How to Manage Perceptions

Perception is reality. That is vitally important to know as a student minister. The perceptions students have for you, as a leader, can make or break your ministry. If they feel like you don’t like them, they won’t be interested in coming back to whatever your student ministry is doing…whether it’s the coolest thing ever or not. Perception is everything.

perceptionsBut perceptions is very important in peer-to-peer relationships within an office setting as well. So how do you know what that is and how do you manage that?

That is why Seth Muse joins the podcast. Seth is usually my our go-to person when it comes to Instagram knowledge. However, in this episode, Seth and I talk about perceptions and how to manage those effectively. Here is a hint on part of our discussion…a lot of managing those perceptions involve spending time with others and getting to know each other.


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Tom Pounder

A father of 4, Tom is the Online Campus Pastor as well as Social Media Director at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs, vlogs, periscopes and podcasts regularly about student and online ministry stuff. Check out his work at and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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