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A Tale of Two Blog Posts

I was catching up on some reading and came across two posts I wanted to share with people, unrelated in topic but related by author.

The first one caught my attention as a follow-up to my recent thoughts on meetings.

There are only three kinds of classic meetings:
  1. Information. This is a meeting where attendees are informed about what is happening (with or without their blessing). While there may be a facade of conversation, it's primarily designed to inform.
  2. Discussion. This is a meeting where the leader actually wants feedback or direction or connections. You can use this meeting to come up with an action plan, or develop a new idea, for example.
  3. Permission. This is a meeting where the other side is supposed to say yes but has the power to say no.
PLEASE don't confuse them.
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The other post I thought was an important reminder when it comes to public speaking, something that seems to be a standard part of most ministry styles today - for better or for worse. He points out two of the most basic and important elements for a speaker: respect and love. He sums it up best with his bottom line:
And then, as the talk (pitch/presentation/interview) begins, don't focus your energy or concern on yourself. It's not about you. It's about them. The presenter who loves his audience the most, wins.
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Then again, maybe they are related if you're the one leading the meeting...

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