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Monday, June 29, 2009

Great advice for artists in the church...

I just read this great article by my buddy, Gary Molander. If you are a "paid artist" in a church then this article is for you!

HT: It's Complicated

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Maximizing Your Message Seminar

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Maximizing Your Message seminar this year. We are already talking about what we can do to make it even better. If you have any suggestions, please e-mail me.

As promised, here are the resources from the seminar:

Truth and Beauty: PDF | Keynote
The Power of Story: PDF | Keynote
Harnessing the Power of EPIC: PDF | Keynote
Nuts, Bolts, and the Kitchen Sink: PDF

Randy's blog: Randy Parker
Gary's Blog: It's Complicated
Gary's company: Floodgate Productions

Thanks again for coming. We hope to see you next year.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Please Do This 60-Second Favor....

One of my dear friends is auditioning for a shot at his dream job. Michael Hyatt wrote about it elegantly on his blog (text below). Will you please do me this small favor to help my friend: please go - right now - and watch his short video and vote his video your favorite (make sure you check your e-mail to confirm your vote).

Take it away, Michael...

My good friend and neighbor, Randy Elrod, is trying to land his dream job. I want to help him, and I want to ask for your help as well. Why would you do this? Because it is an opportunity for you to experience first-hand how you might be able to use social media in yet another aspect of your business.

First, let me give you some background. Murphy-Goode is a family-owned winery located within Sonoma Country’s Alexander Valley. They are looking for someone who really knows how to use Web 2.0, including blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube , so that they can help the company get the word out about their wines. As the co-creator of LifeWork 2.0, Randy is the perfect candidate.

To find just the right person, Murphy-Goode created a contest. They have asked each applicant to create a 60-second video and upload it to the contest site. They are then asking each applicant to demonstrate their social media influence by having their friends and followers vote for their video. Getting the most votes doesn’t guarantee a job, but it does help get an interview.

This is where you come in. Please take 70 seconds to complete these four simple steps:
  1. Watch Randy’s very cool video on the Murphy-Goode web site.
  2. Enter your email address to vote for Randy.
  3. Wait for the verification email and click on the link inside the message body. Note: Your vote will not count until you do this!
  4. Tweet this post (or mention it on your Facebook page).
That’s it. Pretty neat little experiment huh? Not only is Murphy-Goode using the “wisdom of crowds” to find the right person for this job, but they are using this program to get huge publicity for their brand and products.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

New Video from Mute Math...

The videos these guys make are genius!

Remember THIS ONE?

Saturday, June 06, 2009

New Sermon Bumper...

I just finished making this bumper for our new sermon series ("Courage") at my church.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

The Youngest Blonde Boy...

I often jokingly refer to the youngest blonde boy as my "hope." This is in reference to the fact that he is the only other person in the family with musical inclinations. In fairness, the oldest blonde boy is very much like the "other" me - incredibly good at production stuff, a great lighting guy, and becoming a very proficient video switcher/director.

But I digress...

On Sunday, the youngest blonde boy had his annual recital. I was/am a very proud parent. He has shown real improvement over last year.

Check it out:

PS - Yes, for those of you with eagle-eyes, he is wearing the same cloths as last year. Mrs. Two Blonde Boys let the pants all the way out and then glued a hem on with Elmer's glue for a single-use solution. And the shoes were 2 sizes too small, but the boy was game.