I am an entrepreneur who will help you move your online platform forward
You know the challenges that exist in communication and marketing. The budget is small, resources are few and the timeline always seems to be urgent. You have been given the task of communicating your organization’s mission and values yet it seems you are constantly relegated to updating the website and providing last minute print design.
You are not alone. As a matter of fact, I sat in a room with my communication and marketing heroes and the problems causing them frustration were the same problems that cause you and me frustration.
My name is Dave Shrein and I help communicators develop confidence through practical training so they can experience the bigger results of effective strategy.
If you accidentally fell into your role of communications then your story is already similar to mine. Many small businesses and non-profits rarely hire a true “communication director.” They start out looking for someone to handle social media, email and a website and what they get is someone who realizes the gaps in the overall organization communication.
That is exactly what happened to me.
As communicators we encounter much resistant as we work against the current culture and seek develop a true strategy for our communications. We are learners and we continually seek out online resources and leaders to help us understand our jobs more fully and implement our plans more successfully. We are also frustrated when our work is ignored or disregarded.
The purpose of this website and my free marketing and communication email, The Communicator’s List, is to help you feel more equipped to effectively do your job and communicate with those you report to. You can count on the content of this blog to be well thought out, honest, authentic and transparent. As you finish every post you will feel more equipped to face your everyday challenges and pursue success in the midst of resistance.
You are here seeking to grow yourself as a communicator and it’s for this reason that I believe in you. It is my hope that you will give me the opportunity to invest in you everything that I’ve learned and share with you the little bit of wisdom that I have gained over the last several years of being a “DIY” communication director.
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I was born and raised in the great state of Arizona. While many who currently reside in Arizona were born elsewhere, I am one of the few who are native to the Copper State.
I have spent the majority of my adults years working in vocational Christian ministry. From 2002-2008 I worked at Grace Community Church working with college students as the program director for a department within the 3000+ member church. In 2008 I began working at Mountain Park Community Church where I am the Director of Communications and completed my time there in July of 2014.
During my time in vocational ministry I’ve developed proficient skills in graphic and web design along with skills in videography, photography, social media marketing, content marking along with many other new millennium communication strategies. As a result I operate as a freelance designer, leadership and brand development coach. I have worked with over 25 companies in a variety of capacities… each one has been a great challenge and very rewarding.
One of the most unique projects I’ve worked on has been shooting and editing mule training videos. That’s right, mule training videos. Steve Edwards, one of the worlds leading mule trainers, resides in Queen Valley, Arizona. Through a mutual friend I was connected with Steve and after working on several small projects he invited me to be his full-time videographer. I can honestly say that working with Steve has been one of the highlights in my young life and I cherish the opportunity I had to produce meaningful content in a surprisingly large community. You can find more on Steve Edwards at his website, mule ranch.com.
I have been married to my wife, Sondra, since 2006 and together we have two boys whom we love dearly. No matter how much work I take on or what projects I find myself involved in, Sondra and I have maintained a strong conviction that the second the family no longer gets my best, it’s time to change.
In my free time (again… HA!) I enjoy movies, both theatre and home presentations, following all Arizona sports – though I am most familiar with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Arizona Cardinals – and having adventures with my boys. I call them daddy son adventures.