A potluck is a great event that brings your community and your church together. Best of all, you can have one for just about any reason - maybe it's Pastor Appreciation Day at your church, or you're celebrating Memorial day - or you just feel like having a fun event that anyone can enjoy!
But potlucks don't just "happen". To host a successful potluck (and make sure you have enough food), you have to put in quite a bit of work - even though each attendee is bringing a dish of their own.
So if you've had trouble organizing potlucks in the past, or are simply looking for some great tips to make your church potluck even better, you're in the right place. Read on, and see our top tips for potluck organization!
1. Start Planning as Early as You Can
Church potlucks should usually be planned a month in advance, at least - that way, you'll be able to announce the potluck several times during church services, and make sure that everyone knows about the event.
Awareness is one of the biggest factors in the success of a church potluck. If nobody knows about it, nobody will bring any food! So you should also consider sending out an email to your congregation.
DialMyCalls is a great automated church phone tree to use when planning potlucks. You can create a list of everyone attending, and send out SMS and voice message reminders about the event - ensuring that they remember to attend and bring the dish they said they would bring.
2. Send out a Sign-Up Sheet
A sign-up sheet is a great way to make sure that you'll have plenty of attendees - and to learn what dishes they plan to bring.
Put a sign-up sheet out in the foyer of your church, and make sure to tell people to sign up, so that you'll be able to understand what kinds of dishes will be present, and how many people are attending.
You can also consider sending out a "digital" sign-up sheet. You can use the physical sheet to create a document in Excel or Google Sheets, listing who plans to attend, their number, and the dishes they plan to bring. You can update this sheet regularly based on the physical sheet, and send it out to people who have not yet signed up on the paper sheet.[click to continue...]
Shoveling snow is a great side hustle if you need some extra money. And if you live in an area where it snows regularly throughout the winter - such as the upper Midwest or the East Coast, you can even turn it into a full-time, seasonal gig.
But it may be a bit intimidating to start a snow shoveling service on your own. You may not know where to start!
You're in luck. In this article, DialMyCalls will help you understand how to start - and scale - a snow shoveling service. Let's get started now.
1. Get the Tools You'll Need
Lucky for you, the basic tools you need to start your business are incredibly inexpensive.
The primary thing you'll need is a snow shovel. Don't skimp out on quality, here - you'll be using this shovel every day for hours at a time. You want a grooved, deeply scooped snow shovel with a slightly curved handle. Heavy-duty plastic is usually the best choice. Metal is heavier, but can be more effective at scraping.
You can also invest in some road/sidewalk salt. You can get 40lbs for about $25, and offer salting as an additional service on top of shoveling snow.
That's pretty much all you need! Make sure you have warm clothing, gloves, and non-slip shoes, and you're ready to go.[click to continue...]
Mission trips are a fantastic way that your church can engage with the youth, and make a real difference in a community. Whether you're renovating old homes, volunteering at a homeless shelter or a soup kitchen, or spreading the Word of God anywhere else, a summer mission trip can be truly life-changing for a teenager.
Youth groups love the opportunity to connect, bond, and fellowship with each other during a week-long missions trip. Friendships and relationships can deepen, and so does the spiritual connection with the Lord.
But if you're a newer youth pastor, or just getting started with summer missions trips, the whole process can be very intimidating. So here are some of our best tips for planning an effective summer missions trip for your youth group.
1. Start by Thinking About the Trip Date
You should start planning your trip 12-15 months in advance. Yes, seriously! You can certainly start planning a trip later than this, but the dates of your trip are very important.
You want to make sure that you choose trip dates that allow everyone to come on the trip, if they want - and because your youth group probably goes to a variety of different schools, this can be quite difficult.
You'll also have to work around summer family vacations. So start by announcing a prospective date well in advance - and then get feedback from youth group families, to learn if you should shift or adjust your trip date.[click to continue...]
If you're an event manager, and you're responsible for the marketing and promotion of a conference or trade show, it can be hard to know where to begin. Many trade shows and conferences are very industry-specific, so gauging the best methods of marketing is often quite a challenge.
In this article, we'll take a look at 8 extremely effective ways you can market your next conference or trade show.
