Jul 15, 2011
Shhhhhh…. Are you able to keep silent long enough to hear what your champions are saying?
Or…are your meetings and calls with champions arranged so that you can tell all the good stories of what your organization is doing? After all, many believe that this is the most powerful tool we have to connect champions to our cause.
Champions do want to hear how the organizations they are supporting are having impact, but far too often we think this is all they want to hear.
We schedule these meetings and then fill our pockets full of great stories so we can share how busy we are and how worthy we are of their investment in us.
God forbid that there would be a moment of silence. Or worse yet, that we would give them a chance to tell their story of impacting the cause……which might even be better than ours.
I’d like suggest to you today that the most powerful strategy for connecting and growing champions is the art of listening!
Kevin J. Murphy in his book titled “Effective Listening,” demonstrates what effective listening means and what it can do for you. One of his main ideas is that keeping quiet at the right moment is an important ingredient for an open communication. The benefits of effective listening are endless.
Best of all…if you aren’t a good listener now, the skill can be acquired.
Once acquired and put to use, you will hear what is taking place in the trenches. You will learn what life is like outside the box you live in. You will gain greater understanding of who God has sent to help you have impact. And you will gain greater understanding of how you might fully engage those champions to grow in their walk with God.
My challenge to you today would be to take a step back and understand that it isn’t all about you. Your champions want to have impact with you.
Take time to schedule a visit, or a phone call, just to listen to them and hear their good stories.
I’m sure the cause you mutually want to have impact with will much appreciate your efforts.
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