Five Keys to Successfully Working from Home

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At 37 years old, I was fired from my job. So after nearly 15 years of working in a conventional office, my wife and I made the decision to launch into a freelance career working from home. The transition wasn’t easy. Suddenly I didn’t have access to the copy machine, the office phone system, the conference room, and all the other resources a company makes available to employees. As a result, I needed to switch to guerilla mode and switch fast. Here’s a few of the key changes I made that not only allowed me to increase my productivity, but helped me eventually build my own business:

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How to Maximize Volunteers

The Lifeblood of a Church, Ministry, or Nonprofit

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One of the biggest challenges many of our clients face is maximizing their volunteer teams.  Some have just given up and don’t use them at all.  However, no matter how big your organization, you can stretch your resources and impact by bringing on motivated volunteers.  I asked Dan Wathen, our Executive Producer at Cooke Pictures about it because he’s been a church media director and knows just how effective great volunteers can be for an organization.  When it comes to creating a great volunteer team, here’s Dan’s suggestions:

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Creative Lesson: Don’t Be Afraid to Toss Away Great Ideas

Once It Works, It May Be Time To Move On...

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I was reading the Samson story the other day from Judges 15:14-17:  “As he approached Lehi, the Philistines came toward him shouting. The Spirit of the LORD came upon him in power. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the bindings dropped from his hands. Finding a fresh jawbone of a donkey, he grabbed it and struck down a thousand men.  Then Samson said,

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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 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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Never Forget the People Who Indirectly Influence Your Journey

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For whatever reason, I’ve always recognized that many people indirectly contribute (or detract) from our mission in life. In high school, I was always amazed at the “bad boys” who ignored their girlfriend’s parents – especially since those parents held the permission for when and how often their daughters could go out on a date. And why make an enemy of a teacher who controlled my grade? At work I learned pretty early that secretaries, assistants, and even janitors often held the

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My Rules for Attending Meetings

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I hate meetings. I really do. So if I have to attend a meeting, I want it to be productive. Over the years I’ve actually fired employees who couldn’t control themselves during meetings (I’ll explain later). So if you’re on my team and attending a client meeting, branding meeting, project meeting or any other kind of meeting with me, you have to know what I expect. Here’s a list of things I want my people to know during a meeting, and the list might be worth sharing with your team as well:

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