To be an effective assistant, it’s imperative to have good communication.
Thankfully, Craig understands the importance of clear expectations as well as making time with me a priority. I’ve known several assistants who have a hard time meeting with their senior pastor. Over time, Craig and I have adopted a system that works very effectively for us.
We’re both list-makers, so we normally start each day with downloading what’s on the “to-do” list. He keeps a list of what he needs to do, and I keep a master list of his tasks and mine. Throughout the day, we’re talking back and forth. At the end of the day, we’ll meet before he leaves to review the list again. We’ll discuss what’s been accomplished and what still remains. Since Craig has so many things on his mind, wrap-around communication helps him breathe a little easier, knowing that things are taken care of.
One of the most important things I do for Craig is listen. He’s obviously very creative, so a lot of our time is spent brainstorming ideas. He asks a lot of questions, too. In addition to listening, I give him feedback. During his sermon preparation, he likes to talk the message out, to see what works and what doesn’t. Just hearing it out loud makes a huge difference, as well as hearing a woman’s perspective. I tell him what I think is most effective. This process really helps him tighten the message.
Another part of my role is confidentiality. It’s essential in my position to ensure that information is not discussed or divulged to third parties. Craig and Amy are comfortable sharing things with me because they know they can trust me. It’s vital to surround yourself with people you trust. This cultivates a healthy work environment.
Healthy work environments breed productivity, peace, and fun. We work hard, but we have fun, too. It’s not uncommon for Craig to pull out the remote controlled fart machine.
I’d love to hear how you cultivate good communication with your assistant.