Thursday, September 29, 2016

Two Keys to a Powerful Event Part 2

 

In last week’s post I talked about a retreat that I led a couple of weeks ago in Lake Tahoe. (Not a bad place to suffer for Jesus. Check out my back drop…)img_1902img_1903Not so hard to bring women into communion with God in a place like this, right?! But I digress…

The event planners’ vision was Key #1 to making this a fabulous event, and today I want to share the second essential element.

Key #2–Prayer

The planning team had a group of about 10 women who started praying almost 9 months prior to the event. They had a prayer plan that included praying weekly together for common themes like unity for the planning team, common vision for the planning team, the retreat center, the details, the speaker, the hearts of the women who were coming….

I spent time with many of the women on the prayer team, and they were clearly prayer warriors, women who had cultivated the discipline and joy of prayer in their lives for years.

The whole team truly ascribed to this belief– “Prayer isn’t just the preparation for the work. Prayer is the work.”

I have to tell you, as a do-er rather than a be-er, I’ve had to be won around to believing this truth, but this event strengthened my conviction of the crucial nature of prayer even more.

As speakers, how can we encourage event planners to embrace these 2 keys– vision & prayer?

Well, it’s tricky. We want to be respectful of their authority and position while gently guiding them to create events with real substance, so I’ve been thinking about ways I can weave these keys into my interactions with event planners. Here are some ways I want to plant the seeds for vision and prayer in the future.

  1. Ask thought-provoking questions. I always start the conversation with an event planner by saying, “Tell me about your vision for this event. What are the outcomes God has put on your heart?” More often than not, she flounders a little at this question. The question itself is food for thought, though. From now on, I plan to follow up by telling planners about this event and suggesting that they write a vision statement for the event with their team that they can send to me. It’s true that their clarity of vision will help me as a speaker, but it will help them too. 🙂
  2. Be the model of prayer. In the past, I’ve asked for attendees names so that I can pray close to the event. Now, I’m going to ask them for prayer requests in the first conversation. Again, I can recount what I saw at the Tahoe event as an example of why I’m more determined to pray. Hopefully, it will be contagious!
  3. Offer extra resources. On my “For Event Planners” page (If you don’t have one, take a look at mine and add one to your website today. Seriously. Best, most time-saving idea I’ve ever implemented!) I have an article about increasing attendance. I’m going to look for some others that I can add that emphasize vision and prayer to make a whole section of excellent articles for event planners. Bonus for them and a way for me to softly influence their event.

Now I’d love to hear from you! What keys have you seen implemented to create great events? How have you been able to gently guide event planners to be intentional about their event?

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PS. I’m sure most of you are like me and hate the whole ministry and money tangle. Just wanted to share an article by Jon Acuff that I read today that is SO HELPFUL and provides a script for those awkward moments when it’s time to talk about your speaker fee. Click here to read it.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Do You Want Hands On Experience

 

Note: The application process for this internship is closed. If you’re interested, we’ll be looking for a new set of interns in 8-12 months. We’ll announce it here, so please apply next time. 🙂

I’ve gotten the best training from working with women in the trenches in every professional area of my life. When I was teaching, I learned much more from other mentor teachers than I ever learned in a college class. In ministry, I’ve learned the most by working alongside other women in ministry with more experience than I have.

That’s why I’m particularly excited to offer hands-on training to other women in ministry! Are you called to speak and write? Cheri Gregory and I are seeking interns to help us with our new Grit ‘n’ Grace podcast. It’s growing, and we’re quickly seeing that we can’t do it all ourselves.

internsHere’s what’s NOT required:

  • Prior experience or knowledge of podcasting.
  • Living near us. Work will be done remotely. (Cheri and I actually live on opposite coasts. Yeah for technology!)

Here’s what IS required:

  • A deep love for Jesus and His people.
  • Reliability.
  • Work ethic.

For more information about the podcast itself, click here.

Please email Cheri at cheri@cherigregory.com for all the details about the internships and application information, but you’ll receive top-notch training for speakers and writers in return for hours worked. I hope that I’ll be able to connect with some of you!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Two Keys to a Powerful Event–Part 1

Last weekend, I spoke for a retreat that was one of my top five favorite events in which I’ve ever participated. From beginning to end, it was a powerful, life-transforming time.

It has become a joke with my Proverbs 31 sisters that “I wish I had women crying at the altar” at my events. We have speakers like that on our team–women with a stirring testimony and the gift of evangelism. I’m not that speaker.

