True Service

Hi I’m Sarah,

I have been part of the Eagle-Com team for 8 years and I am the ‘Media Distribution Manager.’ That may not mean much to you and in fact people are always asking me to explain my job!

Fist and foremost, I am responsible for making sure that all of the media partners (Radio & TV stations, Magazines, Websites, etc.) get the materials they need to fulfill their contracts. That might mean they need a commercial for a campaign, or an ad to print in their magazine or a program to air on their station. That seems clear enough right, but how can that possibly take up enough time to be my job? Well, to get everyone what they need requires A LOT of files – a few hundred every week. Plus, things need to be coordinated with our ministry clients who provide the files and the media outlets who will be carrying the programs and campaigns.

However, you are correct – there is usually some time to take on other roles too. The rest of my time is split in a few ways. I work in our production department where I assemble programs and create short feature programming.  I also do design work, manage our website and help with various internal systems. For example, Eagle-Com has recently incorporated an online workspace which allows us to communicate internally and manage all of our projects – from anywhere at any time.  Stay tuned for more articles on “PODIO”…which we would highly recommend!

My role in distributing media brings the hard work of many other teammates to fruition. If I have something to distribute, Catherine, Marian, and/or Shannon have already negotiated the plans with the media partners. 

There is no spotlight on my job!  I serve to support our company in many ways and ensure that our client’s messages are where they should be on time.  I enjoy my job and I like knowing that I play an important role, “behind the scenes”.   

Many things we do in life are for the purpose of supporting others and often times, they go unnoticed.  It is on these occasions that we are reminded that true service doesn’t look for a reward.  Eagle-Com is a company that works in the background to ensure that our ministry clients and our media partners have what they need to effectively convey their message to Canadians.  I am glad that I can be one part of this team!  

Do you have a question or comment for Sarah?  She’ll be more than happy to help you and can be easily reached at sarah@eagle-com.org!

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Two Months Later

On June 20th (and in the following days) huge areas of Calgary were flooded and thousands of people were evacuated.

Now, two months later, most of Canada has moved on with their lives, but Calgary still has a long way to go. Houses have been destroyed and lives need to be re-built. However, in the midst of all of the tragedy and uncertainty faced by many Albertans, God is working in powerful and wonderful ways.

One place we have seen God working is through the radio station AM1140. This High River-based station has been a source of Christian programming and local news for years. However, when the floods hit High River the station had to be evacuated.

The station had been reporting on the rising water levels, but they did not expect to be affected and so on June 20 they came to work and it was business as usual. However, by noon, the street outside the station was covered in more than 6 inches of water and cars were being swept away. By  2:00 High River was declared to be in a state of emergency and the town was evacuated. By 3:00 pm AM1140 was off air!

With the station underwater and no way of providing important information and updates to High River, this was a moment to look to God to see how he would provide. And provide He did!

Only a few days later AM1140 staff were able to get back downtown to the station. As they walked into the building they discovered that all of their essential equipment had remained above the water line and was safe! What a blessing.

AM1140 has also been blessed by their sister station, The Eagle 100.9, in Okotoks. Only a few months earlier, The Eagle had moved into a larger office and so AM1140 has been able to broadcast from this wonderful facility. The Eagle has selflessly converted boardrooms and offices into studios, which allows AM1140 to provide vital information and encouragement to the community.

However, they still have a long way to go. AM1140 is anxious to begin re-building, but it could be months before they are able to do so.

The road towards re-building is long and work intensive. Just getting to a stage where a contractor can begin to re-build requires huge amounts of labour: furniture needs to be removed, floors and drywall need to be cleaned or cleared, and the buildings need to be washed and sanitized.

Samaritan’s Purse has been working tirelessly to get hundreds of houses to this point. Typically, Samaritan’s Purse uses one of their huge Disaster Relief Units (a tractor trailer equipped with supplies, working office and phone system) in an emergency. However, the damage in Southern Alberta was so extensive that they had to bring in a second truck from Ontario and the USA office even volunteered a third truck.

Volunteers with Samaritan’s Purse took time off their own schedules to help out
in the Bowness area of Calgary on Canada Day. — photo by Frank King/Samaritan’s Purse

With the help of these trucks and the stream of volunteers and donations; Samaritan’s Purse has continued to clean more and more houses. They are showing God’s love by being the hands and feet of Jesus. 

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada (BGEAC) has also been blessing the people of Southern Alberta. Some of the trained chaplains from BGEAC’s ‘Rapid Response Team’ have been travelling with Samaritan’s Purse. Losing one’s home and possessions is an overwhelming experience and many people experience grief. The chaplains have been able to provide support and comfort in the face of this loss. They lead prayer and singing and provide guidance.

Together Samaritan’s Purse and BGEAC have been working to do everything they can to help Southern Alberta, while also supporting and uplifting local churches.

