It’s no secret, we’re big believers in church mobile giving at Tithe.ly, but not everyone is as convinced as we are. So, we thought we’d share some facts along with a few practical tips for getting your church to try what we think is a game changer.
Today, 68.4 percent of the U.S. population uses a smartphone. To put it in perspective, just five years back, in 2012, only 40 percent of the U.S. population had a smartphone.
By 2021, it’s predicted that nearly 80% of the entire population in the United States will be using a smartphone.
That’s crazy growth.
What’s even more amazing is Americans check their cell phones or mobile devices over 9 billion times per day with 50% checking their phones in the middle of the night.
Here are a few interesting tidbits to add some color.
- 43 percent of people check their phones within five minutes of waking up.
- 35 percent check their phone right before their head hits the pillow.
- 50 percent of people check their phone in the middle of the night!!! Seriously?! (emphasis mine)
- And to top it off, American’s check their phone on average 47 times per day.
The use of smartphones has invaded nearly every part of our lives and made a significant impact on how people bank, shop, commute, interact socially, and even how we give to our local church
“How do you get rid of nervousness when you speak?”, she asked after I finished my presentation.
“Do you mean me personally, or are you just asking for a general answer?”
She chuckled a little at my retort. “You personally.”
“Oh, that’s easy. I don’t. Thank you very much. Have a good evening.”
I began walking away from the lectern with a smirk, then quickly returned to even more laughter.
“Honestly, you don’t get rid of it. You refocus it.”
Public speaking is a chore for some. They marvel at those who seem to be able to do it with ease. And, it really does look easy. But, experienced public speakers have usually just mastered some tricks of the trade. However, most people aren’t experienced public speakers, and so they tend to rack up the anxiety points.
What do you do with this?
1. Change your physical pose. Tony Robbins continually mentions the idea of ramping up your physical expression to change your mental approach. Yelling like a warrior decreases the ability for your body to feel nervousness. Amy Cuddy has another approach. Stand like a superhero.
2. Talk to your audience beforehand. If you mingle with them, whether it is a large crowd or a small board room, you will be able to grab a sense of where they are emotionally and mentally. But what if you don’t have a lot of time? You should still get there early and greet as many at the door as possible. Don’t get there after them. Let them enter YOUR energy zone.
Have you ever wondered how some leaders are more creative and innovative than others?
As a leader coach and business consultant I have seen two kinds of leaders, I have witnessed both, and I have seen the results of both.
One leader thinks that in order to create something new, they must use their analytic mind to be creative.
The other kind of leader who want to try something new they use their intuitive mind to be innovative.
I have seen leaders say that relying on your six sense- following your gut- your intuition- is being unreliable.
But for years, I have seen how the intuitive leader, can be more of an explorer, and discover more than those who don’t utilize their intuition and I have witnessed that Intuitive people make great leaders, they have a competitive edge over other leaders, they are quicker, faster, smarter and more decisive.
Maybe people have a misunderstanding on what intuition really is…
Many people call intuition, a gut feeling, a knowing, words spoken from the heart.
But intuition is more than that…here are 4 ways our intuition really works and how it can make your leadership great again.
1. Our intuition is the accumulation of all the experiences we have. Everything that you have experienced becomes data points in your mind, every person you have met, every success you have experienced and every failure you had to go through, the learning that you were taught, the mistakes that have becomes lessons are stored. as a memory chip – to be utilized.
I’m always amazed at how few technology-focused entrepreneurs understand the power and value of maybe the lowest tech tool of all, the calendar, which has been around for at least 5,000 years. You’d think that everyone had figured out how it works. And it’s even more depressing to learn that even fewer entrepreneurs and executives use the calendar effectively to help plan and manage their businesses. So much in the business world happens on a schedule, and yet, too many sales and marketing “experts” are either ignorant of that fact or oblivious to exactly how important timing is to successful sales. If your customers aren’t ready to listen, or if you’re pitching them at the wrong time or place, it just doesn’t matter what you’re saying or what you’ve got to sell. (See Three Keys to Becoming a Sales Wizard.)
I’m not talking about just one central calendar that’s critical to this task; I’m talking about developing a consistent “discovery and triage” process, updated quarterly throughout each year, to identify and incorporate the events, activities and opportunities found in all of the calendars that bear on your business. And doing it without fail at the beginning of every new year.
Discovery, because there are always new and relevant events (albeit way too many) beyond the recurring and basic ones. Even the old standbys get refreshed, rebranded or repositioned over time. There’s no upside in taking any of this stuff for granted or assuming that what may have worked or didn’t work in the past for your company is the case going forward. If you don’t make it someone’s business to look up and carefully track these things, they’ll be over and gone before you know it; you’ll be sucking wind while someone else is taking advantage of the opportunities that they offer. (See Do Your Customers Love You More Than Yesterday.)