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Are You Being Heard? by Tanya Glass

All in one week I’ve watched a DVD on Systems by Andy Stanley which included bonus interviews with key people on his staff. The main theme:  internal systems and communications. I also read an article in Inc Magazine about “How to Communicate Better with Employees.” Immediately after reading the article I thought, what if pastors and leaders used these same techniques with their churches? Staff? Volunteers? Congregations? These are some portable principles from the article that I believe will help any leader. If you like the tips, read more here on Inc.com.

Create a Culture:

  • Schedule informal communication: for church leaders this can mean having conversations during the day or during the week that aren’t centered on “all things church” or to-do lists. It’s ok to relax and have fun – even schedule it!
  • Meet one-on-one:  Take a volunteer to coffee, play basketball with your student leader, go shopping with your women’s ministry leader. Be creative, be genuine.
  • Meet in groups: just before or just after an event is a great time to meet together and pray, play, and eat. Church folk love food, so if you get a group together make sure you’re prepared with even a little something. Take time to laugh, listen and lead.

Make sure Your Message is Heard:

  • Evaluate your own abilities: as a leader play to your strengths, delegate your weaknesses. Give others a chance to shine.
  • Sharpen your message: “People normally remember only three to five points from any communication. So keep it short and sharp.” If you are leading a meeting or a service, this is great advice for creating an outline people can retain and reuse.
  • Recognize good work:  Staff and volunteers are constantly exemplifying the “win” of the vision of the church. Draw attention to it and celebrate “the win” often. Andy Stanley’s, “Making Vision Stick” is a perfect tool for digging deeper into this principle.

What are some of your thoughts on creating a culture of communication where others feel heard?

Tanya Glass is an Editor and Research & Data Analyst for ImpelMinistry.com. Check out her personal blog TanLines. Follow her on Twitter here and friend her on Facebook here. She resides in Los Angeles, CA.

America’s Coolest Entrepreneurs Under the Age of 30

Inc. Magazine just released the 30 Top Entrepreneurs under the age of 30. Go check out their profiles and see what they are up to.

1. Aaron Ball – Borrengo Solar Systems

2. Sumi Krishnan – K4 Solutions

3. John Ready – Ready Seafood and Catch a Piece of Main

4. Brendan Ready – Ready Seafood and Catch a Piece of Main

5. Aaron Patzer – Mint.com

6. Chaim Indig – Phreesia

7. Evan Roberts – Phreesia

8. Aaron Levie – Box.net

9. Dylan Smith – Box.net

10. Claire Chambers – Journelle

11. Vu Thai – Efficient Lighting

12. Leanna Archer – Leanna’s

13. Bobby Kim – The Hundreds

14. Ben Shenassafar – The Hundreds

15. Rob Van Etten – Brighton Cromwell

16. Julia Alkire – Family Creations

17. Stephanie Goldman – Family Creations

18. Matt Mullenweg – Automattic and WordPress

19. Nick Friedman – College Hunks Hauling Junk

20. Omar Soliman – College Hunks Hauling Junk

21. Marc Lotenberg – 944 Media

22. John Bicket – Meraki

23. Sanjit Biswas – Meraki

24. Alyssa Rapp – Bottlenotes

25. Noah Lehmann-Haupt – Gotham Dream Cars

26. Keith Nothacker – KHN Solutions

27. Tina Wells – Buzz Marketing Group

28. Rachel Hollis – Chic Events

29. Rahim Fazal – Involver

30. Noah Horton – Involver