1. Reward Returning Attendees
This is one of the best ways to ensure that you start strong when marketing an event like a conference or trade show. If someone has attended your show in the past, chances are that they're going to be very interested in returning - especially if you give them additional benefits and bonuses.
Using an email newsletter, traditional direct mailers, or SMS marketing from DialMyCalls, you can reach out to attendees that came to your show last year, and offer them special promotions and offers that will make them more likely to purchase a ticket.
You could offer them significant discounts on a ticket, for example, or a special "meet and greet" session with an industry luminary who is speaking at your conference. You could even offer a special keynote or workshop that's available only to those who have attended your conference before - your options are limitless!
2. Sell "Early Bird" Tickets
You want to make sure you start selling tickets as soon as possible, and one of the best ways to do that is with early bird pricing. Offering a reasonable discount for folks who buy their tickets early is a great way to make them take action! Once they see that prices will go up if they wait, they're sure to want to attend.
You can also consider offering discounts to large groups from a single company. This will encourage more attendees, and a better overall turnout.[click to continue...]
If you're a small business owner, you probably care for your employees quite a bit. And if recently, things have seemed a little bit dour at the office due to a looming deadline, or a general sense of low morale, you may be looking for ways to make your employees feel better.
Improving employee morale is a great idea. It's not just a good way to make sure that your employees feel valued and useful - it can have a positive impact on your business!
In fact, a workplace culture that emphasizes employee engagement and positivity reduces turnover rates, increases profitability, and makes employees feel more loyal to your company.
Not sure where to start when it comes to improving employee morale at your small business? In this guide, DialMyCalls will take a look at a few simple things you can do to make your employees feel more valued, and boost employee morale and engagement.
1. Set up an Employee Feedback Hotline
We all like to think that we have "open door policies", and that employees can talk to us about anything. But this is not always true. Employees may feel intimidated by discussing their problems with work in-person, or may not give you honest feedback in a one-on-one situation.
With an anonymous employee feedback hotline, you will be able to get truly valuable, honest input about how you've been running your business. Maybe you have a manager who has been underperforming, and making your employees feel bad. Perhaps you have been pushing your employees too hard.
Whatever it may be, your workers will feel like they're able to truly open up and tell you the truth if you provide them with an anonymous hotline, where they can speak without fear of repercussions.[click to continue...]
For businesses, communication is key. To reach your organizational goals effectively, it's important that everyone involved can communicate with one another. The internet, and especially the rise of mobile, has made communication more instant and more effective than ever before. Today, web and smartphone apps can supercharge your company’s internal communications, helping streamline your efforts to improve efficiency, productivity, and ultimately, your bottom line.
Versatile Options for Communication
Instead of relying on a company intranet, organizations can take advantage of a variety of programs designed for business communication. There are apps available for instant messaging, email-style message threads, and even sending out notifications via SMS text message or phone call. By leveraging more than one available app, businesses can streamline and enhance internal communications for better team cohesion and improved productivity.
Business Apps for Internal Communication
These nine business communication apps, available on mobile devices and desktop computers, provide a reliable and versatile way for employees to communicate effectively with one another:
Slack has quickly become one of the most popular project management and collaboration tools, especially for companies with remote workers. This cloud-based team communication app actually originated as an internal communication tool for a small game development company. Launched in 2013, it's now one of the most popular ways for internal teams to collaborate. Slack features chat rooms organized by topic, private groups, and direct messaging. Files, groups, and members are all completely searchable, making it easy to pull up previous conversations. It's available for web, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. [slack.com]
HipChat is another popular team communication app, accessible from web or mobile anywhere in the world. It's available in a freemium version, but there's also an inexpensive paid version that adds extra features. Designed to integrate with Google Drive, Facebook, Dropbox, and other popular software, it's a versatile and affordable option that's a great choice for small businesses. [hipchat.com]
Basecamp bridges the gap between staff and clients. It's designed to make it easy for people in different departments within a company to share files and collaborate on projects. By consolidating internal communications, project management, and client relations in one place, it provides an efficient and streamlined solution for managing a variety of internal communication and collaboration needs. Basecamp's discussion boards eliminate the need for complex, hard-to-navigate email chains by consolidating discussion about a subject in one place. It also manages tasks and to-do lists for staff members. [basecamp.com][click to continue...]
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