Author: Bryan K Nelson

Meaningful Creative Work

Exciting News

Some exciting news! Beginning in August, I will be joining Cappital.co — a custom software company based out of California — working remotely as a Senior Product Manager. I’m most excited for a few key reasons. First, the company’s CEO and president are Christ followers who desire to do meaningful kingdom work for God in the technology…
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New Chapter

Major life shift ahead! For 25 years, I’ve been on staff at three churches in a production/music/leadership role — but I’m exploring something different for the next chapter. Several people have asked questions — so I’m writing to answer some of these questions for transparent explanation. I’ll update this post as I get more questions. Here…
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Operation “Hit By a Bus”

A fun exercise with an intern is execute some we like to call operation hit by a bus. Our most recent intern was able to take on my role for a full week when in a mock “Bryan gets hit by a bus, and now you do it.” Sometimes you don’t know what you are…
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Spending time in someone’s world

My son loves to play a certain video game. When he showed me how to play it — he showed me how certain key strokes on the computer do different things. One thing he taught me was pressing the keys Escape, the letter “L” and the Enter key. The “Esc – L – Enter” keystroke logs…
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Hooks

Hooks. They are all around us. How many hooks can you spot in this draft 3 of an Video Opener underscore? STEP 1 = Meeting people where they are at, then STEP 2 = Move them to where you want them to go. You can’t take someone anywhere unless you meet them first. Sometimes using…
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Failing Forward

My son came to me wanting to build a robot that solved a Rubik’s cube. Um. OK. You are only in 5th grade. He had the instructions. I said, “You should totally go for it!” — but thinking, there’s no way he’ll end up doing it. After about 8 failed attempts — he finally created…
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Reconsidering Traditions

Over 400 years ago — the orchestra got its start (back in the 1600-1700’s). At the beginning, it was only stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello, string bass). But then the wind instruments and percussion were added, thanks mostly to Beethoven. But where do should they sit when you add them? The back row naturally. Why? Well,…
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Influence vs. Control

Sometimes I tend to micromanage teams. You probably do too. They are creatives — and they can smell it from a mile away. You know — when you start picking colors, choosing songs, or saying you want something to be moved another millimeter. Someone has to make those decisions. If you are a creative leader — it…
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Creativity: “Mind over Time”

What’s the hardest part of creativity? I think it’s being in the mindset to make something. How many times do I just not feel like doing it? How many times do I have I already feel the crunch of meeting that deadline for project? Many times once I get going then I have no problem…
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Music Stand app Planning Center Online tutorial

The age of digital music has been here for awhile. The Planning Center “Music Stand” app is downright amazing for many worship environment situations. Here’s a tutorial of how I tend to lay out music. If you are a Music Director or Worship Leader — I hope this is a help in being consistent with your…
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