Clark’s Blog.

Think Digital. Be Social.

JUSTIN WISE || Think Digital Academy

HALEY VETURIS || Saddleback Church

IPHONE HEARING AID || This is way too Cool

JOHN GREEN || Building a Passionate Audience

TOP PRODUCTIVITY TIPS || Forbes Magazine

CLARK CAMPBELL  || Tech News & Review

MICHAEL WOOTEN || The Status of Society vs. Technology

Brad Robinson || Apple’s WWDC 2014 Conference 

CLARK CAMPBELL || Update on the new SHOW and EVENTS

Tim Spires & Bobby Bowden on being Extraordinary!

Inky Johnson, Former UT Volunteer on Choosing to Win!

ATHENA DAVIS || Live Kelly & Michael Top Teacher Competition

Advertising – Billboards vs Phones? WATCH THE ROAD!

18 year-old, Non-profit director, BCHS ’14 Grad, Lindsey Armstrong

My Personal Struggle w/Time Management & People Pleasing

The Big Shift.

JUNE 2ND: several of you have asked, “what is the June 2nd announcement you’re going to make…?” Well, I hope I don’t let any of you down by telling you, it’s NOT an increase in family size NOR are we moving to Alaska or New York 

THE UPDATE: I’m making a slight course adjustment in career path (but not huge) later this Summer/Fall. I will still be serving the Church of God andPathway Press as an event, digital and social media contractor/consultant but I will be officially, “self-employed” late Summer/Fall.

BenjaminClark Productions will officially be my “gig” in a few months. I work for some of the greatest people on the planet (Church of God & Pathway Press) and I’m proud to continue working alongside them but with a team instead of just me.

This post is not intended to be a sales pitch BUT I do have two awesome teammates who are helping me launch this FOR REAL and they are already working feverishly to, “Solve Social Media” for organizations, businesses and events. If you want us to take a look at your social strategy & presence, hit me up soon. Things are already crazy busy.

Truthfully, this is a proud moment but at the very same time, a humbling one#SMH

Thank you ALL for the love, support and cheers along the way. Please keep our family in your prayers as we continue moving forward!

LASTLY: check out the new BenjaminClark Productions website for a taste of what we’re doing. WEB: BenjaminClark.com

The Ultimate Disclaimer on [CLARK’S] Life.

You know how sometimes in life multiple things just hit you upside the head? Or maybe a confluence of events collide, almost as if they were orchestrated. Well, a masterpiece, not of my own making, has been unfolding in my personal life over the last two years and I feel as if the composer is making final edits and imagining the potential sounds one more time before it hits the printing press and then the eyes of the symphony. Without going into details just yet, I’ve walked thru weeks/months of intense soul searching and conversations that have stretched me further than my heart seems to stretch comfortably. My encounters with the voice of God have been more identifiable and the randomness of recent experiences have left me speechless. Then tonight, another little SIGNIFICANT thing came across my radar — aka my twitter feed. Right in the middle of the most intense month of my life (mentally and spiritually), as I’ve been trying to dig to the very bottom of my calling and passion, I read a comic which was seemingly written by someone who knows me well! I even spent 30 minutes on the phone with a mentor today who basically outlined my current life struggle – aka the comic below — just 8 hours before it ever showed up in twitterverse via Mashable and the artist, Grant Snider. FINAL THOUGHT: I cannot wait to see what the composer has penned. When I get to finally play, many year of experience will suddenly make melodies and harmonies that I’ve only heard in my dreams.

Best of Social Media Summit || airport reflections

In case you’ve been wondering, “WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THIS STUPID HASHTAG #BESTOFSMS THING THAT IS BLOWING UP MY TWITTER FEED THIS WEEK???” Well, here’s an overview & synopsis which is intended to give context to those of you curious about the event I just attended in Southern California.

The 2013 Best of Social Media Summit – Saddleback Ranchero Capistrano

EVENT BACKGROUND & MAKEUP:

A facebook group was started about 6 months ago [by Mark Forrester & Matt Brown] connecting social media, digital & PR leaders from some of the largest and most influential Christian organizations and ministries I can think of. We discuss ideas, tools, strategies and campaigns on a daily basis. We also like being sarcastic withMatt Brown because he is from Minnesota and he pronounces coffee, caaaafie. Here’s just a sampling of the organizations that make of the group:

I’m sure that I missed a few… I’ll add them as I remember or you can message me and tell me! @benjaminclark

#BESTOFSMS EVENT DESCRIPTION:

We met together for two full days of connecting, sharing ideas and learning best practices in social media on Saddleback’s beautiful grounds at their Rancho Capistrano retreat center in San Juan Capistrano, California.

