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Facebook Versus Everything Else

This is a random thought. It's not backed up with research - it's just the product of my own hunch about the web. Facebook represents kind of a one world order when it comes to information and socialization. You can live inside of it and not really interact too much with the outside world. You can blog there, comment there, post photos and videos there, and meet new friends and old faces alike. It's a world. Then there is the rest of the web, which grows increasingly …

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The 3 Big Questions of this Social, Digital Age

I've decided to connect with a lot of people in a lot of different ways. I also read a lot of stuff, mostly online but also in print. And I try to write and share great content along the way. The problem is, each of these is never-ending. In other words, there will always be something else to read, someone else with whom to connect, and more to write. Especially now. I've managed to boil my own approach to this new content-driven, socially-connected age down to three big …

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Don’t Forget About Conversation

I've just posted an article over at Social Media Today called It's Still the Conversation That Matters. The idea is that, with all of our broadcasting, marketing, preaching, networking, and selling, conversation still matters more than most of the other factors we use to determine influence and success. So start talking, and go check out the article. Read It's Still the Conversation That Matters …

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Leadership, Conversation, and Taking Your Blogging Deeper

I posted four articles here and there over the course of the day: At Big Is the New Small I wrote about the upside of the downside of leadership. On We Blog Better I posted the second post in a five-post series on five dimensions for growing your blog. Today I talked about growing your blog deeper. At Fuel Your Blogging I posted a somewhat controversial article about the fact that conversation is essential, but listening is optional... isn't it? And on my personal blog I …

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Can I Pray Like, “Hey Lord, It’s Me, Fred!”

I recently received a question from a reader that I thought would make a great blog post because it's such a common question: Should I talk to God like I talk to anybody else? Or should I use prettier words? The bottom line is that prayer is talking, asking, and conversing with God. He knows your heart and your thoughts. He gave you your personality and He's aware of your attitudes, so why wear a mask? Why use "special" language with God? Don't misunderstand, I do …

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Can You Share Your Vision in An Elevator Speech?

I often peruse websites about web design and last night noticed this article about giving an elevator speech. I thought about how it applies to Pastors. There are often crucial moments when we have an opportunity to be vision-casters with people, one-on-one. It may be a car ride making a visit, coffee with a fellow member, or a staff meeting with five extra minutes at the end. It begs the question, could I state my vision for my church if I only had a few floors to travel in …

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