4 Simple Ways to Increase Your Team’s Productivity

I’ve always wanted to believe that whatever I team I worked with was productive. I didn’t want an assembly line or a pristine environment where mistakes couldn’t be made; I wanted a place where ideas thrived, people liked working there, and everyone was clear about what was important.

Of course, a team like that does not come without work, listening, and a little bit of know-how. Today, I want to share a little bit of what I’ve learned about how to make your team more productive. Here is my advice: (more…)

4 Things They Don’t Tell You When Joining a Church Staff, but You Should Know Anyway

It’s been over three years now since I left corporate life to go work at a church. When I look back there are number of things that I knew were going to be different, and yet, there are some things that surprised me. Here are four things that I’d wish I knew before joining a church staff.

1. It’s so easy to go on autopilot.

Here’s the thing. The Sunday to Sunday cycle can be an easy thing to overlook. When you get in that cycle, it saves you from coming up with new ideas or approaches. The routine can be like comfort food. It seems good, but over the long haul it will hurt you. If all you’re doing each Sunday is putting the tape in and hitting play, then you you’re going to have issues.

Think of it this way, when someone hears and sees the same thing day in and day out, it begins to lose its effectiveness over time. In short, people stop paying attention.

In order to prevent this, think about setting aside once a quarter to do some deep thinking about what’s really working and what can be better. (more…)

Ask Darrel: How to Use Facebook Live for Your Church

Welcome to Episode 64 of the Ask Darrel podcast. On this episode we’re going to talk about Facebook Live and what it means for your church.

Facebook Live is here and I think it’s pretty good representation of the where social media is headed in the future. More and more we’re going to see social media networks push users to create more live content and move away from pre-canned content delivered via Hootsuite and Buffer.

So is this something your church should try? The answer is yes, and today we’re going to talk about best practices and why should try Facebook Live.

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Ask Darrel: Best Practices for Hiring a Freelancer

Welcome to Episode 62 of the Ask Darrel podcast. On this episode I’m going to talk about some best practices when hiring a freelancer.

Whether you’re building website, launching a new ministry brand or just needing a additional, freelancers are vital part of getting anything done. The question is, how do hire a freelancer, and make sure you got the right person? Today we’re going to be talking about best practices for hiring and making sure you and the freelancer you hire have a great working relationship.

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How to Find Your Blog’s Niche

The is the second part of series I’m writing on how you can start blogging. If you want to catch up, here’s the first post in the series.

We all want to think our blog is special. We want to think that what we’re writing is a cut above the rest and deserves everyone’s attention. Of course, getting that audience can be bit difficult, especially if you just relying on Google for people to find you.

Think about it, if you typed the term “blog” in Google you might be overwhelmed by the results. If you tried to narrow your results to specific blog category and typed in “vegetarian food blog”, you still might be surprised by the large amount of results. In other words, there are a lot of blogs out there. So how do you stand out?

The surprising answer to that question is that you stand out by going narrow. More specifically, you have to find your “niche”. A “niche” is a topic that your blog will revolve around. It’s what makes your blog different. The more narrow and unique the niche, the better chance you have of success. (more…)

Ask Darrel: Securing Your System

Welcome to Episode 61 of the Ask Darrel podcast. On this episode I’m going to walk you through how to secure your social media networks and online accounts.

Your going to be hacked. Okay, you may not be hacked. But at some point someone out there is going to attempt to hack your social media accounts. So how do you avoid the same fate as celebrities and other notable people who’ve gotten their Twitter and Facebook accounts hacked? That’s what we’re going to cover on today’s episode.

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Ask Darrel: Dealing with Being Overwhelmed

Welcome to Episode 60 of the Ask Darrel podcast. On this episode I’m going to walk you through how to overcome being overwhelmed at work.

It’s really easy to overwhelmed when you work for a church. You have multiple roles, high expectations and very little time to breathe and think about your work. Today, I’m going to talk about some of the key things that I have done to overcome stress and organize my work on a daily basis.

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