Hard to believe that my dad passed away three years ago today. Still doesn’t seem real. I think about him every single day and miss him terribly. I’m thankful to all of my family and friends for their love, support, and encouragement these past two years. I can’t imagine dealing with this without you all. The post below is something I wrote about a week after his death. I miss you Dad and can’t wait to see you again.
Last Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 is a date that will stay with me for the rest of my life. It is the day that my life changed forever. It is the day my dad left this earth to spend eternity in Heaven. And I will never be the same.
My dad was an incredible man. A hard worker. Always happy. Always smiling. He loved people and they loved him back. At his funeral I heard countless stories about my dad – some I had heard before and many I had not. It didn’t matter if it came from a high school friend, someone he went
When churches approach me about communication coaching, more often than not they are focused on the how – and that’s ok because how is crucial. How do we communicate to our people effectively? How do we use our tools like video, email, social media, etc….? How do we decide what to communicate and when? All good.
(Sidebar, looking at this image, I am SO JONESING for football right now. Fall can’t get here soon enough )
And I love to talk about that stuff. Huge part of what we do. But HOW is irrelevant if your WHAT isn’t on target. The first question has to be WHAT do we need/want to communicate? If one of your top 3 answers isn’t strategy, then you’ve got a problem, and you desperately need to keep reading.
One of the things that churches ask us about more than anything else is what they need to do to have great communication. Obviously that can be a long answer, but there are some keys that must be in place above everything else. Below is a quick video where I walk through the 8 Keys every church needs to put in place to have great communication. After you watch the video, I would love to hear from you in the comments below. Here’s my question for you: what is the single biggest challenge your church has when it comes to communication?
When you are the leader of an organization all the biggest decisions rest on your shoulders. But often times we overlook the fact that the WAY we make decisions and how we FOLLOW UP on them are just as important as the decision itself.
How many times have you found yourself on the defensive about a decision you have made for your organization? Here’s an even better question: how often have you found yourself in this position over a seemingly insignificant decision? Either way, the reasons for this are almost always tied back to communication. I see this issue way more than I should when I’m doing communication consulting and nothing can derail your momentum faster. So allow me to give you some practical tips on how to make – and stick with – big decisions.
With Easter just a few weeks away, I wanted to release this Big Event Coaching Video. Until now it was only for my clients and high level subscribers, but I wanted to take this opportunity to put it out there FOR FREE and make it available to every single pastor and church staff. Easter is too big of a deal not to put every bit of effort into it to make sure it is a moment you can grow through and grow from.
In this video I go over 6 KEY THINGS that you absolutely MUST DO to guarantee success now and in the future. Don’t be like 99% of churches – you’re better than that. In this quick video I cover 6 things including:
- Know WHAT you’re doing and WHY
- Decide up front how you will DEFINE SUCCESS
- Don’t let the TAIL WAG THE DOG
- DATA IS POWER, so how are you going to collect it and evaluate it
- How will you FOLLOW UP with all your guests, you must have a plan in place before the event
- DEBRIEF with your team so you can make adjustments and do even better next time
CLICK HERE to access the video. There is also an audio only version if you’d rather have that.