Random Video Thursday – Tripp and Tyler edition

Coming out you with another Random Video Thursday. This time Tripp and Tyler are in all the videos so be prepared to feel awkward, amazed, and stupid all at the same time…

First up a video from Catalyst East, a video about Andy Stanley:

Next up is a video from Catalyst West about a Q and A with Craig Groeschel, stinkin hilarious!

Another Catalyst West video (I promise this is not a Catalyst commercial! But you should go!). This one is really awkward with Donald Miller but great dry humor:

And finally…a series of that’ll leave a mark videos that were used at…you guessed it Catalyst East

How to be a professional speaker

Recently a friend of mine from Defender Ministries asked me what it takes to be a “professional speaker.” I guess I either know a lot about conferences or am just a conference junkie (I vote for the second option). Here is my response for anyone looking to do this:

First, I refer people to Michael Hyatt’s blog post about this: http://michaelhyatt.com/2009/09/so-you-want-to-be-a-professional-speaker.html

Granted, it is more for business people but you can still glean some good tidbits of information. Renown helps. If you look at people we have brought in or even the Catalyst conference. Almost every person has written a book or is just well connected, well almost every person.

Here are some suggestions:

1. Start a blog, be annoying on posting and linking to other blogs (Google ranks you higher when you are linked from other blogs and when you link other blogs to yours). Keep up on the blog, but make sure it is simple, can be subscribed to and is updated regularly. This is something I’ve been doing for a while check out some like:

Some good examples of well followed blogs are:

2. Get your book published and promote it by giving away free copies through Catalyst, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, etc to get exposure. Make sure it is listed on Amazon first so people can learn about it as well as on its own site. (i.e. http://www.defenderministries.com/amazingsuperawesomebookwrittenbycoolpeople)

3. Start small, offer to speak with accolades from others for free (just ask for travel money, or even give that for free). Offer to sponsor conferences with free swag.

Hope this helps someone.

I can do it better than you…seriously, I can.

I can do it better than you…seriously, I can.

This is a statement I am really trying to work on right now. I mean I know what I want, I know how I want it done, I know what the outcome will look like if I do it. Why should I take the time to teach, coach, evaluate, worry, stress, care, reason with, fail with anyone else? I’ve already been through that process and it drives me nuts. You probably won’t do it right anyways. Forget it, I’ll do it. Ya, that means I can’t spend time with anyone or study the Word or do what God told me to do right now. That’s ok…I can do those later.

But what about:

  • Looking prideful?
  • Being a control freak?
  • No one else learning how to do it?
  • Denying what God is telling someone else to do?
  • The way Jesus didn’t do everything?
  • Limiting your impact?

Lately I’ve been a perfectionist. I want everything on Thursday nights to be perfect. I want my meetings to have a perfect discussion (with only my ideas being accepted). I want events to go as planned, without any room for mess-ups…or improvement. I want people to stop bothering me so that I can get done what I need to get done perfectly.

As a leader, God presents what I’m really supposed to be doing:

[My] responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ, until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ (Ephesians 4:12-13, NLT).

Therefore, according to God’s Word, me being a perfectionist goes against my purpose as a leader. In fact, it doesn’t even fulfill my calling. Great. What do I do now? This sucks. (Seriously, that what I said!) I was then reminded of a quote from one of my ministry heroes Craig Groeschel,

If you delegate tasks you are developing followers but if you delegate responsibility you are developing leaders.

When you are a perfectionist and say “I can do it better” instead of equipping others you:

  • Lose hard working people around you. “Perfectionism isn’t attractive.”
  • Tell God that you are in control instead of Him.
  • Become stuck in a vicious cycle of you doing it instead of a happy cycle of others teaching others how to do it.
  • Tell people you know better than God what’s best for their life.
  • Ignore the fact that Jesus could’ve done it better…but He enabled others to do it.
  • Limit the influence your organization could have. Things stay small when leaders think they need to do it all (hey that rhymed!).

Here’s what Tony Morgan says about this:

When we choose to do it ourselves, we’re taking the easy way out. It’s harder to find someone else, train them, coach them and check up on them. In other words, we’re basically admitting we’d rather not do the hard work that could ultimately lead to better results.

I need to suck it up and do what God is telling me to do…the hard way. Then, I will be free to do what He is telling me to do.

I’m overwhelmed – no blogging for the next 2 weeks

I sat down this morning and a rush of exhaustion/stress/God/oh junkness/what do I do came over me! No blogging for 2 weeks! Please pray because I want to reach freshman more than ever before. I’ve seen too many go down the drain. Not anymore. But for those of you who want something here is what my firefox tabs are currently open to:

13 Tips To Be An Effective Communicator – Gotta learn to speak slower
3 Steps to Creating Momentum Right Where You Are – Value our community
Undivided – Gotta have something open by my boy Craig Groeschel
Yes, You Can Stay on Top of Email – Inbox Zero help!!!!
Get Shorty – The Elevator Pitch is Dead – Doing things shorter….YES!

Enjoy – let me know which one you liked the most.

Reaching Collegians

Craig Groeschel posted a new blog post today on the Swerve blog. (wow that was a redundant sentence!) It talks about how this generation that many seem to think are against Christianity are not. I’ve been speaking on a book titled UnChristian that talks about how 16-29 year olds feel about Christianity. The book is punch to the throat. But, as Craig talks about in his post, all hope is not lost. What do you think? Do you see this generation as falling away from God? What do we need to do in order to reach them?