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555 – 80/20

We continue our review of Eat That Frog! with a look at the 80/20 rule as well as future oriented thinking. Martin and Sallie have fun with Siri, and we find a great infographic on free stock photography.

The discussion:

Look to the future – Martin and Sallie discuss chapters 3 & 4 of Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy which focus on understand what has the most importance and will have the biggest impact, and giving yourself permission to let the other things go undone.

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

Featured videos:

Catch up on recent mission work in Latin America with this June 2018 Academia Cristo Update.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 556 – The Eat That Frog! discussion continues with Chapter 5 – Practice Creative Procrastination, and Chapter 6 – Use the ABCDE Method Continually. Release date: Thursday, July 5.

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554 – Setting the Table

On this week’s WELSTech, Martin and Sallie begin their summer book discussion with a look at chapters 1 & 2. Martin starts bullet journaling, and Sallie is all about the next exit. Plus, we have community feedback and the hymn of the day!

The discussion:

Goals and plans – Starting at the beginning with a list of goals and steps to achieve them is just what Martin and Sallie do as they discuss chapters 1 & 2 of Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy.

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

Featured videos:

Enjoy the hymn of the day for this coming Sunday, June 24 – By Grace I’m Saved – performed by Koine and featured on the WELSTech Music playlist.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 555 – Martin and Sallie talk about chapters 3 & 4 of Eat That Frog! – Apply the 80/20 Rule to Everything & Consider the Consequences. Release date: Wednesday, June 27.

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Doodle

Picture … herding cats. Not a job I’d sign up for, and, if it were assigned to me, not a job I’d expect to complete with 100% success.

That’s the feeling that often came to mind when I needed to find a meeting time for a group of church volunteers and staff. Coordinating everyone’s availability was nearly impossible and always resulted in an avalanche of e-mail. But those days are behind me thanks to the simple (and free) social scheduling tool, Doodle!

Doodle is a web and mobile app which allows users to suggest multiple meeting times and invite the meeting participants to indicate which times will work for them. After everyone has submitted their preferences, the meeting organizer has a full view of availability and can choose the date and time for the meeting which works best for all of the participants.

The process in pictures

To get started with Doodle, you must create or sign in to your free Doodle account. After signing in, you’ll land on your Doodle dashboard where you can schedule a meeting or create a single question survey.

To schedule a meeting, start by giving it a name and location.

On the next screen, you will have an option to view the poll settings. Here you can set up various options such as limiting the number of people who can select each option.

A calendar display allows you to select multiple dates on which the meeting can be held. On the right, a link is provided to add specific time options for the meeting, if it isn’t an all-day event.

Multiple times per day selected can be added.

Finally, you are prompted to input identifying information. Doodle automatically fills in this information from your Doodle account information, but you may edit it, if desired.

When you’ve finished setup, a link is displayed which you can share via e-mail or other tools with the meeting participants. Alternatively, you may e-mail the participants from within Doodle.

The participant doesn’t have to create a Doodle account to respond to your poll. They simply type in their name and check the meeting options which work with their schedule.

After clicking Done, participants have the option to subscribe to poll updates or go back to the poll where they could change their submission, if desired.

When someone responds to your poll, Doodle sends you an e-mail to alert you to the new response.

At any time, you may return to your Doodle poll to see the responses. Whenever you are ready, typically after everyone has responded, you can click the orange “Choose final option” button at the top of the poll.

Select the desired meeting time by clicking the star in the yellow row and then clicking Done.

The poll will be closed, and a results link will display which you may share with meeting participants. Or simply e-mail out the finalized date and time for the meeting!

The great thing about Doodle is the poll set up and finalization takes less time than it took you to read this blog post. Three cheers for simple (and free) social scheduling with Doodle!

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411 – Worship Tech

This week on WELSTech we talk about a creative way to involve members in your ministry efforts, share some security tips for your social media accounts and even throw in some cool (and educational) websites for kids.

The interview & discussion:

core145x125Creative team – Tom Plamann, Technology & Creative Arts Coordinator at The CORE in Appleton, WI, joins Martin and Sallie with a look behind the scenes at the planning, creativity and cutting edge technology (minus a fear of failure) which goes into each worship service.

News in tech:

iOS 9 available for iPhone and iPad

WELS now:

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

Ministry resources:

Websites for Kids – A list of great kids sites including …

Featured video:

This week we’ve added not one, but two, projection mapping introductory videos to the WELSTech Product Demos YouTube Playlist – 3D Projection Mapping and Projection Mapping: The Future is Here. Learn more at Projection Mapping Central.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 412 – Martin and Sallie welcome back Gail Potratz to the semi-regular classroom correspondent chair to talk “making” with tech in the classroom.  Join us Tuesday, September 29 at 4 pm Central. welstechlive.wels.net

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