I’ve mostly made peace with that fact. Just like I want you to embrace the speaker you’re created to be rather than than the speaker you wish you were, I try to extend that grace to myself too. I’m more of a teacher than an evangelist, so tears aren’t the normal response to my messages.

This event was different, though. From the opening notes of the worship team, the presence of God was evident, filling the room. And there were tears. Copious tears–even after the first session that never inspires tears.

What was happening?

By the end of the weekend, the women were actually begging me to let them stop crying. That made me laugh! (A little sick–I know.)

I know it wasn’t me, though. I didn’t rewrite the messages to be more emotional. I didn’t add stories to manipulate feelings. I didn’t work to evoke tears.

God was powerfully at work in hearts that came to the event open to Him, and it was all because of the event planners. They implemented 2 keys that created an event where the power of God was unleashed.

Key #1– Strong Vision

Before I even had the first call with the event planners, Karen and Sheryl, they sent me a copy of their vision statement for the event. It was clear and detailed. The bottom line was that they wanted a retreat where every woman who attended would personally hear the voice of God.

I don’t think I’ve ever had event planners be so intentional about their vision.

When we talked, they carefully questioned me about my messages, selected several topics, and took them back to the team to pray over before choosing. It was important to them that my messages facilitate their desired outcome. During the course of the weekend, it was obvious that every moment was planned with the end in mind. The planning team put together a weekend with both teaching and silence so that women could hear from God.

Come back for Part 2 next week when I’ll share the second key along with how we as speakers can help less experienced event planners to use these two keys to create events that change people’s lives.

Amy

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

What Are Values Statements and Why Do I Need Them?

 

The writing process varies and is unique to each writer.  I do a lot of prewriting – thinking, journaling, jotting down thoughts all over the place in various notebooks or computer.  Then I take these thoughts and start giving them some kind of working title/subtitle, structure and direction.  Finally, I start writing a rough draft.

Your writing process may be different – and that’s great!  We need to find a process that works!  However, I highly recommend that whatever your process is that you take this one prewriting step of creating value statements.

What are value statements?  Value statements let your readers know the value to them of reading your book. 

There are two reasons value statements are important. 

First, for you the writer value statements provide direction when you’re writing.   They’re a bit like a very informal outline, or if you don’t like that outline word, they’re like a map of the main points of your book.

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Secondly, for the readers value statements communicate what’s in it for them if they read your book. They want to pick up your book, read the back copy (where value statements are often found), and have an idea if your book will help them.

Another way to identify value statements is to imagine your readers’ felt needs.  In other words what do they feel and what do they need?  Readers today are looking for results and for their needs to be met.

Let’s look at examples of value statements from one of Lysa TerKeurst’s books.

Note there are a couple of sentences of lead in, and then the bullet points below are the value statements. 

Example

The Best Yes:  Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands

By Lysa TerKeurst

(From the back copy of this book)

Lysa TerKeurst is learning that there is a big difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God.  In The Best Yes she will help you

  • Cure the disease to please with a biblical understanding of the command to love.
  • Escape the shame and guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no.
  • Overcome the agony of hard choices by embracing a wisdom-based decision-making process.
  • Rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your Best Yes today.

Now let me give you an example of the thinking process to develop a value statement.

I start with my title and subtitle, What a Husband Needs from his Wife: Physically, Emotionally and Spiritually, both giving me the main direction for my book.

Then I begin to think about some of the points I want to communicate to my readers about what a wife needs to know about her husband’s needs. I know many couples get hung up on the communication issue.

So I start with the word communication.  Then I ask myself: What does a husband need when it comes to communication and what does a wife need?

I answer: A wife and a husband both want good communication, but their communication styles are often very different from one another.  This difference often leads to conflict. 

Then I ask: Why does a couple need good communication in marriage?  Another way to think of this, So that what will happen?

I answer: A couple needs good communication so that they feel close to one another and connected. And it prevents fighting and conflicts. 

So now I write some lead in, and then I write a value statement based on answering these questions.

“Melanie will provide practical and biblically sound ideas to help married couples understand how to grow closer as a couple.  She will show you how to

  • Use communication tools to connect in a way that brings closeness instead of conflict.
  • Etc…

So, now it’s your turn! Use these notes and examples as guidelines.  Most books have 3 – 5 value statements.

