How To Sharpen Your People Skills When Working From Home

In my opinion, “people skills” are just (if not more) important than the skills it takes to do your job. Colleges and universities are filled with brilliant scholars who can’t get along with their peers, I find business leaders who are remarkably gifted, but make enemies at every turn. And even in churches, ministries, and nonprofits, if you can’t engage positively with your co-workers, things won’t end well. And it’s particularly difficult for freelancers and those working from home.  I worked for many years from my home, and know that social contact can get very sparse. We need to keep up our people skills no matter what our situation, so I asked freelance writer Jenny Holt’s advice, and here’s her thoughts:

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Remove Risk, and You Remove Great Performance

Stop Worrying About Risk and Start Embracing It

We hear a lot about “safe spaces” today, but the desire to avoid risk in life is found just about everywhere.  For university faculty members, “tenure” usually refers to job security.  Essentially, it’s about a senior professor’s contractual right not to be fired without just cause.  More directly, it’s a guarantee that a teacher won’t be fired for speaking out or teaching controversial ideas.  Essentially, the core values of tenure are academic freedom, and it’s supposed to give teachers an incentive to stretch their thinking.  However,

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The Thanksgiving Proclamation of Abraham Lincoln

Have you ever read the actual Thanksgiving Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln? This is the proclamation which set the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving. In a country that’s moving further and further away from the values and beliefs of it’s great historic leaders, it might be good to take a minute and read it over. It’s a good reminder of where great men and women of our past put their trust:

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On Thanksgiving Weekend: A Few Random Thoughts About Church

My father was a pastor, so I’ve been involved behind the scenes at church as long as I can remember. As an adult, I’ve been privileged to coach and consult hundreds of pastors on how to communicate their message more effectively – particularly when it comes to media. So as we come to the Thanksgiving weekend, I thought I’d just toss out a few thoughts about church today. Feel free to disagree or add some of your own:

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Is Your Church Creating Walls or Open Doors?

Our media and communications team at Cooke Pictures regularly works with churches and ministry organizations across the country, helping them communicate their message more effectively. In the process, we’ve discovered one of the biggest challenges pastors face: spending so much time focusing on new guests that they don’t realize they actually have a revolving door. In other words, people already there aren’t sticking around for long. Some pastors ask me, “How can I help close our back door?” So I asked our Lead Strategist at Cooke Pictures, Dawn Nicole Baldwin that very question. She’s spent her career helping churches communicate their mission more effectively, and has learned a thing or two about helping people go deeper. Here’s Dawn’s advice:

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