Podcast Episode #236
Discuss an article by Art Rainer on how to make a poor first impression and apply it to churches. Impassioned discussions on proper handshake etiquette and hugs are also included.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Church members are often friendly…to the people they already know.
- Don’t wait for a guest to ask a question. If you see they need help, help them.
- People want to know you are interested in them when they visit your church.
- Relationships are the #1 thing that brings people to a church, keeps them, and gets them involved.
- When you meet a new guest at church, it is a time to listen to them, not debate with them.
- Not everyone is a hugger.
The nine ways churches can make a terrible first impression are:
- Wait for them to approach you.
- Make your handshake at weak as possible (or as strong as possible).
- Avoid eye contact. Instead, look at their eyes.
- Don’t use the other person’s name.
- Talk about your successes a lot.
- Act bored when they talk.
- Whenever possible, vehemently disagree with them.
- Don’t crack a smile.
- Don’t say goodbye.
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