I promise it is worth the time and effort to create value statements.  As you write your book, you’ll find value statements to be an invaluable map, pointing your writing in the right direction and providing a way for you to stay on course.  Ultimately, value statements help your book deliver the content your readers want and need.

Blessings –

Melanie

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

How to Find Your Purpose and Live It

 

I have a special treat for you today! My friend Christa Hutchins is guest posting about something we all wrestle with–purpose. She’s got fabulous advice, and there’s a special link at the bottom, Next Step readers. Make sure to read to the end and click over for two excellent resources Christa has to share with us.

Take it away, Christa!

I have a problem. I am an idea horder.  I collect ideas like little love notes and tuck them in my pocket.  I rarely experience writer’s block, or go through dry seasons of boredom and routine, because something new and exciting is always just around the bend.

Sometimes, all those ideas are too much.  I feel suffocated by the weight of deciding which ones to do and guilty over the ones I know I’ll never do. Raise your hand if you can relate?

When we are overwhelmed by ideas, we can use our purpose as a filter to turn the right possibilities into realities.  But what is my purpose?  What is yours?

Passion is easy.  Passion is what gets us up in the morning, keeps us up at night and makes us excited in between.  Purpose is what we are supposed to do with that passion.

As Christians, we love to quote Romans 8:28.  When we want to encourage someone going through a rough time, we may start with the beginning:

“ And we know that all things work together for good…”

If we want to feel super spiritual, we remember that it also says,

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God ….”

We often will forget about the end of the verse.

“ And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (NKJV)

Understanding that purpose is where truly effective ministry begins.  God has a specific plan for our ministry and called us according to His purpose. That purpose can be found at the intersection of your Why, your Who and your You.

Find Your Why

Your Why is the foundation of your calling. It is the thing that excites and energizes you. It can also be the thing that grieves you deeply. Either way, it motivates you to action.  Like Isaiah saying “Here am I, send me!”, you always raise your hand when you see a need in the area of your Why.

Find Your Who

Your Who is the group of people who need what you have.  Think of ones you are able to build special relationships with and who seek you out for advice.

Develop a very detailed picture in your mind of your target audience. Where are they? What are they doing right now? What makes them happy? What needs or issues do they have in their life? What is causing them pain or guilt?  Do they lay down at night feeling guilty because of what did or didn’t happen during the day? What tender spots can you touch in their lives?

Find Your You

How has God uniquely gifted and prepared you for this ministry?  Your You is the way you meet needs.    It may be uncomfortable, but take a close look at yourself and consider your life experiences, personality, practical skills and strengths and education.

As you work through these areas, common threads will run through them. You’ll find your purpose at the place where God ties the threads together and forms a knot in your heart.

Using Your Purpose as a Filter

Your purpose is not something to tuck away in a notebook or put on the About page of your website.  It’s not a marketing tool or even a motivational statement.

Your purpose should be your close companion as you grow and lead your ministry.  It guides you through the day to day decisions, conflicts, and experiences.

As you consider decisions and steps to take, filter them through your purpose by asking these questions:

Why:

  • Am I passionate about this?
  • Will it help me meet a need that grieves me?
  • Do I feel a deep, compelling desire to get involved?

Who:

  • Does this deepen my connection with the people I’m called to serve?
  • Am I doing this to serve my audience or to serve myself?
  • Will this allow me to reach people I could not otherwise reach?

You:

  • Does this make good use of my talents and abilities?
  • Does this help me acquire skills I can use to reach my audience?
  • Does this allow me to operate in my strengths? Does it build me up in my areas of weakness?

Filtering your decisions through these questions helps settle things in our heart.  It lends confidence for those difficult days when we question our calling.  And believe me, we ALL face those days. Many of them.

But when we do, our Purpose keeps us grounded in God’s plan and plants hope for the days of seeing that purpose fulfilled.

I’d love to give you some resources to help you dig deeper into your Purpose.  Visit this special page (http://doanewthing.com/next-step) I created just for Next Step Readers.

CHutchins HeadshotChrista Hutchins is a “doer-of-things” who provides ministry coaching, project management and administrative support for speakers, writers and ministry leaders. Her writing and courses provide practical insight into moving your God-sized dream from vision to action. Christa lives in South Louisiana with her husband in their delightfully empty nest, where you usually will find her with her nose stuck in a book or sipping on a triple tall, non-fat peppermint mocha.
Connect with Christa at www.doanewthing.com, on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/doanewthing)
and on Twitter (https://twitter.com/mckdbooks).

