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Tips for Leading with Confidence

Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence.

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION

Volunteers make necessary and important contributions to any group. Their compensation comes from fulfillment of individual goals and motivational needs. Recognition is important in their continued motivation to serve.

Here are some suggestions to recognize and honor your volunteers:

  • Make a phone call expressing your thanks.
  • Write a personal note.
  • Include their accomplishments in a newsletter.
  • Reward them with a meaningful gift.
  • Host an appreciation event to honor volunteers.
  • Invite them to dinner.
  • Thank them in person.
  • Send out an email expressing your appreciation.
  • Post photos of your volunteers on a church bulletin board or website.

The LWML resource Volunteers in Christ’s Ministry includes more information on honoring volunteers.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving (Colossians 3:23-24 NIV).

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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Practice Self-Care

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence.

Leaders can get busy taking care of business and neglect themselves. Taking care of your body, mind, and soul will leave you energized to take care of others. The Leadership Development Committee challenges you to one of these activities this week.

Practice Self-Care

Body — Take a walk or reach for a glass of water rather than that extra cup of coffee or soft drink.

Mind — Make a phone call to an old friend just to connect or spend time in appreciation of God’s wonderful creation.

Soul — Meditate on a Psalm and apply to your life or make of list your blessings and thank God for them.

Let us know the results.  What did you try this week and how were you blessed?

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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Video Conferencing

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence.

Have you participated in an LWML video conference? Are you considering using video conferencing? Video conference meetings will likely become the new normal for future generations. An obvious benefit is the dramatic reduction of time and monetary costs to the organization and volunteers.

Video Conferencing

Jeremy Barlow, Director of Digital Marketing at BoardEffect gives these basic tips for running a video conference smoothly. 

  • Always test audio equipment and the virtual meeting space at least 15 minutes prior to the meeting.

  • Check the lighting for problems with shadows or reflections from windows.

  • Ask participants to mute their line, rather than put it on hold to avoid hold music from being played during the meeting.

  • Plan a detailed agenda and keep the video conference moving by interspersing long and short agenda items.

  • Keep the meeting interesting.

  • Refrain from checking email or multi-tasking during the conference.

  • If using a video option, dress to keep a professional appearance.

  • Be aware that others can hear and see what you say and do, including unintentional utterances.

The main concerns around video conferencing are related to learning new technical skills and the loss of comradery among members. One LWML district encouraged their members to gather together in small groups to join the video conference. This fostered personal interaction and allowed the most computer savvy individuals to facilitate the technology needs.

Video conferences, like in-person meetings, will always include a few glitches. As leaders, we need to be organized, keep our sense of humor, and model forgiveness when things do not go perfectly. 

Share with us what has made your experience with video conferencing successful.

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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Giving a Presentation with Slides

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence.

The average person speaks at a rate of about 250 words per minute but we can form thoughts at about 2000 words per minute. How can we keep our audience engaged?  A slide presentation to accompany an oral dialogue can help to keep the day dreamers to a minimum. Below are some tips to keep in mind when preparing a slide presentation.

Effective Decision Making

Preparing a slide presentation? Here are some tips to make it more effective.

  • Consider using only one message per slide.  Your audience will have the opportunity to absorb the concept and it prevents the slide from being a distraction.

  • Refrain from using slides that repeat the words of your speech. Visual aids should complement the words you are speaking. 

  • Be aware of your stage presence. Stand to the left of your screen. A person’s tendency after reading a screen is to return their eyes to the left.

  • As with any presentation, stand up straight, keep your arms to your sides except for intentional gestures, look out into your audience and smile.

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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Effective Decision Making

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence.

Does your group sometimes have problems making an effective decision? Below are tips to encourage all members to become involved in the decision-making process. 

Effective Decision Making

Two extremes can create situations where less than ideal decisions are made.

1. Groups that blindly agree with all suggestions of their leader

2. Groups where a dominant member shuts down all discussion

Both extremes can lead to unsuitable outcomes. Below are several ways to encourage discussion and wise decision making:

  • Begin with prayer.

  • Ask questions rather than giving opinions when acting as the chairman.

  • Divide into sub-groups to work on alternatives and then reconvene.

  • Brainstorm three alternatives before making choices.

  • Intentionally request input from quiet members.

  • Explore assumptions before making decisions.

Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed (Prov. 15:29).

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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Stress and Worry in the Life of a Christian

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence.

As servant leaders in the LWML we appreciate doctrinally sound resources. The Leadership Development Committee recommends the following resource from Lutheran Hour Ministries. 

LHM Course: Stress and Worry in the Life of a Christian

We face many challenges in our lives, such as family and finance issues, and a daily calendar full of commitments. All of these can cause worry and stress.

nullLutheran Hour Ministries offers the course Stress and Worry in the Life of a Christian. In this course you will find the assurance of how our Heavenly Father comforts and cares for us through our challenges. Participants will be equipped to look to Him for strength and wisdom and will also develop the skills of Christian support to reach out to others.

Sign up is free to access the course along with the Lutheran Hour Ministries full learning library. Log on here and click on Stress and Worry in the Life of a Christian.  The course includes downloadable documents, a discussion guide, audio and video recordings, journal prompts, and interactive activities. After completing the quiz, a certificate of achievement will be awarded. There is even a helpful video to aid in using the system.  The course is self-paced and available on any digital device.

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself (Matt 6:34).

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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You are not alone

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Tips for Leading with Confidence

Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence. We pray this leadership tip will be beneficial as you serve our Lord through the LWML. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

You are not alone

Are you new to a leadership role? Do not struggle on your own. Every potential leader has had a great mentor. Even experienced leaders find it helpful to reach out to a mentor.

Are you a seasoned leader? Mentor the new leader that is filling your position. Someone else is now making the decisions, but your tips and suggestions, given in love, will assist her in feeling confident in filling her new position.

Check out the resources found on the Leadership Development page of the LWML website.

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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