Are they tired of your narrative?

Most individuals, organizations, and companies underperform to their potential. Others miraculously live up to or exceed their potential. Why? Each tells a story every day and validates it with their actions. Their audience either likes that story (and repeats it) or they don’t. Take the example of Wal-Mart. Here’s their mission statement: “Wal-Mart’s mission is…… Continue reading Are they tired of your narrative?

The power of story

I’m spending the next week on the road for work, capturing stories from youth workers in their context. Here’s Ryan’s story. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXmprZuch3Y I first heard about Ryan’s story last year. We met for lunch and than later at NYWC. I love that his story is just like real life, full of ups and downs. Full…… Continue reading The power of story

Fear Makes You Stupid

Yesterday morning I woke up to the news of a massive earthquake in Chile. The world seemed to hold its breath and wonder how bad the damage would be. “If a 7.0 earthquake killed 200,000+ people and flattened Port-au-Prince, Haiti– what would an earthquake 500 times stronger do?” Those fears and concerns were legitimate. Fortunately,…… Continue reading Fear Makes You Stupid

Americans Love to Hate Winners

We have a fascination with the little guy. Foundational to American storytelling is the little guy overcoming adversity to make it big. Americans love happy endings. The movie credits roll when Rocky raises his fists to the sky. Or when the young lawyer wins the big case against the mean corporation. Or when the nerdy…… Continue reading Americans Love to Hate Winners

My Social Media Event Toolbox

Tonight I am packing for NYWC and I thought it’d be cool to capture a gear list. People see me running around and doing a lot of stuff, here is the equipment that makes it all happen. – Panasonic HD video camera (podcast footage) – Panasonic hand held camcorder (I take 2 of these, use…… Continue reading My Social Media Event Toolbox

Tammy

The other day I was driving our truck on the way to pick up Kristen from work. Megan and Paul were in a mood and bickering in the backseat. Among other things Megan was kicking the front seat, annoying my passenger while laughing when I told her to stop. Dave, our house guest, was being…… Continue reading Tammy

I Am Second

Talk about a site you need to check out. I am second may be the prettiest, most powerful site on the internet. What is it? It’s an online ministry designed around a powerful thought: If Jesus is number one in my life that means I am second. How does it work? There’s not a lot…… Continue reading I Am Second