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Trust Agents 3b: Become “One of Us”

Trust Agents 3b: Become “One of Us”

The dynamics of community and culture seem to be the same, wherever you may find yourself.

For example, I work in campus ministry. The university community is unique and as a campus missionary of sorts, I must know the culture. I must learn its language, find its gathering places, and know its nuances. I must submerge myself into the community if I want to effectively develop relationships with college students, earn their trust, and ultimately earn the right to share the gospel with them.

Essentially, I must become “one of them.”

(And, may I say, it’s a rough job. Somebody has to go to all those football games!)

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Trust Agents 2b: Don’t Be Boring

Trust Agents 2b: Don’t Be Boring

Tic-Tac-Toe is a boring game. I can’t think of the last time I lost a game of Tic-Tac-Toe. I bet you can’t either. And you know why? It’s because the game is too simple. You can be a master at Tic-Tac-Toe, but no one will care.

You’ve got to play a new game.

In the second (and third) part(s) of chapter 2, Brogan and Smith discuss steps 2 and 3 of gaming (see Mary Beth Stockdale’s post for step 1). Here they offer two ways to improve your game: hacking and programming.

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Trust Agents 2a – Action Step #1

Accomplishing a goal requires following some type of procedures, but to Make it Your Own Game, you need to find the “Gatejumper” key. Gatejumping is…”what happens when you find a better way to do things while everyone else is too busy to notice.”

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Trust Agents 1a – Who Do You Trust?

Who are you? (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?) I really wanna know (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?) So goes the song “Who are you?” by The Who.  A little mental background music for this post. Chris Brogan and Julien Smith kick off their book Trust Agents by telling the stories of […]

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