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On friday I will announce who won the free ticket to Catalyst West. Don’t forget, you have to pay your way out there, but you will experience an AMAZING event! Email me here: b@stephenbrewster.me

There is a for sure leader right now, do you have what it takes to knock him/her off the top? Lets go people!

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It is fun to watch people who know what they are doing. Like when a band rocks a stage because they are so confident in their song, or a speaker delivers a talk with conviction because he knows that the hope he is sharing is real.

People are scared right now. They are on a DESPERATE search for something to believe in. People want to BELIEVE. I really think God is setting up His church to be a place where people come to be empowered, encouraged, and INSPIRED. Today I found this little site online that put some perspective around the year that is 2009. Check it out.

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Where are you finding your inspiration? How are you framing life right now? Are you spreading hope? Inspiration breads production. Being reactive all the time breeds fear. We have the most powerful creative force in the universe on our side, we should not be reacting right now, but pioneering.

So what is your identity?

Do you know who you are? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? What do you do well, and what are you still learning?

Great companies, teams, organizations, people, and relationships know their identity. Regardless of who or what you do, there will be times when YOUR THING goes through a rough season. Profits will dip, people will leave, you will struggle, YOUR THING will be tested. The organizations, teams, and people that make it through rough times know their identity.

Have you discovered your identity? Do you know what makes you fight, win, tick? Do you know your strengths and how to maximize them, as well as your weaknesses, and core focus?

know your identity. in tough times. who are you?

So you want to figure our how to create a good experience? LISTEN and care. It is that simple. If you listen you will hear all you need to know, most of the time, to help someone, meet their needs, provide a service, or create a quality experience.

Not rocket science, not even difficult really. Just listen and try to accommodate what you hear (care).

Yesterday I had lunch at a bakery, because they have wi-fi. I ordered Tomato Basil soup, and a grilled cheese sandwich. Not difficult. I order the same thing every time, so I have learned how I need to communicate it to the cashier. Ordering is tricky. Do you want the bowl of soup or the cup? Half sandwich or whole? I have figured it out…so I thought.

I place the normal order, and somehow ended up with a kids sandwich and bowl of soup. Simply, because the person who was listening did not really LISTEN, and probably had something else more important to her on her mind. Also, she forgot to give me my drink cup.

Create the best experiences possible. Become the best church, band, organization, employee, employer, friend, pastor, caretaker, or cashier possible…LISTEN, then care. That simple, that powerful.

Is there a church that is brave enough to send announcements via TEXT and web only? Go green and go paperless?

let me know if someone you know is already doing it. That would be cool.

If you really want to break through all the noise in the world today it is not that hard, make me feel something. If you can touch my emotions you can not only gain my attention, you will actually make me care about you and your cause. If you can make me care, you can have my money, my time, my emotions….

Sirius radio has created this ad highlighting this thought.

You can not always say yes. You may not have all the answers. Sometimes, you might just not know what to do exactly. REGARDLESS, do all you can do to facilitate. Go the extra mile. Try to help! A wise man once said: “There is never a traffic Jam on the extra mile.”

Early this week I had to call someone to get some information. I spoke with their assistant. As I was talking to them about this issue, they made me feel like I was wasting their time. It went over the edge when the concluding sentence from the assistant was: “Could you email me what this is about, so I can get (her/him) to help you.” Really. So thats the best you have? Okay, Im going elsewhere. I am SURE another organization would like to work this deal out. Thanks.

What is more of a motivating force for YOU? What is it that drives you? Why do you get up in the morning and put yourself out there over and over again? Is it passion? Is it fear? Calling? Success? Are you more scared of succeeding or failing? What does it for you? What is the driving force in your life?

This is cool for those who crave a creative space. I think that this would be killer in a kids area. Also cool for some creative communication.

No one cares. That’s what we have to remember. No one cares about our thing as much as you do. Your service, your product, your brand, no one cares about itvthe way you do.

That’s how you know if you have the right team, the right focus, if they care the same way.

When others start becoming passionate you have won them over and they will start to evangelize for you.

How are you making it easy for people to start to care on an uncommon level?are you giving them the vision? Are they being equiped and empowered? Are you letting go enough for them to fly knowing at times they will crash?

Even though right now no one cares, there are passionate people out there waiting, wanting, and hoping to find something to care about. We care.