Some time in college someone asked me to DJ there wedding to save money and it has now snowballed into a fun hobby a few nights a year.  I am actually sitting at an event right now and was thinking of things I have learned that I think apply to life, ministry, and anyone who works with people.

1)    Atmosphere is built with music

Every time a TV show wants to edit a montage of create an emotion they use this rule, PLAY MUSIC! Some people still don’t realize that you need to pave the way with the emotion you hope to create and lay the foundation with a well-selected song or playlist. If you are planning an event and having a meet and greet time you need to have music.  Simply put you can manipulate emotions and create a good time with music

2)    Give people what they expect

People pay me to pick and play music. They don’t want to hear me talk (or they would pay me to speak). I have seen DJ’s try to teach the crowd a dance they love but no one else cares about. Chances are people expect something from you or are at your event for a reason; give them that thing.

3)    Most people don’t know what they need

This might sound like it goes against the rule I just named, but hear me out.  People know they want to dance and they expect that from you, but they might not know what songs will make that possible.  They listen to Owl City and Bob Marley in their car and don’t understand that your average mid tempo rock song is the worst thing in the world to dance to.  You have to give them what they need whether they know it or not.  If that doesn’t apply to leadership and management, I don’t know what does.

4)    You can only hit large demographics

Its not that I hate Bob Marley (as previously stated) its just that his songs are marginal.  There are songs that hit large demographics like the YMCA, and My Girl.  People want to play what they want but don’t understand that there is a room full of 4-5 generations and only certain songs unite them.  Churches are the same way. If you do a sermon series on marriage most in the room will want to hear it, but if you do a sermon series on marriage in your mid 50’s at the empty nest stage, over half the room has been marginalized. Again I am not saying that you shouldn’t tip your hate to everyone in the room but realize what is touched and where you spend the bulk of your time.



  1. Why would I “tip my HATE” to anyone? Doesn’t seem very on-point.

    Courtney, can we get an ETA on that?

    Jokes aside, all 4 are good and applicable points.

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