Special guest speakers included:

  • Justina Chen (Microsoft executive speechwriter) @JustinaYChen
  • Jeramie McPeek (VP of Digital for Phoenix Suns). @Jeramie @Suns
  • Mark Burnett & Roma Downey (Reality TV Producers and The Bible Mini-series) @MarkBurnettTV & @RealRomaDowney
  • Naghmeh Abedini (Fighting for husband’s release from Iranian Prison for preaching Gospel) @NaghmehAbedini
Topics included:
  • The “magic moments” of brands in social media campaigns
  • Keeping the “social” in Social Media
  • Event & Conference Strategies
  • Content is King
  • Creative Strategies
  • Crisis Communication Strategies

Special thanks to Haley Veturis and her Saddleback team, they were unbelievably accommodating and welcoming!

My Takeaway: Every attendee was humbled to be in such amazing company with some of the MOST influential voices in the nonprofit/organizational faith community. There didn’t seem to be any stars. It was just a big family get-together with some fun, passionate, intelligent, wise lovers of Jesus. For myself, it was a networkers dream :)There’s no physical way for me to sit here and give a full context review of the event so I’ll try to sum it up with the one word that most fits our 2 day summit – AWE – a feeling of reverential respect mixed with wonder.

Your Social Media Obsession Is Literally A Full-Time Job [Infographic]

The following was originally posted here: socialnewsdaily.com

I find infographics fascinating, especially this one b/c I’m somewhat obsessed w/sociology & social media!

Check out these amazing facts posted yesterday by Social News Daily.

SocialMediaObsession Your Social Media Obsession Is Literally A Full Time Job [Infographic]

Today I tried something new — a VIDEO BLOG. I feel more comfortable talking than writing so I’m giving this a shot! Let me know if I should do more of these or more writing…

The Difference Between Purpose & Vision.

The difference between purpose and vision is very simple. [in the context of leadership and your organization]

Think of it this way, you and your wife have just gotten home from work and one of the two of you asks the other, “what do you want to do for dinner?”

Your purpose = the WHY: we need to live, we are hungry and we don’t have time to cook tonight because the baby is hungry. The only way to resolve that is to go eat.

Your vision = the WHAT: physical descriptions and substantive thoughts which you have before you make any decisions on where to eat. You attempt to paint a positive picture of that satisfying dinner experience.

  • What does the physical world look like, sound like and feel like which best fulfill your purpose (the why). In this case, the purpose of your project is eating so that you will have the energy and bodily resources to live. 
  • Do you envision a sidewalk meal at a café downtown? Is it something quick but not too fast food-ish like Zaxby’s? Is it quiet and expensive? Is it romantic? Or is it open and loud where it will be safe for the kids to yell?

There you go, that is the simplest way I’ve ever heard vision and purpose defined. Thank you David Allen.

Wake Up! [the early bird experiment] RESULTS

If you read my original post below on this personal experiment (May 14th) I wanted to update you on the results, so far.

The Good News:

  • my average time asleep has increased
  • my average time going to bed has been about an hour earlier than the last three months (10:30 – 11:30pm) while it used to be (11:30 – 12:30am)
  • my average wake-up time over the last 2 weeks has been earlier (6:45 – 7:30am) while it used to (7:30 – 8:30am)

The Honest News:

  • We’ve been moving over the last two weeks and you all know that changes in the nest makes life more stressful, sleeping well is not a guarantee. So, I think I can do even better as we get settled in our new home
  • The baby has been waking up in the middle of the night over the last few weeks screaming as if she was having a bad dream and takes quite a while to go back to sleep. Waking up 3-4 times a night to console her does not help the “early bird experiment” but is well worth the sacrifice when it comforts your child 🙂
The Bottom Line: I’m very impressed with the tricks I’ve been trying to help me get up earlier. It has increased my productivity, made me feel healthier/more confident and I’ve had more more of a “self-control” feel. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is YOU CANNOT TRUST YOUR BRAIN IN THE MORNING! The battle begins in bed the night before. Hopefully the strategy will continue working over the next few weeks, months & years.
I must remember the heart of the matter, though: to eat more healthy, spend more time in the gym, be more confident, be a better husband/father leader and deepen my relationship with Jesus.

MAY 14th POST BELOW:

Most all of us have tried our fair-share of diets and we’ve had our seasons of disciplined exercise regiments. Both have required self control & focus. The results are usually good or great and people often notice the weight loss or the many other benefits that come with healthy living.

So, I’m going to attempt a new self control & focus experiment — WAKING UP EARLY, ON PURPOSE.

I’ve been reading a lot about the discipline of early rising and the people I admire the most are the ones who get up the earliest…so, here goes nothing! I hope, as a result of WAKING UP EARLY, I will eat more healthy, spend more time at the gym, be more confident, be a better husband/father leader and deepen my relationship with Jesus.

Normally I go to bed around 11:30pm and I wake up around 7:30am. My new goal is IN bed at 10:30pm and OUT of bed at 6:30am.