A masked Samaritan’s Purse volunteer adds to the massive mound of garbage outside a flooded High River home. — photo by Frank King/Samaritan’s Purse

Cities like High River still have a long road ahead of them. Yet, God is working through organizations like Samaritan’s Purse and BGEAC to show his love to the people of Southern Alberta. In spite of the challenges caused by the flooding, God has continued to take care of His people and organizations such as AM1140.

Two months ago tragedy struck, and for those of us who do not live in Alberta, it is easy to move on with our lives. However, we must continue to pray and help support those in Southern Alberta in any way we can!

Eagle-Com is grateful for the partnership that we have with AM1140. They are professional broadcasters….with huge hearts!

We are honoured to represent Samaritan’s Purse and BGEAC to help spread the word about their great work to Canadians.

Source: August 2013 “City Light News” – Article #1: “AM1140’s rapid recovery reserves vital news link” (page 9) by Peter Fleck, Article #2: “Samaritan’s Purse resources stretched by Alberta Floods” (page 11) by Doris Fleck, Photo credit: Frank King/Samaritan’s Purse
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We need your help!

Come August 26th, Canada will launch a new Christian television superstation – and we’re asking YOU to help name it!

Eagle-Com is very excited to be a part of this project with Zoomer Media, launching in just a few weeks.  You’ll be hearing more about it soon, but meanwhile we are asking you – our broadcast and ministry friends – for your opinion in this important decision!

Please take a few moments and email shannon@eagle-com.org with your top two choices of what YOU think the name of the new Christian television superstation should be:

Hope TV

Life TV

Faith TV

Truth TV

On behalf of Zoomer Media, thank you so much for your input!  Stay tuned for more exciting information, coming soon!

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Leadership + Inspiration = Action

We can all name a few great individuals or companies that have been able to lead and inspire the masses, such as Martin Luther King Jr, or Apple Inc.  While they weren’t doing something completely different from the popular movements at the time, they both rose above the crowd and were able to inspire action.  So what set them apart? And how can we also become great leaders in our communities and workplaces?

Author Simon Sinek explains, using his ‘Golden Circle’ theory:

In the illustration below, the outside ring represents ‘what’, the middle ring represents ‘how’ and the inner circle represents ‘why’.  Sinek explains that everyone knows what they do, most of those people know how they do it, but very few people know why they do what they do. As a result, most people work from the outside in. They explain what they are doing and then find something to explain why they are doing it.

But great leaders work in the opposite way: they work from the inside out. They are motivated by the belief that if they know why they are doing something, then it will allow their actions to explain what they are doing.

Why though, is that even important to distinguish? Why should people know why we’re doing something?

Because people don’t respond to what you do. They respond to why you do it!

Great leaders don’t explain the “what”; they emphasize the “why”. Case in point: 250,000 people didn’t come to stand in the summer heat in 1963 because of Martin Luther King Jr. They came for themselves because they believed what he believed. As Sinek explains, he didn’t give the “I have a plan” speech. He gave the “I have a dream” speech.

Eagle-Com has some amazing clients who are motivated by a passion and a deep love for God. When they allow that passion and belief to fuel their work and their connections, we can see how people are drawn to them, and most importantly, their message.

However, it is easy to lose sight of why we all do what we do.  It can be easy to get caught up in deadlines and reports and numbers. But, to be a great leader we must all work from the inside-out. People follow great leaders because these people believe in the same cause.

Are you giving people enough of the “why” for them to respond?

WHAT – HOW – WHY…where do you live?

This post is based on a TED talk by Simon Sinek:
http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action.html
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Mind-Blowing Facts about People over 50

Are you over 50? Do you know someone over 50? Of course you do! We all know someone over 50.  But how much do you know about the consumer habits of this demographic group?

The company Type A created a video that revealed incredible facts about people over 50.

People 50 and over…

  • Hold 75% of the financial assets in the U.S.
  • Are responsible for almost 50% of consumer spending
  • Buy 60% of all new cars
  • Have a net worth about 3 times that of younger generations
  • Have an average income 55% higher
  • Account for 55% of consumer packaged goods purchases
  • Outspent those under 50 by one trillion dollars in 2010
  • Are asked for advice about products or services about 90 times a year
  • Own 60% of all vacation and second homes
  • Are the web’s largest demographic constituency
  • Spend more than younger adults in virtually every major product category
  • Spend about $650/month on technology
  • Have a population that will grow at 3 times the rate of adults below 50 between now and 2030

And finally…

  • People over 50 are only targeted by 5% of advertising!

Clearly there is a huge gap between consumer habits and advertising targets. 

Are you getting your message to people over 50? If not, you should!

Not all products are intended for those over 50 and so not all messages need to be aimed at this age group. However, this demographic is being neglected, which may be costing many organizations potential revenue or support. Let us help you create a plan to reach this very important group!

You can watch the original video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQ3Ha1JRFt0

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