There comes a point of growth where you need a fresh perspective. I was invited to attend a workshop with Church on the Move and Saddleback Church in Orange Country. I knew this would be a great opportunity to hear advice from others in the field.
When I arrived I was surprised to find out I was the only woman there. It had been so long since I had been around my peers. I thought to myself, What did I get myself into, I wanted to run out the door. Good thing I had been reading Facebook’s COO book Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg about women in the work force. One thing she teaches is to sit at the table, don’t draw back, you belong there just as much as they do. I text my boyfriend and told him how uncomfortable I felt. He said, “You own the room, they are scared of you.” Time for meet and greet, everyone had to get up and talk to each other. Of course no one came up to me because that would look like they where picking up on me.. or so my imagination said. I got up and approach each table and asked the group the questions we were suppose to ask to find the table we are to sit at. I found the summer baby table and began to ask everyone where they where from. I was happy to find a sound girl in the group. Phew.
At the workshop, I listened to the challenges and how the guys from Church on the Move and Saddleback where able to overcome them. Working with volunteers and most of all creative directors. I thought, how my church doesn’t have a creative director..ohhhh..my pastors are the creative directors. I had never looked at it like that before. “Creative people are experimenting, yes they are changing their minds but that is because they are still dreaming and playing with different ideas.” I had only seen my pastors as authority figures who make decisions but now as creative directors, they are experimenting.
The workshop shared many other principles. But now I understood the creative mind was subject to change because I too change my mind! I was also able to make some great contacts with other production people there too. The guys didn’t seem to notice or mind there where only two women there, in fact the workshop leaders kept saying, “Ladies and Gentlemen.”
The weeks that followed at work was like a weight lifted off my shoulders. The stress and frustration that I was feeling with working with creative leaders were gone. No longer was I needing black and white decisions but now I saw I too was experimenting creatively with them. Before, I kept thinking I was picking the wrong answers, that I was doing it all wrong, but the ideas were being developed and formed. When discussing a video that wasn’t working, the creative leader and myself was able to come up with an idea together instead of being frustrated or being offended that I didn’t get it right. She even told me, “Thank you for being flexible.”
Of corse this is easier to write than do but it’s up to me to lead my department trusting God is speaking to our creative leaders and my responsibility to come along side the vision and to see it through. Even if that means I need to export “Final Project #34.” haha
Have you ever been to a workshop before? What did you learn and take away?