The tweet mentality

Of all the social media networks I’ve been exploring, Twitter took me the longest to warm up to. Yet finally, I’m starting to get it!

It really is a different animal. For starters, in each message you’re limited to a certain number of characters – 140, to be exact – so you’ve got to be laser-focused. And isn’t that one of the characteristics of a good coach? Being able to drill down to the heart of the issue, and reflect that back clearly and concisely?

Twitter gives us a place to express that masterful coaching skill, as well as an excellent training ground to practice it.

Since I haven’t been able to express my full sentiments within my 140-character tweets, this blog post is like an open letter to my Twitter friends and followers.

THANK YOU for the wonderful connections we’ve had. I’ve enjoyed learning more about you – what you struggle with and what you celebrate. I’ve marvelled at our similarities and I’ve been fascinated by our differences. Thank you for joining me in the Coaching4Clergy mission – every pastor, ministry staff and church leader a coach.

And so even though no one’s leaving this party anytime soon, it’s still been great to take this chance to express my appreciation for our time together. Here’s to more good times!

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J. Val Hastings

J. Val Hastings, MCC, is the Founder and President of Coaching4Clergy, which provides specialized training for pastors, church leaders and coaches. Val is the author of the book The Next Great Awakening: How to Empower God’s People with a Coach Approach to Ministry and the e-book The E3-Church: Empowered, Effective and Entrepreneurial Leadership That Will Keep Your Church Alive. Val currently holds the designation of Master Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, the highest coaching designation.

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