What makes people stand out online? How do you get noticed in a world that’s so noisy? The foundations of digital marketing are surprising…not because of how trendy they are, but because of how enduring they are.
Digital marketing expert and entrepreneur, Alejandro Reyes, talks about what makes companies and individuals grow online and shares lessons he learned from working in a hypergrowth environment of a $100 million dollar startup.
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Nearly every church leader I know is concerned with “closing the back door” at his or her church, but the “front door” is usually the bigger issue. To see growth, you need more new guests each year than your total average attendance on a Sunday. It takes intentionality to reach people outside the church and outside the faith. That’s where The Unstuck Group comes in. To hear more about Connexus Church’s experience working with The Unstuck Group or to learn more about their process, head to TheUnstuckGroup.com/Guests.
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3 Insights from Alejandro
1. There’s a big difference between a know-it-all and a learn-it-all
There’s a big difference between a know-it-all and a learn-it-all. A know-it-all says, “I’m just going to do my thing and not look for advice, not go to YouTube, not listen to podcasts.” They’re always cynical about people’s ideas.
But the learn-it-all says, “You know what, I want to go out there, and I want to study the greats. I want to study under anyone and everyone I can, because everyone has value, everyone has something to say.” You will go a lot farther in life if you are a learn-it-all rather than a know-it-all.
2. Your nos define you, not your yeses
One of the most valuable lessons Alejandro learned from working at Pushpay was the ability to live and die by his daily calendar; to say ‘no’ to the things that shouldn’t be on it. All of his priorities lived on his daily calendar, and if it wasn’t on his calendar, it wasn’t getting done. He believes that this was key to his success at such a high-paced organization.
When you work in a high-speed culture, people understand that everyone runs at a fast pace and can’t afford many distractions. Therefore, interruptions to your calendar are much less common. But when they do happen, you have to have margin built in for “the unexpected.” So, say yes to the right things and no to things that don’t impact the bottom line.
3. When letting someone go, they should see it coming from a mile away
Alejandro would always say that anyone who is going to be fired should never be surprised that it’s coming. You should be able to say, “Hey, we’ve gone through a 90-day process, we’ve given you a coaching plan, you’ve signed it, we’ve had one-on-ones, we’ve met together, and unfortunately, we’re going to have to part ways here.”
If you have not exhausted every opportunity to level people up, that is absolutely poor form. Because churches are usually understaffed by half a lot of times. So, many leaders say, “Oh, man, I don’t have time for one-on-ones, I don’t have time to engage and build people up.” Alejandro would say that that is one of the worst things that leaders can do is to not spend time with their people and help them grow and level up their leadership.
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