% of the alumni who have participated say it’s well worth their time and money. Feel free to reach out to anyone on this alumni map if you have questions. Tip: be sure to take a look at the executive pastor and connections coaching networks happening at the same time.
- Innovate Conference | Oct. 14-15. I’ll be on hand with the rest of the staff team at Granger to roll-out the red carpet for you. I’ll be leading a couple of breakouts. Bring your team. Let’s grab a cup of coffee. Tip: Granger is more fun to visit that you realize.
(Are you still blogging and writing?) Admittedly, my proverbial pen has a few cobwebs on it. But, I do miss writing. Hopefully, I’ll catch the wave and get back into my rhythm soon. But, in the meantime, here’s a few places I’ve contributed recently. Hope it helps.
- 25 Fear-Busting Tips To Help You Talk About Money In Church. White paper with Bill McMillan at RSI.
- 10 Things People Want To Know Before They’ll Give Money To Your Church. White paper with Bill McMillan at RSI.
- Does Church Marketing Still Suck? Guest post over at Church Marketing Sucks blog.
- The Abbreviated Communication Playbook. Article for Ministry Today magazine.
- Starting From Scratch. Guest author chapter in the Influence Lab ebook.
I think we’re caught up now. Enjoy your day.
- 1.5 seconds the amount of time you have to make a positive first impression.
- 2.5 minutes the average audience attention span (down from 12, then 5 in past ten years)
- 150 average number of times the average American checks his/her phone in 24 hour period
- 12 maximum number of words that should be projected on your screen at a time
- 100 percent of your audience will appreciate your speech ending on time
Be curious. Read widely. Try new things. I think that a lot of what people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity.
I’m sorry for my inability to let unimportant things go.
If you copy from one author, it’s plagiarism. But, if you copy from many, it’s research.