 

 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Question I Get Asked Most

There is one question that I’m asked most both here on the website and when I interact with speakers at She Speaks. They want to know, “How do I increase my speaking opportunities?”

It’s such a great question, but it has such a long answer. I want to help answer it today by reposting a series that my sweet friend Tracie Miles wrote for Next Step years ago. Today, I’m reposting the first of the series, and there will be a link at the end to access the series in its entirety.

If you’ve had the most-asked question, you’re going to LOVE this, and even if you’re down the road a bit, the series will be a great refresher! Take it away, Tracie!

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Doesn’t the term “marketing your ministry” sound crass, or too business like?

Isn’t ministry supposed to be about spirituality and walking through the doors that God opens? 

Isn’t marketing typically done to try to make ourselves known, raise our platforms, increase business, or just make more money?

Is trying to market my ministry a prideful or ungodly thing to do? 

The above questions are ones that most new speakers struggle with as they face the challenge of balancing their desire to speak, versus the fear of being prideful and self promoting.  I know this first hand, because I struggled with that balance when I first felt called into speaking about five years ago.

Even though I felt sure of God’s call on my life to be a speaker. I vividly remember wondering how in the world anyone was going to know that I existed. I also remember wondering why in the world anyone would ever consider hiring me as their event speaker!

However, my ambition and desire to do God’s will was stronger than my insecurities, so I took the plunge and embraced the mindset that if God had planted this dream in my heart,  that He would bless my marketing efforts to move forward with it!

So I began to take some baby steps – such as creating my own website through Yahoo, developing a brochure, a business card, and a promotional postcard, and formulating a mailing lists/database which I compiled from addresses on the internet.

We often fear that through intensive marketing, we will be overstepping God’s will, pushing our name, and trying to make our own paths.

Although these are valid and normal concerns for someone whose heart is sold out for Christ, I believe that God encourages us to invest in ourselves, just as He invests in us.  When our investment pays off, He gets all the glory. As long as we keep pride at bay, we can feel confident in pursuing God’s will.

Think about it this way.  It does not glorify God for us to acknowledge the spiritual gifts that He has given us, and even be thankful for them – but then never use them.

God desires that we use our investments wisely – just like the parable of the five talents in Matthew 25 . Although the word “talents” in the parable is referring to money, you can obviously extend the meaning to other areas as well. If you still have concerns, or even if you don’t, I want to encourage you to take some time to read over that parable in your spare time, and pray about how GOD is calling you to begin investing in YOU.

Now that I have dispelled the myth that you can’t invest in marketing your talents, I want to spend the rest of this marketing series giving you some tips on building your speaking ministry from the ground up.  —Tracie Miles

 

To read the rest of the Marketing Your Message series, click here.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Finding the Up-Sides to Failure

As I sat down to write today, I realized that something rare is happening. I. Have. No. Words.

It’s been one of those weeks with high highs and some low lows. God is doing a work in me, but it’s left me feeling tired and stripped. It’s days like these that I have to ask myself, “Is ministry worth it?”

Earlier today, God reminded me that the answer is always yes because of Jesus. And He reminded me that He has a sense of humor because He used the words coming out of my own mouth to do it.

Today I’m out of wisdom and lessons, but a month ago when I recorded Grit ‘n’ Grace, the new podcast that I co-host with Cheri Gregory, I had a lot of truth to share that I needed to hear (and live) today.

True confession: I actually yelled, “Shut up!” (in the mean way not the funny way) at myself as I listened the produced version. It hurt so good, you know?

So instead of new wisdom, I’m going to share words from a month ago that sank into my heart again today. Here’s a little glimpse of what’s included.

  • It’s actually scriptural that ministry stinks sometimes.
  • Why writing a book has been the hardest journey ever for me.
  • A new (genius) view from Cheri about how to see failure.

Click on the graphic below to listen. (Also I’d love your feedback. Is there anything you’d like to hear Cheri & I process? Anybody you’d like for us to contact for an interview?)

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Openings, One-Sheets, and On a Mission

Happy Thursday, friends! I’m a little late with the post this week since I was in Charlotte celebrating the release of Lysa TerKeurst’s amazing new book Uninvited. I’m going to answer a couple of questions from readers, but make sure to read to the end for a little more info about the excitement of yesterday and directions to a GIVEAWAY.

