Join the Less Clutter, Less Noise Group Blog Project

less clutter less noise by Kem MeyerPeople have changed tremendously in just the last 5 years.  Most of us spend our days connected to the Internet, via laptop or cell phone or both.  The number of messages we process every day has grown exponentially.  It’s changed the way we process information, the way we think.  As a result, everyone who communicates or leads anything, needs to adjust to this new reality.

This is the context in which Kem Meyer writes Less Clutter, Less Noise, a book filled with insight into how to communicate effectively with the people in your church and your community.  Kem’s wisdom is derived from years of experience as communications director at Granger Community Church and in the corporate world.

After reading it myself, I think Less Clutter, Less Noise should be required reading for every pastor, church communications director, and ministry team leader.  Additionally, many of the lessons are transferable to communicating in a business or educational setting.

Group Blog Project

Less  Cutter, Less Noise is so chalked full of insight, that we’re going to blog about and discuss each of the 15 chapters here at Christian Web Trends.  To make the experience richer and more insightful for everyone, I’m looking for 15 people who would like to blog through Less Clutter, Less Noise with me.

We did this with Christ Brogan’s book Trust Agents last year and it really enabled the participants to discuss the topics more in depth and learn from one another.  So, here are the details:

  • Monday, January 10, I’ll kick things off with a blog post introducing the series.
  • Then every Wednesday, Friday, and Monday after that a different guest blogger will post about a chapter and lead the discussion.
  • I’ve created a sign-up spreadsheet in Google Docs.  Post a comment if you’d like to participate. I’ll share the document with you. You enter your info in the spreadsheet for the day/chapter you want to blog & lead the discussion.
  • You will have to get your own copy of Less Clutter, Less Noise, however…
  • Kem Meyer has generously offered to give away several copies.  So, here’s the deal…

I will draw 3 people from among those who sign-up by noon Eastern Friday, Dec 17, and those 3 will get free copies of Less Clutter, Less Noise.

Big thanks to Steve Fogg who gave me a copy of Less Clutter, Less Noise through his blog.

Post a comment to participate!

Updated 1 PM 12/15: We’ve got bloggers in place for all 15 chapters. Woohoo!  If you’d like to sign-up to be a back-up (in case someone withdraws), I’ve created 3 back-up spots which you can sign-up for. Post a comment & let me know. Otherwise, you can still read along & participate in the discussion.

Updated 4 PM 12/16: Because bloggers have already signed up for all 15 chapters, there was no need to wait until Friday to do the drawing. Congrats to Jennifer Armitage, Rick Phillips, and Amber Hill who have each won a copy of Less Clutter, Less Noise!

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder of CypressMeadows.org, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as +Paul Steinbrueck.

51 Responses to “Join the Less Clutter, Less Noise Group Blog Project”

  1. I'd be interested… Love the book..

  2. Sign me up.

  3. Michael Robinson Dec 14, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Hey Paul sign me up…

  4. Paul, I just started it and love it. We use her book in our church as part of our communication philosophy. I'll be happy to do the blog series at my http://www.edcyz.com site since I write about communications and writing there. I already have the book.

    • PaulSteinbrueck Dec 14, 2010 at 11:24 am

      Hey Ed, glad to hear you're reading the book & already using at your church. Thanks for the offer to do the series on your blog. We've already decided to do it here on Christian Web Trends, but I'd love to have you as one of the bloggers in this project.

  5. I would be interested in this.

  6. I would also be interested in this project. Have not read the book yet but have been wrestling with this issue in our context for awhile now.

  7. I would love to participate!

  8. Kem + Paul + new blogging buddies. Who would turn that down? I already have the book and love it. Let me in!
    http://www.twitter.com/godvertiser http://www.godvertiser.com http://www.kennyjahng.com

  9. I'm just finishing up the book right now. I'd be very interested in joining this project.

  10. Michael Williams Dec 14, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    I'd love to participate. My email is michael.sovG@gmail.com and my blog is http://michaelatsovg.wordpress.com
    I'm really looking forward to it, thanks!

  11. aventurasenhonduras Dec 14, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Sign me up. I read the book last year – it's great. lahahn@sbcglobal.net

  12. I would love to join in on the conversation. Our communications department read it this summer and we love it!

  13. Definitely interested! Kem's work has been a huge inspiration to me since I began working in ministry communications full-time, almost five years ago. I would love to participate in this opportunity to look at the book more closely and in community. Thank you for initiating and for the open invitation.

  14. Count me in!

  15. Thanks and please count me in!

  16. Hey Paul, this is a brilliant idea!

    I'm so glad you are getting alot out of the giveaway that was on my blog (I'll be posting more give-aways in the new year).

    I'd be really happy to take part in this! Sign me up.

    Steve

  17. Rick Phillips Dec 14, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Read it and loved it! I'd be interested in joining the group.

  18. Book sounds great. Topic good for me. I'd like to participate.

  19. I'm enjoying the book right now. I'm interested in participating.

  20. Paul – I'm in if you need me!

  21. I'd love to be a part of this as we're in the middle of retooling our communication strategy.

  22. I'm salivating just thinking about all the great stuff you'll be talking about. As Comm Dir for a 60 year old traditional church, I need all the help I can get to move our strategies forward. I'd love to particpate.

  23. Lisa Hamilton Dec 15, 2010 at 8:20 am

    I'd love to be a part!

  24. marybethstockdale Dec 15, 2010 at 10:18 am

    I'm in!

  25. I am the Comm Director Fellowship Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. We are continuing to integrate several of Kem's insights. I would really really really like to be a part of the project. — Erik

  26. I'm in!!!

    Brian Beatty
    Christ Community Church
    St. Charles, IL

  27. Sign me up. Thanks!

  28. Sign me up! Read the book and loved it!

  29. Let me know if you need a backup!

  30. I was given a copy of the book along time ago…and haven't had time or made time to read it. This looks like a great time to do it. How do I sign up just to take part in reading along and the group discussion, but not lead one of the chapters?

    • PaulSteinbrueck Dec 16, 2010 at 3:54 pm

      Hi Tracy, just come back January 10 when we kick off the group blog project. You can also subscribe to the RSS feed or follow OurChurch.Com on Facebook or Twitter. Blog articles are posted to all 3 of them.

  31. PaulSteinbrueck Dec 16, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Because bloggers have already signed up for all 15 chapters, there was no need to wait until Friday to do the drawing. Congrats to Jennifer Armitage, Rick Phillips, and Amber Hill who have each won a copy of Less Clutter, Less Noise!

  32. I'm interested in this project. Have the book and LOVE it! A huge resource!

  33. Wonderful insight for me. I am interested. Keep it up.

  34. I am going to download the book from Kindle today! We have got to change the face of our church communication.

  35. gluesticktheology Jan 4, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Hi Paul – I am the communications director at Flagnaz Community Church and proud owner of a copy of Less Clutter Less Noise as well. I would love to be a part of the blog or at least connect thru my blog so others can read along.

    Thanks
    Dan

    • PaulSteinbrueck Jan 4, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      Hey Dan, it'd be great to have you participate. I've already got someone signed up to blog about each of the chapters, so all you need to do is read along with us and join the conversation in the comments. Of course if you want to blog about what you're learning through the project on your blog, that'd be great too.

  36. Karen (in Australia) Jan 9, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    So excited, I just logged in (2:20pm Monday), but couldn't find the first post.
    Then it occurs to me… it's still Sunday in the U.S.
    I'm looking forward to the first post, on Tuesday :-)

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