Every afternoon about dinnertime three 747s fly over my house as they make their final approach to our airport. My sons and I can feel the plane coming, even before we hear it. We never get tired of looking at them.
Boeing was designing this plane at the same time the Concorde was being developed, so it was a huge gamble (many thought a company-destroyer). The common thinking at the time was that “all passenger planes will soon be supersonic” and that this monster ‘traditional jet’ would be obsolete before it even rolled off the assembly line.
Because of this concern of obsolescence, they designed it to be particularly useful for cargo—which is why there is a cabin on top (this leaves the entire main fuselage available for cargo). Of course mass supersonic travel never happened and the 747 proved to be a phenomenal success, completely changing the way global air traffic was handled. Passenger and cargo traffic exploded far more than anyone expected. For almost four decades, the 747 held the passenger capacity record, the distance flying record, the cargo capacity record, and the speed record for all passenger jets.
Boeing ended up selling more than four times their wildest expectations, and the plane is still in production today, almost 50 years later.
For years I have asserted that “The Log History feature is the jet engine of TNT.” If we compare the above photo with the one below, the differences are obvious.
Both planes are valuable and useful, and both fulfill the same core purpose—getting someone from Point A to Point B. But if your Point B is any great distance, or you need to carry a lot of stuff, you’ll probably prefer a jet.
But which jet? The 747, a fighter jet, or a business jet?
For me, when I say that “History is the jet engine of TNT,” I have a fighter jet in mind because of its incredible speed and agility.
But I also think of the 747. Support-raising is a long-haul, and I want a tool that will do it … easily, comfortably, with excellence. My TNT history contains tons of cargo—tens of thousands of history entries—and TNT carries that cargo with the strength of a 747 but the agility of a fighter jet. So when I talk about the Jet Engine of TNT, I really mean that TNT embodies the best of all four planes…
- It can be a Piper Cub for someone who just wants a little hopper to manage their newsletter list.
- It can be a business jet for someone who wants fast and nimble.
- It can be a fighter jet for someone who wants sheer power and responsiveness… to attack their support raising efforts.
- It actually is the world’s biggest, baddest, bestest “jumbo jet” support-raising software with incredible cargo-carrying abilities, phenomenal performance, and sheer good looks.
Many TNT users do not even realize how much power is at their fingertips. They want to “Fly from Montreal to Auckland,” thinking they have a Piper Cub at their disposal when they really are piloting the 747.
In addition to being able to record thank yous, phone calls, and appointments, some of the long-haul ways I use History includes:
- Managing pledge increases and other giving strategies (in conjunction with Saved Groups)
- Managing prayer requests
- Managing tangible gifts I give out over time (it is especially easy to record giving an item to all partners simultaneously), and
- Logging 13 different kinds of gifts, presents, and types of donations (e.g., “special gifts” vs. “extra gifts”) either from or to our partners.
Now that you know what a powerful tool TntConnect is, I hope http://www.TNT.tips can be a pilot-training course to help you be the best pilot you can be.