Question #1: Do you always begin your opening with a personal story?  I know they are extremely effective, but since I am doing 3 different messages for the same group, would opening with a story become too redundant and predictable? 

I usually do open with a story, but rules are made to be broken. 🙂 When I listen to Lysa TerKeurst, who is an incredibly effective speaker in every way, I always laugh because she breaks all the “rules” I put on myself. What I mean is that she doesn’t use a formula, but nobody would argue with the power of her messages.

Following Lysa’s example, I’m trying to become my creative which means that I can’t follow Andy Stanley’s message outline every single time! (You know I love his book Communicating for a Change but still.) Here are my thoughts about messages at a retreat… I would definitely start the first message with a story. That will allow the audience to connect with you right off the bat, but feel free to change things up in the following messages.

Try it and tell us how it goes. I’m cheering for you!

Question #2: I am wondering, as I am mentally planning to come to She Speaks 2017 with a Book Proposal…..  Do Authors proposing books need a One Page for their Publisher Appointments?

I’m truly impressed that you’re planning ahead to summer 2017! Working ahead like this will keep the pre-conference stress level low and position you for your best publisher appointments.

Yes, I’d create both a one sheet and a book proposal. The one sheet  will give you a concise summary of your proposal to give an editor in the appointment, and then you’ll have the complete proposal to send digitally if they ask for it. I’m not positive about this, but from what I’ve heard, most agents and editors aren’t taking full copies of proposals at the conference because of shipping, etc. Double check that advice when you register, though.

An important piece of advice about She Speaks: Registration for She Speaks 2016 was full a month from the time registration opened. It was a record! We also had over 1000 women on the waiting list at the time of the conference. If you are planning to go to 2017, you’ll need to register early. It usually opens late Feb or early March, but you can also usually enter your email on the site in January to get a notification of when registration opens. I hope to see YOU there next year!

Finally, it’s an exciting, exciting week!

Yesterday, Lysa’s new book Uninvited launched which I’m jazzed about for two reasons. First, it’s a truly tranformative book, and Lysa has leveraged her most vulnerable writing for the most powerful change in us. You’ve got to get a copy.

The second reason I’m so excited about the book is that Lysa is giving every cent of the profits to the work of non-profits, including Mission India. Our P31 International Initiatives team and I went with Mission India in April to see the work they do through literacy classes, and Lysa is sponsoring ten of these life-changing classes.

Uninvited: Mission India from Proverbs 31 Ministries on Vimeo.

Here are a couple more things to check out as you leave:

Click here to go to my personal blog to enter for a GIVEAWAY of Uninvited.

Click here to watch a video about Mission India’s literacy classes.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

An Announcement and Some Encouragement

 

Hi, friends! The month of July was crazy with travel, family activities, and She Speaks, but now I’m happy to be back with YOU. Thanks for hanging in there with me while I took a little blogging break.

I’m coming back with the best of news. Next Step is adding a coach!

My friend Melanie Chitwood is joining me to help those of you working on writing projects. You can click here to find out about her background and click here to read about her editing services.

Here’s what my friend Wendy Pope has to say about Melanie:

“Melanie has such a sweet spirit and a special gift of exposing the strengths and weaknesses in your writing. She is a wordsmith who will tenderly help you craft your message with excellence. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to work with her!”  ~Wendy Pope, Proverbs 31 Ministries Speaker and Writer

If you are interested in Melanie’s writing services, she’ll begin doing FREE consultation calls next week. Simply fill out the Request Information form by clicking here to schedule a conversation with her.

Melanie was always the friend I gravitated to at She Speaks when I first joined the P31 team, so I was delighted to have her back there with me this year. Here we are goofing off in the photo set.

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Out of the tenderness of her heart, she typed out a post for you as soon as she got home. She’ll be posting writing tips each month, but for August she shares some great advice about getting past being overwhelmed after a conference.

Take it away, Melanie!

What to Do After You Return Home

Many of you stopping by Next Step this week will have just attended the amazing Proverbs 31 She Speaks Conference, a P31 conference held once per year for aspiring Christian speakers, writer and leaders).

When you come home from this conference (or any kind of retreat or conference), sometimes your feelings and thoughts will be all over the place.

You’ve been filled up with such good teaching, ideas, and plans!  At the same time now you’re back home where the messy house and the piles of laundry are making you anxious.  And responsibilities of kids, hubby, and work are pulling at you.  Maybe some of these feelings ring true to you.  You’re….

