Three Steps to Becoming A More Visual Storyteller

We are a visually-driven generation, but then again, we’ve always been. Filmmaker Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption) says: “Visual storytelling of one kind or another has been around since cavemen were drawing on the walls.” Today, toddlers have iPads and play with cameras. We grow up with cameras in our phones, and people document every aspect of their lives. Just as important, more and more creative people are opting for a career in photography or filmmaking. The fact that YouTube spends about $1 million a day expanding their server space to accommodate all the videos being uploaded confirms the fact that millions are making short films these days. But how can you

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The Truth About Using Ghostwriters for Christian Books

Today we live in an era of megachurches, major ministries, and global nonprofits. In some ways (both good and bad), these large religious and nonprofit organizations have become like international corporations, involving radio and television studios, publishing businesses, international conferences, educational outreaches, and more. And the bigger churches and ministries grow, the less time their leaders have to

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Do You Have a Life Message?

Here’s why it matters…

Corporate-speak uses terms like “Mission Statement,” “Vision,” and “Values,” but when it comes to us, we don’t often think in terms of having a personal life message. In my work consulting with visionary leaders I deal with it all the time, but when it comes to normal, everyday people, not many understand the importance of having a message. But as some have said,

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Do Donors Prefer Email or Snail Mail?

The answer will surprise you...

Most donors see advantages to both e-mail and direct mail communication from the organizations they support, and a new study reveals that very few completely reject one form or the other. The study, of 1,000 American charitable donors shows that very few donors consistently see e-mail or direct mail as a better way for non-profit organizations to communicate with them. The Donor Mindset Study, conducted jointly by Grey Matter Research (Phoenix, AZ) and Opinions 4 Good (Op4G, Portsmouth, NH), asked donors to compare the two methods of communication from organizations they already support on six different factors. Which method is:

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Before You Melt Down Over an Email Read This Post

Every day, people misunderstand email messages. In fact, one study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology reports that the tone in an email is misinterpreted 50 percent of the time. But it gets worse – the same study discovered 90 percent of people think they’ve actually correctly interpreted the tone of emails they receive. That means

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Why Do We Criticize Large Churches?

Hardly a day goes by without seeing a number of Christians on social media criticizing large churches. Just like the Instagram meme in this post below, it’s assumed that just because a church is big, they must be compromising the gospel, not preaching the Bible, or some other lame charge. It seems that for far too many people in the Church today, large numbers of people automatically mean

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Viewer Fatigue: Getting Your Audience to Respond

If your advertising or media programming hasn’t been getting a response lately, the first place you should look is viewer fatigue.  In other words, is the audience simply tired of seeing what you’re presenting?  Too often, programmers and advertisers (and speakers and pastors) get into a rut.  Our spots and videos look alike, we use the same voice over artist, show the same graphic style, or tend to write the same way – over and over again.  Viewer fatigue means that

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Ten Ways to Cultivate Donors For Your Nonprofit Organization

A few years ago while speaking at the African Christian Broadcasting Conference in South Africa, I asked Mary Hutchinson who founded a donor development firm to submit a guest post on a topic that would make a difference for our readers.  After reading my post on How to be a Better Communications or Media Director, she began to consider how ministry staff on the “donor side” of communications could be more effective. It’s great to have a brilliant and effective program, podcast, and website, but what can you do to keep those people engaged and supporting your cause?  Sadly, Mary passed away since that time, but her advice is still worth hearing.  Here’s Mary’s top ten suggestions for cultivating donors for your nonprofit or ministry:

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