I am super excited, because this week (Wednesday April 29-Friday, May 1st) I’m excited to be speaking at the Orange Conference in Atlanta Georgia, where over 6500 leaders from around the world will gather to talk about how to best make an impact on the next generation.
Speakers include Perry Noble, Reggie Joiner, Jon Acuff, Jud Wilhite, Jeff Henderson, Jenni Catron, Kara Powell and more.
One of my very favourite things to do in this life is connect with other leaders who are trying to make a difference in the local church, whether as staff or volunteers. Gonna spend three days doing that this week…and I hope if you’re there, we get a chance to say hey!
I’ll make the rounds in different spots throughout the conference, but am so stoked to be hosting the Senior Leader Track again this year. That’s where you’ll find me most of Wednesday and Thursday.
And…(I think this is really cool) there will be a very limited advance run of my brand new leadership book available at the conference! See below for more.
But you don’t have to be there to get all the benefit. So how do you get the most out of a conference, even if you can’t be there?
Well, here are 8 tips. The first one is just because…well, I’m excited.
1. Snap Up An Advance Run Copy of My New Book, Lasting Impact
Okay, so this is an Orange Conference exclusive.
I’m so pumped that my publisher has made a limited edition, advance reader’s edition of my new leadership book, Lasting Impact: 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church Grow available only at the conference. Everyone worked so hard to get it ready for this week!
How advance run is it? Well, I haven’t even got a copy yet. I’ll see it when you see it!
The book focuses on 7 key issues almost every church is struggling with, and it’s designed to facilitate 7 conversations that will help your church grow and have a lasting impact.
Here’s the jacket:
The full release version of the book comes out in the summer of 2015. I’ll keep you posted.
If you want to be on the inside track for the release of Lasting Impact, just sign up here for free.
2. Connect In Person At My Meet Up
Never done this before at Orange Conference, but this year I’m hosting a meet up on Wednesday, April 29th. If you want to connect, ask a question, meet other leaders or otherwise connect personally, I’d love to see you.
Register here. Tickets are totally free, but space is limited so hop on to RSVP today!
It will be so fun to hang out!
3. Follow the Hashtags
One of the easiest ways to track everything that’s happening is through some nifty hashtags whether you’re at the conference or at home. Most of my personal updates at the conference will be via twitter or Instagram, but I will make occasional ventures onto Facebook (where hashtags work less well).
The hashtags are perfect for those who don’t attend, but will optimize the experience for those who do.
#OC15 is the official conference hashtag.
#OC15Live is the official hashtag of the live stream (see #6 below)
#CNLP is my personal hashtag. I’ll be checking that hashtag regularly, and use that hashtag if you have a question for me. I’ll be saving the best questions for a bonus edition of my podcast I’ll be releasing after OC 15. What does #CNLP stand for? It’s short for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast. (Now you know…but I’ll use it for anything directed at me.:))
4. Live Tweeting
I’ll be live tweeting much of the conference, and my sessions will also be live tweeted (thanks to my assistant, Sarah). That will make it easy to follow along.
Just follow me on Twitter to catch the latest.
Have you discovered Periscope yet? I stumbled on it last month and think it’s amazing. It’s basically live video streaming made simple. Just hit the App Store to download it for free.
I’ll be doing some live segments using Periscope throughout the conference…just for fun.
Notifications of live broadcasts will push to your phone if you follow me. I’m simply cnieuwhof on Periscope…it’s integrated with twitter but you can use the app to follow me directly.
6. Live Blogging Session Notes
I’m teaching three sessions at the conference, all brand new talks for Orange Conference this year.
My notes will go live here on my blog when my talks start. It’s a courtesy to people sitting in my talks (a companion to taking notes), but in past years, many who haven’t been at the conference have appreciated them too.
5 Reasons Churches Stop Growing notes will go live Wednesday, April 29th at 11:00 a.m. EDT.
7 Keys to Leading High Capacity Volunteers will go live Wednesday, April 29th at 3:00 p.m. EDT.
Anticipating the Change You’re Not Expecting will go live Thursday, April 30th at 4:45 p.m. EDT
Also, my friend Brian Dodd will be live blogging the entire conference.
Brian is a leadership blogging machine…so make sure you check his site regularly. There’s no one like Brian when it comes to leadership!
7. Live Stream!
So you can’t make it? Orange Conference has a live stream. You might not get every session, but you’ll get a ton, I mean a ton, of the experience.
I’ll be doing a live interview on the stream Friday at 1:45 p.m. with Jared Herd and Elle Campbell. That is always so much fun. (We’ll periscope that interview too…just for fun.)
Follow the live stream at www.theorangeconference.com.
Okay..now a bonus tip. Ever wonder how to synthesize the best learnings you’re trying to capture?
My hands-down top choice for note taking is Evernote. I know almost everyone knows about Evernote, but if you’re not using it at conferences, you’re missing out. Evernote’s free primer on how to use it will get you started if you’re new to it.
I love that I can do a search through the last few years of Orange Conference notes simply by searching “Orange Conference”, or the name of the speaker, or a key word, or anything I might half remember. It always calls it up. And you can be far more organized for that. And it syncs seamlessly across all devices. Brilliant.
I write a lot of my blog posts on it while offline, write all my podcast interview questions on it, outline my talks in it and do so much more.
Anyway, I hope this helps you get the most out of Orange Conference 2015.
If you’re there, I can’t wait to say hi. If you’re watching online, make sure you shout out on social media.
It’s going to be an incredible week.