Build your platform with Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt. Wow! This is an essential must-have if you’re trying to reach an audience a larger scale.
I wish I had this course in seminary, almost as a Preaching 501 class or a how to communicate that burning message inside you… for church leaders like me who wish to truly influence others with my message.
I wish I had this course as a new business owner, perhaps from the Small Business Administration or some other organization that helps new business owners get their feet under them or at least on how to build your platform, whether through sales, networking, offering free seminars or speeches, SEO/SEM or social media campaigns.
I wish I had this course as a new military officer, seeking to spread a positive influence with those I serve alongside… how to build your platform in that environment is essential because the noise is loud!
May I suggest you pick up a copy of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World in both hardback AND kindle version? Hopefully I won’t sound like a total raving lunatic about this, but I’m a new fan. I’m in need of help in this area. I think I just hit the mother lode!
Here’s an infographic on how to build your platform, called 5 Steps to Building Your Platform:
QUESTION AROUND THE CAMPFIRE: Would you like help in organizing yourself to build your platform by creating a broader and more effective influence on those you are trying to lead?
The Best Defense is a Good Offense
“The best defense is a good offense” is an old proverb that has been applied to many fields of endeavor, including games and military combat. Generally the idea is that offensive action preoccupies the opposition and ultimately its ability to directly harm. Mao Zedong opined that “the only real defense is active defense”, meaning defense for the purpose of counter-attacking and taking the offensive.Often success rests on destroying the enemy’s ability to attack. In reference to fighting terrorists, Matthew Levitt opines, “It’s important to pre-emptively strike at those who intend to do us harm.” The principle is echoed in the writings of Machiavelli and Sun Tzu.
The best defense is a good offense
In some board games, such as Risk, one’s ability to build up armies depends on aggressively attacking so as to acquire territory; however, in Risk, luck in rolling the dice is the ultimate determining factor. Players who fail to do so, and concentrate instead on holding the line against enemy attack, will likely end up in a weak position.
Indepthinfo argues that this adage does not always apply: “When the battle rages between two players one should put every ounce of power in the offense, but when several players are involved, the political element changes this dynamic.” In chess, one’s ability to prevent enemy attacks often depends on maintaining the initiative – i.e., making a series of threats that the opponent must use his turns to parry, rather than launching his own attacks; thus, common tips used in conjunction with this adage are that the best way to upset your opponent’s plans is to become menacing and that the best way to stop an enemy threat to your own king is to attack his.
In sports such as soccer and basketball, the adage “the best defense is a good offense” is used to note that success can hinge on an effective offense that keeps the ball on the other team’s side of the field, thus not only creating scoring opportunities but preventing the opposing team from scoring.
In a culture like ours in modern America, which embraces diversity, to suggest that certain truths apply to everyone is downright offensive. Pointing out sin isn’t popular and many Christians are labeled as “intolerant” for refusing to accept certain behaviors and ideas.
Unfortunately, many people have embraced a distorted Christianity that tries to be “politically correct.” They don’t want to offend anyone, so they accept sin rather than confronting it. Ultimately, their words of “love” ring empty because they accept sins that ruin people’s lives.
Other Christians just try to avoid sinful culture altogether. They have been taught to go on the defense—to hide in their homes, churches and schools to shut the door on the evil influences of culture. This is where we end up having the church of “We Don’t Do That” and Christian schools appear no different than public schools.
But Jesus challenged His followers to be on the offense—to proclaim the truth without shame.
Our households, churches and schools should become staging areas rather than fortresses; training environments that equip God’s people to confront a sinful world instead of hiding from it.Jesus knows that the pagan world will resist, but He dares us to go there anyway, and to be His conduits for HIS building HIS church in those very places that are most morally decayed.
As we listen to Jesus’ challenge today, we as Christians should ask ourselves the important question:
**Question: Are we on defense or offense?**
How to Overcome Fear in Evangelism
If I want to know how to overcome fear in evangelism, where do I start? Although there are numerous resources out there to help remedy our problem, we can also look to examples that currently exist around us.
Helpful Resources on How to Overcome Fear in Evangelism
Helpful books and websites give us confidence and encouragement toward teaching us how to overcome fear in evangelism. Since there are many forms and styles of evangelism, I am going to focus only on a few.
Let us overcome fear in evangelism together. Check out any of these tested and proven resources.
Additionally, here are some comments (permission granted to use) from new friends of Church Leaders Campfire on how to overcome fear in evangelism:
Robert Dallman, of ChristLife, Inc:
1. Get to know Who you should fear: Matthew 10:28 – “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
2. Become motivated to preach the Gospel by the things that motivated the Apostle Paul:
A. Love of Christ: 2 Corinthians 5:14 – “For the love of Christ constraineth us…”
B. Terror of God: 2 Corinthians 5:11 – “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men…”
I believe that it is our over “familiarity” with God and our lack of biblical “fear of the Lord” that leads to fear of evangelism. We must truly love the lost (not just in word, but in deed – i.e. preaching the Gospel to them). This love will increase as we get to know Jesus better, and truly believe in hell.
If we fear the Lord… love the lost… live in the reality of where the unrepentant will spend a literal tormented eternity (hell)… His Holy Spirit will help us overcome our fear of people.
Phil Gioja, of Heartland Seeds:
“I’ve shared my faith only a few times directly in a way to evangelize someone. For me it was seeing how the gospel fit a need in the other person’s life that came up through relationship & conversation, and explaining that. But I live fairly transparently so most people who know me know I’m a believer, read my blog, hear me talk about my faith, see things on Facebook, so I know people see me as a believer. I hope my walk speaks strongly and my words back it up; I want my entire life to give God glory.”