Thankful | All About Helping People

Bring on the Thanksgiving posts! This year I have a lot to be grateful for. After suddenly being released from my job of six years with no warning, I hit the ground running in this new episode of life. I did so with the support of my friends and family… and an amazing community of people who wanted to see me succeed.

Today I kick off a series of posts about how thankful I am for my community of Twitter friends who not only are all about helping people, but came along side to help me specifically. There’s no one better to start with than my friend Jonathan Milligan… and as you read you’ll see why.

Thankful for the Blogger Who Helps People

When you’re a dreamer, pursuing your dreams can be a lonely pursuit because dreaming is dangerous. Dreaming leads you to do crazy things like quit your job, turn down promotions, sell your house, try and write a book… all sorts of goofy stuff. Unfortunately, too many have been spurned by dreams not becoming reality and thus give up on dreaming altogether.

In April of 2014 I began to consider what dreams I might want to accomplish. Because living the life of a dreamer is dangerous and lonely, I started looking for other dreamers who might want some company. There’s actually a term for this called mastermind. A mastermind is a group of individuals who have enough life in common to understand one another but are diverse enough in experiences to be able to help and encourage one another. While I was looking for my mastermind, Jonathan Milligan wrote an article talking about a mastermind he was a part of. I was intrigued.

I Reached Out to This Guy with 56K Twitter Followers

Imagine being in a stadium with 56K people all to see one person! That’s how many followers Jonathan has on Twitter. I reached out to Jonathan by sending him an email through his website. He emailed me back inviting me to do a Skype video to hear more about my story. I’m not sure what Jonathan saw in me that would compel him to spend an hour of time with me. Whatever he saw he found through my Twitter profile and my website.

Since that initial Skype call Jonathan and I have kept a good relationship. I’ve been privileged to attend some of his webinars and even purchased a product he created to teach others how create their own masterminds, the very reason why I reached out to Jonathan in the first place.

There’s Much Wisdom to Gain

Jonathan calls himself the Blogger that Helps People and it’s true. I’ve seen  his Twitter profile and he is constantly communicating with his followers offering advise or resources. I see a lot in Jonathan that I’d like to see in myself one day. I continue to read his blog and attend his webinars because I know his wisdom and insight into helping people will drip down to me.

When I was compiling my list of handpicked Twitter experts, Jonathan’s name had to be on that list. “The Blogger Who Helps People” agreed to participate and I am pleased to include our conversation in the guide! What Jonathan share is absolutely invaluable to anyone who is willing to dream and stare into the face of danger and then say, “let’s do this.”

Hosting the Certification Lab

I am hosting the Certification Lab hangout on September 4, 2014. Certification Lab is all about equipping church communicators. One way they go about making that happen is through a 2-Day Intensive Certification Lab with several national church communicators. The Lab is an intense workshop designed specifically for those who are new to the role of a church communicator.

The Certification Lab Hangout is an opportunity to hear from the speakers and get a feel for the type of content and information you would hear at the Certification Lab.

I have tuned in for the two previous lab hangouts and I have found them to be incredibly helpful. Even if you’re not considering attending the Certification Lab, attend this free, virtual hangout!

We go live at 1pm PT, 4pm Eastern. You can watch the stream above!

For more information on the Certification Lab and registration information you can visit the event page here!

A Practical Way to Use a Communication Volunteer

We often have a hard time assimilating volunteers onto a church communication team for one of several reasons:

  1. They need to be present in the office in order to accomplish the task
  2. They need to have specialized skills to run particular softwares
  3. They need to have time to dedicate to thinking on a plain beyond checking off to-dos
  4. They need to possess a discernment that cannot be taught

There are more, but I’ve found my main issues tend to be related to one of these. However, there is one way I have chosen to incorporate my volunteers which saves me hours a month and is not simply filing or accomplishing menial tasks.

Watch the video for a practical way you can begin using volunteers in your church communication department.

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