An Rare Interview with Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling

Most of my readers will be very familiar with the classic TV series “The Twilight Zone.”  Rod Serling, the series creator is one of the most famous television writers of all time.  So when I found this interview with Mike Wallace, I thought you’d enjoy seeing what writer’s go through – especially since this was recorded before the enormous success of The Twilight Zone:

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Here’s How To Recruit Great Volunteers

Churches - It's Time to Step Up

When our team at Cooke Pictures works helping churches use media more effectively, one of the biggest obstacles we often face is the church’s attitude toward volunteers. Some church and media leaders think volunteers are too difficult to train, others think it’s a waste of time, and still others don’t see the impact a great volunteer team can have – particularly in media and communications. But one church – Celebration Church in Austin – led by Pastors Joe and Lori Champion have a

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Stop Taking Credit For Great Ideas

If You're Serious About Creativity

To become truly fulfilled in your career or calling, you need to answer one important question: Which is more important: Making your ideas happen, or taking credit for coming up with those ideas?  I know people who pounce on every opportunity to remind people they came up with certain ideas or projects. They’re willing to stop discussions, interrupt brainstorming sessions, and derail conversations, because they feel absolutely compelled to

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You Can’t Be a Leader Without Building Trust

When it comes to leadership and influence, we rarely talk about trust. When we do, it’s usually in terms of honesty and integrity. Questions like: “Can I trust you to honor your word?” or “Can you be trusted with finances?” usually come to mind. Those questions are important, but the truth is, trust is a far deeper issue, and when it comes to your team, employees, congregation, or followers, trust may be the single most important connection you can build. Especially when it comes to leading the next generation, to achieve connection, here’s four principles every leader and influencer should know:

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5 Reasons People Love the Chains That Hold Them Back

Leaders: I’ll bet you have someone in mind right now:  If he would JUST change his working habits, he could double his productivity. If she would JUST make better decisions, her life would change. If he would value his team more, they would help him break company records. If she would take the time learn the new software, her life would be so much easier. The list goes on and on, and I see it on a regular basis. So the question becomes, Why? Why are they

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Communicators: Words You Choose Are More Important Than You Think

If you’re a professional communicator, you need to understand just how much your word choices can impact perception.  Just look at how much the national conversation began changing when liberals started calling themselves “progressives,” or homosexuals started calling themselves “gay.”  In other places, writers and speakers began using “extremists” for positions never even considered extreme before.  Politicians casually call each other

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Video Notes for Missionaries

Don’t be clever with the camera. Make it work for you.

Today, thousands of churches send out missionaries – either short or long term – and ask them to videotape their work to show to supporters back at the home church. The problem is, most missionaries aren’t skilled camera operators, so the video that comes home is often jerky, badly exposed, with poor audio. Over the years, our team has helped train hundreds of missionaries in how to capture their work on video. But not every

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5 Things I Learned from the Bomb Squad Conference

I once had the incredible opportunity to speak into the lives of forty top Salvation Army leaders from the Eastern Territory of the United States. We talked about engaging culture in today’s digital age, developing great teams, and becoming more effective influencers. It was a terrific time. But during our sessions, we were next door to a law enforcement conference focused on men and women from bomb squads across the country. During the breaks, I had the chance to talk to a few, and learned some ideas that all of us could use in our own leadership:

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