Speaker 1:                           00:00                     Okay, welcome to this lesson on how to get people to your conference. It all starts with having the right attitude and so that is what we’re going to talk about today. I’ve got four key thoughts, key attitudes that you need to have, need to take on. If you want to recruit that guy, that key guy, people want to recruit a lot of people who want to double, triple the amount of people that are going to your conference. Okay. The first attitude that you need to have is everybody is going. So this can be a tough attitude to have when it feels like there’s not a lot of people, but whenever we’re recruiting for our winter conference, it did not matter if we had, I can, our first year when we had 28 people going, well at one point there was only 10 people signing up, 10 people signed up and at the time, I mean that really wasn’t a lot of people.

Speaker 1:                           00:59                     And so we were, we were freaking out. Like act like I can’t believe 10 people have signed up for the conference and the conference is still two months away. And so we just took on this attitude like there’s so many people going again, it didn’t matter the number. So then I think that’s how we got the next 18 people signed up because they bought into this like, Hey, there’s so many people go. And so that was from our, from our campus. But then even if, let’s say there’s not a lot of people signed up, uh, from your campus, or maybe it’s a small number, you can still, uh, like for us, we had several thousand people going to this conference. And so, uh, we had this attitude that it’s, you know, snap just people from, from our campus. Uh, there’s the teenagers that are recruiting to this thing only, and there’s so many people going.

Speaker 1:                           01:51                     So when a person is thinking about going to your retreat or your conference, you can have the best speakers. You could have the best, uh, program and the most fun activities planned. But if their friends are not going, and if it doesn’t feel like there’s a lot of people going, they don’t want to go, it’s all about who else is going. And so one of the things that we would do every year, it could start to feel like he got old, but did it, we did it every year is I would just record a bunch of people, like three seconds or less saying I’m going. And then we put it all together into a three minute video and we would show it at our meeting or I was showed individually to people and so we’d upload it to YouTube and it’s like, I don’t know, 2030 40 people saying I’m going.

Speaker 1:                           02:43                     And so I watched that video and they would get to see these faces. So that would give an idea. Thank, I would say that would, that was more important than even watching the video about the conference. It’s like, Oh those people are going, I don’t really know where they’re going, but they look like people that I like to know. Like I look like them, you know, everyone is wondering like, okay, the next one that you need, the attitude that you need to have, you need to have this attitude. That is. And the reason I say that is because we knew kind of the perfect person that we wanted to come. We wanted to come to our conference and we knew we could kind of tell, Hey, if this person comes, they are probably, they have a chance to be a leader in our ministry one day.

Speaker 1:                           03:30                     And then there’s this, like most of campus is, does not fit into that category. So it’s really easy to think, Oh well, you know, why would I recruit them to our conference? Like this person is never going to be like a leader. And I just think that’s the wrong attitude. I think it’s just, I think you want to have this attitude and this thing is for everybody. It doesn’t matter if, uh, never followed Christ or every grew up in church or you’ve been a Christian your whole life. It doesn’t matter. You’re a senior, doesn’t matter where you’re at. This conference is for you. And it frees me freezers, your leaders up to invite their friends and they’re not over. You’re trying to figure out like, who is this for? Like is this shit my friend goers, taco, taco, no, your fridge go. Your friend will benefit.

Speaker 1:                           04:22                     Uh, and as you’re getting to know, uh, let’s say a group of people and you really connect with these, one or two guys really want them to come cause you’re, you know, trying to help these guys grow spiritually. The other five or six guys, you know, you’re not connecting, but just think to get your one or two guys there, you might have to get the other five or six. You might get just one or two of the other to get them on board and maybe one of the two or the other might be more apt to sign up for your conference. But that’s a win because now this guy goes, he’s going to have a great time, he’s going to get something out of it. But now the guy that you really want to go to sign up, okay, so you’ve got to have this attitude SMC for it.

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Speaker 1:                           05:08                     Yeah, come on. Let’s go. Doesn’t mean that you’re going to have to plug into our ministries. That’s another thing their student hears or might be thinking like how this guy’s not a candidate for our summer project. So that’s really what we’re probably about people that, no SMC or what winter conference as MC is the one that we recruited to, uh, you know, it’s for everybody. And so you gotta get that thinking out of your head if you’re definitely recruit those people that you really want to, it’s okay. The next one being not apologetic attitude. So here’s what I mean by that. And I would say this, I would say, yeah, I am, I never going to apologize to him for recruiting for our, I would tell people that it’s like, well why? Because I love people and I want them, I want to help them and I know that our conference is awesome and I just want, I want people to go and I want them to experience this grow.

Speaker 1:                           06:23                     Our conference is always at the beginning of the year. So I was thinking this is the best way to start off the year. And so I am not going to apologize for recruiting to our conference. I think about it when fraternities and sororities are on campus and they’re bringing in new members, they’re not apologize [inaudible] I’m really sorry, but I want to see if you will become a catalyst. Hey, they’re not apologizing for that. When your university is recruiting people to come to their university, they’re not apologizing to pretty high school seniors. I because they believe in their institution and they want people to come in. They’re also okay if some people don’t. I think just have this happen. Like what am I gonna apologize? Because we know what we get to hear and it’s good. So, uh, it’s not, I’m not gonna apologize because, uh, you know, I don’t care about people’s cause I don’t apologize cause I do care about people and I love people.

Speaker 1:                           07:21                     That’s why, you know, so passionate about getting people to come. And as I said that to people, like they were actually like, it kind of made sense why I was so passionate about this awkward. It’s like almost kind of, okay, you’re free to, you know, recruit hard. Now you’ve said you’re not going to apologize. I understand that you’re not going to apologize because I’ve never been to this thing, but apparently you think it’s awesome. Okay. Okay. And the last attitude that you have to have is it’s in the Lord’s hands. At the end of the day, God is going to get the people to, and so this really takes the pressure off. Now I’m going to recruit a guy that I want to come. I’m not going to apologize for recruiting another recruiter or crew until the day of the conference starts in hopes that he’s supposed to be there.

Speaker 1:                           08:17                     But you never know how the roads are orchid out. Sometimes people sign up those day, they hear about the comments and sometimes you got to tell them 10 times about it and I signed up that day. Uh, tell him or dance. This takes the pressure off because you don’t need any one person to go. You just do your thing. You tell them about it, you help them try to understand the conference and why you want them to go. Uh, but then at the end of the day, if they don’t go, it’s like they weren’t supposed to be there. And so you just have to trust God and trusted to Lord Sandton and for me, that really took the pressure off. It’s like I can cough it all your, your [inaudible], but it’s not a referral. Like should a be if this person doesn’t go, it’s not a reflection of my reading. I know that I, I did my best that I can do.

Speaker 1:                           09:15                     Okay. If you have those four attitudes as you start to recruit to your companies, that’ll be a great foundation. And then you might need to meditate them and really see, see that ends up to your, for this, if you know, I am passionate about this thing, this retreat, this conference, and it’s fun. Everybody, everybody’s going to this thing like everybody’s going and you start to really believe those things. Uh, you’re going to see, you’re going to see more people want to be a part of that. All right? If you have any comments or thoughts, feel free to leave them below.

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