Things to Do While at Catalyst Atlanta

We’re wrapping up our series from the team at Catalyst. We shared posts from Tyler Reagin and Lindsay van Zyl. Today, you’re going to hear from James Vore.

James is the content producer at Catalyst. He’s a great guy and I’m excited to share what he believes you must do in Atlanta, Georgia while at the Catalyst Conference.


What to do in Atlanta during Catalyst Conference

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We want Catalyst to be a place where you come and build family, year after year. Just like in any family, the best way to grow together is to get to know each other. Here are a few key things to do and be a part of while spending your three days in Atlanta, and if you have some extra time, make sure to venture into the heart of the city. Invite a new friend and get out there and explore!

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This Year at Catalyst: What Attendees Can Expect

My favorite leadership conference has to be the Catalyst conference held in Atlanta, Georgia ever October. Wednesday, today, and Monday, I’m thankful to welcome members of the Catalyst staff the opportunity to share a little about the Catalyst conference and what’s going on this year.

Today’s guest article is from Lindsay Van Zyl. Lindsay is the director of marketing at Catalyst.

Lindsay is going to share what you can expect at Catalyst this year.


What can someone expect while attending Catalyst Atlanta?

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Now that you know what Catalyst is all about, what can you expect as one of the 10,000 attendees at this year’s Atlanta event? Great question. Here we have gathered the big picture elements of this year’s conference for 2016 attendees and set some expectations to make sure everyone is ready for an impactful three days.

  1. Don’t miss Catalyst Labs on October 5.

Uncommon Unity: Why Catalyst is Calling a Family Meeting

As many of you know, the Catalyst conference in Atlanta, Georgia is my favorite conference. Today, Friday, and Monday, I’m thankful to welcome members of the Catalyst staff the opportunity to share a little about the Catalyst conference and what’s going on this year.

First up is Tyler Reagin. You may remember him from the 2nd episode of the Answers From Leadership podcast.


Andy Stanley speaking at Catalyst

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It’s common in our culture to sort, divide, and exclude. These days, we often look out for our own best interests, but we believe Jesus is building something uncommon. He is building something that invites, transforms and sends.

This year’s Catalyst Atlanta event is about coming together, not as the same, but as uniquely gifted pieces forming an effective whole. And leadership is at the core of building that unity within the Church.

So, this October, we’re calling a family meeting.

What Reality TV Taught Me About Being an Entrepreneur

I hear a lot of entrepreneurs say they’ve thrown out their televisions in exchange for self-improvement books, meditation, and more hours chipping away at their dreams. If it isn’t Shark Tank, it’s doing nothing to grow the business and put money in the bank.

Well, I’m an entrepreneur that loves to spend hours watching reality competition shows. After a long day of work, nothing is more satisfying than sitting on my couch with a bowl of cereal and watching other people battle for their dreams. Far from being a sadist, not only is competition fun to watch, it also helps me becomes a better entrepreneur.

TV and entrepreneurship can go together

This is not to say I can attribute all of my success to watching The Bachelorette. But, I’m not quick to discount the lessons I’ve learned from this show, and other shows like it, either. Here are three very important things that reality competition shows have taught me about being a successful entrepreneur.

How To Be A Leader When You’re Only A Manager

Sometimes it’s difficult to feel fulfilled as a leader when you are currently working as a manager.

Sure, your bosses want you to be a leader (or so they tell you in your annual performance reviews), but real leadership involves having the freedom to envision the future and having the authority to make tough decisions that hopefully end up with results like “driving growth”, “reducing costs”, “streamlining operations”, or any other corporate buzz-phrase that sounds like you just stepped out of a powerful board meeting.  But let’s face it, when you are a manager, your sole responsibility is to “manage” the day-to-day tasks as required by your boss.

You can be a leader when you're not a leader

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So what’s a mid-level manager to do with all of their passion to lead and no real outlet to lead in?