The Power of Being Brief

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I’ve written about this before, but until people get the message, I’ll continue to be a crazy prophet in the wilderness. Keep it short – please. I have a friend who can’t send an email less than 300 words. He feels compelled to add the backstory, all the details, the possible alternatives, and more. Even his simplest email drones on and on and on. I met with a producer recently who kept deviating from the pitch. He rambled on about

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The Influence Lab Is Taking Media Training to the Arab World

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This fall, The Influence Lab will be partnering with Bel Air Church in Los Angeles and Christian Vision to take a team of media professionals to one of the largest Christian churches in the Middle East to conduct a media training session.  As you can imagine for security reasons, we can’t be specific about the country or church, but they’ve asked us to help them use

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How to Help Your Pastor or Ministry Leader Catch a Vision for the Media

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Whenever I visit local churches, most of the time I’m faced with a frustrated local media producer who’s at his or her wits end. They’re usually good producers, often with extensive experience, plus a real calling to use media to take the gospel to the culture. But in nearly every case, he or she is either burned out, upset, or ready to quit.  Ninety percent of the time, I get the same response – “The pastor just doesn’t have a vision for media – especially television.” It also comes in numerous other laments, such as “Every time I try something new, the pastor hates it.” Or the tried and true:

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What Earbuds Keep You From Experiencing

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In traveling around the world, I see more and more people living their lives with earbuds in place. I’m a huge music fan, so I understand the joy of listening to music, or hearing a great lecture or teaching when I’m on a plane, walking around – whatever. But I’m seeing more and more people who rarely leave the house without them. If you’re one of those people, here’s a few things you may be missing in your life:

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Why Identity Politics is Killing Our Culture

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The world is convulsing with the debate about “identity politics” – so much so that it’s tearing the very fabric of our nation. It’s a complex issue so I’ll stick to a single aspect that impacts the greater culture: The desire to gravitate only to people identical to us. On many college campuses, people gather around their

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Why Aren’t You Taking Notes By Hand?

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In most meetings these days, I’m surrounded by people taking notes on a computer. In church, I watch people taking sermon notes on their mobile device. I’m not interested in being the note-taking cop here, but it may be time to face the mountains of research that indicates taking notes by hand increases retention, and helps you remember more. Don’t believe me? Here’s the opinion of

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