Everything is Copy

Why You Need to Control Your Own Story

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There’s a fascinating documentary on HBO right now called “Everything is Copy.” It’s a film about the life of writer-director Nora Ephron, best known for her work on movies like “When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Julie & Julia,” which all explore how men and women relate to each other. She died from leukemia in 2012 at age 71, and the film is

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Are You Committing Adultery With Your Calling?

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Last year I was invited to speak at the Born to Win leadership conference at Impact Church in Jacksonville. The pastor of Impact is George Davis, who’s a very influential leader, and one to keep your eye on for the future. At the conference, the other speaker Pastor Davis invited was Sean Moore, pastor of Faith Christian Center in Phoenix. Sean’s message was brilliant. He asked an unusual question:

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How To Find Your Social Media Voice

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Finding your authentic voice in social media isn’t that different from traditional media. I had a client once who was a TV host. The problem was, as soon as the red light came on the camera, he became a completely different person. His voice got deeper. His style became bigger. He was more over the top. The problem was – that wasn’t him. Even his friends would tell him, “Stop using your TV voice.” But many of us do the same thing on social media. We try to

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Stop Trying to Be Original and Start Being Yourself

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I love creativity and think we should all be more creative. Some people think they simply aren’t creative, but the truth is, we’re all born with wonderful imaginations. Just put a group of toddlers in a room and you’ll see they’re all wildly creative. So everyone is born creative.  But something happens around elementary school that starts pushing that creativity to the back of the room.  But the more important question for today is, considering the millions of writers, artists, inventors, and filmmakers that have gone before us, can we actually be

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Is It Cowardly To Hide Your Identity Online?

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If you respond to blogs, news, and other online sites through a fake name, I have one question: Why?  What and why are you hiding?  Over the years, on this blog – as well as other places I write like Huffington Post, Charisma News, Christian Post, Fast Company, and others, I’ve discovered that the most venomous, nasty, and uncivil posts are almost always from people hiding behind a fake name. There’s simply no

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If You Were Given $10 Million, What Would You Do?

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I’ve started asking that question to my friends – particularly those in the ministry and nonprofit world. “If a donor suddenly stepped up and offered you a $10 million donation, what would you do with it?” I’ve been shocked at the number of people – even older, more experienced pastors and leaders – who have no idea. They’ve spent decades in ministry and yet can’t really express what

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What’s Your Opinion: Should We Own What We Think?

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Anyone who has a blog or posts regularly on the Internet will agree that the most critical comments almost always come from anonymous sources. I can vouch for it on this blog and when I write on places like Huffington Post or Fox News. My biggest critics have names like “TruthSeeker” or “Light3945.” It’s frustrating, but I accept it, because it’s always been part of web culture – at least until now. Beginning on The Huffington Post, a new campaign has started to encourage people to

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