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Dealing with Lengthy Speakers

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence.

Dealing with Lengthy Speakers

Many of us have experienced long winded speakers who, in their enthusiasm for their topic, lose track of time. A leader’s task is to keep meetings on schedule. Bev England, LWML Media and Marketing Specialist, gives these tips for encouraging a speaker to wrap up their presentation.

Be preventative:

  • Include the allotted time for their presentation in all communications with your speakers, from the first request for their services to the final confirmation before the event.
  • Introduce all speakers to your appointed time keeper and explain how the time keeper will motion to them when their time is up. One method is for the timekeeper to hold up a green sign when there is one minute left and a red sign when their allotted time is up.

If a speaker runs over their allotted time this protocol will usually encourage them to conclude their presentation.

  1. The president stands up at her podium or at the place she is sitting.
  2. The president moves to stand beside the speaker.
  3. The president puts their hand on the speaker’s shoulder.
  4. If all else fails, the president can lean into the speaker’s microphone and kindly thank them for an interesting presentation, but states she must move on with the meeting agenda.

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another (Colossians 3:12-13a).

God's Blessings,
Leadership Development Committee


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The Elusive Leadership Skill of Completion

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence.

The Elusive Leadership Skill of Completion

It is easy to start a project, but much more difficult to finish it. Effective leaders make an intentional effort to complete projects.

One way to assure the task is completed is to a schedule completion date. Make it a habit to schedule the next step of your task. The key is to set a time or date. When will you follow up, follow through, and finish?

  • When you delegate, schedule a time to meet, answer questions, assess progress, and discuss next steps.
  • When you lead a meeting, conclude the meeting by reviewing who will do what, by when, and who will monitor the progress and report back to you.
  • When you challenge people to change a behavior, check on their progress frequently, then acknowledge and celebrate each small step in their success.

Finishing each task may not seem like a big deal, but when you have a scheduled time to complete each phase, the achievement can be dramatic.

So now, finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have (2 Corinthians 8:11).

God's Blessings,
Leadership Development Committee


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Singing Christ is Our Leader

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence.

Singing Christ is Our Leader

Are you planning a leadership retreat or visioning workshop?  Keep Christ as the focus with these musical selections:

Hymns from the Lutheran Service Book
  • #662 — Onward Christian Soldiers
  • #687 — Send, O Lord Your Holy Spirit
  • #688 — “Come Follow Me” the Savior Spake
  • #707 — Oh that the Lord Would Guide My Ways
  • #711 — Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us
  • #715 — Jesus Savior Pilot Me
  • #718 — Jesus Lead Thou On
  • # 721 — Lead Me, Guide Me
  • #722 — Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me
Praise and Worship Songs
  • God will make A Way — Don Moen
  • Hymn of Thy Holy Spirit — Pat Barrett
  • I Will Follow — Chris Tomlin
  • Lead Me to the Cross — Hillsong United
  • Shine Jesus Shine — Graham Kendrick
  • Thy Word, is a lamp unto my Feet — Michael Smith
  • Your Grace Is Enough — Chris Tomlin

Remember to follow Christian Copywrite Licensing International (CCLI) regulations. Help is available at https://us.ccli.com/.

God's Blessings,
Leadership Development Committee


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Let’s Do Something Exciting

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence. Let’s try something new!

Let’s Do Something Exciting

Progressive dinners are a fun way to socialize with our Sisters in Christ. Plan a meal where participants eat a different course hosted and prepared by different people in their homes. Add a section of a Bible study (divided into four parts) to be held at each stop for a fun and inspirational LWML event.

The first part of the Bible study would be at the home that is serving the appetizers.

Then consider soup and/or salad with the second part of the Bible study.

The third home serves the main course along with the third part of the Bible study.

The final section of the Bible study wraps up at the home that serves dessert.

For more creative ideas, check out the Creative LWML Events article on the LWML Leadership Development webpage.

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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Small Changes in Your Events May Bring Big Results

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence. Consider small changes that may bring big results.

Small Changes in Your Events May Bring Big Results

Change is difficult for most, but small changes can foster better communication at your next LWML event.

  • Instead of holding your event in pews, try using tables to encourage interaction among the guests.

  • Consider scheduling fun breaks during the event that could include standing, singing, or playing an ice breaker game.

  • Use a short sketch, song, poem, or cheer to report on a successful mission outreach.

  • Assign greeters to welcome participants at the door and give directions to a well-staffed registration area.

  • Show the LWML Mission Grants video or one of LWML’s short “Your Mites Have Made a Difference” videos.

These tips and more can be found in LWML Event Tips on the LWML Leadership Development webpage.

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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Planning a Meeting

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence. Congratulations, you have just been chosen to lead a board or committee! You may be asking yourself, “Where do I begin?”

Planning a Meeting

As you begin to think about your first gathering you may want a refresher on basic protocol. Meetings 101 on the LWML Leadership Development webpage is a wonderful resource to help with meeting preparation and to keep the meeting flowing smoothly. Here is a sample of the Leader’s Checklist from Meetings 101.

  • Begin by asking God’s direction through personal devotion and prayer.

  • Organize yourself before you arrive at the meeting by making a meeting outline. 

  • Upon arrival at the meeting place, and at least 30 minutes before the meeting starts, complete the following steps:

    • Check that the area is set up appropriately.

    • Make sure that all the equipment requested is in place.

    • See that those in attendance will feel comfortable and welcome in the setting.

    • Greet the speaker, verify the topic, and confirm the time allocated to the speaker.

    • Check with those assisting, ensuring that all details are covered and to encourage those who are faithfully giving of their time and talents.

    • Welcome those arriving with enthusiasm and a warm 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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Successful Communication with Event Speakers

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence.

Everyone is excited about the speakers for our LWML Convention in Mobile, Alabama! Here are some tips on communicating with speakers for your events.

Successful Communication with Event Speakers

Maintaining communication with your event speakers ensures a successful experience. You have their initial acceptance and the contract is signed. It is important that you continue to communicate. Send them information they will appreciate 3–4 weeks prior to the event:

  • Indicate anticipated attendance numbers.

  • Confirm physical arrangements:

    • Setting: classroom, sanctuary, auditorium, or other location;

    • Speaker placement: on stage, podium available, on floor at same level as participants, etc.;

    • Indicate, if requested, that equipment has been secured: flipchart, laptop, projector, screen, fixed or portable microphone, extension cords, other equipment;

    • If requested, supply a display table;

    • Indicate if audio or videotaping will be part of the event.

  • Share name and cell phone number of person meeting speaker and share speaker's cell number with the driver. Are they meeting at airport? Which door? Be specific.

  • Supply location and phone number where speaker will be staying.

  • If arrival is by car, supply exact address and parking instructions.

  • Request handouts or other materials; confirm who makes necessary copies.

The brochure Event Planners and Guest Speakers on the LWML Leadership Development webpage is a useful tool in providing ideas and suggestions in order to develop an effective working relationship with your guest speaker.

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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