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How To Build A Great Powerpoint For Your Volunteers
February 4, 2010 – 4:39 am | One Comment

Guy Kawasaki put together a set of guidelines for using PowerPoint several years ago. While focused mostly toward startups doing pitches to venture capitalists, I think these rules can be used for leaders that cannot …

Suggestions For More Effective Volunteer Meetings
February 3, 2010 – 4:27 am | Comments Off

Here are some tips that I have learned over the years that help leaders have more effective volunteer meetings. I hope you find them as useful as I do:

Create a meeting agenda – this keeps …

Quarterly Meetings Are Important
February 2, 2010 – 4:06 am | One Comment

Having a quarterly meeting with your volunteers is essential to team growth and dynamics. Why? Several reasons:

You are able revisit your ministry vision and purpose
You can review what the team accomplished over the last …

Too Many Meetings
February 1, 2010 – 4:17 am | 2 Comments

Most volunteers have a limited time to give per week. Why is it that some leaders schedule too many meetings? I think there are a few reasons:

Leaders are not sensitive to the busy schedules of …

Volunteers need a tour guide, not a travel agent – walk with them
June 2, 2008 – 8:00 am | Comments Off

A travel agent hands you an airplane ticket and some things to do; a tour guide gives you an experience. Which one best represents you and your staff? If your staff are travel agents, they …

5 Things Volunteers Wish Their Staff Knew
June 1, 2008 – 6:30 pm | Comments Off

In the spirit of the last series, 7 Things Your Church Staff Wish You Knew, this is a new series from the volunteer perspective. We’ll spend the next two weeks looking at some topics that …

Leadership Development in Service Teams
November 12, 2007 – 7:38 pm | Comments Off

Bootstrapping Your Service Team
Starting a new service team is often an easy step – you see a need and you fill it. The problem that most leaders face isn’t starting, but successfully bootstrapping a service …

Leadership Development in Small Groups
October 28, 2007 – 6:12 pm | Comments Off

I was recently asked by a reader what leadership development within an affinity team, such as a college ministry, might look like. Let’s consider an approach that can be adopted by those managing a more …

Leadership Development: First Steps
October 21, 2007 – 6:29 pm | Comments Off

Now that you have learned about the staircase method of leadership development, and have seen examples of this in action, now it is time to start taking your first steps. We want to identify three …

New Website: WhatYouDoIsWhatTheyHear.com
October 17, 2007 – 10:51 pm | 2 Comments

I have rolled out a new website called WhatYouDoIsWhatTheyHear.com that features some of the principles from the recent post with the same title. The purpose of the site is to provide a simple page for …

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