When 30 talented creative/communications professionals gather in one room, there's bound to be some great take-aways!
In case you missed it, The Table, held January 26, focused on enhancing visual media at your church. We covered everything from effective video to creative burn-out. At the end of the morning, participants were asked to jot down their key take-away and/or resource to share with others. Below are some great ideas from the crew.
- Define, up front with others, "What does success look like?"
- Represent yourself honestly - who you are and what you want to be.
- What we do is important - it matters a lot!
- Creativity is a gift. We are gifted by God to do this work.
- The importance of getting on the "front end" of things.
- It takes time to change.
- What is your trump card? Remember to play it before it's worthless.
- Find ways to encourage the "creatives" on your team.
- Keep focused on the bigger picture - Don't get in the thick of thin things. (Stephen Covey)
- In all things in communications, planning makes the biggest difference.
- Communication is above all else, intentional.
- Create an atmosphere for creativity - water, food, light and space.
- Start the conversation before crisis.
- When you have to tell someone, "No", follow up with, "But, we could help you do . . ."
- People trump programs.
- Separating yourself from the church brand is the worst thing you can do, because it's that brand that helps bring people in.
- There's a difference between art and communication. We create with a purpose and should have a creative outlet outside of our work.
- Develop an identity that provokes more questions than it answers.
- We all suffer from compassion fatigue at one time or another.
- Do good to all people, especially believers.
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