I use a great app called Sleep Cycle to help me wake up at the right time (see link below for REM details).

As I get started, I wanted to share a few things with you that I’ve been learning about WAKING UP EARLY.

  • Evening people may be more prone to social jet lag; this means that their biological clock is out of sync with the social clock [READ MORE about this study]
  • We always have a better chance to succeed in things which we understand and where we know underlying principles and laws, as opposed to things we do not understand. Let’s see how understanding sleep mechanics can help you sleep better and wake up earlier. [READ MORE about sleep mechanics here]
  • 8 Tips for waking up early and conquering the alarm clock. [READ MORE]
  • Young adults in their 20s are experiencing earlier signs of aging attributed to sleep loss. [READ MORE]

I’ll keep you posted on my progress. Keep checking back so you’ll know if these things work (and because I need some accountability).

I’m protesting you (and me), not Starbucks.

*disclaimer – I visit Starbucks (and other local coffee shops) regularly. I also worked for Starbucks for 2 years. This post is not intended to show support for any Starbucks stance, politically speaking*

This is an open letter to my Christian Brothers & Sisters…and myself.

PROBLEM: We know what we’re against but we hardly know what we’re for.

Last month these quotes began flooding Christian circles:

  • “Dump Starbucks” – actual campaign
  • The Hashtag: #BoycottStarbucks
  • “Starbucks CEO: No Tolerance for traditional marriage supporters”
  • “Howard Schultz sent a clear message to anyone who supports traditional marriage over gay marriage: we don’t want your business.”
  • Here’s the Examiner post where these quotes were birthed, “Starbucks CEO: No Tolerance for traditional marriage supportersby Victor Medina

Facts:

  • The title of Victor Medina’s post was deceptive and/or over-interpreted
  • Howard Schultz (CEO of Starbucks) did not say, “anyone who supports traditional marriage over gay marriage: we don’t want your business.”
  • Here’s what Howard Schultz, did say, “If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38% you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.” 
  • You can WATCH his response here: 1 min video

It only takes a quick google search to find out if “the rumors” hold up. I used Snopes.com to find out within seconds that this post/rumor was misleading. Even so, it was unsurprising to read that Howard Schultz (Starbucks) does support same-sex marriage. In 2012 Howard Schultz expressed his company’s support for the State of Washington’s legislation recognizing same-sex marriage in this press statement.

  • You can boycott, or get your caffeine fix elsewhere as many have chosen to do.
  • You can also oppose same-sex marriage and continue to buy coffee from Starbucks.
  • Here’s a list of Corporations (and organizations) that support the same legislation that Starbucks supports.
  • I’m not against protesting
  • I’m not against your convictions

My Protest:

As Christians, we’re dreadfully reactive to viral issues with little regard for research. We’re more passionate about what we’re against than what we’re for. And we’re notorious for “standing up FOR Jesus” when we should be simply “standing up for others WITH Jesus.” So, I’m protesting you (and me), not Starbucks.

Before you spin this in to, “Clark is against Christians, God & the Bible” please read the definition from which I approach the title of this blog post, “I’m protesting you (and me), not Starbucks.”

Protesting (noun): an expression or declaration of objection

Here’s the tension: it is likely that you and I share the exact same conviction about lifestyle, sin, choices and God’s wrath but when we forget how far Jesus went for each of us we have the tendency to crush the very ones who He is currently going the distance for! We celebrate when Christians stand up against sin, against lifestyles and against political persuasions but we can rarely be found standing up for the those who Jesus would be standing with. Jesus doesn’t need us to stand up FOR Him. Rather, Jesus probably wants us to stand up WITH Him for those who need him. (Read John 8 & Matthew 26:47-56)

Let it be clear, I’m not against protesting but there’s great risk that comes with it. Protesting without research can undermine your ability to influence a desired outcome. Information is hitting us every day at the speed of water rushing from a fire hydrant. Not everything in that water should be assumed as good OR evil water! We, as Christians (including myself), need to sample the water quality for contamination before you give it to other people and tell them to, “destroy that water, it’s going to poison you!”

Bottom Line:

  • I know you have good intentions.
  • Protest all you want but please do your research first!
  • Don’t be a hypocrite, protest all the corporations who take the same “stance,” not just the easy targets. 
  • Stand up with Jesus, not for Him. He’s not looking for our help. (Matthew 26:47-56)
  • Even the pharisees used “scripture” to condemn a women in sin but Jesus rebuked them. (John 8)
  • Be passionate second — be compassionate first.
  • Jesus went a long way for you — and for everyone you disagree with.
The Hardest Thing:
Soon enough I’ll be guilty of everything I’ve written about in this post because I recently experienced my own shortcomings in the way I reacted to the bank last month…
Just remember how far He went for you and for them.