  • Exhausted
  • Excited
  • Eager
  • Overwhelmed
  • Confused

We understand!  We both have been attendees and have been ministering at a variety of events for years – and we still get some of these feelings!

We’d like to make some post-conference Next Step suggestions for you. 

Take a deep breath and exhale. 

Literally do that right now.

Realize you don’t have to figure it all out today, right now.  You don’t have to map out your whole ministry plan today.  You don’t have to figure out how your ministry is going to come together, all while balancing your other responsibilities. You’re going to get there, one step at a time.

You’re not going to miss out on opportunities.

You’ll start to hear about the direction other women are headed in ministry.  You’ll hear about others’ blog posts and websites and speaking opportunities and book contracts.  You might start thinking, I’ve get to get on it or I’m going to miss out. 

No, you won’t.  You won’t miss out on God’s assignment because we know you have a heart longing to obey God.  Otherwise you wouldn’t be worrying about all this!

You are not going to miss out on God’s assignments for YOU.  Open doors will come at the right time for you and the ministry God has called you to.  Ecclesiastes 3: 1 promises us, “There is a right time for everything.”  Trust Him with the timing as you seek Him. 

Seek Jesus. 

That’s the bottom line. 

And that’s your NEXT STEP.   As you seek Jesus, ask Him to show you just the next step.  And then obey.  Whatever that is.  And then ask Him for the next step, and the next.  You don’t want to run ahead of God in your own efforts, and the converse is also true: you don’t want to lag behind out of disobedience.

God knows your heart.  He’s got you.  He’s the best partner you could ever have.

We’ll continue to blog about taking one step at a time in the ministry God has called you to.  We look forward to your feedback, questions, and comments on our blog.

Melanie

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Monday, June 27, 2016

How NOT to Drive an Event Planner Crazy

To get ready for my breakout session at She Speaks this year, I’ve been asking speaker friends like you to share your creative ideas for adding value to your events. It’s been great to get your feedback!

Last week I suddenly realized that I hadn’t tapped an important group for the information I was seeking–the event planners themselves. I figured it would be valuable to hear what had been important to them instead of just shooting in the dark for what might be important to them.

Duh! The responses I got were so enlightening!

In reading the lists they sent me, though, I realized that I’ve probably been one of the speakers that tends to drive event planners around the bend. I’ve never meant to be the vehicle to crazy-ville, but I probably have been. I realized that I do really well on some points but that in my heart’s desire to avoid being the diva speaker, I actually haven’t given them enough information.

Here’s an example…

When I arrived to one particular event, I realized that I needed a couple of things. I needed the wireless internet passcode, and I really needed the stage rearranged. It was set up with one of those humungous podiums in the middle and musician’s equipment close to it on both sides.

What to do?

I had to ask for the passcode since I needed it for the book table, so the event planner scrambled around asking about a dozen people before she found it.

By that time, I felt so bad that I didn’t want to bother her with the stage layout, so I didn’t mention it. That seemed like the right thing to do until an attendee afterwards said, “I felt so sorry for you up there. You looked so STUCK!” Oh, dear. I thought I hid it well and compensated, but the truth was that I felt so stuck!! I like to move around and hate to stand behind a podium, so I had been completely miserable while I delivered my message. Evidently, it showed. 🙁

One of the event planners listed both of those things as details she wants to know ahead of time, so I’ve developed a new tool to share with you. Click on the image below to see my new “Details for Amy” doc.

Details for Amy

I don’t want to lead with my “list of demands”, so I’ll send this as a follow-up to event planners after we’ve talked personally. I want to first load her up with my heart for service and warm-fuzzies so that she understands this is to be a help and to make the day of the event as smooth as possible. (You’ll also notice that I worked to make it look cute, warm and a little fun. Graphic design is a beautiful communicator.)

Feel free to make your own version of this doc if you think it would be helpful to you!

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This will be my last blog post until August. July is crazy-busy with She Speaks prep, so it’s a non-blogging month.

Would you help me to a make a decision by giving your honest feedback? I’m thinking about taking my “Added Value:Giving Your Events More Than Just Enough” as a webinar in the fall. Would that be a topic that would interest you? Would you be willing to make a small investment in your ministry to be part of it? Be honest–I promise you won’t hurt my feelings!

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